A La. Congressman Seeks Nonprofit Accountability

A New Charity Watchdog 1

Derek Lieu, for The Chronicle

Rep. Charles Boustany, a prominent watchdog of nonprofit organizations, has deep ties to charities from his years as a heart surgeon in his native Louisiana.

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Derek Lieu, for The Chronicle

Rep. Charles Boustany, a prominent watchdog of nonprofit organizations, has deep ties to charities from his years as a heart surgeon in his native Louisiana.

Long before Rep. Charles Boustany was elected to Congress, he was deeply involved with nonprofits in his native southwestern Louisiana, working as a heart surgeon at a nonprofit hospital and volunteering on many charity boards.

Today, as the chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means subcommittee that oversees the Internal Revenue Service, he is putting that inside knowledge to use as he patrols the activities of tax-exempt organizations.

In his first year on the job, he