Bloomberg: New York’s A.G. Probes Nonprofits’ Political Spending

Bloomberg New York’s A.G. Probes Nonprofits’ Political Spending By David Voreacos and David McLaughlin Aug 13, 2012  Eric Schneiderman, the New York attorney general, is investigating whether non-profit groups known to be active in politics are spending more than permitted by tax rules to influence the elections in November. Schneiderman, a Democrat, asked two dozen …

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ProPublica: “Two Dark Money Groups Outspending All Super PACs Combined”

ProPublica Two Dark Money Groups Outspending All Super PACs Combined by Kim Barker August 13, 2012 Two conservative nonprofits, Crossroads GPS and Americans for Prosperity, have poured almost $60 million into TV ads to influence the presidential race so far, outgunning all super PACs put together, new spending estimates show. These nonprofits, also known as …

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Mother Jones: “The Reformers Strike Back”

Mother Jones The Reformers Strike Back! The conservatives behind Citizens United have lost some key fights lately. But another battle over corporate money in politics looms. By Andy Kroll August 13, 2012 Since the mid-2000s, a small cadre of lawyers and activists has reshaped the role of money in American politics. Led by Senate minority …

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Watchdogs Defend Federal Disclosure Laws in Latest Challenge Filed in Wyoming

Watchdogs Defend Federal Disclosure Laws in Latest Challenge Filed in Wyoming Today, Democracy 21 joined the Campaign Legal Center in filing an amici brief with the U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming in the latest challenge to federal disclosure laws.  Free Speech v. FEC concerns a challenge to the “subpart (b)” definition of …

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Democracy 21 Joins With Campaign Legal Center in Challenging Effort by 501(c)(4) Group to Obtain FEC Approval to Evade Law

Democracy 21 joined The Campaign Legal Center today in filing comments at the FEC opposing  an attempt by American Future Fund (AFF), a tax-exempt 501(c)(4) group, to get approval to use federal candidates and their committees to solicit unlimited contributions through joint fundraising efforts with the section 501(c)(4) group, and with super PACs and related entities.     …

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Statement by Fred Wertheimer: Karl Rove Confirms Purpose of Crossroads GPS is to Influence Elections, Not Engage in “Social Welfare” Activities

Statement of Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer   Democracy 21, joined by the Campaign Legal Center, has written to the Internal Revenue Service on several occasions to challenge the claim by Crossroads GPS that it is entitled to tax-exempt status as a section 501(c)(4) “social welfare” organization. We have made the case to the IRS that …

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Statement by Fred Wertheimer: Crossroads GPS Plans to Violate Campaign Finance Disclosure Law with FEC’s Support

Crossroads GPS Plans to Violate Campaign Finance Disclosure Law with FEC’s Support Statement of Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer According to an article in today’s Los Angeles Times, Crossroads GPS plans to run a broadcast ad about President Obama within the 30 day period before the Democratic nominating convention without filing an FEC report disclosing …

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Politico: “Helicopter Parents Flood Super PACs”

Politico Helicopter Parents Flood Super PACs  By Kenneth P. Vogel July 25, 2012 The first TV ad from Laura Ruderman’s congressional campaign featured her mother, a cancer survivor, and the candidate’s pledge to protect President Barack Obama’s health care law. “I approved this message for her,” Ruderman says in the spot, which started airing last …

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