ProPublica: How Nonprofits Spend Millions on Elections and Call it Public Welfare

Enclosed for your information is a report by Kim Barker published in ProPublica on August 19, 2012, entitled, “How Nonprofits Spend Millions on Elections and Call it Public Welfare.” The report states: An investigation by ProPublica, drawing on documents filed with the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Election Commission, offers the most detailed picture …

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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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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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