Koch-backed seniors group low-balling election spending?

By Michael Beckel

The 60 Plus Association tells the IRS it barely spends money on politics — despite funding millions in candidate attack ads.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… Public Integrity review of federal tax documents and data collected by the Center for Responsive Politics, five nonprofits that are part of the Koch brothers’ network supplied ne …"

How to fix the IRS nonprofit division

By Julie Patel

Employees, reformers offer three recommendations for improving the agency's flagging nonprofit division.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… ical spending by nonprofits since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision in 2010. The nonprofit regulation division’s budget shrunk 6 pe …"

Hobbled IRS can't stem 'dark money' flow

By Julie Patel

Budget and staffing cuts, endless congressional investigations keep IRS from investigating activities of political nonprofits.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… cycle from next to nothing only a few years before, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Aghast, watchdog groups and politicos filed numerous complaints wit …"

"… cycle, a presidential election year, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics.  Millions of dollars more have been spent by social welfare nonprof …"

"… o the FEC. Said Robert Maguire, a political nonprofit investigator at the Center for Responsive Politics: “The amount of 'dark money' this cycle will far eclipse what we saw in …"

Happy birthday, super PAC!

By Marcelo Rochabrun

Name for 'independent expenditure-only committee' turns 4 years old, but still not fully integrated into common language.

Excerpts from this story referencing "HBO":

"… because both kinds of groups are spending major cash in political races. HBO’s Vice recently called Americans for Prosperity, a 501(c) …"

IRS says liberal group too political for 'social welfare' status

By Michael Beckel

Tax agency rejects pro-Blanche Lincoln group's application for tax-exempt status, calling it too focused on influencing elections.

Excerpts from this story referencing "official":

"… sans for Common Sense was dated May 7, 2013 — just three days before IRS official Lois Lerner acknowledged the targeting of applications from political advo …"

IRS chief promises stricter rules for 'dark money' nonprofit groups

By Julie Patel

Agency chief says he'll tackle exactly how political 'social welfare' groups can get.

Excerpts from this story referencing "official":

"… ou do before you jeopardize your exemption?” said Koskinen, the IRS' top official who took office in December. The IRS asked for comments on all three issu …"

Issue ad or political ad? You be the judge

By Rachel Baye

Ads intended to influence elections often not reported because sponsors claim they are about issues.

Nonprofits spend money on campaigns despite benefactors' warnings

By Julie Patel

Despite warning, four nonprofits spent money on 2012 elections.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Nevada":

"… o part in it.” …"

"… rofits. Then-Rep. Jeff Flake of Arizona and incumbent Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada benefited from $3.1 million in spending by the groups. Voters in the state …"

"… Adding insult to injury for the Democratic contenders, Shelley Berkley in Nevada and Richard Carmona in Arizona, it turns out one of the groups’ nonprofi …"

"… l Election Commission documents shows that the four groups involved in the Nevada and Arizona races received almost $79 million, or most of the $112 million …"

Nonprofits' failure to report political activity to IRS raises questions

By Julie Patel

Nonprofits are required to report poltical activity to the IRS — Center finds three that did not and one that underreported.

Next up: 'Citizens United v. IRS'?

By Dave Levinthal

Conservative group promises to 'pull out all the stops' to fight proposed nonprofit regulations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "political candidate":

"… onprofits. Under current law, such nonprofits may advocate for and against political candidate so long as this doesn't constitute its primary purpose and they don’t di …"

"… nning 60 days before a general election, from conducting events at which a political candidate appears as part of the program. Campaign finance reform advocates general …"

IRS sets its sights on political 'dark money'

By Michael Beckel

The Internal Revenue Service is proposing new rules that could curb the ability of social welfare nonprofits to influence elections.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Virginia":

"… Alliance — told the FEC it spent $1.36 million on ads urging viewers in Virginia and Ohio to "stand with coal" and "vote no on Obama's failing energy polic …"

Tea party-aligned FreedomWorks fueled by elite donors

By Michael Beckel

Four unnamed contributors provided most of the $15 million raised last year by the tea party-aligned nonprofit.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Matt Kibbe":

"… at was slightly more than the $470,000 in compensation received in 2012 by Matt Kibbe, FreedomWorks’ president and chief executive officer. FreedomWorks, whi …"

CVS backs Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's NERD Fund

By Michael Beckel

Pharmacy chain's donation to Michigan governor's group offers a rare glimpse into the funding of politically active nonprofits.

Tobacco giant funded conservative nonprofits

By Dave Levinthal

Reynolds American donated big to secretive political nonprofits that lambasted Democrats in 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… sored more than $33 million in attack ads that directly targeted President Barack Obama. But the money, which Reynolds American says it disclosed in a corporate …"

Conservative nonprofit seeks to oust IRS official

By Michael Beckel

American Future Fund, which has spent millions on political ads, wants IRS official to go.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Arizona":

"… percent of the money the group raised came from another nonprofit — the Arizona-based Center to Protect Patient Rights, which has no website and lists its …"

IRS rarely denies 'social welfare' applications

By Michael Beckel

Agency approved 6,800 'social welfare' groups' during the past four years, rejected 20.

Excerpts from this story referencing "commissioner":

"… and Means Committee on Friday, Steven Miller, who served as the agency’s commissioner until he resigned last week, testified that IRS did not have “sufficient …"

Do nonprofits' names imply political activity?

By Michael Beckel and Ben Wieder

The names of most social welfare nonprofits don't contain overtly political words.

'Tea party' nonprofits rarely endorsed political candidates

By Michael Beckel

'Tea party'-branded nonprofits at heart of IRS scandal rarely endorsed political candidates.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harry Reid":

"… atriot Majority network spent millions on behalf of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who won a contentious re-election battle that year. A 2011 filin …"

IRS employees back Obama, Democrats

By Michael Beckel

IRS employees routinely open wallets for Democratic candidates and liberal groups.

Excerpts from this story referencing "political candidate":

"… nd 2012 campaigns — significantly more money than any other contemporary political candidate, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of Federal Elect …"

IRS nonprofit division overloaded, understaffed

By Dave Levinthal

IRS accused of singling out conservative groups; claims of overwork may have merit.

Obama nonprofit not disclosing all donor data

By Dave Levinthal

Obama's new nonprofit does not intend to disclose all information it collects from donors.

Non-political nonprofit's spending spikes in election years

By Dave Levinthal

Law says groups like Americans for Job Security cannot make politics its primary purpose.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Crossroads":

"… Forti, a prominent GOP operative who occupied top positions at super PACs American Crossroads and pro-Mitt Romney Restore Our Future. Americans for Job Security paid C …"

Nonprofit spends big on politics despite IRS limitation

By Michael Beckel

Questions raised about whether nonprofits like Koch-connected American Future Fund are primarily about politics.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Party":

"… s political activities have followed it since its creation. In 2008, the Democratic Party in Minnesota contended that the group needed to register as a political co …"

After big U.S. Supreme Court win, Montana nonprofit suffers string of losses

By Paul Abowd

Democrat Steve Bullock's gubernatorial win a low point for litigious conservative group.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Virginia":

"… went through bank accounts at three nonprofits.It eventually landed in the Virginia bank account of the National Right to Work Committee, which sent $360,000 …"

Nonprofits, shell corporations help shield identity of ad backers

By Russ Choma

Underwriters of attack ads can easily avoid being named.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Twitter":

"… 2012 election, follow our Source2012 Tumblr and the hashtag #Source2012 on Twitter. …"

ALEC faces new challenge to tax-exempt status

By John Dunbar

A group of clergy is challenging the tax status of the American Legislative Exchange Council.

Pro-Romney super PAC returns donation from charity

By Rachael Marcus

New FEC filings show pro-Romney PAC returned a $100,000 donation from a tax-exempt nonprofit to avoid IRS entanglement

Excerpts from this story referencing "Leslie Aycox Foundation":

"… AC “Restore Our Future” accepted a check for $100,000 from the Rod and Leslie Aycox Foundation, a nonprofit with the same tax status as a charity or hospital. That’s a …"

"… interest, the lender has the legal right to repossess the car.The Rod and Leslie Aycox Foundation was started by Aycox and his wife in late 2008. Their most recent availabl …"

Questions about Herman Cain's financial support from a tax-exempt charity

By Peter H. Stone

Cain hit with financial questions, in addition to sexual harassment charges

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch":

"… ervative advocacy group started in 2004 with largesse from the billionaire Koch brothers. It has 501(c)(4) status and can accept unlimited contributions f …"

Fine line between politics and issues spending by secretive 501(c)(4) groups

By Peter H. Stone

Tax-exempt nonprofits are reporting only a fraction of what they're raising and spending

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Crossroads":

"… ds GPS, a c4 launched by Rove and Gillespie, and its affiliated Super PAC, American Crossroads. A Super PAC can take unlimited checks but must disclose the names of dono …"

"… oup's general expenditures.For instance, Crossroads GPS and its affiliated American Crossroads reported to the FEC that it spent a total of $38.6 million on ads in 2010. …"

"… ssue advocacy guidelines and therefore were not disclosed to the FEC, American Crossroads president Steven Law said.  Last summer’s $20 million ad blitz by G …"

Allies of Rick Perry form group that accepts unlimited, undisclosed donations

By Peter H. Stone

Rick Perry allies form Citizens for a Greater America to accept secret money

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