Pro-McConnell nonprofit hit with IRS complaint

By Michael Beckel

A watchdog organization wants the IRS to investigate a nonprofit that spent millions backing Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitch McConnell":

"… of dollars supplied by undisclosed donors to boost Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell during his contentious 2014 re-election bid. The nonprofit is “nothing …"

Conservative group fumbles disclosure in new tax document

By Michael Beckel

Koch-linked nonprofit American Commitment to amend tax documents after questions from the Center for Public Integrity.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Politics":

"… difficult," said Robert Maguire, a researcher at the Center for Responsive Politics, which monitors money in Politics. "When organizations aren't careful how …"

Koch-linked organization uses ‘dark money’ to fight political disclosure

By Michael Beckel

Most of the $13 million raised by American Commitment has come three Koch-backed groups.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… of lawmakers in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision in 2010. Groups such as Crossroads GPS on the right, which was c …"

Crossroads GPS' cash plummeted in 2013

By Carrie Levine

Conservative nonprofit's income drop coincided with a non-election year.

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

"… spending a combined $176.4 million on the 2012 elections, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Roughly $70 million of that was spent by Crossroads GPS. The groups’ mo …"

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… y review of documents indicates. The Virginia-based organization told the Federal Election Commission that it spent about $4.6 million on political ads and “voter contact” …"

"… ng spike roughly aligns with the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision in 2010, which allowed nonprofits like the 60 Plus Association to …"

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… 2 election cycle, a presidential election year, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics. Create a regulatory agency for nonprofits — one separate from the IRS. …"

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 "Department of Justice":

"… ency and ongoing investigations by congressional committees, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Treasury's inspector general. "Accordingly, it is inappropri …"

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 "Bush":

"… arl Rove, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer wrote: “Karl Rove: ‘Bush’s brain’ helped organize the super-PAC Crossroads GPS, a ‘nonprofit …"

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.

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "general election":

"… uously” refers to a candidate and is broadcast 60 days or fewer before a general election. The ad described above began running the week of Oct. 8, according to AF …"

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 "Washington, D.C.":

"… American Future Fund’s president, did not return phone calls or emails. Washington, D.C.-based American Commitment received a combined $11 million in restricted gr …"

"… urces, said Stephanie Grisham, Horne’s press secretary. A spokesman for Washington, D.C., Attorney General Irvin Nathan declined to comment. The IRS also declined …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Department of Justice":

"… g question as to whether that’s a false return.” Owens noted that the Department of Justice successfully prosecuted the leader of the Fiesta Bowl organization, a 501( …"

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 "Supreme Court":

"… trol of the U.S. House and U.S. Senate.     …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… at of federal political candidates during the 2012 election cycle. As the Center for Public Integrity previously reported, the League of Conservation Voters alone spent more th …"

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 "federal government":

"… Congress to reject the bipartisan legislation developed that re-opened the federal government last week and raised the debt ceiling until February. It said the bill “ …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Detroit":

"… ion raised $368,000 in 2012, according to tax records posted online by the Detroit Free Press. That's down from the $1.3 million it raised in 2011, the first …"

"… the Free Press revealed that Snyder’s NERD fund was footing the bill for Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr’s $4,200-a-month condominium, as well as som …"

"… sts to influence policy and the governor. Union officials are challenging Detroit's bankruptcy filing. On Wednesday, union lawyers questioned Snyder under o …"

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 "spokeswoman":

"… in the interests of greater transparency, we agreed,” Reynolds American spokeswoman Jane Seccombe said. Large corporations — tobacco companies or otherwise …"

"… represents the minimum disclosure threshold,” said Seccombe, the company spokeswoman. Reynolds American specifically acknowledged its donation to Americans fo …"

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.

IRS rarely denies 'social welfare' applications

By Michael Beckel

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

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Trevor Potter":

"… mon, generic words such as "association," "club" and "inc."     …"

'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 "Adam Kinzinger":

"… o ads that mentioned Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., and Republican House candidate Adam Kinzinger of Illinois ahead of during the 2012 election. IRS records show automated …"

IRS employees back Obama, Democrats

By Michael Beckel

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "secretary of state":

"… he Democrats' 2004 presidential nominee, John Kerry, who is now serving as secretary of state, ranked second behind Obama and ahead of Romney among candidates to benefi …"

IRS nonprofit division overloaded, understaffed

By Dave Levinthal

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… rty-related in IRS documents, just one — the National Tea Party Group of California — reported assets of more than $100,000 in its most recent publicly avai …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Campaign Legal Center":

"… ed on Obama to shut his lobbying group down entirely. Democracy 21 and the Campaign Legal Center accused Obama of violating the Ethics in Government Act by soliciting mone …"

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 "Washington":

"… ay, too,” said Floyd Williams, a senior tax counsel at Public Strategies Washington and former IRS director of legislative affairs. “In Congress, the libera …"

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 "chief of staff":

"… vast political network underwritten by the Koch brothers. Noble, a former chief of staff for former Rep. John Shadegg, R-Ariz., did not respond to requests for com …"

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 "law firms":

"… t constitute the organization’s primary activity.”According to Bender, law firms across the country have established an endless stream of (c)(4) groups “ …"

"… ng names that really exist to inject money into political campaigns.”The law firms that establish these nonprofits, he says, “hide behind attorney-client p …"

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 "Utah":

"… incorporated at the same address in an office building in downtown Provo, Utah, contributed $1 million to Restore Our Future, the super PAC backing Mitt …"

"… companies had connections to Nu Skin, a cosmetic company whose chairman is Utah resident Steve Lund.No official confirmation has ever been made, however, …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… Washington, D.C., townhouse that housed conservative Christian members of Congress. The “C Street Center” made the news as a refuge for three Republican …"