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 "Campaign finance reform advocates":

"… — unlike candidates, parties and political action committees that are. Campaign finance reform advocates for years have called on the IRS to investigate politically active nonprof …"

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 "Government":

"… amount would have been more than enough to cover the entire Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division’s $270 million budget that year — including the exem …"

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 "law":

"… the donors to these groups still largely a mystery. …"

"… s were certain the Internal Revenue Service would take action. After all, lawyers for the Federal Election Commission argued that Crossroads GPS, c …"

"… s entirely different — and unassuming — kinds of creatures. A federal law passed in 1913 created them as a "catch all" for nonprofit groups that wer …"

"… ng to business complaints about the arrangement, Congress in 1950 passed a law levying taxes on nonprofits’ “unrelated business income.” If nonprof …"

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 "Pac-Man":

"… uper PAC” during early 2010, you would have most likely read about Super Pac-Man, the dot-gobbling protagonist of a vintage arcade game. Today, the term t …"

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 "Arkansas":

"… nse spent $1.2 million on “radio and television time in order to educate Arkansas on key issues facing the state.” Based on records Arkansans for Common S …"

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 "John Koskinen":

"… ocial welfare” nonprofits may spend on political campaigns, Commissioner John Koskinen said Tuesday during an interview for an upcoming Center for Public Integri …"

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 "law":

"… ation's general treasury and we are in full compliance with all applicable laws and regulations” as well as commitments to donors. Americans for Tax R …"

"… The IRS can take away tax-exempt status if a nonprofit violates a non-tax law; so here the IRS might argue the grantee is violating state law relating t …"

"… a non-tax law; so here the IRS might argue the grantee is violating state law relating to donor intent,” he wrote in an email. Representatives of sev …"

"… ofits err on the side of caution, said Ronald Jacobs, a partner at Venable law firm and co-chairman of its political law practice. He said he works with …"

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 "Foundation":

"… e political expenses were lower than what was reported to the FEC. Family Foundation Action claimed no political campaign activity on its 2012 tax return but s …"

"… 8,942 last year attempting to oust Obama, according to FEC records. Family Foundation Action officials did not return calls and emails. Public Interest Forum s …"

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 "general election":

"… r guides. Such nonprofits could also be barred, beginning 60 days before a general election, from conducting events at which a political candidate appears as part of …"

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 "Republican Jewish Coalition":

"… cacy in 2012, while such expenditures amounted to nearly 46 percent of the Republican Jewish Coalition’s spending last year. Social welfare groups also spent hundreds of mill …"

"… are at the mercy of the congressional schedule.” Representatives of the Republican Jewish Coalition, Crossroads GPS and Patriot Majority USA did not immediately respond to re …"

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.

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 "Americans for Tax Reform":

"… Public Integrity. Reynolds American’s contributions include $175,000 to Americans for Tax Reform, a nonprofit led by anti-tax activist Grover Norquist, and $50,000 to Amer …"

"… said. “It’s their right, and we respect it,” he said. Officials at Americans for Tax Reform, which in 2011 reported to the IRS that it received nearly $4 million in c …"

"… spokeswoman. Reynolds American specifically acknowledged its donation to Americans for Tax Reform “because of expected stakeholder interest, not because the contributions …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… d founder Nick Ryan wrote in an email to supporters Friday obtained by the Center for Public Integrity. “Does it leave you seeing red that Ms. Lerner refused to fully and hon …"

"… uture Fund spent more than $29 million on political advertisements, as the Center for Public Integrity previously reported. As a 501(c)(4) nonprofit, it is allowed to make elec …"

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.

'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 "Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission":

"… advocacy have been loosened in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling. While 501(c)(4) nonprofits cannot primarily be in the business of …"

IRS employees back Obama, Democrats

By Michael Beckel

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

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… have ranked among the issues it's so far pressed.     …"

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.

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 "White House":

"… dates. The group also sought the FEC’s advice on whether mentioning the White House or “the administration” in negative ads ahead of Election Day would be …"

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 "Wells Fargo":

"… was made out to a company called “Direct Mail,” and deposited into the Wells Fargo bank account of ATP.In November, Kennedy told the Associated Press that he …"

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 "FreedomWorks":

"… home owned by Rose.Specialty sent several checks totaling $5.2 million to FreedomWorks for America, a super PAC affiliated with the tea party network and with fo …"

"… super PAC that is the single largest recipient of cash from a nonprofit is FreedomWorks for America, the same super PAC that received $5.2 million from the Tennes …"

"… ion.CRP data shows the group received $2.3 million from its own nonprofit, FreedomWorks. That means that although the group has disclosed $15.4 million in donatio …"

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 "Republican Jewish Coalition":

"… ratcheting up their spending plans for next year. One case in point is the Republican Jewish Coalition, a conservative pro-Israel group. The RJC plans to spend as much as $5 mil …"

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