Political nonprofits bungle IRS filings

By Michael Beckel

High-profile groups such as Crossroads GPS and Patriot Majority USA acknowledged mistakes after Center for Public Integrity inquiry.

Outside money pouring into governors races

By Ben Wieder

Dem, GOP associations are spending more than double as much on governors' races in the 2014 cycle than at the same period in 2010.

Mudslinging at the FEC over disclosure

By Julie Patel

Controversy brews at elections agency over whether a conservative group should reveal its donors.

Billionaires boost Republican governors group past Democrats in fundraising

By Ben Wieder

GOP governors' group outraises counterpart, but Democrats still expected to win a few races.

GOP governors group dwarfs Democrats in fundraising

By Ben Wieder and John Dunbar

This year features 36 governors' races; Republicans enter with a big fundraising advantage over Democrats.

RGA raises $50 million going into election year

By Ben Wieder

The top outside political spender of 2012 is preparing for a busy 2014, with 36 gubernatorial races this year.

Liberal heavyweight Patriot Majority USA fueled by secret, big-dollar donors

By Julie Patel

A dark money group expected to play defense for Democrats in the upcoming battle for the U.S. Senate should have plenty in its arsenal.

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.

League of Conservation Voters becoming 'dark money' heavyweight

By Michael Beckel

The liberal League of Conservation Voters is fast becoming one of the nation’s strongest 'dark money' forces.

'Dark money' groups give big to similar nonprofits

By Julie Patel

Politically active nonprofits frequently share money with one another while hiding donors, new tax filings show.

Excerpts from this story referencing "527 groups":

"… hRMA gave to both Democratic and Republican political organizations called 527 groups. It collected nearly $198 million in dues, including $68.3 million in poli …"

A hyper-super PAC boosts McAuliffe in Virginia race

By Adam Wollner

Democratic group making donations — illegal at the federal level — to Virginia gubernatorial candidate McAuliffe.

How governors' associations keep donations secret

By Paul Abowd

Political groups led by state executives increasingly raising undisclosed cash through nonprofits.

Governors’ groups rely increasingly on 'dark money' affiliates

By Paul Abowd

Powerful state governors' associations are pumping more funds into nonprofit arms.

Excerpts from this story referencing "527 groups":

"… .4 million. The governors associations still spend far more through their 527 groups. The DGA spent $49 million and the RGA spent $77 million during the 2012 e …"

RGA, DGA reap riches from corporate donors

By Michael Beckel

RGA, DGA reap riches from corporate donors.

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.

Adelson gave $40 million to super PACs in final weeks of election

By Michael Beckel and Andrea Fuller

Ninety-one individual donors gave $1 million or more to super PACs in the 2012 election.

Excerpts from this story referencing "527 groups":

"… a far cry from the $23.7 million Soros donated during the 2004 election to 527 groups — the predecessors of super PACs — when he ranked as the top …"

GOP gov's group raises $100 million in mostly losing effort

By Paul Abowd and Andrea Fuller

Many of the same super-rich Republican donors that financed super PACs were active at the state level.

Gridlocked election commission awaits action by Obama

By Michael Beckel

Despite a high court ruling leaving campaign finance rules up in the air, partisan FEC fails to act.

Outside spending makes big difference in state-level races

By Paul Abowd and Chris Young

Attempts to oust justices in Florida and Iowa fail; GOP scores in N.Car., Montana too close to call.

Stealth spending on the rise as 2012 election approaches

By John Dunbar

Outside spending as likely to come from nonprofits as super PACs, records show.

Daily Disclosure: Non-disclosing nonprofit spends $8.2 million anti-Obama ad

By Rachael Marcus

A conservative trade association, Americans for Job Security, spent $8.2 million on anti-Obama ads, according to records.

Daily Disclosure: Crossroads GPS charges into congressional race

By Rachael Marcus

Crossroads GPS is now active at all levels of the national election

Daily Disclosure: Nonprofit and super PAC team up for ad blitz

By Rachael Marcus

Former Sen. Norm Coleman's American Action Network and Congressional Leadership Fund hit House races.

North Carolina governor's race awash in out-of-state funds

By Paul Abowd and John Dunbar

Two powerful partisan groups are funneling millions of dollars into the North Carolina governor's race.

Excerpts from this story referencing "527 groups":

"… le ethics” during his time as mayor of Charlotte.The DGA and the RGA are 527 groups, named for the section in the IRS tax code that regulates them. The groups …"

Million-dollar donation in Indiana race may skirt limits on corporate giving

By Paul Abowd

D.C.-based Republican Governors Association uses super PAC to move $1 million to GOP candidate in Indiana.

Nonprofit profile: American Action Network

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the nonprofit group, supporting conservatives

U.S. Chamber, GOP block election ad transparency bill

By Rachael Marcus and John Dunbar

Bill would force underwriters of attack ads to come out of the shadows.

Nonprofits outspent super PACs in 2010, trend may continue

By Michael Beckel

Increasingly active nonprofit groups act just like super PACs but don't reveal donors.

New GOP super PAC aimed at attracting youth vote

By Rachael Marcus

Three Republican groups have given $750,000 to a new super PAC aimed at attracting youth voters.

Crossroads political machine funded mostly by secret donors

By Michael Beckel

Karl Rove-linked political nonprofit releases tax returns, out-raises super PAC sister.

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