Is this super PAC subverting disclosure rules?

By Michael Beckel

Georgia's GOP Senate primary has attracted big money from a super PAC funded by two nonprofit groups tied to an Ohio lobbyist.

Excerpts from this story referencing "New York":

"… he only other donor to the Citizens for a Working America PAC this year is New York-based Paladin Holdings LLC, which gave $5,000 in May. That limited liabil …"

How cozy can candidates be with political groups?

By Rachel Baye

A Wisconsin probe into recall campaigns highlights murky rules nationwide about how much candidates and outside groups can coordinate.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Fundraising":

"… is made without the consent, authorization or cooperation of a candidate. Fundraising is part of the spending process because no group can spend money if it has …"

Republicans continue to capitalize on 'McCutcheon' ruling

By Michael Beckel

NRCC creates second 'jumbo' joint fundraising committee in wake of Supreme Court 'McCutcheon' ruling.

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.

Charles Koch's long history of education funding

By Dave Levinthal

The conservative billionaire's massive grant to United Negro College Fund is nothing new.

Why we have a gift acceptance policy, and what it means for you

By Robin Heller

Transparency is of the utmost importance to us, which is why we want to be upfront about our funding.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Fundraising":

"… lented team of development professionals who adhere to the Association for Fundraising Professionals Code of Ethics, and are skilled in the systems and structure …"

The 'McCutcheon' decision explained — more money to pour into political process

By Michael Beckel

The Supreme Court recently decided to eliminate 'aggregate limits' on contributions. We tell you what that means.

'Jumbo joints': How big will the newest political animals get?

By Michael Beckel

Supreme Court ruling has emboldened political groups designed to serve as collective fundraising operations.

Super PAC leaders score perks from political donations

By Julie Patel

Super PAC founders enjoy fine dining, big salaries and a steady business for their consulting firms.

Excerpts from this story referencing "New York":

"… e dining establishments as Obelisk in Washington, D.C., and Tocqueville in New York City. A research-centered super PAC, American Bridge shelled out more tha …"

Supreme Court opens door to flood of political cash — again

By Michael Beckel

Citing First Amendment concerns, 5-4 Supreme Court majority tosses out aggregate limits on campaign contributions.

Dems introduce plan for public financing of campaigns

By Michael Beckel

Bill would provide matching funds to candidates who limit size of contributions.

Corporate cash helps politicians party on

By Michael Beckel

Inauguration, convention-related groups boosted by corporate contributions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Delaware":

"… ntributed to nonprofits linked to gubernatorial inauguration activities in Delaware and Washington state, according to company documents. Paul Breazeale, the …"

Small-dollar donors boost pro-Obama Organizing for Action

By Michael Beckel

Small-dollar donors accounted for the bulk of pro-Obama nonprofit's 2013 receipts.

Pulling back the veil on corporate contributions

By Michael Beckel and Erin Quinn

New database pulls back veil on corporate giving to politically active nonprofits and covert ways companies advance their agendas.

Negative ads make Peterson 'more inclined' to run

By Michael Beckel

Democratic lawmaker Collin Peterson says a secretive nonprofit's media blitz makes him more likely to seek re-election.

Center thankful for stellar reviews from charity watchdogs

By Bill Buzenberg

Nation's leading nonprofit evaluators give us accountability rankings to be thankful for.

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.

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 "FreedomWorks":

"… ng his 2012 Republican primary.     …"

"… ack to 2006. The new IRS filing shows that nearly 60 percent of the money FreedomWorks raised came from four publicly unnamed donors that each gave at least $1 m …"

"… contributed nearly $4.9 million — alone accounted for about one-third of FreedomWorks’ overall receipts. In all, 106 unnamed donors are listed in the new tax …"

"… and alerting “members when issues of interest become relevant.” Among FreedomWorks' many recent initiatives was its enthusiastic endorsement of the 21-hour t …"

Political fundraising boosted by shutdown, default

By Dave Levinthal

Politicos on both sides see the government shutdown and looming default as an opportunity to raise campaign cash.

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.

GOP lawyer launches political donation refund group

By Michael Beckel

Conservative lawyer Dan Backer launches 'nonpartisan' group to facilitate political refunds.

Some charities claiming to support veterans spend heavily on overhead instead

By Chad Garland and Andrew Knochel

News21 investigation finds that some charities supposedly supporting veterans actually spending more to keep their program alive.

Giffords' gun group to return Midler foundation donation

By Michael Beckel

Bette Midler's family foundation broke rule banning charities from giving to super PACs.

IMPACT: Delaware governor, Atlanta mayor forward tainted donations to charity

By Alan Suderman and Ben Wieder

IMPACT: D.C. man's donations to Delaware governor, Atlanta mayor given to charity following Center story.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Delaware":

"… o charity any Thompson-related donations, he said.   …"

"… , businessman, said this week they will be donating the funds to charity. Delaware Gov. Jack Markell’s office said Thursday that he will give $28,050 he re …"

"… effrey Thompson to several charities, including the Boys and Girls Club of Delaware. Thompson’s former accounting firm was referred to by federal prosecutor …"

"… legations that contributions by Mr. Thompson’s associates to Markell for Delaware were reimbursed by Mr. Thompson,” Rossi said in an email to the Center. …"

Pro-Obama nonprofit has $8.2 million quarter

By Adam Wollner

The nonprofit group formed by ex-campaign officials to push the president's agenda has raised $13.1 million so far.

Democrats use Kochs to scare up campaign cash after Center report

By Dave Levinthal

Democratic party committees fundraising around record Koch Industries PAC spending.

GOP leadership PACs boost American Future Fund

By Michael Beckel

Republican senators steered donations to a nonprofit group touting their GOP colleague in May.

Elizabeth Warren, nonprofit seek green together

By Michael Beckel

Elizabeth Warren to headline environmental group's fundraiser after it spent big to elect her.

State legislators' ties to nonprofit groups prove fertile ground for corruption

By Nicholas Kusnetz

New York scandals reveal corrupt ties between lawmakers, nonprofit groups

Tobacco giant funded conservative nonprofits

By Dave Levinthal

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

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