American Future Fund: No election, little cash

By Carrie Levine

American Future Fund's income plummeted in 2013 — a non-election year — after massive haul in 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Future Fund":

"… iles its next annual tax return. …"

"… an $6.4 million in 2013, a non-election year.. This continues a trend for American Future Fund, one of several politically active nonprofits with ties to the Koch brothe …"

"… orts far less revenue in non-election years. About one third of the money American Future Fund received in 2013 came from two large contributors, one who gave $1.25 mill …"

"… lfare” nonprofit organized under section 501(c)(4) of the U.S. tax code, American Future Fund is not required to disclose the identities of its donors, but must itemize …"

Sex, drugs and political money

By The Center for Public Integrity

Center reporter Dave Levinthal goes one-on-one with the Democrats' former finance chief on C-SPAN2 show.

Excerpts from this story referencing "executive director":

"… op of Democrats' fundraising structure before abruptly quitting. He's now executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based Progressive Policy Institute and a stro …"

Secretive nonprofits flourished — and succeeded — in 2014 state elections

By Reity O'Brien

Nonprofits backed winning candidates, or bashed losers, in 63 percent of the state races in which they sponsored ads.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Politics":

"… elevision and said her consulting business has been hurt by the bad press. Politics has strained her family life, too.  A classmate of Kennedy’s 16-yea …"

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 "Politics":

"… 76.4 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 …"

Congress' never-ending political money chase

By Dave Levinthal

Congressional lawmakers are hard at work raising campaign cash in D.C. as lame duck session begins.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington, D.C.":

"… oof that U.S. elections never end than the fundraising scene this month in Washington, D.C. No matter that Election Day 2014 isn't even two weeks past and Election D …"

Mega-donors give big to state candidates

By Rachel Baye, Reity O'Brien and Ben Wieder

More than two dozen donors have given at least $1 million to state-level campaigns ahead of Nov. 4.

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

"… dependent spending groups, having given $14 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. A representative for Eychaner declined to comment. On the other side, G …"

Secretive groups spend millions to influence state elections

By Reity O'Brien

Nonprofits hit TV airwaves with attacks on state-level candidates, gaining traction since the U.S. Supreme Court 'Citizens United' decision.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Clarence Thomas":

"… ,” Mayer said, referencing the view articulated by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in the 2010 Citizens United case. “If you don’t have to disclose, ther …"

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 "Campaign Legal Center":

"… losure when it comes to super PACs," said Paul S. Ryan, an attorney at the Campaign Legal Center. "The ability of super PACs to receive money from corporate entities that …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Supreme Court":

"… draising committee — one that wouldn't have been legal prior to a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision — to funnel cash toward GOP candidates running in some of the n …"

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 "U.S. Supreme Court":

"… code have played an increasingly important role in elections following the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling in January 2010. …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… h me at  …"

"… about the way we accept and manage tax deductible gifts. The fact is, the Center for Public Integrity is funded almost solely by philanthropy. Contributions from our readers an …"

"… ntributions from our readers and from foundations are the lifeblood of the Center for Public Integrity, and have been for the last 25 years. In some ways, we are just like othe …"

"… ’s counsel. When in doubt, we went back to the impulse that started the Center for Public Integrity — when Chuck Lewis, a television producer at 60 Minutes, decided to star …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Campaign Act":

"… ve that money to a single candidate. But the rules have changed since the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, when aggregate limits were introduced. Now, if one donor used a n …"

'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 "Virginia":

"… t of American Action News and the Coolidge-Reagan Foundation, according to Virginia business registration records. Those two entities, which are listed at the …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… rse,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the majority in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. Thus, at the federal level, a donor may still only give no more than $2, …"

"… support. The decision is the most important since the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission case in 2010, which allowed for unlimited corporate and union spending in …"

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.

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "White House":

"… egions of small-dollar donors who had twice helped catapult Obama into the White House. Now the numbers are in for 2013, and they show that Organizing for Actio …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Political Accountability":

"… which they must abide. Additionally, the Center reviewed research by the Center for Political Accountability, which advocates for greater corporate reporting and each year grades majo …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Minnesota":

"… as commenced a media attack against Rep. Collin Peterson, the 12-term Minnesota Democrat already been marked by national Republicans for defeat in 2014. …"

"… ure Committee, Peterson represents a Republican-leaning portion of western Minnesota. In 2012, he was one of only nine House Democrats who prevailed on Electi …"

"… from the Iowa-based American Future Fund accuse Peterson of losing his “Minnesota nice” and being unresponsive — although the spot itself cites no speci …"

Center thankful for stellar reviews from charity watchdogs

By Bill Buzenberg

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "BBB Wise Giving Alliance":

"… ty and transparency from the nonprofit sector. We welcome this trend. The BBB Wise Giving Alliance, in particular, is a highly influential evaluator of nonprofits that condu …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Al Franken":

"… that featured speeches by Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Al Franken, D-Minn. Gohringer said only that the League has financial backing from …"

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 "Mother Jones":

"… llments as consulting fees, according to the Associated Press. Armey told Mother Jones that other FreedomWorks executives were insisting on a “direction” tha …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rick Snyder":

"… or and tax issues. Adam Wollner contributed to this report. …"

GOP lawyer launches political donation refund group

By Michael Beckel

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Arlen Specter":

"… — and received — the FEC’s permission to contact donors to then-Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania after he left the GOP and became a Democrat. At the time, …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Disabled Veterans Services":

"… veterans returned home from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a charity called Disabled Veterans Services of Pompano Beach, Fla., reported raising more than $8 million in cash and …"

"… land Center for Homeless Veterans can verify a gifts-in-kind donation from Disabled Veterans Services in 2009,” said Charlene Pontbriand, senior vice president for the nonpro …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… nce its creation in January, Americans for Responsible Solutions has urged Congress to enact more robust firearms background checks — and used television ad …"