How an Obama fundraiser turned Oklahoma into a personal tax haven

By Bill Allison

How George Kaiser turned Oklahoma into his personal tax haven

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Code":

"… n loss. Kaiser has built his fortune in part through shrewdly playing the Internal Revenue Code. In one six-year period, during which he increased his net worth enough to …"

"… ional energy markets and those of the state of Oklahoma as it did with the Internal Revenue Code. Kaiser's first fortune came from domestic energy production. When he to …"

"… 151 million in losses on its books. The losses were valuable – under the Internal Revenue Code, a company can use past losses as credits, known as net operating losses, …"

"… you'd buy had them. There was no indication that we didn't comply with the Internal Revenue Code." In 1991, the same year that Kaiser merged Kaiser-Francis Oil with Water …"

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… Public Integrity review of federal tax documents and data collected by the Center for Responsive Politics, five nonprofits that are part of the Koch brothers’ network supplied ne …"

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 …"

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 Competitive Politics":

"… om campaign finance reform opponents. David Keating, the president of the Center for Competitive Politics, said the proposal went “seriously off track” by including “election …"

IRS fails to release political groups' financial filings

By Ben Wieder and Kytja Weir

Agency fails to explain why normally accessible political disclosures are being withheld.

'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 "Patriot Majority USA":

"… to the FEC during the 2012 election cycle: a liberal-aligned group called Patriot Majority USA. Ahead of the 2012 election, Patriot Majority USA reported spending about …"

"… al-aligned group called Patriot Majority USA. Ahead of the 2012 election, Patriot Majority USA reported spending about $7.5 million to the FEC on political advertisement …"

"… , most of them highly critical of Republicans. Based in Washington, D.C., Patriot Majority USA was established in March 2011, after being spun-off from another operation …"

"… t, according to documents obtained by the Center for Responsive Politics. Patriot Majority USA has never publicly reported any of its funders. When the FEC asked about …"

IRS employees back Obama, Democrats

By Michael Beckel

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Treasury Inspector General":

"… ency needed to be held "fully accountable." On Tuesday, a report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration said the IRS used "inappropriate criteria" when rev …"

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 "John Shadegg":

"… tten by the Koch brothers. Noble, a former chief of staff for former Rep. John Shadegg, R-Ariz., did not respond to requests for comment for this story. For thr …"

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 "Dick Armey":

"… ith the tea party network and with former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey.The donations make Specialty Group the fifth-largest organization contribu …"

Top 10 donors make up a third of donations to super PACs

By John Dunbar and Michael Beckel

Super PACs have collected $200 million, a third of it from the top 10 contributors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bob Edgar":

"… id the money “translates into information that empowers voters."No limitsBob Edgar, a one-time Democratic congressman from Pennsylvania who now heads the adv …"

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

IRS not paying attention to 527 groups’ disclosures

By Aaron Mehta

The Internal Revenue Service isn’t doing enough to police incomplete disclosures filed by so-called 527 political groups, which means the go

“McCain-Feingold” fails to solve campaign finance problem

By The Center for Public Integrity

New campaign reform act replaces the problem of unlimited "soft money" contributions with the problem on weakly regulated independent commit

Stealth campaigns

By Sara Fritz

Their names roll off the tongue with a patriotic cadence: Freedom’s Watch, Democracy Alliance, Citizens United, Progress for America, Founda

Excerpts from this story referencing "media consulting firms":

"… ility.” He said the real beneficiaries of this “boondoggle” were the media consulting firms that made millions of dollars creating and placing the ads on broadcast ou …"

Campaign Consultants methodology

By The Center for Public Integrity

How we did it: anatomy of an investigation

Frequently asked questions

By The Center for Public Integrity

Some FAQs about campaign consultants

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… and political party committees must disclose campaign expenditures to the Federal Election Commission. Groups organized under section “527” of the IRS code disclose the inf …"

527s - Frequently Asked Questions

By The Center for Public Integrity

A primer on the fundraising groups created through a legal loophole

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Code":

"… 7? A 527 is a non-profit organization formed under Section 527 of the Internal Revenue Code, which grants tax-exempt status to political committees at the national, s …"

527s run aground in the states

By Kevin Bogardus

Groups continue to raise money as some regulators crack down

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

"… arty, much more than the maximum $4,000 allowed.Calls to RSLC's offices in Washington, D.C., seeking comment for this story were not returned.More trouble ahead?Such …"

"… : it will address 527s that are active in state races. Agency officials in Washington, D.C., plan to review state campaign finance laws and serve notice to the politi …"

Battling over social security

By Kevin Bogardus

Several groups associated with 527s are now engaged in the dispute over Bush's plan to overhaul the entitlement program

Incomplete disclosure

By Derek Willis

IRS filings show few penalties for political committees that fail to meet requirements

Silent Partners: Special Report

By Derek Willis and Aron Pilhofer

How political non-profits work the system

Excerpts from this story referencing "Citizens for a Stronger Florida":

"… oderate Democratic state legislators. It raised more than $230,000 in 2002.Citizens for a Stronger Florida, a political nonprofit with ties to Florida trial lawyers, raised and spen …"

Politician 527s

By Alex Knott and Agustín Armendariz

Committees tied to lawmakers adjust to new regulations

Excerpts from this story referencing "finance law":

"… constitutionality of the new law banning the practice.The federal campaign finance law that took effect on November 6, 2002, and outlawed fundraising by these 52 …"

"… veIn some cases, these committees have used a loophole in the new campaign finance laws to reorganize and continue raising money, according to campaign finance a …"

Buying influence

So-called 527 committees spend millions on elections with little oversight or accountability

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… ons and policy debates across the country, according to an analysis by the Center for Public Integrity. Until now, no one has put a dollar amount to these groups' collective imp …"

Impending ban hasn't stopped soft money rush by presidential hopefuls

By Alex Knott and Adam Mayle

WASHINGTON, October 17, 2002 — Potential candidates for the 2004 presidential primaries have raised more than $7.6 million in unregulated so

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… ndetected. They are regulated by the Internal Revenue Service, and not the Federal Election Commission, which normally oversees federal campaign committees. Unlike candidate com …"

"… dividuals and companies to get around contribution limits regulated by the Federal Election Commission. The Center found numerous instances involving 527s linked to politicians …"

Hired hands grab chance to skirt '527' disclosure law

By Kathryn Wallace and Marianne Holt

WASHINGTON, November 1, 2000 — Complying with a new federal law, Political Animals registered with the Internal Revenue Service by the Augus

Excerpts from this story referencing "Committee for a Better America":

"… mittee, it is simple to get around the rules. We just make up a name, like Committee for a Better America, file the 527 papers and we’re in business. The way the law was construc …"

Legal challenge seeks to bring down new campaign finance law

By Kathryn Wallace and Marianne Holt

A conservative group in Alabama has filed the first court challenge to recently passed campaign finance legi

IRS seeks to clarify new campaign finance disclosure law

By Kathryn Wallace and Marianne Holt

WASHINGTON, August 17, 2000 — A campaign finance law intended to resolve questions about unregulated soft money is generating as many questi

Interests behind 527 groups seeking ways around new law

By Marianne Holt and Kathryn Wallace

WASHINGTON, July 12, 2000 — Though the law forcing certain tax-exempt political groups to disclose their donors and expenditures is just day

Excerpts from this story referencing "spokeswoman":

"… c.The IRS is trying to figure out how to manage this enormous task. An IRS spokeswoman told the Center that the IRS is “working as rapidly as possible to compl …"

"… ed of these groups’ existence and then make these notices public.” The spokeswoman said that optimistically, some registration information could be available …"

Loophole allows donors to give without leaving a trace

By Marianne Holt and Kathryn Wallace

WASHINGTON, March 30, 2000 — The same day that Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore unveiled his campaign finance reform proposal, an o

Excerpts from this story referencing "Vice President":

"… prime fund-raiser, the Associated Press reports), the organization attacks Vice President Gore over campaign finance violations, his positions on tobacco, and a 199 …"

"… “some donors would face retaliation from the government for criticizing Vice President Gore.” He did indicate that much of the money comes from big-business in …"