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 Service":

"… ist of the 400 wealthiest Americans, Kaiser reported taxable income to the Internal Revenue Service just once, totaling $11,699 — equivalent to a full-time hourly wage of $ …"

"… ime Kaiser caught the attention of government tax officials. In 1997, the Internal Revenue Service sent Kaiser and his companies bills for more than $72 million in back taxe …"

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 "Indianapolis":

"… n (about $200,000), Atlanta-based Citizens for a Digital Future ($92,000), Indianapolis-based Coalition for the New Economy (about $15,000) and Phoenix-based Coal …"

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.

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 "U.S. Supreme Court":

"… re both "nakedly obvious in this latest move." …"

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 "Harry Reid":

"… atriot Majority network spent millions on behalf of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who won a contentious re-election battle that year. A 2011 filin …"

IRS employees back Obama, Democrats

By Michael Beckel

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitt Romney":

"… lection, IRS employees collectively gave Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney about $25,000 — less than half the amount received by Obama. For his par …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Americans for Job Security":

"… to raise funds in a major way.”     …"

"… tisements skewering President Barack Obama. New IRS Form 990 filings show Americans for Job Security raised $2.5 million during fiscal year 2011 and carried just $727,000 in r …"

"… regulators revealed. Unlike super PACs, which must disclose their donors, Americans for Job Security is a 501(c)(6) tax-exempt trade organization that keeps its funders secret …"

"… g, showing $12.4 million, IRS filings indicate. Such activity is evidence Americans for Job Security continues operating as a trade association with impunity, unafraid of the …"

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 "California":

"… cadre of wealthy business executives and conservative groups tried to sell California voters on new campaign finance reforms. Couched in lofty rhetoric about t …"

"… cannot be its primary purpose. The American Future Fund’s investment in California was part of a nationwide, political advertising spree in 2012 that exceede …"

"… n Future Fund spent money in 20 congressional elections in 2012, including California’s 26th Congressional District, where it spent $500,000 attacking Democra …"

"… ons who have a differing or conservative point of view.” Proposition 32 California’s campaign finance rules require major donors to groups that pay for pol …"

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 "attorney":

"… ty Group, Inc. On its registration paperwork, one name was listed, that of attorney William S. Rose Jr. The address provided was a home owned by Rose.Specialt …"

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 "Contran Corp.":

"… ted at $9.3 billion. He gave $16.7 million, which includes $3 million from Contran Corp., in which he has a 95 percent interest.Simmons, and his wife, Annette, hav …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "527 groups":

"… contributions to independent committees, including so-called 501(c)(4) and 527 groups. With large donors no longer permitted to donate millions of dollars to th …"

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 "Washington":

"… groups may not be so independent. During the 2004 presidential election, a Washington Post reporter witnessed what seemed to be evidence of collusion between a …"

"… d both for a presidential campaign as well as an allied independent group. Washington attorney Ben Ginsburg was forced to resign when it was learned that he was …"

Campaign Consultants methodology

By The Center for Public Integrity

How we did it: anatomy of an investigation

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… on political campaigns.These organizations, termed “committees” by the Federal Election Commission, exist for House, Senate and presidential candidates, as well as for polit …"

Frequently asked questions

By The Center for Public Integrity

Some FAQs about campaign consultants

Excerpts from this story referencing "PDF":

"… able to the public on the FEC Web site, they are posted in an unsearchable PDF format.On which political consulting specialty has the most money been spe …"

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 "Sierra Club":

"… mmittees, and some are affiliated with other non-profit organizations. The Sierra Club, which has at least four separate political and non-profit wings, is one e …"

527s run aground in the states

By Kevin Bogardus

Groups continue to raise money as some regulators crack down

Excerpts from this story referencing "state legislature":

"… taff to help Minnesota Democrats—many of whom served with Entenza in the state legislature.The group has since contested the fine, and on June 30, 2005, an administr …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "527 groups":

"… e up of more than 30 business trade associations and includes at least two 527 groups among its ranks: the Hispanic Business Roundtable and Black …"

Incomplete disclosure

By Derek Willis

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… more likely that it would lead to an audit." …"

Silent Partners: Special Report

By Derek Willis and Aron Pilhofer

How political non-profits work the system

Excerpts from this story referencing "Enron Corp.":

"… gray areas of accounting and tax law that were exploited by energy trader Enron Corp."Just like with Enron, you plan in those areas of mismatches, and that's wh …"

Politician 527s

By Alex Knott and Agustín Armendariz

Committees tied to lawmakers adjust to new regulations

Buying influence

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "John Kerry":

"… ., maintained his Keep Our Majority PAC's 527 account. Democratic senators John Kerry of Massachusetts, John Edwards of North Carolina and Bob Graham of Florida …"

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 "campaign finance reform":

"… tion 527 of the Internal Revenue Code, and have been harshly criticized by campaign finance reformers as a means for campaigns to raise soft money that remains virtually und …"

"… omplicate the future of 527s. Many political analysts question whether the campaign finance reforms will survive scrutiny by the Supreme Court, which is reviewing several ch …"

"… ing for a particular committee’s activity nearly impossible.Advocates of campaign finance reform say that these committees, which are little more than conduits for raising …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mobile":

"… vice president of the federation.The complaint, filed in federal court in Mobile, Ala., claims that the legislation, passed hurriedly with a surprising 92- …"

"… ing only minnowsHaughton is one of four plaintiffs. The others include the Mobile Republican Assembly and the Alabama Republican Assembly. The complaint lis …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… ting so-called "Section 527" groups has led to a flood of inquiries at the Internal Revenue Service amid confusion and complaints about the interpretation of which groups mus …"

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 "James Bopp":

"… copies of the forms available for public inspection as soon as possible.”James Bopp, attorney for the Republicans Majority Issues Committee, the 527 group tie …"

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 "Internal Revenue Code":

"… umber this election season that are taking advantage of Section 527 of the Internal Revenue Code, which allows for so-called “issue ads” by groups that are free to rec …"