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 …"

Pro-McConnell nonprofit hit with IRS complaint

By Michael Beckel

A watchdog organization wants the IRS to investigate a nonprofit that spent millions backing Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kentucky":

"… cs in Washington has asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the Kentucky Opportunity Coalition, a conservative nonprofit that spent millions of dol …"

"… iolations of tax law and head off others from copying it.” McConnell, a Kentucky Republican who is set to become the Senate majority leader next year, face …"

"… rom Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes. Ahead of the November election, the Kentucky Opportunity Coalition spent more than $14 million on advertisements, accor …"

"… al consultant who serves as its spokesman. That spending spree earned the Kentucky Opportunity Coalition the distinction of being the top-spending group in t …"

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 "60 Plus Association":

"… date on attack ads in Arizona’s upcoming GOP gubernatorial primary. …"

"… a move that could help it avoid IRS scrutiny. Reached July 22 via email, 60 Plus Association spokesman Gerry Scimeca wrote, “Very busy day, will respond when I can. …"

"… follow-up attempts seeking information about the apparent discrepancy. The 60 Plus Association is a so-called “social welfare” nonprofit, organized under Section 501 …"

"… ts for additional scrutiny during the tax-exempt application process. The 60 Plus Association’s apparent reporting discrepancies first began during the 2010 midterm e …"

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 "Politics":

"… estricted to a certain percentage. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, social welfare nonprofits spent more than $240 million on advertising cal …"

"… orm 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 "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 "Politics":

"… ederal Election Commission filings maintained by the Center for Responsive Politics. The donations were split roughly evenly between Obama's two presidential …"

"… ly supported Democratic candidates, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Both the Democratic National Committee and Republican National Committee …"

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 "Rick Perry":

"… ion in 1997 by Carney, who himself has maintained close ties to Texas Gov. Rick Perry. It also shares Alexandria, Va., office space with Crossroads Media, whic …"

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 "Tennessee":

"… mWorks for America, the same super PAC that received $5.2 million from the Tennessee shell corporation.CRP data shows the group received $2.3 million from its …"

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.

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… Swift Boat Veterans and POWs for Truth, and the Voter Fund. The Federal Election Commission’s (FEC) slow, deliberative investigative process appeals to the independ …"

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 "Americans for Tax Reform":

"… seemed to be evidence of collusion between a nonprofit independent group, Americans for Tax Reform, and the Bush-Cheney campaign. As reported in the newspaper, she saw ATR …"

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

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "King":

"… the IRS but did not discuss its details.The group's Deputy Director, Ryan King, said that Republicans Abroad reached an agreement with the IRS."It's a bi …"

"… given our situation, they were fine," he said of his dealings with the IRS.King would not comment on whether the IRS assessed any fines for the late filin …"

Silent Partners: Special Report

By Derek Willis and Aron Pilhofer

How political non-profits work the system

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Code":

"… ctions. These committees, known as 527 organizations after the part of the Internal Revenue Code that defines their tax status, can claim tax-exempt status as political co …"

Politician 527s

By Alex Knott and Agustín Armendariz

Committees tied to lawmakers adjust to new regulations

Excerpts from this story referencing "finance analysts":

"… nance laws to reorganize and continue raising money, according to campaign finance analysts. "There would have to be a lot of care involved," Steve Weissman, associat …"

Buying influence

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Code":

"… y of these committees, known as 527 organizations after the portion of the Internal Revenue Code that defines their tax status. These groups take advantage of a provision …"

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 "South Carolina":

"… more than $383,000 in the early primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, has showered its largesse on state and local candidates. Documents filed …"

"… third quarter. Gephardt’s 527 spent $108,000 in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina while transferring $405,000 to its FEC-regulated counterpart. Democratic S …"

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 "Tom DeLay":

"… doesn’t fulfill the intended goals.“There are big dollar groups, like Tom DeLay’s and Dick Gephardt’s PAC, pumping tons of money into races,” Haught …"

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 "Tom DeLay":

"… t unlimited and undisclosed soft money contributions. House Majority Whip, Tom DeLay, R-Texas, has such a group: the Americans for Republican Majority. James B …"

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 "Internal Revenue Code":

"… he was targeted by one of the 527 groups – named for the section of the Internal Revenue Code that provides their tax exemption – that condemned his environmental rec …"

"… contributions and expenditures, groups formed under other sections of the Internal Revenue Code are able to avoid reporting, offering other places in the shadows for dono …"