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 "Internal Revenue Service":

"… ization Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the Kentucky Opportunity Coalition, a conservative nonprofi …"

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 "RightChange.com":

"… Forum officials did not return calls and emails. Meanwhile, one group — RightChange.com II — underreported its political spending, as first noted by ProPublica. …"

"… of Pennsylvania who died in February 2010. Burns lost. Representatives of RightChange.com II, including North Carolina state Sen. Fletcher Hartsell Jr., who was lis …"

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 "America":

"… rage a discussion of economic issues in the United States in order to make America stronger and promote our country’s future economic prosperity.” When …"

IRS employees back Obama, Democrats

By Michael Beckel

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

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

"… money than any other contemporary political candidate, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of Federal Election Commission filings maintained by the Center f …"

"… , nearly 2,800 groups sought tax-exemption under Section 501(c)(4), as the Center for Public Integrity previously reported. This tax status permits organizations to pursue a mi …"

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 "Michael Dubke":

"… Media, which is led in part by former Americans for Job Security President Michael Dubke. Crossroads describes itself as the nation’s “premier Republican media …"

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 "Marcus Owens":

"… ection Commission that it spent $9.1 million on political advertisements. Marcus Owens, former chief of the IRS’s nonprofits division, said it is “difficult …"

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 "Restore Our Future":

"… s in an office building in downtown Provo, Utah, contributed $1 million to Restore Our Future, the super PAC backing Mitt Romney.The suite number given for both corpora …"

"… e have gone on to contribute a combined $1 million, in their own names, to Restore Our Future.The extended money trailTaking money from hard to track shell corporations …"

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 "Newt Gingrich":

"… all of it was spent in a fruitless effort to elevate former House Speaker Newt Gingrich to the GOP presidential nomination through donations to the pro-Gingrich s …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "GPS":

"… help re-elect President Obama. Another is the Karl Rove-linked Crossroads GPS.According to the fact sheet, federal candidates or officeholders can recom …"

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 "Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act":

"… megaphones. …"

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 "United States":

"… d a veil of secrecy to influence the voters’ choice for president of the United States in 2008.Financed by many of the nation’s wealthiest investors and busine …"

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

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 "Republican Party":

"… Elections Board for a $100,000 contribution the 527 had made to the state Republican Party, much more than the maximum $4,000 allowed.Calls to RSLC's offices in Wash …"

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 "primary":

"… election as well as target Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., in the Pennsylvania primary—has a budget of $10 million. The group has promised a long campaign as w …"

Incomplete disclosure

By Derek Willis

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

Politician 527s

By Alex Knott and Agustín Armendariz

Committees tied to lawmakers adjust to new regulations

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act":

"… ort receipts and expenditures to the IRS.Before the passage of last year's Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, there were 119 soft money accounts connected to federal lawmakers that co …"

Silent Partners: Special Report

By Derek Willis and Aron Pilhofer

How political non-profits work the system

Excerpts from this story referencing "Joe Lieberman":

"… f Massachusetts, John Edwards of North Carolina, Bob Graham of Florida and Joe Lieberman of Connecticut all operated 527 committees before closing them in late 200 …"

Buying influence

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Massachusetts":

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

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 "Internal Revenue Code":

"… ve active soft money 527 committees so named because of the section of the Internal Revenue Code which regulates them connected to rumored Democratic presidential candidat …"

"… second, receiving $361,900.The committees are named for Section 527 of the Internal Revenue Code, and have been harshly criticized by campaign finance reformers as a means …"

"… o Bush have set up a nonprofit organization under Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code called Progress for America. Tony Feather, a political director for the Bu …"

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 "Congress":

"… of all political advertising during an election cycle. The president asked Congress to “put public interest over special interest and pass real campaign fin …"

"… d Senators McCain and Russ Feingold, D-Wis., failed in the last session of Congress to abolish soft money, but are trying to use recent public support for fur …"

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