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 …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… immediately respond to a request for comment, but in October, he told the Center for Public Integrity that the Kentucky Opportunity Coalition “abides by all rules and regulat …"

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 "Internal Revenue Service":

"… political campaign activities” during its entire 2012 fiscal year to the Internal Revenue Service. It didn’t count toward that amount $4 million in spending it reported s …"

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 "Washington":

"… m Rappaport, senior counsel with Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. “The other question is, how is IRS supposed to enforce law [and determi …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… groups’ 2013 finances. But there’s a glaring gap in the picture. The Internal Revenue Service failed to release hundreds of mandatory filings by so-called 527 political …"

'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 "Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission":

"… advocacy have been loosened in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling. While 501(c)(4) nonprofits cannot primarily be in the business of …"

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 Responsive Politics":

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

"… r union has historically 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 "Public Citizen":

"… id Craig Holman, the government affairs lobbyist for reform advocacy group Public Citizen, which has filed several complaints against the outfit in recent years. S …"

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 "Julia Brownley":

"… s 26th Congressional District, where it spent $500,000 attacking Democrat Julia Brownley, who, as a state legislator, had authored legislation to bolster disclosur …"

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 "Richard Mourdock":

"… Ind.’s failed bid for re-election stopped at the primary when he lost to Richard Mourdock, his tea party-affiliated opponent. He was helped by a group called Indian …"

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 "Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission":

"… the gameThis marks the first presidential election following the landmark Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission case, decided in January 2010. The conservative majority of U.S. Supreme C …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… es” to use when only one bid is received for a federal contract (GAO) …"

“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 "George Soros":

"… f their big funders. The most generous donors include billionaire investor George Soros, a contributor to liberal Democratic organizations; Bob Perry, a conservat …"

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 "North Carolina":

"… itures. The group also agreed to pay a $10,000 fine in June 2005 levied by North Carolina's Elections Board for a $100,000 contribution the 527 had made to the stat …"

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 "White House":

"… andidates. Yet many groups were still able to promote their choice for the White House this past election through myriad ways, such as advertising, direct mail a …"

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 "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 "House Majority Leader":

"… mericans for a Republican Majority, or ARMPAC, a leadership PAC created by House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas). When BCRA took effect, DeLay severed his direct conne …"

Buying influence

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic primary":

"… candidates and parties in New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolinathree key Democratic primary states. In addition to banning national political parties from raising sof …"

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 "Loretta Sanchez":

"… aising flap. Democratic Party officials publicly threatened Representative Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., with retribution if she held her fund-raiser at the mansion dur …"

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 "Republican Party":

"… could be attached to our group — a pro-life, conservative branch of the Republican Party.”Will the law survive?This law will survive this “opening salvo” and …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… cal, state, or federal elections.In a review of the first 955 filings, the Center for Public Integrity found very few of the groups previously identified by the Center as 527 gr …"

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 "Governor":

"… s environmental record while praising that of McCain’s then-rival, Texas Governor George W. Bush. Bush denied any connection with the group.McCain filed a c …"

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