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 "Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation":

"… Kaiser-Francis Oil with Waterford, he bought the Bank of Oklahoma from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Bank of Oklahoma had largely avoided making rash loans during the state's …"

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 "political action committee":

"… icly disclose the names of their donors — unlike candidates, parties and political action committees that are. Campaign finance reform advocates for years have called on the …"

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… ve." …"

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 "Republican Governors Association":

"… ally among the largest spenders nationally on gubernatorial elections: the Republican Governors Association, which reported taking in more than $29 million in the same period last ye …"

'Tea party' nonprofits rarely endorsed political candidates

By Michael Beckel

'Tea party'-branded nonprofits at heart of IRS scandal rarely endorsed political candidates.

IRS employees back Obama, Democrats

By Michael Beckel

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican presidential candidate":

"… dential bids. Ahead of the 2012 election, IRS employees collectively gave Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney about $25,000 — less than half the amount received by Obama. …"

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 "New Hampshire":

"… ie Black telling the Center for Public Integrity in 2010 that its founder, New Hampshire political operative Dave Carney, explained to him, “If you have a candid …"

"… ” Americans for Job Security’s president is Stephen DeMaura, a former New Hampshire Republican Party executive director. He declined to answer questions about …"

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 "GPS":

"… for Responsive Politics, trailing only the Karl Rove-affiliated Crossroads GPS and Americans for Prosperity, which is backed by conservative billionaire …"

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 "Pennsylvania":

"… ney trail ends.Sometimes the chain is longer, but with a similar result.In Pennsylvania, a super PAC called Freedom Fund for America's Future spent $175,000 attac …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Austin":

"… rt ruling that gutted campaign finance restrictions.Toomey, a high-powered Austin lobbyist who used to be Perry’s chief of staff, in July co-founded Make …"

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 "Democratic National Committee":

"… tic and Republican parties.Joe Sandler, a lawyer whose clients include the Democratic National Committee as well as some independent groups, said he worries that these groups will …"

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 Service":

"… a political committee that files its most complete set of reports with the Internal Revenue Service, not with the Federal Election Commission or its counterparts in the state …"

527s run aground in the states

By Kevin Bogardus

Groups continue to raise money as some regulators crack down

Excerpts from this story referencing "Arizona":

"… e, even to experienced state politicians. Jack Jewett, a former Republican Arizona state legislator, found himself in trouble with state officials after co-f …"

"… , the Club for Growth announced at a news conference that it would open an Arizona chapter and call on state Republicans to support the conservative leadersh …"

"… wett decided to fight back. He and fellow-Republican Grant Woods, a former Arizona attorney general, formed their own 527—Mainstream Arizona—to "promote …"

"… oods, a former Arizona attorney general, formed their own 527—Mainstream Arizona—to "promote moderate political philosophies and align those philosophies …"

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 "Trevor Potter":

"… n their issue, which is not true of a shareholder who invests in GM," said Trevor Potter, a former FEC commissioner who is part of the legal team defending the new …"

Politician 527s

By Alex Knott and Agustín Armendariz

Committees tied to lawmakers adjust to new regulations

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… the enactment of BCRA, politician 527s played an integral role in the 2000 presidential election. During the Florida recount of 2000, Vice president Al Gore an …"

"… ds.Retired four-star general Wesley Clark, who became the tenth Democratic presidential candidate on Sept. 17, recently created a 501 (c) 4 organization called …"

"… told the Center. "The only things that we engage in are in support of the president's agenda." Feather said his organization has been successfully raising fun …"

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 "Federal Election Campaign Act":

"… ccounts to make huge donations that exceeded the limits spelled out by the Federal Election Campaign Act, which was passed in the 1970s to reduce the influence of wealthy donors o …"

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 "Representative":

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

"… nted in the House in September to address this criticism. On September 22, Representative David Vitter, R-La., proposed H.R. 5265, which would create an exception f …"

"… dy file at the state level and whose filings are public. Three days later, Representative Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, a sponsor of 527 legislation over the summer, prop …"

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 "campaign finance law":

"… the privileged status of tax-exempt, according to Moramarco. He and other campaign finance lawyers dismissed the argument that the new law violates the Tenth Amendment, …"

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 "Maine":

"… ,” said Corrado, professor of government at Colby College in Waterville, Maine.The Section 527 law and its repercussionsAlthough the new law requires Sec …"

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 "James Bopp":

"… oups aren’t subject to a gift tax, as with donations to interest groups. James Bopp, Republican attorney for the Republican Majority Issues Campaign, a 527 gr …"