Flush with mystery money, Kentucky nonprofit haunts Grimes’ Senate bid

By Michael Beckel

Formerly modest nonprofit becomes deep-pocketed, dark money benefactor of Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell.

Excerpts from this story referencing "lobbyist":

"… a tremendous amount of legs in its early years,” said David Mast, a lobbyist who served on its board of directors when it first launched. But its curr …"

Pennsylvania super PAC gets 'dark money' infusion

By Michael Beckel

Nonprofit Green Orchard Inc. is listed as the sole donor to new Prosperity for Pennsylvania super PAC.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… en Orchard’s sole director and treasurer on its 2013 tax return with the Internal Revenue Service. When asked by the Center for Public Integrity about Green Orchard recent …"

Bloomberg helps Democratic governors' group close gap on Republicans

By Ben Wieder

The Republican Governors Association is outpacing its Democratic counterpart but Democrats are catching up.

Excerpts from this story referencing "energy":

"… he Democrats only a half-million shy of the Republican group, which counts energy companies and billionaires David Koch and Sheldon Adelson among its top do …"

"… donors, at $2 million from the Shannons and $1.5 million from Griffin. Two energy companies, Devon energy, at $900,000, and Duke energy, at $775,000, are am …"

Secretive groups spend millions to influence state elections

By Reity O'Brien

Nonprofits hit TV airwaves with attacks on state-level candidates, gaining traction since the U.S. Supreme Court 'Citizens United' decision.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Rifle Association":

"… RS’s Tax Exempt Organizations Divisions. Since 1981, groups such as the National Rifle Association, AARP and Planned Parenthood — sometimes referred to as “501(c)(4 …"

'Outside' groups swamp Florida's airwaves in race for governor

By Rachel Baye

Lax laws allow candidates to work so closely with outside groups, contribution limits become almost irrelevant.

Excerpts from this story referencing "hedge fund manager":

"… thers Charles and David Koch, Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and hedge fund manager Paul Singer, according to IRS filings. The Republican Governors Associati …"

Koch foundation proposal to college: Teach our curriculum, get millions

By Dave Levinthal

Proposed gift from Koch foundation to Florida State University in 2007 came with strings attached.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Florida":

"… when the Charles Koch Foundation considered giving millions of dollars to Florida State University’s economics department, the offer came with strings att …"

"… les Koch Foundation would at least partially control which faculty members Florida State University hired. And third, Bruce Benson, a prominent libertarian …"

"… d. And third, Bruce Benson, a prominent libertarian economic theorist and Florida State University economics department chairman, must stay on another three …"

"… ee-year term. The Charles Koch Foundation expressed a willingness to give Florida State an extra $105,000 to keep Benson — a self-described “libertarian …"

Can this 'dark money' group help the Democrats keep the Senate?

By Michael Beckel

Patriot Majority USA raises millions from unknown sources to play attack dog in the South.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… 7 million on political advertisements, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. That makes it the largest Democratic-aligned dark money operation in the …"

"… ax code. However, thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling in 2010, they are free to spend huge amounts of money advocating fo …"

"… ly known. But a Center for Public Integrity review of Department of Labor, Federal Election Commission and Internal Revenue Service filings shows that 13 contributors have combi …"

How big telecom smothers city-run broadband

By Allan Holmes

Municipal broadband boosts business, but often stops at city limits thanks to lobbying muscle of telecom giants.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internet service":

"… ade sense that the city of Tullahoma be able to offer its local high-speed Internet service to areas beyond the city limits. After all, many of her rural constituent …"

"… uence state elections and buy research to try to stop the spread of public Internet services that often offer faster speeds at cheaper rates. The companies have succ …"

"… iduals who are concerned about wasteful duplication of existing or planned Internet service.” The group’s IRS Form 990 for 2012 shows it gave between $5,000 and …"

"… ing to attract technology companies including a large data center, but the Internet service from Charter won’t support such data-hungry businesses. The only network …"

‘Dr. Evil’ fuels dogfight between AKC, Humane Society

By John Dunbar and Erin Quinn

Public relations pro, food industry behind website, ads blasting Humane Society.

Excerpts from this story referencing "USDA":

"… ncrease penalties for canine cruelty and neglect," but was concerned about USDA regulations that would treat a “hobby breeder who raises puppies in thei …"

Watchdog files IRS complaint against Koch-connected 60 Plus Association

By Michael Beckel

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington is asking the IRS to investigate the 60 Plus Association.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… n 2010 and 2012. During those elections, the 60 Plus Association told the Federal Election Commission that it spent millions of dollars on political ads that urged viewers to s …"

Political nonprofits bungle IRS filings

By Michael Beckel

High-profile groups such as Crossroads GPS and Patriot Majority USA acknowledged mistakes after Center for Public Integrity inquiry.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Craig Varoga":

"… And Patriot Majority USA, a Democratic-leaning operation led by strategist Craig Varoga, told the FEC it spent about $7.5 million on such expenditures. In an ema …"

Unpaid tax debts surprisingly frequent among those with U.S. security clearances

By Alexander Cohen

Being a deadbeat does not mean you cannot read secret documents.

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 "Senate primary":

"… spent more than $250,000 on political ads, mostly in Nebraska’s GOP U.S. Senate primary, where it endorsed Midland University President Ben Sasse, who ultimately …"

Tea party scandal brews FOIA backlog at FEC

By Dave Levinthal

Media and public wait for information from election agency as Congress seeks IRS-related information.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… hich requests come in."     …"

How to fix the IRS nonprofit division

By Julie Patel

Employees, reformers offer three recommendations for improving the agency's flagging nonprofit division.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… ical spending by nonprofits since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision in 2010. The nonprofit regulation division’s budget shrunk 6 pe …"

Hobbled IRS can't stem 'dark money' flow

By Julie Patel

Budget and staffing cuts, endless congressional investigations keep IRS from investigating activities of political nonprofits.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… he Internal Revenue Service would take action. After all, lawyers for the Federal Election Commission argued that Crossroads GPS, co-founded by Republican operatives Karl …"

"… welfare. It wasn’t until the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision in 2010, however, that politically active nonprofits — soc …"

25 years, countless investigations and 935 lies

By Charles Lewis

Founder Chuck Lewis tells how the Center for Public Integrity came to be in this excerpt from his new book.

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

"… er for Investigative Reporting, in California), we named our new group the Center for Public Integrity. Although this title sounded a little odd and somewhat pretentious, we ha …"

"… private institutions, using the tools of investigative journalism.” The Center for Public Integrity was incorporated in Washington, D.C., on March 30, 1989, and months later …"

"… technical standpoint, is a mixed blessing in this regard. Of course, the Center for Public Integrity has also embraced online distribution, albeit in a different way than comm …"

"… making in Washington, D.C., and state capitals. We like to think that the Center for Public Integrity’s publication of thoughtful, in-depth investigative reporting—and the …"

IRS says liberal group too political for 'social welfare' status

By Michael Beckel

Tax agency rejects pro-Blanche Lincoln group's application for tax-exempt status, calling it too focused on influencing elections.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… while reviewing their applications for tax-exempt status.    …"

IRS chief promises stricter rules for 'dark money' nonprofit groups

By Julie Patel

Agency chief says he'll tackle exactly how political 'social welfare' groups can get.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… fare groups, are not required to disclose their donors.     …"

Outside money pouring into governors races

By Ben Wieder

Dem, GOP associations are spending more than double as much on governors' races in the 2014 cycle than at the same period in 2010.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… overall spending is double what it was in 2010, according to data from the Internal Revenue Service. Both groups are “527s,” tax-exempt organizations named for the IRS c …"

'Radical animal rights movement' gets new foe

By Michael Beckel

An Iowa-based organization devoted to fighting 'the radical animal rights movement' has formed a super PAC.

Excerpts from this story referencing "food":

"… ned to end the consumption of meat, threaten consumer access to affordable food, eliminate hunting, outlaw rodeos and circuses and even ban animal ownersh …"

Who’s bankrolling secretive liberal group America Votes?

By Michael Beckel

A dozen anonymous donors accounted for most of the $12.7 million America Votes raised during its last fiscal year.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… and Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., ahead of the November 2012 election. When the Federal Election Commission asked for additional information about the donors who helped bankroll thes …"

U.S. Chamber targets Dems in state attorney general races

By Ben Wieder

Why are powerful business interests underwriting ads in AG races in the states?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Nevada":

"… Alan Suderman contributed to the reporting for this story. …"

"… e attorney general races are getting so much of its attention, not just in Nevada, but across the country. First, the joke is that “AG” stands for “a …"

"… same leadership as the Virginia group that paid for the anti-Miller ads in Nevada and the group counts the Chamber as its biggest supporter. In 2012, with …"

"… re than they’ve given to the RSLC. Stealth ads sink candidate Miller in Nevada isn’t the first candidate to get slammed by a front group backed by the …"

Montana state senators raise big bucks with secretive nonprofit

By Michael Beckel

Secretive group connected to GOP state Sens. Jason Priest and Ed Walker raised $900,000 in 2012, new documents show.

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

"… ised more than $900,000 in 2012, according to a tax filing obtained by the Center for Public Integrity. Five unnamed donors accounted for 70 percent of the Montana Growth Netwo …"

"… and a trial has been set for later this summer. In an interview with the Center for Public Integrity, Priest lambasted the state’s political practices commission as a “kan …"

"… a district judge widely viewed as the most conservative candidate, as the Center for Public Integrity previously reported. After McKinnon and attorney Ed Sheehy advanced to th …"

Inside the Koch brothers' campus crusade

By Dave Levinthal

The billionaire industrialists aren’t just investing in politicians, but also young hearts and minds.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… h as George Mason University in Virginia, Southern Methodist University in Texas, West Virginia University, Florida State University, Utah State University …"

"… nd (Calif.) School for the Arts and the Pasadena (Calif.) Waldorf School. Texas attorney Steve Mostyn, who with his wife, Amber, also donated more th …"

"… ted tens of thousands of dollars through his private foundation to various Texas school districts to aid children with special needs. Billionaire casino m …"

"… versity, Dartmouth College, Georgetown University, Syracuse University and Texas Tech University are due to receive Koch foundation donations. …"

Documents reveal GOP group's secret donors

By Michael Beckel and Erin Quinn

Alabama Power, Pfizer among companies that helped fund the Alabama House Republican Conference in 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… t tax form, she provided a version that is typically only delivered to the Internal Revenue Service and includes contributor names and contribution amounts. This document na …"

CPAC activists urged to fight IRS

By Michael Beckel and Julie Patel

Tax agency called a 'cancer' and 'criminal enterprise' at conservative convention.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mike Huckabee":

"… Revenue Service. High-profile politicians from Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, to Mike Huckabee, the former GOP governor of Arkansas, suggested the agency should be outri …"

Issue ad or political ad? You be the judge

By Rachel Baye

Ads intended to influence elections often not reported because sponsors claim they are about issues.

Nonprofits spend money on campaigns despite benefactors' warnings

By Julie Patel

Despite warning, four nonprofits spent money on 2012 elections.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Nevada":

"… o part in it.” …"

"… rofits. Then-Rep. Jeff Flake of Arizona and incumbent Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada benefited from $3.1 million in spending by the groups. Voters in the state …"

"… Adding insult to injury for the Democratic contenders, Shelley Berkley in Nevada and Richard Carmona in Arizona, it turns out one of the groups’ nonprofi …"

"… l Election Commission documents shows that the four groups involved in the Nevada and Arizona races received almost $79 million, or most of the $112 million …"

Transfers allow nonprofits to spend more money on campaigns, experts say

By Julie Patel

Groups move money to maximize amount that can be used to advocate for or against candidates.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… And they don’t have to reveal their donors. But there’s a downside. Internal Revenue Service rules are generally interpreted to mean 501(c)(4) social welfare groups mu …"