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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 "Internal Revenue Service":

"… than $12.7 million, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of Internal Revenue Service tax filings. The vast majority of this cash was spread among 163 U.S. col …"

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 "Internal Revenue Service":

"… more than President Barack Obama and his signature health care law is the Internal Revenue Service. High-profile politicians from Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, to Mike Huckabee, …"

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 "Internal Revenue Service":

"… w grant funds may be used.” But a Center for Public Integrity review of Internal Revenue Service and Federal Election Commission documents shows that the four groups invol …"

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 …"

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 "Internal Revenue Service":

"… spent?”    …"

"… fits that spent money on politics and did not report their activity to the Internal Revenue Service, as required. “That’s called playing with fire,” Marcus Owens, a fo …"

Next up: 'Citizens United v. IRS'?

By Dave Levinthal

Conservative group promises to 'pull out all the stops' to fight proposed nonprofit regulations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… es for how political campaigns are waged. Could a Citizens United v. Internal Revenue Service case be next? Yes, says David Bossie, the outspoken president of Cit …"

GOP megadonor Harold Simmons bankrolled liberal causes

By Dave Levinthal

The charitable foundation of the late Harold Simmons contributed big bucks to Planned Parenthood, other left-leaning causes in 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… according to a Center for Public Integrity review of new filings with the Internal Revenue Service by Simmons' private charitable foundation. Among the beneficiaries was Pl …"

Billionaires boost Republican governors group past Democrats in fundraising

By Ben Wieder

GOP governors' group outraises counterpart, but Democrats still expected to win a few races.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch Industries":

"… $1 million to the group last year while tobacco company Reynolds American, Koch Industries and health insurer Wellpoint each contributed more than $500,000, accordin …"

GOP governors group dwarfs Democrats in fundraising

By Ben Wieder and John Dunbar

This year features 36 governors' races; Republicans enter with a big fundraising advantage over Democrats.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… unions and pharmaceutical companies, according to filings submitted to the Internal Revenue Service. The International Association of Firefighters and the American Federatio …"

Two Center projects named finalists for Goldsmith investigative reporting prize

By The Center for Public Integrity

Pair of investigations named finalists for prestigious Goldsmith Prize.

RGA raises $50 million going into election year

By Ben Wieder

The top outside political spender of 2012 is preparing for a busy 2014, with 36 gubernatorial races this year.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… d the DGA by more than $10 million, according to previous filings with the Internal Revenue Service, which regulates the groups. The RGA raised $56.6 million in 201 …"

Top U.S. corporations funneled $173 million to political nonprofits

By Michael Beckel

Analysis of company disclosures reveals steady flow of cash from corporations to social welfare organizations, trade associations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch Industries":

"… conservative billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch and led by former Koch Industries lobbyist Thomas Pyle. Ahead of the 2012 presidential election, the America …"

Top GOP donor Harold Simmons dead at 82

By Dave Levinthal

Texas billionaire ranked among top donors to Republicans.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… o use the trust assets as his own and eventually ran into trouble with the Internal Revenue Service. As a result, his daughters, Andrea and Scheryle, filed a lawsuit against …"

"… s been anything but right-leaning, a Center for Public Integrity review of Internal Revenue Service documents indicates. The Harold Simmons Foundation in 2011 most notably c …"

By the numbers: a 2013 money-in-politics index

By Michael Beckel

A new Center for Public Integrity money-in-politics index highlights the year's top stories and key trends.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… he state that failed to fully reveal their funders: Oct. 24 Date on which Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner resigned amid allegations that the agency had imprope …"

‘Nonpartisan’ gun rights group boosted by Democratic-aligned America Votes

By Adam Wollner and Michael Beckel

Nearly all of 'nonpartisan' Bull Moose Sportsmen's funding has come from a Democratic-aligned nonprofit.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… a Center for Public Integrity review of documents recently filed with the Internal Revenue Service. In all, contributions from America Votes represent at least 95 percent o …"

Negative ads make Peterson 'more inclined' to run

By Michael Beckel

Democratic lawmaker Collin Peterson says a secretive nonprofit's media blitz makes him more likely to seek re-election.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch Industries":

"… ment.  Peterson himself noted that the political action committee of Koch Industries “regularly” contributes to his campaign. In fact, the Koch Industries …"

"… Koch Industries “regularly” contributes to his campaign. In fact, the Koch Industries PAC has given Peterson $43,500 since the 2006 election cycle, according to …"

How Washington starves its election watchdog

By Dave Levinthal

Agency hamstrung by political bickering, case backlogs, staff departures — even Chinese hackers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… nonprofit organizations to disclose their donors. It’s an issue that the Internal Revenue Service, not the FEC, is now poised to tackle next year, having just announced pro …"

Liberal heavyweight Patriot Majority USA fueled by secret, big-dollar donors

By Julie Patel

A dark money group expected to play defense for Democrats in the upcoming battle for the U.S. Senate should have plenty in its arsenal.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… 46 times what it spent in 2011, a non-election year, according to its new Internal Revenue Service tax return. And although it describes itself as a grassroots group, a sin …"

"… xist to primarily promote the public good and social welfare. But nebulous Internal Revenue Service rules have led these “dark money” groups to proliferate and spend mill …"

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 "Internal Revenue Service":

"… r in a surge of political spending by “social welfare” nonprofits, the Internal Revenue Service is proposing new rules that could curtail the groups’ ability to influen …"

League of Conservation Voters becoming 'dark money' heavyweight

By Michael Beckel

The liberal League of Conservation Voters is fast becoming one of the nation’s strongest 'dark money' forces.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… onservative groups have typically dominated. New documents filed with the Internal Revenue Service and obtained by the Center for Public Integrity show the nonprofit League …"

'Dark money' groups give big to similar nonprofits

By Julie Patel

Politically active nonprofits frequently share money with one another while hiding donors, new tax filings show.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… : $630,000. Michael Beckel contributed to this report.     …"

Pro-Obama nonprofit boosted by undisclosed donors

By Julie Patel and Michael Beckel

Priorities USA Action raised $8.4 million in 2012, the bulk of which came from four unnamed donors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… after Superstorm Sandy struck the region. Priorities USA further told the Internal Revenue Service that it did not spend money on “direct and indirect political campaign a …"

Anti-Obama nonprofit tells IRS it's not 'political'

By Michael Beckel

Meet the pro-coal group that spent millions attacking Obama while telling the IRS it wasn't engaged in candidate elections.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch Industries":

"… enter for Responsive Politics, the American Energy Alliance, led by former Koch Industries lobbyist Thomas Pyle, told the Internal Revenue Service that it did not "e …"

"… rofit backed by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch, who lead Koch Industries. And Politico reported last year that the American Energy Alliance — an …"

'Dark money' groups fueled by cable industry

By Julie Patel

Americans for Prosperity, Americans for Tax Reform among beneficiaries, new disclosure shows.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… obbying and political expenses. Other highlights from the association’s Internal Revenue Service tax return, known as a Form 990, include some of its expenses, $786,608 fo …"

Koch-backed nonprofit spent record cash in 2012

By Michael Beckel

Americans for Prosperity, a conservative nonprofit, spent $122 million last year — exponentially more than it ever has.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… stence, Americans for Prosperity spent a combined $72 million, a review of Internal Revenue Service records indicates. The group’s unprecedented spending in 2012 is a five …"

'Citizens United' ruling helped unions win state elections

By Alan Suderman and Ben Wieder

National unions, business groups focused on states in 2012 elections with unions gaining the edge, new analysis shows.

ALEC gets gift from Nuclear Energy Institute

By Michael Beckel

Controversial pro-business think tank received $10,000 from Nuclear Energy Institute last year, new documents show.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… the controversial think tank in an annual report recently submitted to the Internal Revenue Service. ALEC, which is organized as a charity under Sec. 501(c)(3) of the tax co …"

Koch-backed governors group gives big to Cuccinelli in Virginia

By Rachel Baye

Cuccinelli slams McAuliffe for accepting out-of-state cash while raking in millions from governors association.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch Industries":

"… in the first half of 2013 was billionaire David Koch, who gave $1 million. Koch Industries, the company he owns with brother Charles, gave $25,000, according to IRS …"

"… s raised this year, about 7.5 percent came from Virginia, IRS data shows. Koch Industries is also an RSLC backer, having given more than $202,000 through Sept. 20 o …"

"… donors in 2013 include health insurance and tobacco companies, as well as Koch Industries. Similar to McAuliffe, Democratic candidate for attorney general Mark Her …"

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