After big U.S. Supreme Court win, Montana nonprofit suffers string of losses

By Paul Abowd

Democrat Steve Bullock's gubernatorial win a low point for litigious conservative group.

IRS rarely audits nonprofits for politicking

By Julie Patel

New documents show the federal tax agency almost never audits nonprofit groups for illegal politicking.

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… nonprofits. The rules may not be finalized until after the 2016 presidential election. Until there are new rules, Streckfus said, it’s unlikely t …"

"… iven,” said Larry Gibbs, a former IRS commissioner who served under presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush. Friedlander said other potenti …"

12 ways 'Citizens United' has changed politics

By Michael Beckel and Jared Bennett

Here are 12 stories that illuminate the ways 'Citizens United' has changed the political landscape.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… ame candidate-specific super PACs, like those in 2012 that aided President Barack Obama and his GOP rival, Mitt Romney. The 2014 election cycle brought on the new …"

Liberal ‘dark money’ group could face IRS fine

By Michael Beckel

Union-backed Pennsylvanians for Accountability could face IRS fine after failing to file a mandatory tax return.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… ections, thanks, in part, to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling in 2010, which allowed corporations, including certain nonprofit co …"

Federal politics findings you may have missed

By The Center for Public Integrity

Were you paying attention? Here are some of the major money-in-politics stories the Center helped bring to light in 2014.

American Future Fund: No election, little cash

By Carrie Levine

American Future Fund's income plummeted in 2013 — a non-election year — after massive haul in 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… arrow (D-Ga.), who lost, according to campaign finance data tracked by the Center for Responsive Politics. The group also spent more than $360,000 on broadcast TV ads to boost Rep …"

Secretive nonprofits flourished — and succeeded — in 2014 state elections

By Reity O'Brien

Nonprofits backed winning candidates, or bashed losers, in 63 percent of the state races in which they sponsored ads.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate":

"… physical therapist and longtime Democratic assemblywoman running for state Senate.  The ads started early, just after Labor Day, and painted her as a …"

"… l levels of government.” Its donors, and its interest in Wisconsin state Senate District 19, are not transparent. Representatives of both groups did not …"

Koch group's income plummeted in non-election year

By Carrie Levine

Nonprofit Center to Protect Patient Rights raised in 2013 a tiny fraction of what it did during 2012, when federal political campaigns raged

Excerpts from this story referencing "Arizona":

"… . Prosper Inc. was founded in 2013 by Kirk Adams, a former speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives, who this month was appointed as the new chief of …"

"… Representatives, who this month was appointed as the new chief of staff to Arizona Gov.-elect Doug Ducey, a Republican. The Center to Protect Patient Rights …"

"… ation. Both Prosper Inc. and the 60 Plus Association poured money into an Arizona campaign aimed at making customers who use solar power pay more. In Octob …"

"… aimed at making customers who use solar power pay more. In October 2013, Arizona Public Service Co., the state’s largest utility, publicly acknowledged f …"

Koch-linked operative mum on mystery millions

By Michael Beckel

Sean Noble oversaw a seven-figure grant to American Commitment, which says it wasn't the beneficiary. So where did the money go?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… significant because in 2011, the Center to Protect Patient Rights told the Internal Revenue Service it gave $1.6 million — one of its largest grants that year — to a soci …"

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 "Kentucky":

"… cs in Washington has asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the Kentucky Opportunity Coalition, a conservative nonprofit that spent millions of dol …"

"… iolations of tax law and head off others from copying it.” McConnell, a Kentucky Republican who is set to become the Senate majority leader next year, face …"

"… rom Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes. Ahead of the November election, the Kentucky Opportunity Coalition spent more than $14 million on advertisements, accor …"

"… al consultant who serves as its spokesman. That spending spree earned the Kentucky Opportunity Coalition the distinction of being the top-spending group in t …"

Conservative group fumbles disclosure in new tax document

By Michael Beckel

Koch-linked nonprofit American Commitment to amend tax documents after questions from the Center for Public Integrity.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… of money all the more difficult," said Robert Maguire, a researcher at the Center for Responsive Politics, which monitors money in politics. "When organizations aren't careful how …"

Koch-linked organization uses ‘dark money’ to fight political disclosure

By Michael Beckel

Most of the $13 million raised by American Commitment has come three Koch-backed groups.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… American Commitment, it has done so without disclosing its funders. …"

Crossroads GPS' cash plummeted in 2013

By Carrie Levine

Conservative nonprofit's income drop coincided with a non-election year.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… spending a combined $176.4 million on the 2012 elections, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Roughly $70 million of that was spent by Crossroads GPS. The groups’ mo …"

Grover Norquist nonprofit funded pro-Republican women’s group

By Michael Beckel

Conservative-leaning Independent Women's Voice got 13 percent of its revenue last year from Americans for Tax Reform, new documents show.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitt Romney":

"… f dollars backing Republican politicians such as 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Chris McDaniel, who unsuccessfully challe …"

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 "New York":

"… hose president is libertarian-leaning real estate developer Howard Rich of New York. The $900,000 contribution from Green Orchard amounted to nearly 80 perce …"

"… tax records. Among other beneficiaries in 2013 of Green Orchard money: New York-based Education Reform Now Advocacy, which advocates for charter schools a …"

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 "Law Enforcement Alliance of America":

"… gubernatorial and Arkansas attorney general contests this cycle. The Law Enforcement Alliance of America, another Virginia-based nonprofit was active in Michigan’s state supreme …"

Secret politics pervade popular companies

By Dave Levinthal

Some well-known brands keep their political spending secret while others are more forthcoming, new survey shows.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… ertly advocating for or against federal-level candidates, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.  Topping the list is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, one of the natio …"

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 "San Francisco":

"… to understate a nonprofit’s political activity, said Greg Colvin, a San Francisco-based attorney who specializes in nonprofit tax law — although Colvin ad …"

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 "U.S. Supreme Court":

"… or about $13 million per year. This funding spike roughly aligns with the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision in 2010, which …"

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 "Congress":

"… een systematically weakened — stripped of resources and authority — by Congress. And it’s all but quit regulating politically active nonprofits in a mea …"

"… pped more than 8 percent, from 900 in 2010 to 824 in 2013. But relying on Congress for additional funding will likely prove futile, as demonstrated by many l …"

"… That was the intent of the tax, approved by law roughly 40 years ago. But Congress never appropriated the money for that cause. The tax could be applied to a …"

"… ffectively regulating [nonprofits]. Part of the reason, of course, is that Congress does not want effective regulation,” Paul Streckfus, who worked in …"

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 "White House":

"… mplement the tax code in a manner that is effective and fair​." The White House did not respond to requests for comment. Meanwhile, others worry Congress …"

Is this super PAC subverting disclosure rules?

By Michael Beckel

Georgia's GOP Senate primary has attracted big money from a super PAC funded by two nonprofit groups tied to an Ohio lobbyist.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Georgia":

"… t's spent more than $2 million on ads boosting businessman David Perdue in Georgia's contentious Republican U.S. Senate primary, has come from two "social we …"

"… isclose their own donors renders federal disclosure laws meaningless." In Georgia, the Citizens for a Working America PAC has touted Perdue as a "conservati …"

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 "GPS":

"… g-spending social welfare nonprofits such as the pro-Republican Crossroads GPS and pro-Democratic Priorities USA. At the same time, the IRS has been the …"

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.

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 "Department of Labor":

"… x filings with the Internal Revenue Service and documents submitted to the Department of Labor do provide some insight into the social welfare nonprofit’s funding. Th …"

"… on between October 2012 and September 2013, according to a filing with the Department of Labor. Other labor unions supporting America Votes include the Service Employee …"

Tobacco money fuels gay Republicans, business organizations

By Michael Beckel

Reynolds American gave thousands of dollars to politically active nonprofits such as the Log Cabin Republicans, Americans for Prosperity.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Michael Bloomberg":

"… on that lobbied against tobacco regulations proposed in 2013 by then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City. Other notable Reynolds American payments included $60,0 …"

Why we have a gift acceptance policy, and what it means for you

By Robin Heller

Transparency is of the utmost importance to us, which is why we want to be upfront about our funding.

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.

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 …"

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 "attorney general":

"… ees could get in trouble for not following their donors’ wishes. A state attorney general, for example, could go after such groups and the IRS could follow suit, sa …"

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