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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wells Fargo":

"… was made out to a company called “Direct Mail,” and deposited into the Wells Fargo bank account of ATP.In November, Kennedy told the Associated Press that he …"

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 "Public Integrity":

"… n November. The group, based in Phoenix, did not respond to the Center for Public Integrity for comment. Save Our Future Now is just one of 40 nonprofit groups that …"

"… vel elections while keeping their donors secret, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of data from media tracking service Kantar Media/CMAG. That’s …"

"… l parties, on the state level were successful, according to the Center for Public Integrity’s analysis. Citizens United’s impact In 24 states including Ariz …"

"… ndustries who runs the group, declined to be interviewed by the Center for Public Integrity on the record.  Some conservatives, including Supreme Court Jus …"

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

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… hen asked about this apparent discrepancy, which was first reported by the Center for Responsive Politics, American Commitment President Phil Kerpen said his group didn’t get the …"

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.

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 "trade":

"… orted raising that year. Meanwhile, additional tax records show two major trade associations are also among American Commitment’s donors: the Pharmaceut …"

"… policies that would regulate the Internet like a utility — a move the trade group says would be “disastrous.” American Commitment’s Kerpen, mea …"

"… oney to groups like American Commitment that want it scrapped — said the trade group often gives out money to “organizations that share PhRMA’s goals …"

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 "Nebraska":

"… returned to spend more than $360,000 to boost Republican candidates in the Nebraska gubernatorial and Arkansas attorney general contests this cycle. The  …"

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 "Energy":

"… a new route to political disclosure." Railroad giant CSX Corp. and Noble Energy Inc. — each with 68 points — led about three-dozen companies that …"

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 "political action committee":

"… are allowed to keep their donors anonymous, unlike candidates, parties and political action committees, which must publicly disclose their funders. The IRS is also supposed to …"

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… Public Integrity review of federal tax documents and data collected by the Center for Responsive Politics, five nonprofits that are part of the Koch brothers’ network supplied ne …"

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… 2 election cycle, a presidential election year, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics. Create a regulatory agency for nonprofits — one separate from the IRS. …"

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 "Inspector General":

"… able targeting of tea party and conservative groups. And the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration declared that the agency had employed “inappropri …"

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 "Center for Competitive Politics":

"… (Update, July 11, 2014, 8:48 p.m.: Joe Trotter, a spokesman for the Center for Competitive Politics, said because the nonprofit donors were named there was "no 'subversion' o …"

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.

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 "official":

"… ou do before you jeopardize your exemption?” said Koskinen, the IRS' top official who took office in December. The IRS asked for comments on all three issu …"

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.

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 "Reynolds":

"… do they have in common? All received financial support from tobacco giant Reynolds American Inc. in 2013, according to a document released by the company and …"

"… tor was a former deputy cabinet secretary in the Martinez administration. Reynolds American ranks among a growing number of companies that voluntarily disclo …"

"… the company cannot deduct on its taxes. The document also indicates that Reynolds American gave more than $400,000 to other politically active nonprofits la …"

"… d in 2013 by then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City. Other notable Reynolds American payments included $60,000 to a Wisconsin-based nonprofit called t …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "philanthropy":

"… . The fact is, the Center for Public Integrity is funded almost solely by philanthropy. Contributions from our readers and from foundations are the lifeblood of …"

"… test of time, staff transitions and the evolving sectors of journalism and philanthropyIn a process led by the Center’s Development Department, we spoke with ou …"

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 "Ted Cruz":

"… e law is the Internal Revenue Service. High-profile politicians from Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, to Mike Huckabee, the former GOP governor of Arkansas, suggested …"

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 "Washington":

"… dam Rappaport, senior counsel of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, argues that “dark money” groups should go further by reporting the tr …"

"… American Future Fund’s president, did not return phone calls or emails. Washington, D.C.-based American Commitment received a combined $11 million in restric …"

"… urces, said Stephanie Grisham, Horne’s press secretary. A spokesman for Washington, D.C., Attorney General Irvin Nathan declined to comment. The IRS also dec …"

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.

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 …"

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 "Karl Rove":

"… ited amounts of money during elections. Conservative nonprofits including Karl Rove-founded Crossroads GPS and Koch brothers-backed Americans for Prosperity r …"

Corporate cash helps politicians party on

By Michael Beckel

Inauguration, convention-related groups boosted by corporate contributions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… a spokesman for Altria, also declined to comment. John Arledge, the vice president of public affairs for Entergy Mississippi, Inc., said that "there is littl …"

"… nal Convention.” The fund, which raised $151,000 during 2012, lists its president as Hubert H. “Buck” Humphrey IV, the grandson of former Democratic Vic …"

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 …"

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