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 "bank accounts":

"… i-union causes. In a matter of days, the half-million dollars went through bank accounts at three nonprofits.It eventually landed in the Virginia bank account of t …"

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 "Politics":

"… ondik, a political analyst at the University of Virginia's Center for Politics. “It’s preferred to have the outside group doing the really brutal st …"

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… t attention since 2010, when the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision granted them powerful spending freedoms. Corporations may n …"

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.

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.

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 …"

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 "America PAC":

"… 't, exactly. Nearly all of the money raised by the Citizens for a Working America PAC, a super PAC that's spent more than $2 million on ads boosting businessman …"

"… eral disclosure laws meaningless." In Georgia, the Citizens for a Working America PAC has touted Perdue as a "conservative outsider" and attacked his GOP oppone …"

"… hat amount accounts for more than 80 percent of the Citizens for a Working America PAC's receipts this election cycle. According to data provided to the Center …"

"… egrity Fund, is also listed as a major donor to the Citizens for a Working America PAC. That group has contributed $410,000, or nearly 20 percent, of the super …"

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 "Arkansas":

"… nse spent $1.2 million on “radio and television time in order to educate Arkansas on key issues facing the state.” Based on records Arkansans for Common S …"

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 "U.S. Supreme Court":

"… onprofits engaging in overt political activity that proliferated after the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision in 2010. The …"

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… financially supported America Votes in the past, according research by the Center for Responsive Politics and a Center for Public Integrity review of tax filings maintained by Citi …"

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 "Pat McCrory":

"… on, an organization formed by allies of the state’s Republican governor, Pat McCrory; and $50,000 to Keep Texas Working, a pro-business group headed by lobbyis …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission":

"… ly suing Montana to force the state to abide by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling, which allowed corporations, unions and special interest groups to …"

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.

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 "bank":

"… purposes to a small nonprofit that has just a few thousand dollars in the bank. The smaller nonprofit could then go to donors and make the case that ever …"

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 "Marcus Owens":

"… al Revenue Service, as required. “That’s called playing with fire,” Marcus Owens, a former chief of the IRS’s nonprofits division, said about groups that …"

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 "Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission":

"… e and U.S. Senate.     …"

Corporate cash helps politicians party on

By Michael Beckel

Inauguration, convention-related groups boosted by corporate contributions.

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 "presidential election":

"… and led by former Koch Industries lobbyist Thomas Pyle. Ahead of the 2012 presidential election, the American Energy Alliance organized a 17-state bus tour and spent more …"

Dow Chemical backed anti-union nonprofit with $2 million donation

By Michael Beckel and Erin Quinn

Nonprofit opposed pro-union ballot measure in Michigan with help of $2 million from chemical giant.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Aetna Inc.":

"… ased nonprofits received donations from companies including health insurer Aetna Inc., Johnson & Johnson and cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc. Ahead o …"

Pulling back the veil on corporate contributions

By Michael Beckel and Erin Quinn

New database pulls back veil on corporate giving to politically active nonprofits and covert ways companies advance their agendas.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Legislative Exchange Council":

"… oundations, such as Third Way, the Republican Main Street Partnership, the American Legislative Exchange Council, the Heritage Foundation and the Congressional Black Caucus Political Educ …"

Top politics investigations from 2013

By The Center for Public Integrity

In case you missed it, here are some of our favorite politics investigations from 2013.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mississippi":

"… te groups. This outside influence was especially potent in North Carolina, Mississippi and Iowa judicial races. Keep reading Meet William Koch, the other Koch …"

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 …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… -known liberal nonprofit group Priorities USA, which has ties to President Barack Obama. And although the group doesn’t disclose its donors, the Huffington Pos …"

Center thankful for stellar reviews from charity watchdogs

By Bill Buzenberg

Nation's leading nonprofit evaluators give us accountability rankings to be thankful for.

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.

'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 "Republican Governors Association":

"… on to the Republican State Leadership Committee and $1 million each to the Republican Governors Association and the Florida Jobs PAC. YG Network, the nonprofit arm of the “Young G …"

Business groups assail political transparency

By Dave Levinthal

Letter from U.S. Chamber, others charge Center for Political Accountability with laying 'disclosure trap' for corporations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bank of America Corp.":

"… int on the CPA-Zicklin Index's 70-point scale. Internet giant Yahoo! Inc., Bank of America Corp., Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Priceline.com Inc., Amazon.com Inc. and CBS Corp. a …"

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