Key findings:

  • America Votes donated more than $1.6 million to 14 separate liberal-leaning social welfare nonprofits across the country during its 2011-2012 fiscal year, according to its new annual report with the IRS.
  • This recently filed document shows previously unreported contributions from the Democratic-aligned nonprofit America Votes to several nonprofits active during the 2011 and 2012 Wisconsin recall elections.
  • More than half, 52 percent, of the $11.1 million America Votes raised during this period came from just 10 donors.
  • Recent Department of Labor filings show that several major unions have been financial backers of America Votes, including AFSCME, the National Education Association, the AFL-CIO and the SEIU.
  • America Votes was created by a group of liberal political operatives, including EMILY‚Äôs List founder Ellen Malcolm, former Sierra Club executive director Carl Pope and Harold Ickes, a longtime adviser to Bill and Hillary Clinton.