A conservative “dark money” organization hasn’t been filing its federal taxes, and two watchdog organizations are asking the IRS to levy penalties.
Americans for Job Security, a nonprofit trade organization that spent millions of dollars boosting Republican congressional candidates, hasn’t filed its taxes in three years, according to Issue One and the Campaign Legal Center, which filed a formal complaint this morning.
Not filing tax returns is a failure to comply with federal rules governing nonprofits, Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee said.
“The IRS should not let this, or any other dark money group, off the hook for failing to follow these simple rules,” she said.
Brendan Fischer, director of federal and Federal Election Commission reform at the Campaign Legal Center, said in a statement that Americans for Job Security “has long deprived the public of information about the sources of its funding as it spent tens of millions of dollars influencing elections.”
Americans for Job Security, which the Center for Public Integrity profiled in a series of articles earlier this decade, didn’t respond to requests for comment. Stephen DeMaura, then the president of Americans for Job Security, told the Center for Public Integrity in 2013 that “manufactured accusations from ideological opponents regarding our work will not distract Americans for Job Security from fighting for public policies that strengthen our economy and create more and better-paying jobs.”
In addition to allegedly not filing its taxes, Americans for Job Security has cooled its spending in recent years. During the 2011-2012 election cycle — the last election cycle it spent money to advocate for or against federal political candidates — it spent more than$15 million in an attempt to defeat President Barack Obama, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics. In 2010, it spent more than $4 million to help defeat Democratic candidates.