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IRS Delays New Rules for Dark Money Groups

The agency has pushed back indefinitely a hearing on new regulations for social welfare nonprofits that spend money on politics.

Posted on May 24, 2014 READ MORE



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Dark Money Group Sues IRS Over Targeting, Disclosure

A conservative nonprofit sued the Internal Revenue Service on Monday because the agency targeted it for extra scrutiny and disclosed the group’s application for tax-exempt status to ProPublica.

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 READ MORE



What Newly Released Docs Tell Us About the IRS and How It Handles Dark Money Groups

Here are five takeaways ProPublica found from the documents released Wednesday by a House committee.

Posted on Apr 10, 2014 READ MORE


The Top Is Off: McCutcheon Opens Floodgates for 1 Percent to Spend Millions

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Mother Jones investigative reporter Andy Kroll told “Democracy Now!” about “the next Citizens United”—the Supreme Court’s decision this Wednesday to eliminate a long-standing limit on how much donors can give to political candidates and causes.

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 READ MORE


Bill Moyers: Who’s Buying Our Elections?

Bill Moyers interviews Kim Barker and Andy Kroll about the explosion of dark money spending in this year’s midterm elections, and the impact of looming Supreme Court decisions.

Posted on Mar 21, 2014 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Sen. Bernie Sanders (Video)

In a Truthdig exclusive, the Vermont senator and avowed socialist discusses why the super-rich should support an amendment mandating the public funding of elections.

Posted on Mar 2, 2014 READ MORE



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The Dark Money Man: How Sean Noble Moved the Kochs’ Cash Into Politics and Made Millions

For a brief, giddy moment, Sean Noble—a little-known former aide to an Arizona congressman—became one of the most important people in American politics.

Posted on Feb 15, 2014 READ MORE


Bill Moyers on ‘Dark Money’s’ Influence on North Carolina

The treasured American broadcast journalist tells “Democracy Now!” how untraceable political donations have shoved North Carolina to the political right.

Posted on Jan 27, 2014 READ MORE


Facebook Is Work, and You Should Get Paid for It

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Internet as we know it could soon disappear, we remember the radical Martin Luther King, the mega rich and Citizens United 2, and why Facebook’s 1.3 billion users should think of socializing as work.

Posted on Jan 17, 2014 READ MORE


Facebook Is Work, and You Should Get Paid for It

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Internet as we know it could soon disappear, we remember the radical Martin Luther King, the mega rich and Citizens United 2, and why Facebook’s 1.3 billion users should think of socializing as work.

Posted on Jan 17, 2014 READ MORE



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‘Dark Money’ Funds U.S. Climate Deniers

U.S. organizations that deny climate change receive most of their funding from unidentifiable sources.

Posted on Jan 6, 2014 READ MORE



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The Great American Class War

Toward the end of his tenure, when he was writing an increasing number of dissents on the Rehnquist Court, Supreme Court Justice William Brennan was asked if he was getting discouraged. He smiled and said, “Look, pal, we’ve always known—the Framers knew—that liberty is a fragile thing. You can’t give up.” And he didn’t.

Posted on Dec 12, 2013 READ MORE



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California Shows the Way in Combating ‘Dark Money’ in Politics

A state political campaign watchdog agency has issued $1 million in fines and $15 million in penalties to shadowy groups—yes, the Koch brothers are connected—that sought to buy results in two California proposition elections. The decision points up the lack of teeth in federal laws, and offers an example of how to fix that. Assuming Washington can fix anything.

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Dark Money Group Wins IRS Recognition as Tax-Exempt Nonprofit

The IRS has granted nonprofit status to America Is Not Stupid 2013, a so-called dark money group best known for a 2012 election ad featuring a talking baby who compared the smell of his diaper with a Montana senator.

Posted on Oct 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Six Facts Lost in the IRS Scandal

In the furious fallout from the revelation that the IRS flagged applications from conservative nonprofits for extra review because of their political activity, some points about the big picture—and big donors—have fallen through the cracks. Consider this our Top 6 list of need-to-know facts on “dark money” groups.

Posted on May 26, 2013 READ MORE



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Creating PACs and Then Spending Their Money

Although many watchdog organizations track how political committees raise money, few look at how the money is ultimately disbursed. PACs can spend their money as they want and often devote some of it to fundraising, but most spend the bulk of contributions on efforts clearly aimed at electing specific candidates.

Posted on Mar 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Big Corporations Put Up Seed Funding for GOP Dark Money Group

Like the nonprofit groups that poured money into last year’s elections, the decade-old State Government Leadership Foundation has been able to keep the identities of its funders secret. Until now.

Posted on Feb 17, 2013 READ MORE



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5 Dark Money Groups Misled the IRS About Political Activities

Five conservative dark money groups active in 2012 elections previously told tax regulators that they would not engage in politics, filings obtained from the IRS show.  The best known and most controversial of the groups is Americans for Responsible Leadership, an Arizona-based organization.

Posted on Jan 2, 2013 READ MORE



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How Dark Money Helped Republicans Hold the House

In the November election, a million more Americans voted for Democrats seeking election to the U.S. House of Representatives than Republicans. But that popular vote advantage did not result in control of the chamber.

Posted on Dec 23, 2012 READ MORE


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What Karl Rove’s Dark Money Group Told the IRS

In a confidential 2010 filing, Crossroads GPS—the dark money group that spent more than $70 million from anonymous donors on the 2012 election—told the Internal Revenue Service that its efforts would focus on public education, research and shaping legislation and policy.

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 READ MORE



Top Campaign Moments; Axelrod Slams ‘Delusional’ Dick Morris, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including presidential endorsements by a former veep nominee and a “Simpsons” character, plus a bookmaker pays out on the White House race before Election Day.

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 READ MORE



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Key Montana Senate Race Draws Deluge of Dark Money

Democratic incumbent Jon Tester is trying to keep his seat in a hotly contested race that could decide which party controls the U.S. Senate.

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 READ MORE



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Chamber of Commerce’s ‘Secret’ Election Spending

Demonstrators recently took to the streets of Washington, D.C., to protest activities of the nonprofit business lobbying group, which one called “the poster child for Citizens United.”

Posted on Oct 26, 2012 READ MORE


Dark Money and Citizens United: What Obama and Romney Would and Wouldn’t Do About It

With campaign finance limits rendered nearly meaningless, election spending is on pace to set records. Where does each presidential candidate stand on how to regulate money in politics?

Posted on Oct 23, 2012 READ MORE


Dark Money Group Told IRS It Wouldn’t Be Political—Then Spent $1 Million on Campaign Ads

The Government Integrity Fund, which has spent money on ads attacking Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), told the IRS last year it did not plan to spend any money to influence elections when it applied for recognition of its tax-exempt status.

Posted on Oct 5, 2012 READ MORE



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Paul Ryan, Corporate Darling

The bright-faced boy from Janesville and avowed man of the people has taken money from banksters, big insurance and the Koch brothers throughout his career, and has $5.4 million in the campaign chest—$2 million more than the next highest House member.

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 READ MORE



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Two Dark Money Groups Outspending All Super PACs Combined

Two conservative nonprofits, Crossroads GPS and Americans for Prosperity, have poured almost $60 million into TV ads to influence the presidential race so far, outgunning all super PACs put together, new spending estimates show.

Posted on Aug 13, 2012 READ MORE


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