dark money

The Great American Class War

Dec 12, 2013
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.
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California Shows the Way in Combating ‘Dark Money’ in Politics

Oct 28, 2013
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.

Six Facts Lost in the IRS Scandal

May 27, 2013
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.

Creating PACs and Then Spending Their Money

Mar 17, 2013
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.

5 Dark Money Groups Misled the IRS About Political Activities

Jan 2, 2013
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.

How Dark Money Helped Republicans Hold the House

Dec 24, 2012
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.

What Karl Rove’s Dark Money Group Told the IRS

Dec 17, 2012
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.