The NRA is known for its wide-ranging campaign contributions — but its spending on ads is arguably even more powerful.Continue reading
House votes down amendment that would empower IRS to rein in dark money groups
Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., introduced an amendment that would have boosted the government's ability to regulate dark money, but it failed by a voice vote.Continue reading
Koch-funded group: Whoops! Didn’t mean to be so transparent
Americans for Prosperity, which is not required to disclose its donors while spending more than $20 million on ads trying to oust President Obama, accidentally provided more detail than required on where exactly it was spending its millions last week. That is, until the group realized that even that information is not required by the Federal Election Commission.
When it filed a report on Aug. 8 with the FEC detailing its TV ad buys for the week, the Koch brothers-funded organization included a state-by-state breakdown of how much they spent in 11 swing states. That level of detail is actually ...Continue reading
Money to burn? Flush GOP-linked groups host swanky D.C. forum
Not all dark money flows in the same direction. That was one lesson that could be drawn this week as two deep-pocketed sister nonprofits, Crossroads GPS and American Action Network, provided a forum for Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, to highlight his conservative credentials.
Hatch is facing a primary challenge on his right in a June primary that also seems to pit the two center-right outside money behemoths, American Action Network and Crossroads, against FreedomWorks, a Tea Party-affiliated super PAC that's backing the six-term incumbent's GOP opponent, state Sen. Dan Liljenquist.
The event where Hatch appeared Tuesday demonstrated the ...Continue reading