Add Michigan to the list of Senate races where Freedom Partners — the Koch-affiliated nonprofit that doled out $200 million to political dark money groups in 2012 — will be running political ads.Continue reading
A shadowy political nonprofit associated with the Koch brothers is set to begin airing TV ads in the Denver market, records available on Political Ad Sleuth reveal.Continue reading
More than 140,000 individuals and organizations had something to say about IRS plans to regulate political nonprofits — only the birth control debate surrounding Obamacare garnered more comments.Continue reading
On the week that the IRS is closing the books on comments about its proposed new regulations of political non-profits, Republicans are using their control of the House agenda to not-so-subtly signal their views.Continue reading
Agribusiness interests lost out as the farm bill went down to a surprise defeat at the hands of liberals who thought it cut food stamps too much and conservatives who thought it didn't cut them enough.Continue reading
Americans for Prosperity (AFP), a 501(c)4 non-profit backed by the family behind the Koch Industries conglomerate, is lining up with some unusual partners as it launches a multi-media campaign against the farm bill that the U.S. House of Representatives is set to consider this week.
As the House takes up the bill, AFP has started an Internet ad campaign targeting 15 members of the House of Representatives, including House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, according to a press release the group issued Monday. In addition, the organization has launched an email campaign urging voters to contact their lawmakers ...Continue reading
As Election Day approaches, two major dark money organizations have been maintaining their aggressive pace of anonymously funded election spending.... View ArticleContinue reading
It was billed as a free Republican National Convention event that nonprofit group Americans for Prosperity was holding to honor two of its big funders, conservative billionaire David Koch and North Carolina businessman and political donor Art Pope. But when Sunlight tried to join the party on Thursday afternoon, the door was closed to us.Continue reading
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
Much has been written about what Tuesday's Wisconsin recall race says about the influence of big money on politics, but the real story may be the influence of the money we don't know about.
Less than three hours after Democrat Tom Barrett conceded the $63 million-and-counting contest to Gov. Scott Walker, Americans for Prosperity, the big spending conservative group, sent an email to supporters hailing Walker's win and including a video highlight reel about "how AFP educated Wisconsin residents about Governor Walker's budget reforms."
The video shows footage of the customized AFP bus that rolled through ...Continue reading