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Even Before $400 Million Midterm Effort, Koch-Linked Organization Has Been Spending Heavily

February 16, 2018 | dark money watch | Margaret Sessa-Hawkins

A constellation of political organizations funded by billionaires Charles and David Koch plans to spend almost $400 million to support conservative causes and candidates during the 2018 election cycle, the libertarian brothers said last month. Their flagship organization, however, has already been shoveling money out the door. Americans for Prosperity (AFP), a secretive Arlington, Va.-based … Continue reading “Even Before $400 Million Midterm Effort, Koch-Linked Organization Has Been Spending Heavily”

GOP Law Enforcement Chiefs Invited Donors To Help Set Policy Via Secret Bulletin Board

February 12, 2018 | dark money watch | Andrew Perez and Lee Fang

This story is a collaboration between MapLight and The Intercept. An association of top Republican law enforcement officials has created a secret online bulletin board called the “Briefing Room” that’s allowing big donors to help shape legal policy, according to records reviewed by MapLight and The Intercept. The Republican Attorneys General Association, or RAGA, frequently … Continue reading “GOP Law Enforcement Chiefs Invited Donors To Help Set Policy Via Secret Bulletin Board”

Amid Secrecy Dispute, Fistful of Schedule B Forms Show Power of Big Political Dollars

February 05, 2018 | dark money watch | Frank Bass

As Congress last year debated a $1.5 trillion tax cut, special interests mobilized to support and oppose the measure. One of the more prominent supporters was the American Action Network, a conservative dark money organization that spent roughly $28 million for activities that included  “carrying out grassroots organizing at town halls to build momentum for … Continue reading “Amid Secrecy Dispute, Fistful of Schedule B Forms Show Power of Big Political Dollars”

Key Dark Money Figure Takes Reins Of RNC Treasury

February 05, 2018 | dark money watch | Margaret Sessa-Hawkins

An influential financier who opposed Donald Trump’s campaign before swinging the support of one of the largest dark money organizations in the nation to the president has been named to take over the finances of the Republican National Committee. Todd Ricketts, the son of billionaire TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts, is affiliated with both 45Committee … Continue reading “Key Dark Money Figure Takes Reins Of RNC Treasury”

Koch-Linked Dark Money Organization Declines Release of 2014, 2015 Contributions List

January 30, 2018 | dark money watch | Margaret Sessa-Hawkins

A week after announcing its refusal to release a section of its 2016 tax return that could be used to determine the number of large donations it received, the flagship political organization of the billionaire libertarian Koch brothers indicated it would also attempt to shield basic information about its 2014 and 2015 contributions from public … Continue reading “Koch-Linked Dark Money Organization Declines Release of 2014, 2015 Contributions List”

Republican AGs Formed “Working Group” To Partner With Trump Administration

January 29, 2018 | dark money watch | Andrew Perez

Top Republican state law enforcement officials have created a “working group” to partner with the Trump administration as it attempts to roll back federal regulations, according to documents obtained by MapLight. Records obtained from a public records request to the Arizona Attorney General’s Office show that White House associate counsel Mike McGinley, a former federal … Continue reading “Republican AGs Formed “Working Group” To Partner With Trump Administration”

Dark Money, Nonprofit Experts: Koch Organization Shouldn’t Be Allowed To Hide Contribution Amounts

January 24, 2018 | dark money watch | Margaret Sessa-Hawkins and Andrew Perez

A conservative dark money organization tied to the billionaire libertarian Koch brothers shouldn’t be allowed to hide the size of its donations from public view, campaign finance and nonprofit experts said last week. Americans for Prosperity (AFP), the flagship political organization of Charles and David Koch, is refusing to allow the public to view a … Continue reading “Dark Money, Nonprofit Experts: Koch Organization Shouldn’t Be Allowed To Hide Contribution Amounts”

Koch-Linked Dark Money Organization Seals 2016 Tax Return Section From Public Scrutiny

January 17, 2018 | dark money watch | Margaret Sessa-Hawkins and Andrew Perez

A conservative dark money organization linked to billionaire libertarian brothers Charles and David Koch is refusing to disclose information about the size of its donations, defying IRS regulations that govern the tax-exempt entities. Americans for Prosperity (AFP), the flagship political organization of the Koch brothers, spent at least $13 million to help elect Republicans during … Continue reading “Koch-Linked Dark Money Organization Seals 2016 Tax Return Section From Public Scrutiny”

Deluge of Last-Minute Money Narrows Moore’s Financial Gap in Tight Alabama Senate Race

December 12, 2017 | dark money watch | Margaret Sessa-Hawkins

A late spending spree by outside conservative organizations is helping narrow the financial gap between former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones and his Republican opponent, former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore. The amount of outside spending boosting the embattled GOP candidate in the past week more than tripled the amount spent between a Sept. … Continue reading “Deluge of Last-Minute Money Narrows Moore’s Financial Gap in Tight Alabama Senate Race”

Tax Returns Identify Dark Money Organization As Source of GOP Supreme Court Attacks

November 21, 2017 | dark money watch | Andrew Perez and Margaret Sessa-Hawkins

A dark money organization that has spent millions to finance conservative causes was the source of the $17 million spent to keep Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat in Republican hands, tax documents reviewed by MapLight reveal. The Wellspring Committee, a Virginia-based nonprofit, donated more than $23 million last year to the Judicial Crisis Network, … Continue reading “Tax Returns Identify Dark Money Organization As Source of GOP Supreme Court Attacks”

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