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IRS Can End 'Dark Money' in Federal Elections

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

New regulations must establish a clearly defined, restrictive limit on how much campaign activity a group can engage in and still be eligible for 501(c)(4) tax status.

Michael McAuliff

Dems: GOP Outrage At IRS Is Really About Rove

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican efforts to punish the Internal Revenue Service for its alleged partisan targeting of political social welfare groups may have...

Good Lord, Republicans Still Pretending There Is an 'IRS Scandal'

Dave Johnson | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics
Dave Johnson

This is really about Republicans trying to stop the IRS from policing the big right-wing political groups that are using special tax status to mask their donors. This is an intimidation tactic.

Paul Blumenthal

Figured Out Dark Money Groups, Super PACs? Thanks To The Supreme Court, You'll Have To Learn About This, Too

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court's ruling in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission has opened the door for wealthy donors to spend even more on pol...

Watch: Who's Buying our Midterm Elections?

Bill Moyers | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Already, three times as much money has been raised for this year's elections as four years ago, when the Citizens United decision was announced.

Kathleen Miles

This Chart Shows How Little We Really Know About Where Political Money Comes From

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathleen Miles | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics

More and more money is going into U.S. elections without any disclosure of where it's coming from. Spending by “dark money” groups -- organizat...

Paul Blumenthal

Democrats Push IRS To Limit Dark Money's Political Power

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 02.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of 13 Democratic senators sent a letter to the Internal Revenue Service on Thursday urging the agency to adopt stringent new lim...

How Far Can the IRS Go in Regulating Political Ads by Nonprofits?

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy | Posted 04.27.2014 | Politics
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

The IRS's proposed rule has run into the bugaboo that has plagued the Supreme Court and election administrators for years: how to define "political" advertisements.

Stink Tanks: Historical Records Reveal State Policy Network Was Created by ALEC

Steve Horn | Posted 02.09.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

ALEC is currently under fire for potentially abusing its 501(c)(3) non-profit IRS charity tax status, acting as a shadow lobbying apparatus and "corporate bill mill" throughout its 40 years of existence.

Paul Blumenthal

Congressman Drops 'Dark Money' Lawsuit For Now

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and three campaign finance watchdog groups dropped their lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service over...

Leaked Documents: IRS Concerns, Funding Crisis at Corporate Lobbying Group ALEC

Steve Horn | Posted 02.03.2014 | Politics
Steve Horn

ALEC's budget hole from the exodus of corporate members has inspired a campaign to win corporate members back to the exclusive club, calling it the biblically-inspired "Prodigal Son Project."

Paul Blumenthal

IRS Cracks Down On 'Dark Money'

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced on Tuesday new guidelines clarifying the definition of political activity...

The IRS Scandal That Wasn't

Michael Winship | Posted 12.01.2013 | Politics
Michael Winship

This is a story about how bureaucratic bungling was turned into scandal by right-wing politicians desperate to spin gold from straw.

GOP Lawyer Launches Political Donation Refund Group

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 11.26.2013 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

A new group has formed to get money out of politics. But unlike typical "good government" groups, this new nonprofit is connected to a Republican lawyer with a case before the U.S. Supreme Court next month.

Curbs on Social-Welfare Groups Would Deprive Everyday Citizens of a Voice

Nan Aron | Posted 11.18.2013 | Politics
Nan Aron

The Internal Revenue Service's clumsy handling of applications for social-welfare status in 2012 has triggered a rash of fevered responses along with some serious policy proposals.

Paul Blumenthal

IRS Sued Over Rule That Lets Dark Money Flood Elections

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) announced on Wednesday a lawsuit challenging the Internal Revenue Service's rules for certain tax-exempt n...

Michael McAuliff

Show Us The Dark Money: Report Says States Can Compel Disclosure

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 08.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The gridlocked Congress may be stalled in efforts to stem the flood of dark money into U.S. elections, but a new analysis suggests much ...

The Real Scandal Is Money in Politics, Not the IRS

Rep. Ted Deutch | Posted 09.18.2013 | Politics
Rep. Ted Deutch

The IRS does not belong in the business of evaluating political conduct, nor did Congress ever intend to award political organizations with a tax-exemption reserved for groups "operated exclusively for the promotion of social welfare."

Paul Blumenthal

Call For New IRS 'Dark Money' Rules

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More than a dozen Democratic House members are calling on the Internal Revenue Service to adopt clear rules on political activity follow...

Paul Blumenthal

These Ads Have A Hidden Agenda

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When FWD.us, the lobby group founded by Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg, launched its first foray into issue advocacy to support im...

The IRS: It's Bad Enough

Christopher Bergin | Posted 08.06.2013 | Politics
Christopher Bergin

The IRS is seriously and dangerously broken. This is not only unfair to the many dedicated public servants at the IRS; it's unfair to all of us. Get to the truth. Arbitrarily punishing the IRS isn't going to help any more than blindly defending the agency.

All in the Family: Justice Thomas and the IRS/Tea Party Scandal

Terry Connelly | Posted 08.06.2013 | Politics
Terry Connelly

Quick as a flash, the Tea Party became the Alcoholics Anonymous of political donors, and it still is. That's what this IRS scandal is really all about: keeping political donors names a secret by using 501(c)(4) entities to make sure that the donations are written in invisible ink.

I Have a Conspiracy Theory Too: Tea Party Deliberately Entrapped IRS to Trigger Phony Crisis.

Paul Abrams | Posted 08.06.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Conspiracy theories are the special province of the right-wing, raised to new levels of sophistication and then brought to our shores from, as FDR called them, the "European dictatorships."

Let's Stop This Charade

Rep. Earl Blumenauer | Posted 08.04.2013 | Politics
Rep. Earl Blumenauer

I wholeheartedly agree that no group or individual should be persecuted by the IRS for their beliefs. But there is a much larger issue here and we should take a step back to see why this might have occurred.

Scandalous

Jim Worth | Posted 07.30.2013 | Politics
Jim Worth

There is no scandal here but there is an unseen, unpublicized, and potentially more dangerous failure clouded by Republican histrionics that distracts and affects the American people.