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Sat Oct 6, 2012, 10:36 PM

Dark Money Group Told IRS It Wouldn’t Be Political—Then Spent $1 Million on Campaign Ads

Source: ProPublica

A dark money nonprofit group that has run more than $1 million in ads in the Ohio race for U.S. Senate told the IRS last year it did not plan to spend any money to influence elections when it applied for recognition of its tax-exempt status.

ProPublica first reported on the group, the Government Integrity Fund, after information from television station political ad files became available online (see our Free the Files project), showing extensive spending by the Fund.

The group’s filings with the IRS illustrate how “social welfare” nonprofits, also known as 501(c)(4)s, are playing an aggressive role in this election, pouring tens of millions of dollars into races around the country, while taking advantage of the donor anonymity their tax status provides.

The Fund applied for IRS recognition last December and received the IRS’ approval less than two months later.


Read more: http://www.propublica.org/article/dark-money-group-told-IRS-wouldnt-be-political-spent-million-on-ads



Pro Publica follows up on one of the dark money groups supporting Republican Mandel in his challenge to Senator Sherron Brown.

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Reply Dark Money Group Told IRS It Wouldn’t Be Political—Then Spent $1 Million on Campaign Ads (Original post)
TomCADem Oct 2012 OP
Shuhered Oct 2012 #1
Panasonic Oct 2012 #2
jmowreader Oct 2012 #5
freshwest Oct 2012 #8
wordpix Oct 2012 #3
cstanleytech Oct 2012 #4
glinda Oct 2012 #6
defacto7 Oct 2012 #7
w4rma Oct 2012 #9
truthisfreedom Oct 2012 #10
Overseas Oct 2012 #11
formercia Oct 2012 #12

Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 10:42 PM

1. Punish (& SHUN) Them

I'd say guilt them over what they did but GOPers don't have consciences so just jail them with no TV privileges except for Rachel Maddow's Show. Maybe they'll learn something.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 10:47 PM

2. Indict Government Integrity Fund for RICO charges

 

and voter intimadation, then sentence the people involved into a maximum security, in Ad Seg, for the rest of their lives. Butt naked.

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Response to Panasonic (Reply #2)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 11:56 PM

5. Or just revoke their tax-exempt status retroactive to the first campaign ad they ran

Whack the fuckers for 35 percent of everything they've taken in--disallowing all business deductions--and see how quick the rest of these dark-money assholes renounce their 501(c) statuses.

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Response to jmowreader (Reply #5)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 01:03 AM

8. +1

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 10:47 PM

3. this is just absurd - you're either a nonprofit and meet the criteria, or you're a political org and

you don't. You can't have it both ways.

I started a non-profit group to clean up our local river. I had to submit the mission statement, board of directors, etc. to both state and federal agencies in charge of approving nonprofits. We could not be political or donate to/advocate for anyone running for office who wanted to clean up our river, too.

These 501 c-4 groups are totally bogus. That goes for Karl Rover's group and Grover Norquist's several groups, claiming to be "nonprofit."

No, not political at all

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 10:54 PM

4. If Martha Stewart can go to jail for lying to the FBI then so should those behind this group. nt

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 12:05 AM

6. When there are no consequences for their actions they will continue this.

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Response to glinda (Reply #6)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 12:58 AM

7. This is true!

Why are there no consequences for those criminals some of whom deserve the definition treasonous? Time to put these guys behind bars and take away their political toys.

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Response to glinda (Reply #6)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 04:30 AM

9. Yup. They broke the law, willfully. They need to be made an example of. (nt)

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 04:57 AM

10. Swift consequences. Don't hold your breath.

badabing. BADABOOM.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 12:08 PM

11. K&R.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 02:01 PM

12. They don't care

If Mitt wins, they all get Pardons and an Ambassadorship.

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