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Wed May 22, 2013, 05:33 PM

Spending by Politically Active Tax-Exempt Groups, by type of group & by political point of view


The Center for Responsive Politics has been intensively researching and writing about politically active nonprofits -- also known as 501(c)(4) organizations, or, more colloquially, "dark money" groups -- for more than a year. Since the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court decision freed them to participate more directly in electoral politics, they have been used to pour money into the system at an unprecedented rate.

There has been an explosion of spending by nonprofit groups over the last three election cycles, from less than $17 million in 2006 to well over $300 million in 2012.

These groups, unlike the more commonly known super PACs, are not required to divulge the names of their donors, and much of their spending is unreported, too. Their annual tax filings with the IRS list how much money they have, who their officers are and the recipients of any grants they may have made.

But when they spend their money directly in support of or opposition to a candidate, they must report to the Federal Election Commission. FEC data collected and analyzed by OpenSecrets.org shows that in the 2012 election alone, politically active nonprofits reported spending more than $308 million. Many millions more were likely spent on "issue ads" that escaped reported rules.



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Reply Spending by Politically Active Tax-Exempt Groups, by type of group & by political point of view (Original post)
Bill USA May 2013 OP
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Wed May 22, 2013, 07:20 PM

1. unions

Were included in the Citizens United ruling aswell. How about including their data, aswell. I know people who have had their dues increased, against there will, for an election in a couple weeks. And they don't even support what they're having to pay for.

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Wed May 29, 2013, 07:15 PM

2. according to Opensecrets.org Business contributes about 19 times labor contributions..link provided.

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total contributions (i.e. of those that must be reported)
Business: $2,708,652,702
Labor: †††††† $141,153,422

$2,708,652,702 † = 19

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