How Some Nonprofit Groups Funnel Dark Money Into Campaigns
A ProPublica investigation shows that many 501(c)(4) nonprofits active in the 2010 election spent millions of dollars on campaigns, sometimes reporting less political spending to the Internal Revenue Service than they did to election officials. Some groups listed here – including several with long histories and well-established social welfare missions – put only a small portion of their resources into politics and reported accurately. How we calculated these numbers | Related story »
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* This figure includes money reported to the FEC and to state election authorities, as well as donations to super PACs, political committees and c4s for the purpose of political ads. Three groups -- Economy Forward, The Annual Fund and The Commission on Hope, Growth and Opportunity -- did not report spending to election authorities, but their expenditures surfaced in other records. The Republican Jewish Coalition spent $4.9 million – almost $3.8 million reported to the IRS, plus $1.1 million reported to the FEC.
** This figure is the amount of money reported by the organization as its political spending to the IRS.