Dark Money 501c

As we have repeatedly documented, corporations are using tax-exempt “social welfare” groups – known under the tax code as 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(6) organizations – as conduits to secretly influence our political system without any accountability.

Under current law, engaging in political activity cannot be the primary purpose of these groups, which is generally assumed to involve spending less than 50 percent of their budgets.

These organizations should still be permitted to engage in lobbying, education, and grassroots activity, but it’s high time to draw a clear line between political and policy-related activities. If organizations or their funders want to participate in political activity, they should do so out in the open through bona fide political entities that are required to disclose their donors and expenditures.

DARK MONEY DISCLOSURE:
We track down the latest tax returns for some of the most notorious dark money groups.

Here's how CREW is combating the dark money in our system:

Blog: A Corporate Response to CREW’s Disclosure Report

Legal: Report: Voluntary Corporate Political Spending Disclosure Does Not Work

Legal: Judge denies prelimary injunction in Aetna shareholder lawsuit

Blog: Anti-Union Berman Group Hires Lobbyist to Push Bill Aimed at Undermining Unions

Blog: Today’s Decision in CREW v. Dep’t of Treasury

Press: CREW Report: Grants to Dark Money Groups Reflect Hollywood’s Changing Influence Machine

Blog: TAKE ACTION: Tell the IRS to Close the Dark Money Loophole

Legal: CREW Files Comments Criticizing IRS’s Proposed Section 501(c)(4) Regulations

Blog: Hire Rick Berman’s For-Profit and His Nonprofit Will Go to War for You

Press: CREW Congratulates January’s Scoundrel of the Month: Citizens United

Press: CREW Releases White Paper Rebutting Arguments Against Reforming Tax-Exempt Political Groups

Blog: Koch Network Backed Mysterious Group Pushing to Shift Allocation of PA Electoral Votes

Press: CREW Congratulates the 2013 Scoundrel of the Year: Justice Antonin Scalia

Blog: Crossroads GPS Gave $125,000 to Organization Started By One of Its Founders

Legal: CREW Files FOIA Request for Documents Related to SEC’s Decision to Drop Political Disclosure Rule

Press: CREW Files Lawsuit Against Aetna for Misleading Proxy Statements

Blog: CREW Continues Fight Against Dark Money with IRS Lawsuit

Blog: Op-Ed: Newly Proposed IRS Regulations Fall Far Short

Blog: The Long Road Ahead for the IRS

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