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.

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: How to Use Dark Money Nonprofits to Run Your Voter Shaming Program

Blog: Introducing the Newest Koch Network Group: Freedom Partners Institute, Inc.

Press: CREW Files Criminal Complaint Against Rubio Finance Chair, DC Power Players

Press: More Evidence of Rubio Group Illegal Activity

Blog: Outside Spending Is Out of Control

Blog: Single Candidate (c)(4) Fails At Pretending It’s Not Just About ‘Supporting Marco Rubio’

Blog: A Victory in Texas

Blog: Company That Gave $550K to Bush Super PAC Wants to Influence How Employees Vote Too

Legal: CREW Calls for Investigation into Center for Medical Progress for Lying to IRS

Blog: Ted Cruz is Winning the Race for Koch Network Cash, but Marco Rubio May Have More Koch Support

Blog: Michigan Group Spends Like a Political Party but Discloses Nothing

Page: CREW Report: They’d Like to Buy the World with Koch

Press: CREW Calls on IRS and FEC to Scrutinize National Rifle Association Over Financial Irregularities

Press: CREW Congratulates April’s Scoundrel of the Month: Richard Berman

Blog: Tobacco Company Gave $30,000 to Single-Candidate Dark Money Group in Oklahoma

Blog: CPAC Organizer’s Conduit Contribution Demonstrates Challenge of Stopping Dead End Disclosure

Legal: CREW Requests FEC and DOJ Investigate American Conservative Union’s Illegal Conduit Contribution

Blog: FEC Commissioner Goodman Got It Wrong:  CREW Seeks to Close Loophole, Not Censor Internet

Blog: Republican AG Group Bails Out Super PAC That Targeted Tancredo

Blog: Freedom Partners Quietly Reveals Spending $22 Million in the Final Two Months of 2013

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