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: Crossroads GPS and Kentucky Opportunity Coalition Have, Word for Word, the Same Mission

Blog: CREW Analysis: The Role of Money in the 2014 Elections

Blog: AUDIO: Dr. Evil Tells Oil and Gas Industry to Use ‘Fear and Anger’ in Fracking Fight

Blog: Shape-Shifting Nonprofit Is Major Funder of a Run-and-Gun Super PAC

Blog: Budget Document: New Cheney Group Plans To Spend $400,000 on Issue Advocacy in 2014

Blog: Freedom Partners Makes Things Even More Complicated

Blog: Dark Money Groups Work Together to Shield Donors’ Identities in State Elections

Blog: Berman Enlists Industry Scientist for Latest Project, Flip-Flops On Cancer Risk of Tanning

Press: CREW Sues Federal Election Commission for Failing to Enforce Federal Election Act

Blog: Panel Discussion: Critical Issues in Dark Money

Press: CREW Congratulates May’s Scoundrel of the Month: Sean Noble

Legal: CREW Files Complaints Against Koch-Linked Groups and Sean Noble for Lying to IRS, FEC

Blog: Dark Money Groups Dominate Republican Attorneys General Association’s Donations

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

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