October 7, 2015 — Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) today filed a complaint with the IRS urging the agency to investigate a secretive Michigan political organization called Michigan Advocacy Trust (MAT) for spending millions of dollars on political ads without disclosing its donors. Under federal law, this kind of organization, known as a “527” group after the section of law governing them, must disclose its donors either to the IRS or to its home state. MAT did neither.
Michigan Advocacy Trust spent $3.6 million dollars on television ads promoting Republican Bill Schuette and attacking his opponents during the 2010 and 2014 Michigan attorney general campaigns—more than the candidates combined in the latter race. But there is no record of where that money came from and no specific information about how they spent it.