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Dark money: Just when you thought you'd finally mastered all the intricacies of the behind-the-scenes campaign finance world -- knowing your 501(c)(4)s from your 527s -- along comes a totally new type of entity, or at least one new to dark money applications. It's a 501(c)(6), alternately described as a "trade association" or "chamber of commerce" -- but either way, its donors get to remain undisclosed. And wouldn't you know it ... the Koch brothers are the first to have one, as revealed by an IRS filing first leaked to Politico.

The group is known as Freedom Partners, was formed in November 2011, and is operated by GOP operative Marc Short. The amount of money it raised and spent in 2012 is staggering: $256 million, coming from only about 200 donors paying, at a minimum, annual dues of $100,000. If you're thinking that you didn't see any ads last year from "Freedom Partners," well, you didn't; they acted more as a consolidator and funneler of funds, passing that money along to groups that did do the advertising, like the American Future Fund, the 60 Plus Association, Concerned Women for America, Center to Protect Patient Rights, and the more-directly-Koch-linked Americans for Prosperity.

While that all sounds terribly ominous, remember that a) this doesn't suddenly reveal that a previously-unaccounted-for $256 million appeared out of the ether; it only finally explains the conduit by which all that money got from the nation's billionaires to the folks like AFF and 60+ that actually did all that advertising. And b) look at the results in 2012: all that money barely seems to have moved the needle, to the extent that the point of diminishing returns was just a small dot in the Koch brothers' rear-view mirror. (David Jarman)

Senate:

AK-Sen: State Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan, who has reportedly been looking at a Senate bid for quite some time, is resigning his post in two weeks, ostensibly to join the race. Nathan Gonzales reported earlier this year that some local Republicans feel that Sullivan is their best bet to take on Dem Sen. Mark Begich, at least in part thanks to Sullivan's fundraising connections. (He's tight with Ohio Sen. Rob Portman) But while Sullivan has held a variety of government jobs, he's never won elective office before, and he also faces Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and 2010 nominee Joe Miller for the GOP nomination.

IA-Sen: Despite pleas from powerful Republicans that he move the state party convention up from July, GOP chair A.J. Spiker says the date will remain firm. If no candidate in the Senate primary achieves 35 percent of the vote, the nomination would get decided by convention, and GOP bigs want it to take place as early as possible. But Spiker is insisting that the convention not be held until after the secretary of state certifies the results of the June primary, which can take up to four weeks.

NC-Sen: Rev. Mark Harris, a prominent Baptist leader who had been considering a Senate bid, announced on Thursday that he would indeed join the field of Republicans hoping to take on Sen. Kay Hagan next year. So far, the only other prominent GOP candidate in the race is state House Speaker Thom Tillis.

Gubernatorial:

FL-Gov: Former Florida CFO Alex Sink, the Democrats' nominee for governor in 2010, now says she'll decide on whether to attempt a second such run by Oct. 25, when the Democratic Party hosts its state convention. Ex-Gov. (and former Republican) Charlie Crist is also weighing a bid and was also expected to decide by October, but reporter Adam Smith says that timetable is now "unsure," perhaps because Crist wants to minimize the amount of time GOP Gov. Rick Scott would have to attack him.

MI-Gov, -Sen: EPIC-MRA, one of many Michigan pollsters with uneven track records, has new numbers on both of the state's marquee races next year. In the gubernatorial contest, they see GOP Gov. Rick Snyder leading ex-Rep. Mark Schauer 44-36, up from a 39-39 tie in May. And for the open Senate seat, EPIC finds Dem Rep. Gary Peters leading ex-SoS Terri Lynn Land 38-37, the first time they've polled that matchup.

Both of these results make me raise an eyebrow—PPP had both Democrats ahead by 4 and 5 points respectively back in May, but that was a while ago. Still, I'd hold off on making any conclusions about EPIC's results unless and until we have confirmation from someone more reliable. (I'd point out, for instance, that this poll gives Obama a 39-60 job approval rating—far worse than his national average, in a state he won by over 9 points last year.)

NJ-Gov: After being teased for days that his first general election ad was coming, GOP Gov. Chris Christie finally released the spot on Thursday. It's a positive one, with a narrator saying that Christie, "working with both parties" achieved "four balanced budgets" and "no new taxes for anyone." There's also a reference to Hurricane Sandy at the end: "When tragedy struck, he was there every step of the way." Christie is reportedly spending $1.5 million to air the ad on broadcast television in both the Philadelphia and New York City media markets.

VA-Gov: A new poll from Purple Strategies, which bills itself as a bipartisan firm, sees Democrat Terry McAuliffe leading Republican Ken Cuccinelli by a 43-38 margin. The pollster also finds very high unfavorables for both: 24-39 for McAuliffe and 29-49 for Cuccinelli.

House:

NY-01: Well, this doesn't sound good. You might recall that last year, Dem Rep. Tim Bishop was accused of helping a wealthy constituent, Eric Semler, obtain a permit for a fireworks display, then asking for a contribution. The Politico piece which broke the story insinuated that there was a quid pro quo, but both Bishop and Semler denied any such arrangement, and Bishop insisted that his congressional office helped with the permit while it was his campaign staff who reached out to Semler for the donation. Bishop's 2012 Republican opponent, Randy Altschuler, ran ads attacking Bishop over this alleged scandal, but the incumbent held on, though only by a narrow 52-48 margin.

Now, though, the Office of Congressional Ethics has referred the matter to the House Ethics Committee, which will take up a further investigation. Particularly troubling is this email (flagged by Roll Call's Emma Dumain) from Bishop to billionaire Robert Sillerman, a friend of Bishop's who referred Semler to the congressman, after Bishop had smoothed the way for the fireworks show to proceed:

Ok, so just call me the friggin mailman – we are all set with Eric Semler. Hey, would you be willing to reach out to him to ask for a contribution? If he donates before June 26, he and his wife can each do 5 large – if it is after June 26, they can each do a max of 2500…
That certainly doesn't look good. There's also the 1-percenter aspect of this story which doesn't exactly play well, either: politician goes out of his way to help wealthy hedge fund manager secure permit for private fireworks display at Hamptons home for son's bar mitzvah, then solicits donation. This could cause real trouble for Bishop, who represents a very swingy district, once again.

TX-32: "Tea Party Activist Challenges Republican Incumbent" is not usually very newsy, but in this case, Katrina Pierson was immediately endorsed by FreedomWorks after announcing her effort to unseat GOP Rep. Pete Sessions. Still, targeting Sessions, a former NRCC chair, is definitely "come at the king" territory, and FreedomWorks had zero success going after sitting Republican members of the House last year.

In fact, I only see a couple of races that even fit that mold—Ron Gould in AZ-01 and Evan Feinberg in PA-18—in their 2012 expenditures. The most FreedomWorks spent was about $35,000 on Feinberg, who got killed, 63-37. So unless her patrons are prepared to shell out a lot more, Pierson is going to have a hell of a time getting anywhere.

OR-05: Republican state Rep. Julie Parrish, who had apparently been considering a run against Dem Rep. Kurt Schrader, has instead decided to seek re-election.

Other races:

New Jersey: It is a pretty rare, and cherished, nugget of information to get public polling down to the state legislative level. But that is precisely what we have in a new poll out from the Stockton Institute. They went into one of the few swing LDs in the Garden State (the southern-tier 2nd district) and gave us new nums on every race on the books. The gubernatorial numbers and Senate numbers aren't as instructive, since they are statewide races. But it would seem to me that both GOPer Chris Christie (up 56-34 on Barbara Buono) and Democrat Cory Booker (up 49-38 on Steve Lonegan) might be underperforming here a bit.

In those marquee lege races, the big news is in the state Senate, where Democratic Sen. Jim Whelan has a 51-39 lead over his GOP challenger, Atlantic County sheriff Frank Balles. This is considerably better than Whelan performed in 2011, when he beat then-GOP assemblyman Vince Pollistina by a 53-47 margin. In the Assembly, the GOP holds both seats, and narrowly (by 4-6 point leads), look to finish in the top two in November. New Jersey's Assembly races take the top two votegetters, which actually makes a 4-point edge a little more formidable than it might be in a pure head-to-head. (Steve Singiser)

Grab bag:

Maps: Here's a fascinating county-level map from 1861 of the prevalence of slavery in the Southern states, which Lincoln himself apparently consulted often during the Civil War.

Contrast that 1861 map with the 2010 Census map of percentage of black residents, county-by-county. The first thing you'll notice is that very little has changed; while there has been a lot of migration to big cities, enough of those slaves' descendants have stayed in place that the overall percentages haven't changed much. The most interesting change appears to be Kentucky's Bluegrass region, where there was a large slave population in 1861 that has since completely dispersed; the question is where and when this happened? Also worth noting are the losses in the Houston, TX, and Nashville, TN areas and the "Little Dixie" region of central Missouri, but also the seeming gains in the lowland areas of North Carolina. (David Jarman)

Polltopia: It's a tough week to be PPP. On Wednesday, the firm received brickbats for withholding then publishing a Colorado recall poll that it initially believed to be flawed. Then on Thursday, the New Republic's Nate Cohn, who has long been a vocal critic of PPP's, published a lengthy piece criticizing the firm's methodology.

Cohn's premise is a bit curious, since he begins by acknowledging PPP's accurate track record, but then insists: "Pollsters, though, tend to judge one another based more on methodology than record." That's a bit like saying meteorologists care more about putting together an elegant forecast model than getting tomorrow's weather right. Maybe that's true in certain quarters, but for polling clients, accuracy is undoubtedly paramount.

Cohn's arguments, which are laid out in detail, are not amenable to a quick summary, so you should read the piece yourself to judge whether you agree with the author that "[i]n employing amateurish weighting techniques, withholding controversial methodological details, or deleting questions to avoid scrutiny, the firm does not inspire trust." Cohn claims that his concerns are not "abstract," citing the cases of disgraced pollsters R2K and Strategic Vision. Those firms, however, collapsed because they were accused of making up fake polls, which is an entirely different story. No one questions that PPP makes actual calls to actual humans and puts together actual polls.

In response, PPP's Tom Jensen acknowledged that their "methodology is unique within the industry" and also published his lengthy correspondence with Cohn. Jensen says of their emails: "I also think it shows the extent to which we were very willing to share details of our methodology with him, which I think sort of calls into question a lot of his attacks on our transparency."

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 05:00 AM PDT.

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  •  53 days until Virginians choose their next gov, (5+ / 0-)

    Lt. Gov., Attorney General, and entire House of Delegates. Check out this video by a Virginia woman worried about the Republicans' anti-women's-health-care and anti-reproductive-freedom agenda.  Also see this video of Ken Cuccinelli running away from voters in Southwestern Virginia.

    •  While focusing on the plight of people who are (3+ / 0-)
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      Aunt Pat, judyms9, Puddytat

      being deprived of their rights is a natural, normal and caring response, it does nothing to counteract the behavior of people who are proposing to violate a person's bodily integrity either by taking away necessary health care or by ordering an invasive inspection of body cavities. We used to object to legislators practicing medicine. Unfortunately, any number of medical professionals have since become legislators in order to recruit the laws to enhance the income stream for themselves and their colleagues. Obstetrics is a profession that suffers a drop in income when fewer babies are conceived and born. Midwives don't help their bottom line either. But, instead of retraining and engaging in a more diverse medical practice, they are trying to create a captive population they can exploit.
      The medical appliances industry was flying high as disposability became the norm, replacing sterilization and reuse and every patient was sent home with a bag of implements for home use. As usual, success went to their heads and the healthcare industry was prompted to order and dispense unneeded stuff and then, as also often happens, just make up data to inflate the accounts. That brought in the inspectors and now every item has to be specified and prescribed and justified. As a result profits are shrinking. Vaginal probes look like a lucrative disposable appliance. If they iritate women, so much the better.

      We assume that obstetricians like women, but there's little evidence. Considering the riggors of med school, that probably looks like the easiest road to the golf course. Sometimes evil is coincidental.

  •  Propaganda is harmless, as long as you don't (3+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat, Puddytat, slothlax

    believe it. What the Koch brothers spend on propaganda and self-promotion, they don't spend on coal dust and chemical additives.
    They do seem to like lots of publicity, ever seeking out new venues in which to get themselves known. So, let's hail them for what they've done.
    Politics should be a national pastime. Participatory democracy can be fun.

    •  It would be interesting to track how much (3+ / 0-)
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      Mike732, MyMy, Puddytat

      the Koch's receive in government subsidy money and how it gets funnelled into propaganda to keep the money coming from the feds.  The taxpayers would love to see subsidy cash being used to elect those who would make life more miserable for the poor, working class, and those four people left in the middle class.

      Building a better America with activism, cooperation, ingenuity and snacks.

      by judyms9 on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 06:25:29 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Except that some take rational dialogue seriously (1+ / 0-)
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      Puddytat

      This CW is also wrong:

      And b) look at the results in 2012: all that money barely seems to have moved the needle, to the extent that the point of diminishing returns was just a small dot in the Koch brothers' rear-view mirror. (David Jarman)
      The point for the Kochs and brethren is not even electing people who'll carry your message, it IS moving that needle far enough that enough people DO believe this garbage. You get enough people spouting nonsense talking points and arguing about phony issues, and meanwhile the real business and power in America continues to be concentrated in the multinational corporations, like Koch Energy. It's all literally a smokescreen. And both the Democrats and the Republicans combine to push through the Transpacific Partnership, frack the country to death and deliberately not address climate change. Good job, Man Behind the Curtain! No, propaganda isn't harmless at all, whether YOU believe it or not. Propaganda drives the news cycle. Propaganda throws kerosene on a burning building and calls itself water.

      I thought I was poor because I owned no shoes; then I met a CEO who owned no Congressman.

      by Mike732 on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 06:35:29 AM PDT

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      •  Indeed, the propaganda serves to distract. (0+ / 0-)

        How many of us, for example, noticed that John Kerry's brother, Cameron, is now the acting Secretary of Commerce because Congress has not seen fit to approve of Penny?
        I didn't even know that Cameron is/was the General Counsel of the Department of Commerce.
        Apparently, the kerfuffle concerning the double-consonnanted Judd Gregg first accepting and then rejecting the position has alerted Obama to the fact that this department, which, after all, serves our horde of middlemen, is best left in the background.
        Certainly, Cameron, whose trading interests in the Far East made him and his brother somewhat suspect in 2004 when McCain was going for the Presidency rather seriously, is a good person to have in the slot as the Pacific Trade Partnership moves forward. McCain's worries that Cindy's enterprise with the brewery would be jeopardized if Kerry got into the White House were probably unfounded. Surely there are plenty of customers for beer to go around. What there is not enough of is fresh water.
        Anyway, while I happen to think trade is definitely preferable to theft, the financiers have now arranged it so that currency is a vehicle for legal thievery.

        I'll quote to you the business strategy I found at an outfit called Pathfinder Capital:

        *Opportunities for exceptional returns are available in post-conflict economies or within countries emerging from long-term isolation
        *Economic growth rates in frontier markets will continue to outperform those in developed countries for the foreseeable future
        *Information flow in frontier markets is less efficient than in developed markets, thereby making it possible for informed participants to outperform over time
        *Massive fiscal deficits in the developed world will leave central banks with no choice but to depreciate and devalue their currencies over the next decade
        *Food and energy prices, on a global basis, will continue to appreciate rapidly and will be the primary drivers of inflation and fiscal deficits
        The final two are particularly telling.
    •  RAT HOLE (0+ / 0-)

      I say I'm glad they threw so much money down the electoral rat hole that was 2012 ..

  •  WI-AD-21 special election (1+ / 0-)
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    Sara Johann is considering running as a Democrat in the upcoming special election to replace Republican Mark Honadel in the 21st Assembly District of Wisconsin.

    Johann has run for seats in the Wisconsin legislature three times before, most recently in 2000 (losing a state senate race to Republican incumbent Alberta Darling). More recently, Johann was the organizer of the "Draft Peter Barca for Governor" movement, then floated herself as a potential Democratic gubernatorial candidate before Honadel announced his intention to resign from the Assembly.

    Normally, a race in AD-21 (Oak Creek area in Milwaukee County) would be Safe R with someone like Johann as the Democratic nominee, although I'll rate it Likely R due to the fact that it's a special election.

    I'll say one thing about Johann...she does respond to questions that people ask her over social media. After telling her via her Facebook group that I was unaware of any other Democrats that were considering running, she responded by saying that she knew several other people that were considering running, but refused to provide names.

    My parents made me a Democrat. Scott Walker made me a progressive.

    by DownstateDemocrat on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 05:30:58 AM PDT

  •  Dark Money (3+ / 0-)

    501(c)(6) organizations being used to funnel money to other organizations that spend money to influence elections is yet another example of how ridiculous the campaign finance system in this country is.

    My parents made me a Democrat. Scott Walker made me a progressive.

    by DownstateDemocrat on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 05:43:27 AM PDT

  •  The US Is on a Steep Path to 3rd World Economy (4+ / 0-)
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    and banana republic.

    The Kochs' money does not need to move the needle. All it needs to do is hold the needle where it is.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 05:48:42 AM PDT

  •  To follow politics I watch a lot of CSPAN (0+ / 0-)

    I generally record it, so as to not be a slave to their schedule. Often I save these recordings, which is fairly easy to do since my PC is my DVR.

    However, I found out today that my cable provider, Time Warner Cable in NYC, just started copy-protecting all CSPAN shows, meaning that I can't edit and save them, apparently as of midnight last night.

    Why on earth would they do this, with CSPAN of all channels? I checked and it appears that regular broadcast channels are still not being copy-protected. I know that CSPAN sells recordings of its shows, at something like $30 a pop, but other than schools, who's crazy enough to pay this much for its shows?

    Does anyone know anything about this and if it's a mistake on CSPAN or Time Warner's part, or if this is for good? Time Warner recently announced that it's going all-digital by mid-October, so perhaps this is because of that.

    "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

    by kovie on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 06:08:44 AM PDT

  •  Look at the Results in 2013 (4+ / 0-)
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    In 2013, most everything continues to go the Koch Brothers Empire way. The quarter $billion that org laundered for them was money well spent.

    Yes, it might have cost a half $billion to get a President Romney and a lockstep Senate, for billionaire hog heaven. But the $million or so they threw in is returning to each of those 200 probably at least a $million a month.

    Without that money and its ilk, we might fix the gerrymandering so the majority of votes that came in Democratic would give us a Democratic House. And not the billionaire's Democrats, but ones who represent the people instead of their owners. We might see banksters jailed, and crooked health racketeers put out of business by Medicare for All.

    It takes conspiracy of billionaires to hold back a nation of millions. Complacency about barely staying in their game keeps us down. These bribery networks should be criminal, and ended for good.

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 06:10:16 AM PDT

  •  Koch money made a huge difference (1+ / 0-)
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    Perhaps Koch money is not significant in presidential elections, or in statewide elections, but it sure made a big difference in local elections in years ending in zero.

    2010 killed progress in a bunch of potentially blue states: Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Florida, Texas, Virginia, etc. Not only did Koch-funded Tea Partiers take the House, they also took over state legislatures that would reapportion following the 2010 census.

    The country got screwed for 10 years, 10 years of limiting voting, eliminating services, killing unions. So let's not scoff at the Koch brothers' efforts. They worked before and they will work again, under logs everywhere.

    2010 was a chance in a generation - 20 years - as it occurred in a non-presidential election season. We can't afford to sit out 2020.

    If you don't know where you're going, any road will do.

    by exregis on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 07:18:01 AM PDT

  •  African Americans in the Bluegrass (0+ / 0-)

    This would be an interesting dissertation topic

    Lexington -at the center of the Bluegrass has grown a great deal since WW2. It still has large African American population (15%) but perhaps most of the growth has been due to migration at University of Kentucky and businesses like Lex Mark.

    Lots of small, abandoned hamlets that were perhaps originally populated by newly freed slaves

    Purely speculatively I'd guess larger reduction in African American population in surrounding more rural counties may be due to

    some combination of:

    1 enrollment in Federal Army during Civil War; emancipation didn't apply to Kentucky since it pretty much always remained in the Union

    2. Tobacco farming now dependent on small allotments that lessen need for external labor

    3. Horse farms which have relatively smaller labor needs per acre than previous uses

    4 In migration to Lexington

    5 Out-migration to Louisville, Cincinnati, and beyond

    6 High levels of lynching/racism in the early 20th century

    7 No available land - old Kentucky was pretty much sold two or three times over by speculators by 1800, especially earliest settled parts surrounding Lexington.

    Henry Clay made a fortune settling conflicting claims

    •  Migration patterns are also studied by (0+ / 0-)

      genealogists.  These maps confirm what I find in studying families who moved through the 10 year census cycle.  I just published a big diary today for the Genealogy Group on DKOS that mentions some of that phenomena as it relates to Illinois, a "Free" state that had state sanctioned slaves in some industries in Southern Illinois.  

      There's a great book called The Great Migration that covers the lives of 4 southerners and their families as they moved out of the deep south toward the north and west to California.  

      We are all in this together.

      by htowngenie on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 10:09:53 AM PDT

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  •  beyond Kochs - who else? (0+ / 0-)

    The Corporate Court decision to allow unlimited, anonymous dark money to buy public opinion, public officials and public policy is the biggest threat to our national security.

    Forget Syria.  Forget Al Qaeda. Forget Obombacare.

    The fact that the Kochs have set up a dark front fund with over $250M is just the tip of the iceberg.

    What exactly is stopping foreign nationals, foreign agents from participating in that front fund?  or "donating" heavily to Rove?  or starting their own?

    For all the "patriotism" rants from the neo-con, tea bagger right wing, there never seems to be ANY discussion of potential - nay likelihood - of foreign corporations, foreign richniks and foreign governments buying influence and buying politicians and policy lock stock and barrel.  Check out the Transpacific Partnership, for example.

    We the People?  really?  more like We the Carlos Slim, We the  Al-Waleed bin Talal,  We the Lam Fog Neo.

    "...like all of those politicians that you carry around in your pocket like so many nickels and dimes."

    Bow down to your new, secret masters!

  •  the Money is of declining value (0+ / 0-)

    now that many districts are gerrymandered,
    you find yourself fighting over scraps,

    Actually the money is poisoning the GOP because
    they don't know how to work without it, the big
    dollars attract high dollar consultants, who bleed it off
    and suggest "Media Buys", as opposed to hiring district
    staff.

  •  Grab bag - thanks for the maps! (0+ / 0-)

    These are very good indeed for genealogists who study the migration patterns of African Americans.  I just published a huge genealogy diary today that mentions how Illinois actually sanctioned the use of slaves in some southern counties right up to the Civil War.  And many people are confused by the two lines - The Missouri Compromise line and the Mason Dixon Line were different.  

    We are all in this together.

    by htowngenie on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 10:06:39 AM PDT

  •  IRC 501(c) (0+ / 0-)

    Members of the tax bar have know for decades that this section was prone to abuse.  It had not been until recently that serious damage was being done in the political arena.

    This section needs urgent attention with an eye to preserve the exemption for the not-for-profits that need the exemption and constrain its use for political purposes.

    Thanks to over 20 years of limited funding for the agency charged with such diverse tasks as employment taxes, estate taxes, white collar crime, and now, ACA activities, its hard to root out corruption.  The poor souls in Cincinnati (the central office for new 501(c) entities) tried to do their best with limited resources and see how that turned out.

    This is something where the fix in known; reduce the categories where political spending in permitted, and eliminate the tax exemptions for organizations that don't want to restrict their political activity.  (Additional disclosure requirements wouldn't hurt either) The devil may be in the details, but the existing regime will continue to breed unintended consequences.  It should be reviewed (yes, by Congress) and implemented ASAP.

  •  i wonder how much they funneled to limbaugh (0+ / 0-)

    and other RW radio hacks as payola.

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 11:52:09 AM PDT

  •  Boy, if I didn't know better, I might think that (0+ / 0-)
    If you're thinking that you didn't see any ads last year from "Freedom Partners," well, you didn't; they acted more as a consolidator and funneler of funds, passing that money along to groups that did do the advertising, like the American Future Fund, the 60 Plus Association, Concerned Women for America, Center to Protect Patient Rights, and the more-directly-Koch-linked Americans for Prosperity.
    sounded like a Vast Right Wing Conspiracy

    "Push the button, Max!" Jack Lemmon as Professor Fate, The Great Race

    by bartcopfan on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 12:13:03 PM PDT

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