Tag: Kim Barker

What Happens When a Dark Money Group Blows Off IRS Rules

April 2014

The Government Integrity Fund spent most of its money on election ads, despite IRS rules prohibiting a social welfare nonprofit from doing so.

Kim Barker and Theodoric Meyer: Who Controls the Kochs’ Political Network?

March 2014

Obscure limited liability companies have ultimate say over the Koch network’s nonprofits, which spend hundreds of millions of dollars to advance conservative causes.

Kim Barker: Crossroads’ Tax Return Shows Big Donors, But Doesn’t Name Them

November 2013

How Karl Rove's “social non-profit” exploits loopholes in tax and election rules to pour millions of dollars from undisclosed donors into conservative campaigns.

Kim Barker: Dark Money Groups Pay $1 Million in Fines in California Case

October 2013

Koch-connected dark money groups face largest fine in California history of campaign finance.

Kim Barker & Justin Elliott: Six Facts Lost in the IRS Scandal

May 2013

Amid the outrage, the big picture of social welfare nonprofits is easily forgotten.

Kim Barker: Inside Game

March 2013

Creating PACs and then spending their money.

Kim Barker: Controversial Dark Money Group Among Five That Told IRS They Would Stay Out of Politics, Then Didn’t

January 2013

Groups such as Americans for Responsible Leadership participated in the election, despite promising otherwise.

Kim Barker: In Montana, Dark Money Helped Democrats Hold a Key Senate Seat

December 2012

With control of the Senate at stake, liberals hit the streets and bought ads for a libertarian candidate who likely siphoned crucial votes away from the Republican challenger.

Stephen Engelberg and Kim Barker: The Flood of Secret Campaign Cash Isn’t All Citizens United

August 2012

The campaign is glutted with anonymous money because of loose FEC oversight, and the Commission is unlikely to become more assertive anytime soon.

Kim Barker: How Nonprofits Spend Millions on Elections and Call it Public Welfare

August 2012

Drawing on documents filed with the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Election Commission, here's your guide to how 501(c)(4) groups have used their tax status for purposes the law never intended.