Tag: Kim Barker
What Happens When a Dark Money Group Blows Off IRS RulesApril 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 ThemNovember 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 CaseOctober 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 ScandalMay 2013
Amid the outrage, the big picture of social welfare nonprofits is easily forgotten.
Kim Barker: Inside GameMarch 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’tJanuary 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 SeatDecember 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 UnitedAugust 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 WelfareAugust 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.