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Read The Tax Returns From Karl Rove’s ‘Dark Money’ Group (Donors Still A Mystery)

Read The Tax Returns From Karl Rove’s ‘Dark Money’ Group (Donors Still A Mystery)

by Kim Barker, ProPublica


One of the most talked-about “dark money” groups of the election released its tax returns yesterday, showing it raised almost $77 million from fewer than 100 donors over 19 months. Most of the money spent in its first year went directly to political ads or grants to other groups.

The returns are the first glimpse showing how much money has been raised by Crossroads GPS, launched by GOP strategist Karl Rove in mid-2010.

(Here are the full returns, for both 2010 and 2011. We’ve marked interesting bits. If you spot something we haven’t, let us know.)

By choosing to include the number of donors and the amounts of some of its larger donations, including one of $10.1 million in the first year and another of $10.1 million in the last seven months of 2011, the group was somewhat more transparent than the IRS requires.

Still, Crossroads GPS, also known as Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies, retained plenty of mystery — namely, their donors’ identities.

There are no donor names, no clues as to whether they are individuals, companies or trade groups, and no hint as to whether there are repeated donors from year to year.

Nonprofits like Crossroads GPS, classified by the IRS as “social welfare” organizations, are not required to disclose their donors, even if those organizations spend money on political ads. That is why they are sometimes referred to as “dark money” groups.

Yesterday, two campaign-finance watchdog groups again called for the IRS to investigate the tax status of Crossroads GPS. Critics have complained that the group and others like it use the IRS social-welfare status as a fig leaf to be able to hide the names of donors. The IRS says a social-welfare nonprofit, or 501(c)4, must have social welfare as a “primary purpose” but has never defined what that means. Most groups interpret this to mean social-welfare nonprofits can spend up to 49 percent of their money on politics.

Crossroads GPS spokesman Jonathan Collegio responded to critics by sending an email message with the subject line “Snarky comments” that pointed out that some of the group’s critics are nonprofits that also don’t disclose their donors. In another email, he compared what the group does to how environmental and labor groups have operated for decades.

Although similar nonprofits engaged in politics in past elections, their use exploded in 2010, particularly in tandem with super PACs, taking advantage of federal court rulings that paved the way for a new role for outside-spending groups in elections.

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16 responses to “Read The Tax Returns From Karl Rove’s ‘Dark Money’ Group (Donors Still A Mystery)”

  1. howa4x says:

    They have to buy it since they can’t win with ideas

  2. RalphHoward says:

    This man if he can not win he will cheat.and possible buy votes.and also block vote to? what
    Kind of person that would try to take away the vote from the poor.and middle class.and try to
    Sway voter

  3. William Deutschlander says:

    Carl Rove and his associates are another of the horrendous, self centered, greedy purveyors of the destruction of DEMOCRACY in the United States of America.
    Their greed is the malignant cancer that will not only destroy our nation but in the end will destroy their ability to maintain their own self serving lust for wealth!
    The Carl Rove, Koch Bros and Associates through their own self righteous greed will in the end bring about their own demise, ala The Soviet Union. Our founding fathers laid a foundation to discourage this malfeasance, this cancer, this immorality which these self serving fools chose to circumvent.
    God we need you to bless and preserve the moral ideals of our founding fathers and cast Satan out of our country.

  4. majong13 says:

    You know it amazes me how all this money is available for political purposes, but if the country is going bankrupt you would think the people who scream, “God, the country, and the Constitution,” would be falling over each other to help bail the country out. Sadly, no.

  5. EdC says:

    Something is funny where a company is so ashamed of itsself that it needs and intermediary to cover its tracks. Or maybe its scared that they will loose business. Alec is learning that or should I say the business that contrbuted to Alec, So did Glenn Beck, and even Rush is feeling the pinch. Hiding is great for some, but if you are found out, that might be a problem. However my question is If corporattions are people, how come they get to invest more then actual people

  6. This low life Karl Rove is nothing more than a poltical pimp! Did you hear what Rove, the traitor that outted CIA agent Valerie Plame that put in danger many of our USA undercover agents, stated on FOX, “I was, frankly, offended by it,” Rove stated about the ad that suggests that America’s “second half is about to begin.”
    This is one of ChickenHawk cowards that support starting Wars that they do not have to fight! We Mr. Rove, we are offend that shameless cowards like you exists in our American politics!

  7. ObozoMustGo says:

    I’d like to see all the money that’s laundered through the corrupt unions in this country to Obozo and the DumbocRATic machine! Especially the public employee unions. Now THERE”S CORRUPTION!!! Pols take taxpayer dollars and give lavish pay and benefits to public employee unions so the public employee unions can turn back to the pols some of the extracted tax dollars to get reelected. It’s a complete scam! Who cares what private people do with private dollars to make their political speech heard? Only you leftist nutjobs who realize there is competitive resources now to combat your taxpayer funded money laundering schemes. Too bad.. waaaaa waaaaa waaaaaaaa… Quit whining about it.

    • joyscarbo says:

      Keep yapping like an ignorant dog, Bozo. You and your bed-buddy, Ted Nugent, will be very happy together after election day. Keep barking but no one is listening the your nonsense. Your opinions do nothing but show how very UN-American you truly are. Your attitude is exactly why the REPUBES won’t be in charge of the white house, the house or the senate later this year. Keep nailing the coffin SHUT.

  8. Joyce says:

    Darkness will cover the land if the GOP’s ever get back in office. Bush and his cronies ruined the country in EIGHT YEARS and people are expecting Obama to get it back on stream in three years. Karl Rove with his slimy swift boat strategy is on the grind again but we all are going to grind the lies to dust . No Karl it will not work this time , tell you right wing friends we know the dark secret.

  9. ExPAVIC says:

    More of the Same

    More lies and untruths from the desk of Karl “Dr. Joseph Goebbels” Rove.

    Karl has obviously read Dr. Goebbels’ book “Lies, More Lies, and Nothing But the Lies.” The question is where did he find all of those rich people who believe his lines of male bovine fecal matter? Now that does get kind of scary.

  10. Thuumper says:

    Angel Your not; You better get your fact straight You are ether misinformed OR a$%#@

  11. heyuoutthere says:

    How much of this money is allowed to go for administrative costs:IE,Roves pocket. what a despicable man.Imagine if the repubs win the house ,senate.and pres.With the activist conservative judges already in place;may God help the world.

  12. “It’s clearly a budget. It’s got a lot of numbers in it.”
    –George W. Bush

    reported by Reuters

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