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A security camera hangs near a corner of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building in Washington May 27, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

The IRS Isn’t Persecuting Tea Party Groups — It’s Regulating ‘Dark Money’

On Tuesday, a list of 426 groups singled out for extra scrutiny when applying for tax-exempt status was made publicly available. Why the extra scrutiny? Because these 501(c)(4)s are supposed to be primarily focused on “social welfare,” they are legally allowed to keep their donors secret.

June 8, 2016

New IRS Rules On Dark Money Likely Won’t Be Ready Before 2016 Election

There’s bad news for those who hope to rein in dark money in the 2016 elections.

January 7, 2015

Public Has Dark Opinion Of ‘Dark Money’ In Elections

The polls are clear: Americans want more transparency in political spending.

December 26, 2014

What Happens When A Dark Money Group Blows Off IRS Rules? Nothing

by Kim Barker and Theodoric Meyer, ProPublica To see how easy it is for a dark money group to ignore the Internal Revenue Service, look no further than the loftily named Government Integrity Fund. The Fund, an Ohio nonprofit, spent more than $1 million in 2012 on TV ads attacking Ohio senator Sherrod Brown and […]

April 25, 2014