Front Groups

Front Groups are non-profit "social welfare" groups set up to funnel unlimited seceret donations to pay for political ads. They are often referred to as 501(c)(4) groups, which is the non-profit classification by the IRS for "social welfare" groups. Because of their non-profit status, they are not required to report their donors. As long as at least 50% of their activity is non-political, they can spend 49.9% of their funds on political ads. Front Groups are the clear choice for billionaires and corporations that want to fund ads against candidates that would raise their taxes or regulate them in any way. It's also a good way to buy puppet politicians to work for you.

Republicans Fight To Keep Rove And Koch Bros. Groups’ Money Sources A Secret

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Political front groups, such as Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS and the Koch Brothers’ Americans for Prosperity, use the 501 (c)(4) section of the tax code meant for social welfare organizations, to hide their donors’ identities.  Karl Rove and the Koch Brothers are clearly abusing this section of the code meant for charities. From the IRS […]




Karl Rove, Koch Brothers Front Groups Target Voters Based On Internet Habits

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Dark Money Political Groups Target Voters Based on Their Internet Habits  by Lois Beckett ProPublica, July 26, 2012, 2:13 p.m. Lauren Berns was browsing Talking Points Memo when he saw an ad with President Obama’s face. “Stop the Reckless Spending,” the ad read, and in smaller print, Paid for by Crossroads GPS.    Berns was […]




Karl Rove Avoids Question About Crossroads GPS Secret Donors

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VIDEO – In a Fox News interview, Karl Rove dodges a question about the “dark money” (secret funding) of his phony non-profit group, Crossroads GPS, by making up a lie about an Obama campaign lawyer.   Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy   Richard Bauer, the Obama campaign’s chief counsel, […]




Crossroads GPS – Best Way To Secretly Buy Politicians

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Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies (GPS) is a front group founded by Karl Rove and an affiliate of his Super PAC, American Crossroads.  Don’t be fooled – Crossroads GPS is anything but “grassroots”.  Although it is officially a 501(c)(4) nonprofit group, which is tax-exempt and must spend 50% of its resourses on promoting social welfare, the only […]




ALEC Helps Big Oil Say “FRACK YOU” To Chemical Disclosure Rules

ALEC and ExxonMobil Push Loopholes in Fracking Chemical Disclosure Rules by Cora Currier ProPublica, April 24, 2012, 2:06 p.m. One of the key controversies about fracking is the chemical makeup of the fluid that is pumped deep into the ground to break apart rock and release natural gas. Some companies have been reluctant to disclose […]




CPAC Conference Offers Many Ways To Buy Elections

CPAC Tips: How to Win Friends and Influence by Kim Barker ProPublica, Feb. 13, 2012, 6:34 p.m. The big Republican names were all at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C., last week: Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry and Sarah Palin. The three-day conference, known […]




IRS May Stop Looking Other Way On Front Groups

It might be getting harder for billionaires and corporations to hide secret donations to support political ads.  For years, they have counted on the IRS to look the other way regarding their favorite front groups’ tax-exempt status.  This tax-exempt status for “social welfare” groups is what allows them to buy elections in complete secrecy. Now, the IRS is […]




ALEC – American Legislative Exchange Council

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VIDEO – The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is the most direct way for a corporation to buy legislation that helps their bottom line.  They just pay a nominal membership fee ($7,000 – $25,000 per year) and get access to over 2,000 state lawmakers.   Also, they can become a corporate member of any one of the nine […]




Americans for Prosperity

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The front group of the billionaire Koch Brothers, Americans for Prosperity spends tens of millions on negative ads, all funded by secret donations!  AFP is one of the biggest “astroturf” (phony grassroots) organization funders, funding many Tea Party operations from behind the scenes. Charles and David Koch pay millions every year suppoting the causes of billionaires and big oil.  […]




Americans for Prosperity – Take Unions Out At The Knees

VIDEO – Koch brothers’ puppet says “take unions out at the knees”. Scott Hagerstrom, the head of the Michigan chapter of Americans for Prosperity, doesn’t let the fact that his entire family benefitted from unions keep him from working to crush them on behalf of the billionaires that pay him.