The Tea Party-linked charity lifted photos and testimonials from other charities and misrepresented its programs, while also promoting partisan political groups.
Among those takeaways: The IRS planned to deny the application of Crossroads GPS, and the IRS really is not equipped to police elections — and it knows it.
Two dark money groups linked to conservative billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch have paid a record $1 million in fines to California to settle allegations that the combined $15 million they spent on two ballot proposals in the state was not properly disclosed.
In a sharply worded ruling, a federal judge in Montana said Tuesday that documents found inside a Colorado meth house pointing to possible election law violations will not be returned to the couple claiming the papers were stolen from one of their cars.
The IRS division responsible for flagging Tea Party groups has long been an agency afterthought, beset by mismanagement, financial constraints and an unwillingness to spell out just what it expects from social welfare nonprofits, former officials and experts say.
Groups that did not disclose their donors played a larger role than ever before in trying to sway U.S. elections, and such spending played a greater role in the Montana Senate race than almost any other.
Groups donating to campaigns can stay obscure by simply telling the FEC their major purpose is not electing candidates. The result: Some 72 non-profits popped up right before the election, campaigned, and then disappeared afterward.
Documents found in a meth house in Colorado offer a rare glimpse into the world of dark money, showing how Western Tradition Partnership appealed to donors, interacted with candidates and helped shape their election efforts.
Dark money groups flooded Albuquerque's airwaves in August, aiming to sway a hotly contested U.S. Senate race by making more than half the political ad buys on top TV stations.
Two conservative nonprofits, one started by GOP strategist Karl Rove and the other backed by billionaire Koch brothers, have poured almost $60 million into TV ads to influence the presidential race so far, outgunning all super PACs put together.
When MaryAnn Nellis tried to pay for groceries on April 14, her credit card was declined. Later, she said, she found out why: Her credit card company, Capital One, had flagged an earlier purchase as potentially fraudulent. The problem? A $5 donation to Friends of Scott Walker, the Wisconsin governor's campaign committee, Nellis said.