Freedom Partners is an organization affiliated with the Koch brothers that spent more than $200 million last year to bolster other organizations advocating for conservative political positions. We used the data on those donations, first obtained by Politico, to illustrate how the groups it supported invested in campaigns last year.
While Freedom Partners' existence wasn't a secret before now, its spending was. The group provided Politico with a copy of its donations in an attempt, in the words of its president, Marc Short, to undermine the "vilification that happens that gets exaggerated when your opposition thinks you’re secretive." As a 501(c)6 under the IRS tax code, Freedom Partners doesn't have to reveal where it gets its money, but does outline where the money goes.
Here's what the breakdown looks like. For organizations that themselves spent money, we used Open Secrets to determine how much they spent in 2012 — mostly on independent expenditures (meaning money not given to candidates) and on Republican issues. One organization, the anti-Obamacare Center to Protect Patient Rights, doesn't have a record of its 2012 spending. Since its the largest beneficiary from Freedom Partners, we used the 2010 data for a sense of scale. The height of each box (or width of the vertical lines at bottom) is proportional to the amount of money it conveys. (Yellow boxes are the height of the larger value: money coming in or going out.)