Here’s How One Dark Money Group Keeps Its $22 Million Donor Secret

Published on Democratic Underground (first on Huffington Post), Nov 19, 2013.

WASHINGTON — Crossroads GPS, the “dark money” behemoth founded by Karl Rove, reported on its 2012 tax return that it spent 60 percent of its $188 million budget last year on nonpolitical activity. But a closer examination of that election-year spending reveals little difference between Crossroads’ political and self-declared nonpolitical efforts.  

The secretive, conservative nonprofit reported spending $74.5 million on nonpolitical advocacy during the election year and an additional $35 million on nonpolitical grants, according to an Internal Revenue Service form posted online by the ethics watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. The vast majority of this — $67.8 million, according to Crossroads’ press releases — was spent on television ads and online media hitting President Barack Obama in swing states and attacking 10 vulnerable Senate candidates and one House candidate up for reelection.

In one so-called issue ad, Crossroads GPS criticized Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) for supporting “Obama’s $453 billion tax increase.” Another issue ad said, “Brown’s latest vote could mean tax hikes on the small businesses Ohio depends on to create jobs” … //

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Links:

China creates new National Security Committee, on World Socialist Web Site WSWS, by John Chan, Nov 20, 2013;

The Kafka courts of Alabama, on Intrepid Report, by Wayne Madsen, November 19, 2013;

‘Reflections on a Revolution’ is now ‘ROAR Magazine’, on ROAR Magazine, by ROAR Collective, Nov 19, 2013;

ATR’s Tax Forms Raise Questions About Use of Crossroads Grant, “Social Welfare” Purpose, on OpenSecrets.org, by Robert Maguire and Viveca Novak, November 18, 2013;

Chinese supercomputer twice as fast as closest US rival, on Russia Today RT, November 18, 2013;

Owen Jones, Mother Agnes, and Stop the War Coalition, on Socialist Unity, by John Wight, November 18, 2013;

Capitalism is a dirty word: America’s new socialist council member talks to Salon, on SALON, by JOSH EIDELSON, Nov 18, 2013: On November 5, Seattle voters made Occupy activist and economics professor Kshama Sawant the first avowed socialist city council member in their city’s history – and the country’s first big city socialist council member in decades …;

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