Last June, Scott Renfroe, a Colorado state senator running in a crowded GOP congressional primary, was hit with a slashing attack ad that accused him of supporting “taxpayer-funded bailouts” for a failed local bank.
“Not conservative,” declared the ad run by a Denver-based nonprofit group called Citizens for a Sound Government. The spot hit two weeks before the primary, which Renfroe lost by 20 points.
As the Internal Revenue Service contemplates new rules to illuminate “dark money” in politics, a little-known nonprofit group is fighting back using money traceable to billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, drug makers and the cable television industry.
The group, American Commitment, received 87 percent of its $13 million in funding between 2011 and 2013 from three Koch-connected nonprofits: the Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, the Center to Protect Patient Rights and Free Enterprise America, according to tax filings reviewed by the Center for Public Integrity.
This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washington, DC.
PHOENIX -- A Valley political expert said the 2014 midterm election in Arizona will not be remembered for a heavy Republican shift, but rather the influx of so-called "dark money."
Stan Barnes said there's no accountabilty with dark money and that is bad for the entire process.