Trump 2020 campaign used a shell company to pay ad buyers at the center of alleged illegal coordination scheme with NRA

Campaign Finance

Our new investigation found that Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign used a shell company to pay ad buyers in an alleged illegal coordination scheme with the NRA while America First’s pro-Trump super PAC and “dark money” 501(c)(4) nonprofits paid the same individuals for “pro-Trump agenda” ads. Check it out on OpenSecrets:

Trump 2020 campaign used a shell company to pay ad buyers at the center of alleged illegal coordination scheme with NRA

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Joe Lieberman formally registers as lobbyist for Chinese telecom giant ZTE

Campaign Finance, Foreign Influence

LDA disclosures show former Senator Joe Joe Lieberman has registered as a lobbyist for China’s controversial telecom giant, ZTE, but claims he’s not really lobbying and its close Chinese government ties raise questions about FARA foreign agent rules. Check it out on OpenSecrets:

Joe Lieberman formally registers as lobbyist for Chinese telecom giant ZTE

Inside the controversial operation that allegedly tricked veterans into lobbying for Saudi Arabia

Foreign Influence

NRA leader David Keene, Jack Abramoff and GOP operative Paul Erickson have a long history as foreign agents lobbying together over a decade before alleged Russian spy Maria Butina. Check it out on OpenSecrets:

Inside the controversial operation that allegedly tricked veterans into lobbying for Saudi Arabia

NRA leader, Jack Abramoff and GOP operative tied to alleged Russian spy Maria Butina have long history as foreign agents lobbying together

Foreign Influence, Uncategorized

NRA leader David Keene, Jack Abramoff and GOP operative Paul Erickson have a long history as foreign agents lobbying together over a decade before alleged Russian spy Maria Butina. Check it out on OpenSecrets:

NRA leader, Jack Abramoff and GOP operative tied to alleged Russian spy Maria Butina have long history as foreign agents lobbying together

Bonus: Here’s a Twitter thread including a nugget about televangelist Pat Robertson that didn’t make it into the post:

2017 financials of the Koch’s dark money network

Campaign Finance, Tax Law

New tax returns reviewed by the Center for Responsive Politics reveal the latest financial information for nonprofits in the Koch network. Check it out on OpenSecrets:

2017 financials of the Koch’s dark money network

NRA spends second straight year in the red with $18 million deficit

Campaign Finance, Tax Law

The National Rifle Association of America experienced a $55 million decline in income last year, finding itself in the red for a second consecutive year, according to a new tax return reviewed by the Center for Responsive Politics. Check it out on OpenSecrets:

NRA spends second straight year in the red with $18 million deficit

Trump Foundation tax return reveals finances during Trump’s first year in office as lawsuit heats up

Campaign Finance, Law, Tax Law

During his first year in office, President Donald Trump was listed as president of the Donald J. Trump Foundation, which was entirely funded by a half-million dollar donation from Trump’s business along with a six-figure “reimbursement” from one of his golf clubs, according to a new tax return obtained by the Center for Responsive Politics. Check it out on OpenSecrets:

Trump Foundation tax return reveals finances during Trump’s first year in office as lawsuit heats up

Tax returns reveal one six-figure donor accounts for entirety of “dark money” funding Whitaker’s nonprofit

Campaign Finance, Law

Exclusive new tax documents obtained by the Center for Responsive Politics reveal that a single six-figure donor accounted for 100 percent of funding raised by a nonprofit run by acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker before he became Jeff Sessions’ chief of staff last year. Check it out on OpenSecrets:

Tax returns reveal one six-figure donor accounts for entirety of “dark money” funding Whitaker’s nonprofit

 

New Form 990 politically active “dark money” nonprofit tax return findings

Campaign Finance, Law, Policy, Tax Law

It’s that time of year again… Check out the Center for Responsive Politics’ reporting about new tax returns filed by politically active “dark money” nonprofits on OpenSecrets:

Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS is dead, long live his multi-million dollar ‘dark money’ operation

Pro-Trump ‘dark money’ group’s first tax return reveals millions in previously undisclosed spending

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Millions in masked money funneled into 2018 elections

Campaign Finance, Law

The 2018 election cycle has attracted record spending by partially-disclosing groups that give the appearance of reporting at least some of their donors but, in reality, are little if any more transparent than other ‘dark money’ groups. Check out our “dark money” post-mortem of 2018 elections on OpenSecrets:

Millions in masked money funneled into 2018 elections