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

Chinese media outlet Trump cited as “propaganda” spent over $15.7 million on U.S. influence since 2017

Foreign Influence, Law, Policy

My latest article at the Center for Responsive politics is about China Daily—the Chinese state-run media outlet Trump tweeted about running “propaganda ads” disguised as news in American newspapers—is a registered foreign agent under FARA that spent over $15.7 million on U.S. influence since 2017. Check it out on OpenSecrets:

Chinese media outlet Trump cited as “propaganda” spent over $15.7 million on U.S. influence since 2017

 

Kavanaugh confirmation battle further mystifies ‘dark money’ spending

Campaign Finance, Law

My latest article at the Center for Responsive politics is an update on Judicial Crisis Network’s spending on Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court Nomination. Check it out on OpenSecrets:

Kavanaugh confirmation battle further mystifies ‘dark money’ spending

 

Foreign Influence Roundtable

Campaign Finance, Foreign Influence, Law, Policy

Thankful for the opportunity to moderate a roundtable discussion on foreign influence with Congressman Walter Jones (R-NC), the Campaign Legal Center’s Adav Noti, and Representative Marcy Kaptur (D-OH).

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s resignation sparks dark money campaigns from both sides of the aisle

Campaign Finance, Law, Policy

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My first news article back at the Center for Responsive politics is about ad campaigns announced by both liberal and conservative “dark money” groups spending on Trump’s pick to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on SCOTUS. Check it out on OpenSecrets:

Across the Globe, Tax Authorities Tackle Cryptocurrency Payroll

Law, Tax Law, Technology

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My latest editor’s blog post on Bloomberg Tax explores recent tax law changes and their impact on payroll compliance issues related to digital currency payments:

Across the Globe, Tax Authorities Tackle Cryptocurrency Payroll

Cryptocurrency Payroll: A Multinational Tax and Labor Law Comparison

Law, Tax Law, Technology

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Excited for the release of our latest strategic white paper, which examines approaches to key payroll compliance issues related to cryptocurrency or digital currency in more than 20 countries that have begun to explore the treatment of digital currencies for tax and wage payment purposes.

Cryptocurrency Payroll: A Multinational Tax and Labor Law Comparison