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

Saudi foreign agents’ political donations top $1.6 million in 2018 elections

Campaign Finance, Foreign Influence

New research for the Center for Responsive politics on how political donations made by foreign agents hired to act on behalf of Saudi Arabian interests have exceeded $1.6 million in the 2018 election cycle. Check it out on OpenSecrets:

Saudi foreign agents’ political donations top $1.6 million in 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

 

Ad wars escalate ahead of 2018 midterm elections

Campaign Finance

The Center for Responsive Politics’ new report with the Wesleyan Media Project provides an update on political ad spending before the 2018 midterm elections:

Ad wars escalate ahead of 2018 midterm elections

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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).

Rick Scott super PAC learns to love Rick Scott

Campaign Finance

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My latest article at the Center for Responsive politics is about the blurry lines between Rick Scott’s U.S. Senate campaign, political committees he ran, and his government position as governor of Florida. Check it out on OpenSecrets:

Rick Scott super PAC learns to love Rick Scott

C-SPAN’s Washington Journal: Anna Massoglia on Foreign Spending on Lobbying in the U.S.

Campaign Finance, Policy

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Grateful for the opportunity to go on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal to talk about OpenSecrets.org’s research on foreign influence and lobbying in the United States.

Anna Massoglia on Foreign Spending on Lobbying in the U.S.

Foreign interests have spent over $530 million influencing US policy and public opinion since 2017

Campaign Finance, Civic Tech, Policy, Public Opinion, Technology

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Absolutely thrilled to launch the Center for Responsive Politics’ new and improved Foreign Lobby Watch database, with filterable full-text search of FARA disclosures plus searchable data on spending by country, lobbying, foreign agents, and lobbyists.

Check out our Findings on OpenSecrets:

Foreign interests have spent over $530 million influencing US policy, public opinion since 2017