Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
I'm still waiting on The Arizona Republic to do investigative reporting into the hub of "Koch Brothers Network" dark money political non-profit corporations operating out of Maricopa County. The media is supposed to be the 'watchdog of democracy,' not the media arm of the GOP.
Instead, the Republic's resident GOPropagandist Doug MacEachern wrote a love letter to the "Kochtopus," For liberals, Kochs and tea party are evil personified, and the Republic turned over its opinion page to one of the key players at the center of the California money laundering scheme, former House Speaker Kirk Adams, president of Americans for Responsible Leadership, who dismissed the California investigation as a "big old nothing-burger." Why anonymous is good. Hard-hitting investigative journalism response from the Republic: "What condiments go well on a nothing burger?" (actual question).
The Arizona Republic is useless.
Matea Gold and Tom Hamburger at the Washington Post today take a look at Sean Noble's 'Kochtopus' dark money organizations, California donor disclosure case exposes how nonprofits can play in politics:
[N]ew revelations in California provide an unusual look at one national network of such groups that helped move $15 million into ballot-initiative campaigns last fall while working hard to hide the identities of their prominent financial backers. A pair of conservative nonprofits at the heart of the effort were together fined a record $1 million after a year-long state investigation, while two political committees were ordered to repay the state for $15 million in donations they received.
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Several of the advocacy groups at the center of the California case have played significant roles in national elections, including Americans for Job Security, Americans for Responsible Leadership and the American Future Fund. Those three groups have reported more than $68 million in campaign-related expenditures during the past two election cycles, according to data from the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. Because they are set up as nonprofit organizations rather than political committees, the groups are not required to disclose their financial supporters to the FEC.
The details of the California scheme, revealed in interviews and a cache of investigative documents, show how political operatives casually shuffled around massive sums with little accountability. At one point, a consultant involved sent a text message requesting $11 million. The case also spotlights the extreme measures that operatives took to skirt disclosure regulations, passing along funds through a daisy chain of organizations without knowing which groups would get the cash or whether the money would end up where it was intended.