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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Money Trails And Buying Your Politics

         

We are going to post the following table with minimum dialog. As you view the table, it will not take much to realize dialog beyond our normal railing about money in politics, is unnecessary.

While both sides of the isle accept contributions from businesses, individuals and PACs, the upper most part of the table will tell all. It tells of why the IRS may have first focused on conservative (appearing)  organization names applying for tax free status. 

There are two things endemic to conservative giving. They never want their identities reveled (after the very visible plutocrat Kochs) and they abhor the responsibility of paying taxes. They do not want to pay taxes even if it means buying votes. 


This story reminds of a segment I watched on CNN yesterday. Apparently, Disney World (Disney) is revising a policy of allowing disabled quick access to its theme park rides and exhibitions. Can you guess why? Wealthy people were reported to seek-out and pay disabled people to pretend they were families members so the wealthy did not have to wait in line. I assume Disney would not undertake such a public policy if they knew of an isolated case. DAMN!

Open Secrets Dot Org and the Center for Responsive Politics.


Political Nonprofit Spending Since 2008: Politicization Rankings

Political spending by nonprofits has exploded since the Supreme Court's decision in Wisconsin Right to Life v. FEC decision, issued during the 2008 cycle. This influx of nonprofit spending correlates directly with the increase in "dark money" from unknown sources in federal elections because the vast majority of nonprofits aren't required to -- and don't -- disclose their donors. This page is the first systematic attempt to pull together data the groups report to the IRS and the FEC to compare the overall spending of politically active nonprofits in a given year, as well as the proportion of spending devoted to activities meant to influence, directly or indirectly, the outcome of elections.  

See Table and more after the break below




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Type of spending:
Overall Rank*OrganizationTotal Spending Reported to IRSPolitical Spending Reported to IRSSpending Reported to FECAttributable Recipient Political Spending
1Crossroads GPS$64,720,514$17,558,929$87,746,668$11,095,406
2American Action Network$38,621,842$6,953,912$30,635,001$200,000
3US Chamber of Commerce$693,234,489$63,960,170$80,705,685$0
4American Future Fund$33,235,099$8,579,853$35,216,394$0
5Freedom's Watch$36,933,305$10,745,848$16,307,398$1,822,515
7Americans for Job Security$30,733,992$4,845,800$17,371,141$0
8Americans for Prosperity$63,283,591$0$38,108,162$0
9Americans for Tax Reform$24,783,872$1,859,239$19,954,851$25,000
10Republican Jewish Coalition$24,932,278$3,902,691$6,902,133$8,000,000
1160 Plus Assn$47,417,408$7,267,102$11,735,454$0
12League of Conservation Voters$52,342,834$8,819,652$17,494,418$0
13Vets for Freedom$9,602,509$0$4,790,054$0
14Americans for Responsible Leadership$1,774,221$25,520$9,793,014$0
15Environment America$16,897,216$2,175,873$552,093$6,514,090
16Votevets.org$22,364,897$3,755,501$6,410,100$45,000
17Center for Individual Freedom$24,006,313$1,877,664$6,829,361$0
19Advancing Wisconsin$3,603,197$0$2,222,880$0
20Patriot Majority USA$515,191$165,513$7,013,886$0
21Let Freedom Ring$12,185,210$0$3,760,870$0
22American Issues Project$8,318,551$2,876,753$2,878,872$0
23Susan B Anthony List$18,449,901$3,253,989$4,311,400$0
24Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund$11,588,464$4,572,331$3,808,787$0
25Progressive Future$9,821,237$2,821,256$2,849,389$77,071
26American Rights at Work$24,255,217$701,808$3,667,018$23,328
27Planned Parenthood Action Fund$42,192,016$8,250,439$6,632,911$0
28YG Network$107,743$0$2,874,481$0
29Revere America$8,376,694$2,535,437$2,265,727$0
30American Energy Alliance$6,108,295$0$1,846,807$0
32Alliance for a Better Minnesota$5,443,488$757,500$1,415,453$0
33Center Forward$495,183$0$2,057,089$0
34Health Care for America Now$48,934,225$0$3,667,352$0
35Bull Moose Sportsmen's Alliance$185,837$0$134,540$0
36American Commitment$215,155$0$1,858,765$0
38Independent Women's Voice$3,220,138$1,121,436$1,504,518$0
39Humane Society of the US$12,024,616$1,574,264$2,269,755$0
40National Abortion Rights Action League$34,948,652$3,521,017$3,735,046$0
41West Virginia Conservative Foundation$694,181$49,829$534,974$0
43Women's Voices Women Vote Action Fund$5,885,764$92,605$1,267,690$0
44Arkansans for Common Sense$1,287,624$637,817$637,812$0
46Hispanic Leadership Fund$558,212$144,790$938,417$0
47Emergency Cmte for Israel$439,081$80,326$852,965$0
48Citizens for a Working America$3,029,110$9,500$1,555,051$0
49Judicial Crisis Network$3,213,853$47,245$618,308$0
50The Advocacy Fund$61,612,794$1,404,793$48,609$3,873,001
52Michigan League of Conservation Voters$742,223$15,856$860,237$0
53Ending Spending$3,514,876$0$1,203,090$0
54Winning Message Action Fund$442,015$0$214,928$0
55Right to Life$34,850,125$2,294,971$1,878,530$0
56NRA Institute for Legislative Action$929,020,079$0$10,896,893$0
57National Wildlife Federation Action Fund$5,212,702$619,718$978,929$0
59Freedom Path$379,474$0$457,076$0
60Americans for Limited Government$15,116,888$1,400,043$1,021,378$250,000
62Club for Growth$18,401,369$1,422,451$1,513,635$0
63Common Sense Issues$899,200$131,971$400,871$0
64Planned Parenthood/Pennsylvania$1,358,441$343,631$313,056$0
65Protect the Harvest$49,992$0$197,766$0
66America Votes$27,336,045$6,806,132$299,542$1,405,322
67Focus on the Family$38,966,410$4,018,591$1,637,707$238,171
68Planned Parenthood/Minnesota$1,966,248$315,791$320,527$0
69Americans Elect$34,063,225$0$1,349,282$0
70Mayors Against Illegal Guns Action Fund$6,371,269$0$367,197$350,000
71Citizens for Strength & Security Action Fund$60,370,998$2,859,760$1,377,680$0
72Nevada Advocates for Planned Parenthood$414,889$0$170,667$0
73Environment Massachusetts$5,517,264$55,283$2,470$734,544
74National Assn of Realtors$721,057,582$0$5,789,081$0
75Alliance for America's Future$9,736,301$343,776$703,772$50,000
76One Campaign$94,292,016$0$2,593,567$0
77Our Community Votes$2,193,356$331,360$378,240$0
78Faith & Freedom Coalition$10,124,568$0$787,185$0
79BlueGreen Alliance$6,214,395$901,981$473,246$0
81They Work for Us$1,658,683$229,168$229,166$0
82American Majority Action$1,909,083$438,065$378,936$0
83Life & Marriage Movement$492,420$45,256$18,536$195,000
84Environment Colorado$5,980,778$856,130$412,113$200,000
85Cornerstone Action$1,137,995$44,129$18,171$243,000
87Americans United 4 Life Action$9,486,678$0$467,294$0
88Citizens for the Republic$1,276,083$154,004$195,411$0
89Environmental Defense Action Fund$42,639,781$0$758,892$330,000
90Environment California$15,663,079$1,374,107$2,959$694,457
92Sierra Club$347,891,645$1,176,346$1,375,144$1,143,246
93Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Cmt$4,393,490$0$405,350$0
95RightChange.com II$2,265,039$150,000$212,070$0
96A Better America Now$44,846$0$65,664$0
97Heritage Action for America$1,674,901$0$236,346$0
98Montana Hunters & Anglers Action$265,282$0$60,000$0
99Colorado Family Action$175,211$0$78,045$0
100ARDA-Resort Owners' Coalition$47,470,540$8,100$812,800$0
101National Organization for Marriage$27,861,903$744,833$633,263$0
102Planned Parenthood/St Louis Region$518,478$479,013$70,108$0
103Michigan Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility$1,344,494$271,381$125,000$0
104People for the American Way$15,429,030$197,293$319,074$0
106Foundation for a Secure & Prosperous America$1,554,754$0$111,407$0
107USAction Fund for a True Majority$14,196,925$365,339$374,109$0
108Progressive USA$134,281$37,000$37,071$0
110National Assn of Manufacturers$135,230,488$3,569$886,764$0
111Citizen Engagement Laboratory$581,345$0$35,500$0
112Patriotic Veterans$667,335$0$86,700$0
113Planned Parenthood/Washington$2,942,791$371,118$119,851$0
114NRDC Action Fund$8,054,355$1,007,423$286,750$0
115Pennsylvania Business Council$3,293,321$3,000$117,992$0
116Physicians for a Responsible Government$66,539$17,849$17,532$0
117NH Citizens Alliance for Action$358,772$31,351$33,929$0
120Planned Parenthood/Mar Monte$6,680,490$355,161$172,944$0
121Fidelis$4,188,349$25,762$146,095$0
122Florida New Majority$2,951,952$0$91,791$0
123Illinois Chamber of Commerce$15,786,998$0$200,000$0
124New Majority California$3,760,663$9,509$9,509$125,000
125Gun Owners of America$8,093,458$94,433$156,006$0
126Feminist Majority$2,658,777$0$79,447$0
127Docs 4 Patients Care$311,990$0$24,363$0
128Wisconsin Family Action$1,616,708$0$75,853$0
129American Values Action$2,802$0$14,761$0
130Citizen Action of Wisconsin$5,794,949$88,460$110,617$0
131Campaign for Community Change$21,059,156$964,506$252,434$65,059
132Building a Stronger Wisconsin$2,967,059$0$95,004$0
133Family Foundation Action$374,816$0$18,936$0
134Planned Parenthood Advocates of Montana$189,846$0$32,291$0
135Americas Majority$2,588,974$0$65,044$0
136Environment New Mexico$1,429,678$48,933$52,770$0
137Arizona Credit Union League$3,700,317$95,911$78,536$0
138Planned Parenthood Votes! Connecticut$113,288$0$19,891$0
139Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce Issues$10,716,886$0$114,661$0
140Main Street Advocacy$60,595$12,940$18,303$0
141American Family Business Institute$3,623,417$0$65,000$0
142RuralVotes$430,185$0$26,535$0
143National Fedn of Independent Business$360,483,211$29,673$687,811$0
144Pennsylvania Family Council$660,825$0$40,862$0
145Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio$252,272$413$27,036$0
146Planned Parenthood/Illinois$148,836$5,092$16,182$0
147American Chemistry Council$443,004,509$265,340$873,600$0
148Catholics United$950,733$10,513$34,775$0
149Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Action Fund$39,539$0$6,344$0
150America's Voice$5,574,078$0$104,882$0
151Planned Parenthood of San Diego$1,380,751$0$54,684$0
152American Hospital Assn$400,747,352$794,250$585,000$0
153American Medical Assn$917,199,710$0$925,299$0
154Enterprise Freedom Action Cmte$22,774,368$105,980$163,601$0
155Indiana Chamber of Commerce$30,702,045$0$257,820$0
156Ohio Credit Union Defense Coalition$172,740$0$14,748$0
157Planned Parenthood/Santa Barbara$593,952$2,032$22,489$0
158Council for a Livable World$1,073,100$0$37,108$0
159Florida Watch Action$512,113$0$30,053$0
160Working Wahington PAC$1,069,452$0$4,865$0
161National Assn for Gun Rights$5,952,636$0$58,239$0
162Planned Parenthood Voters of Iowa$540,358$0$29,546$0
163Texas Credit Union League$32,287,472$37,600$196,231$0
164Public Interest Forum$482$0$4,034$0
165Truman National Security Project$6,991,999$25,913$92,396$0
166Planned Parenthood/Wisconsin$3,120,947$626,337$40,741$0
168Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates$445,583$0$22,281$0
169Michigan Credit Union League$25,595,064$0$103,870$0
170Citizen Action Of New York$2,966,258$66,684$46,102$0
172Common Sense Movement$1,586,690$192,000$29,760$0
173Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic Action Fund$438,679$0$17,665$0
174New Jersey Family First$247,541$41,661$8,881$0
176National Taxpayers Union$8,748,609$0$51,503$0
178Kansas Credit Union Assn$5,551,537$35,683$34,913$0
179Peace Action West$6,548,993$38,147$38,146$0
180Iowa Credit Union League$8,809,860$0$56,600$0
181Illinois Immigrant Action$1,192,209$0$17,395$0
183Colorado Progressive Action$1,035,419$0$15,000$0
184Military Families United$3,670,007$0$23,035$0
185American Conservative Union$13,365,297$0$49,124$0
186Project Mobilize$394,492$0$9,110$0
187West Virginians for Life$1,011,445$24,445$9,758$0
189J Street$6,292,803$144,619$31,051$0
190New York League of Conservation Voters$3,304,053$0$22,181$0
191Sephardic Community Federation$1,683,858$0$14,987$0
193Citizens Against Government Waste$23,929,983$0$44,998$0
194Human Rights Campaign$117,810,532$917,031$117,004$0
195Public Advocate of the United States$5,047,125$0$22,988$0
197Direct Selling Assn$26,221,013$3,600$50,649$0
198Wisconsin Right to Life$2,282,498$0$10,500$0
199Conservation Voters for Idaho$253,848$7,913$3,846$0
200Planned Parenthood Advocates/Virginia$390,493$0$3,683$0
201Clean Water Action Project$41,675,858$558,695$35,140$0
202Texas Alliance for Life$706,295$2,815$5,224$0
204Progressive Maryland Inc$2,074,535$57,500$7,562$0
205American Bridge 21st Century Foundation$355,670$0$5,089$0
206Planned Parenthood/Georgia$211,428$0$2,087$0
207National Tax Limitation Cmte$5,126,591$0$16,000$0
208Planned Parenthood Health Systems Action$161,085$39,039$1,442$0
209Log Cabin Republicans$1,905,526$0$5,550$0
210Planned Parenthood Shasta Pacific Action Fund$716,930$0$5,107$0
210Planned Parenthood/Orange & San Bernardino$712,997$204,506$4,380$0
212National Assn of Home Builders$322,314,496$0$67,900$0
213Mi Familia Vota$3,677,330$0$10,000$0
214Heavy Constructors Assn of Greater KC$3,148,743$0$10,000$0
216Environment Maryland$1,384,061$4,339$4,378$0
216Washington Community Action Network$6,383,375$66,846$8,059$0
216Stand for Children$7,284,103$585,530$11,487$0
219Alliance for Retired Americans$36,876,463$170,950$23,894$0
221StudentsFirst$3,732,688$0$10,168$0
223American Society of Anesthesiologists$127,822,379$189,621$25,436$0
223Working America$58,368,412$3,136,381$40,849$0
225National Cmte/Preserve Social Security & Medicare$109,246,064$18,360$31,007$0
226National Shooting Sports Foundation$100,065,067$0$25,620$0
228Assn of Trial Lawyers of America$82,135,990$14,974,313$9,431$0
228New Era Colorado$376,791$0$789$0
230Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project Los Angeles$166,337,246$0$13,565$0
231Equality California$27,088,279$37,352$579$0
231California League of Conservation Voters$9,324,989$716,874$89,240$0
231Friends of the Earth Action$429,681$0$0$0
231Accountable America$373,326$10,210$10,210$0
231Iowa Progress Project$1,949,755$0$1,383$0
231National Restaurant Assn$234,304,803$0$6,060$0
231Aircraft Owners & Pilots Assn$134,501,941$0$0$0
* The Politicization Rankings are meant to account for both the overall magnitude of a group's political spending reported to the FEC and how that spending relates to the group's overall spending reported to the IRS over the same period. Read our methodology.

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