40 members of Congress asked the IRS and Treasury to investigate an “alarming pattern” of right-wing advocacy groups registering with the tax agency as churches, allowing the groups to shield themselves and makes it easier to avoid audits. Read more»
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The Family Research Council, a staunch opponent of abortion and LGBTQ rights, joins a growing list of activist groups seeking church status, which allows organizations to shield themselves from financial scrutiny. Read more»
In internal memos, groups opposing tighter state campaign finance rules coach their local supporters on how to battle disclosure of political donors. Since 2008, dark money groups have spent more than $690 million in federal races. The same story is playing out on the state level, including in Arizona. Read more»