Anti-Climate Americans For Prosperity Claims To Not Be Politically Active After Launching Attack Ads
The conservative Americans for Prosperity reported to the IRS that the organization does not engage in political activities even though it reported to the Federal Election Commission that it spent $1.3 million on political radio spots and television ads. During the 2010 midterm elections, the organization unleashed these anti-clean energy ads. According to ClimateWire, AFP’s answer matters because it removes the political expenditure information, which the IRS uses to determine if the group can maintain its tax-exempt status and continue to hide its donors’ identities. An AFP spokeswoman said the ads are not political activity under the FEC’s definition because they don’t tell voters to support or oppose certain candidates. But Lloyd Mayer, associate dean of the Notre Dame Law School, said, “Under the federal tax law … they are clearly political campaign activity.”
Yesterday, the State Department kicked off the final round of public meetings on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline in Kansas, the home state of the billionaire industrialist brothers, Charles and David Koch. The Koch brothers are notorious for funding anti-environment, anti-progressive, and anti-Democratic astroturf campaigns. According to a report by Greenpeace, they even outdid ExxonMobile in funding climate denial groups since 2005. The Koch brothers are also President Obama’s bitterest political rivals.
Unsurprisingly, the Koch brothers’ front group Americans for Prosperity was gaming the system at the Keystone XL public meeting in Topeka, Kansas, attempting to prevent community members opposed to the pipeline from expressing their views to the State Department. ...
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- (Part 1) Koch company declared 'substantial interest' in Keystone XL pipeline
- (Part 2) Koch company declared 'substantial interest' in Keystone XL pipeline