Groups tied to the Koch brothers lied to the IRS - and they're paying for it - 2016-08-09

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F358.png Groups tied to the Koch brothers lied to the IRS - and they're paying for it August 9, 2016, Alex Kotch, Salon

For billionaire industrialist brothers who have funded climate change denial for decades, it's no surprise that the political groups they finance lied to the Internal Revenue Service about their election activities. But unexpectedly, the gridlocked Federal Elections Commission, which rarely enforces any campaign finance laws, slapped three groups backed by Charles and David Koch with hefty fines earlier this summer.

The Center to Protect Patient Rights (CPPR), an Arizona-based "social welfare nonprofit" established in 2009 that's now called American Encore, was the Koch political donor network's main conduit for distributing secret money — private donations not subject to public disclosure — to a giant web of conservative political spending groups. The nonprofit government watchdog, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), discovered that in 2010, three groups that received millions from CPPR failed to disclose their sources of funding earmarked for federal political ads, something required by the Federal Elections Commission (FEC).

CREW filed FEC complaints against these groups and their presidents, and now the groups have to pay a combined $233,000 in penalties.

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