Friday, October 14, 2016

Nonprofit Caught Politiking

by Gary Snyder          

A nonprofit Michigan organization linked with Republican groups acknowledged more than $500,000 in political spending in 2014, less than a month after the Free Press reported that it had earlier reported no political activity to the Internal Revenue Service for that year. 

In June, the Free Press reported that Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) had filed complaints with the IRS against several social welfare organizations, including Michigan Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility, saying they had violated tax rules. 

In mid-July, Michigan Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility filed an amended 2014 return with the IRS, listing $501,987 in political activity, including giving $155,000 to Hardworking Americans Committee, a Super PAC spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on Michigan state House and Senate races; $135,000 to the Republican State Leadership Committee; and $75,000 to the Michigan Republican Committee. (Detroit Free Press)

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