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March 21, 2014 | Moyers & Company

Two investigative journalists talk to Bill about the role of dark money — and the wealthy donors behind it — in this year’s midterm elections. Continue reading

March 19, 2014 | Moyers & Company

Two investigative journalists talk to Bill about the role of dark money — and the wealthy donors behind it — in this year’s midterm elections. Watch the full show now » Continue reading

The Internal Revenue Service building at the Federal Triangle complex in Washington, Saturday, March 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
February 21, 2014 | Blog

While deep-pocketed dark money groups on the right should be happy with the proposed rules, that isn’t the case. Continue reading

Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) begins a filibuster in an effort to kill an abortion bill, Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
November 10, 2013 | Blog

Three years ago, a Supreme Court case, the US Census and anti-Obama backlash set the course for an all-out assault on women’s fundamental freedoms. Continue reading

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, pauses as he listens to a reporters question at the Fort Worth Texas Chamber of Commerce office after he participated in a small business roundtable meeting with area business representatives, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, in Fort Worth, Texas. Across the nation, the GOP is in the midst of an internal war pitting tea partyers like Cruz who argue for ideological purity against more mainstream Republicans advocating a more pragmatic, inclusive party approach to governing. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
October 25, 2013 | Blog

The senator has put a hold on the confirmation of the new FCC chief until he’s promised the agency won’t follow the law and disclose the real funders of dark money group political ads.
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Lois Lerner, head of the IRS unit that decides whether to grant tax-exempt status to groups, listens on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at the start of a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing to investigate the extra scrutiny the IRS gave to Tea Party and other conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status. Lerner later invoked her constitutional right to not answer questions and was dismissed by House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
September 30, 2013 | Blog

Mistakes were made and three investigations are ongoing, but ultimately this is a story about how bureaucratic bungling was turned into scandal by right wing politicians. Continue reading

Tea party activists attend a rally on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, June 19, 2013. The IRS has been under fire from Democrats and Republicans in Congress since May, when one of its officials publicly apologized for targeting conservative groups' applications for tax-exempt status for close examination. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
July 9, 2013 | Blog

Almost everything “reported” about the big Obama scandal was wrong, and no one has been held to account. Continue reading

Still from 'Money Fer Nuthin' by Mark Fiore featuring IRS auditors reviewing 501(c)4 applications
May 23, 2013 | Blog

In Mark Fiore’s new cartoon, Little Suzy Newsykins tells us about her summer job at the IRS “Determination Center,” where she expects to pass her days doing very little work at all. Continue reading

May 16, 2013 | Blog

With the advent of super PACs and a growing reliance on secretly funded nonprofits, the very wealthy can pour their money into the political system with an ease that didn’t exist as recently as this moment in Barack Obama’s first term in office. Continue reading

"The Destruction of Tea at Boston Harbor" by Nathaniel Currier, a lithograph depicting the 1773 Boston Tea Party shows how some colonists disguised themselves as Native Americans. In this scandal, the IRS was looking for political operatives disguised as tea partiers. (Wikicommons)
May 15, 2013 | Blog

The revelation that a Cincinnati IRS field office was targeting conservative social welfare organizations for special scrutiny has generated more outrage than even the IRS is used to receiving. Continue reading

November 16, 2012

Former FEC Chairman Trevor Potter refutes the claim that money made little difference in the most expensive election in American history. Continue reading

Engraving of Susan B. Anthony, c. 1855
September 21, 2012 | Q&A

How a pro-life political action group appropriated the name of the famous women’s rights leader. Continue reading

September 7, 2012 | Blog
The election's 10 weeks away, but spending from outside groups has already eclipsed the $301.6 million spent in 2008.
August 31, 2012
Social welfare organizations — or 501(c)(4)s — are shaping up to be the major players in this year's election. Find out more about them.
August 29, 2012 | Blog
A look at several advertisements put out by nonprofits that reported no election spending during the same time period.
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