At Pro-Publica, Kim Barker writes Two Dark Money Groups Outspending All Super PACs Combined
Two conservative nonprofits, Crossroads GPS and Americans for Prosperity, have poured almost $60 million into TV ads to influence the presidential race so far, outgunning all super PACs put together, new spending estimates show.
These nonprofits, also known as 501(c)(4)s or c4s for their section of the tax code, don't have to disclose their donors to the public.
The two nonprofits had outspent all other types of outside spending groups in this election cycle, including political parties, unions, trade associations and political action committees, a ProPublica analysis of data provided by Kantar Media's Campaign Media Analysis Group, or CMAG, found.
Super PACs, which do have to report their donors, spent an estimated $55.7 million on TV ads mentioning a presidential candidate, CMAG data shows. Parties spent $22.5 million.
Crossroads GPS, or Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies, is the brainchild of GOP strategist Karl Rove, and spent an estimated $41.7 million. Americans for Prosperity, credited with helping launch the Tea Party movement, is backed in part by billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch, and spent an estimated $18.2 million.
Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2010:
So GOP Congressman Louis Gohmert (R-TX) claims that he's discovered the new terror plot threatening to "destroy our way of life." The conspiracy? Terrorists are coming to the United States and having babies, babies who are programmed to explode bombs on U.S. soil "20 or 30 years down the road."
Gohmert calls them "terror babies," but they are literally an invention of his own mind. There's no evidence for his conspiracy theory whatsoever, yet for some reason, he went on CNN's Anderson Cooper to try to defend it. The interview (watch it below) was hilarious -- unless your name is Louis Gohmert. Cooper reduced Gohmert to a sputtering tub of GOP incoherence, repeatedly challenging Gohmert to offer a single shred of evidence of his wild idea -- something Gohmert never managed to do.
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