There is mounting evidence that corporations are funneling money into political organizations that are tax exempt and fully anonymous. They are called “social welfare” groups and are treated as nonprofits in the eyes of the law. Their only restriction is to not be “political,” which means they can’t back a single candidate. But there is clearly a political agenda that is influencing races across the country.
Mother Jones reporter Andy Kroll joins Jennifer Granholm in “The War Room” to guide us through this complicated nonprofit web.
“Social welfare organizations are the weapon of choice for organizations, for Karl Rove and for the Koch brothers,” Kroll says. “The Koch brothers and their donor network operate entirely through nonprofit organizations because those organizations don’t have to disclose their donors. So while all this attention has been focused on super PACs, really we need to be training our sights on all these nonprofit groups and all this dark money sloshing around that’s influencing senate races, house races and the presidential race.”