February 24, 2017 -
Commissioner Ann M. Ravel, a Democrat, announced her resignation from the FEC this week, citing dysfunction and deadlock. With all of the commissioners' terms expired, she's calling on President Trump to appoint new members who'll enforce the laws.
June 10, 2016 -
MapLight has compiled a database of all politically active "social welfare" nonprofits, many of which formed after a 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling loosening rules for political spending. It documents 650 such groups in the South, with some of the top-grossing ones part of the billionaire Koch brothers' formidable political spending machine.
October 23, 2015 -
Two "social welfare" nonprofits that supported Marco Rubio and Thom Tillis in federal elections have been accused of violating a law that bars such groups from putting most of their resources towards political campaign activities. A watchdog group filed complaints with the IRS this week.
December 19, 2014 -
501(c)(3) nonprofits are not supposed to get involved in supporting or opposing political candidates -- yet such groups spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on ads criticizing specific candidates during the North Carolina election this year. Are they breaking the law or just pushing it to its limits?