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CREW Files Complaint Against Koch's Secret Dark Money Giant

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Freedom Partners was formed in 2011 as a 501(c)6 chamber of commerce, and earlier was revealed as the secret source of almost a quarter of a billion dollars received by conservative groups in 2012. 

Also on Tuesday, CREW asked the IRS to clarify rules governing 501(c)6 groups, which, it argued in a press release, "increasingly are serving as vehicles for wealthy groups and individuals to funnel anonymous or 'dark' money to other tax-exempt organizations to influence elections."

“If there’s a loophole in the tax code, it’s a sure thing that someone will take advantage of it,” CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan said in a statement.  “If the IRS fails to act, Americans should expect to see an increase in the number of so-called ‘business leagues’ created to funnel money into our elections while cloaking the identities of their donors.”