Koch-Linked Dark Money Group Spent $137 Million In 2012

The Center to Protect Patient Rights (CPPR), the secretive Arizona dark money group that has been tied to the movement of millions of dollars between political nonprofits, spent $137 million during 2012, according to tax documents obtained by The Daily Caller

The CPPR, run by former congressional aide Sean Noble, was recently called a part of the “Koch Brothers’ Network” of dark money organizations by California’s campaign finance watchdog agency. 

According to The Daily Caller, the CPPR gave grants to nearly 50 conservative organizations in 2012. Among the recipients were the American Future Fund ($49.2 million), Americans for Responsible Leadership ($24.7 million), Americans for Prosperity ($11.5 million), American Commitment ($4.8 million), Citizen Link ($4.2 million), National Rifle Association for Legislative Action ($3.2 million), and 60 Plus Association ($2.6 million). 

As a tax-exempt 501(c)4 “social welfare” organization, the CPPR does not need to disclose its donors. But tax documents made public earlier this year by the Koch brothers-linked group Freedom Partners showed that the group gave $115 million in 2012 to the CPPR.

The $137 million spent by the CPPR in 2012 dwarfs the group’s spending totals from the past two years: the group reported total expenses of $23 million in 2011 and $60 million in 2010.

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