By SETH CLINE, U.S. News & World Report
A lawyer for President Obama filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission Tuesday demanding that Karl Rove’s nonprofit Crossroads GPS disclose its donors, according to the New York Times.
The demand is a result of a federal appeals court ruling last week that upheld FEC laws requiring nonprofits to reveal their donors if the group’s “major purpose” is politics.
“Under the pretense of charitable activities, Crossroads has tried to shield its donors â€“ wealthy individuals, and corporations who may be pursuing special interest agendas that are not in the national interest,” the complaint reads.
“Political committees must disclose their receipts and expenditures in fullâ€¦ For these disclosure purposes, Crossroads is a political committee: this is clear from the test approved by the court that the FEC must now apply.”
The complaint asks the FEC to apply the test to determine whether Crossroads GPS is a political group or an educational “social welfare” group, as it claims. A ruling by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals last week found that the FEC’s test in such cases is not unconstitutional, as a group called The Real Truth About Obama had claimed. That ruling opened the door for complaints or requests that certain groups be subjected to the FEC’s test on whether they are political
Crossroads GPS is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit, which under current law means it does not report its donors nor its spending. As long as the FEC does not deem that the group’s primary purpose is politics, it will continue to raise and spend in secret. And the group is spending: its own website details the multimillion dollar ad campaigns it conducts that criticize Obama and Democratic candidates.
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