Americans for Prosperity (AFP) and Americans for Prosperity Foundation (AFPF) are no strangers to Wisconsin citizens, if only because the Orwellian-titled secret 501(C)(3) groups have spent millions of dollars of outside-state money on negative, deceptive political advertising and political maneuvering ever since Walker was running for governor in 2010. Americans for Prosperity Board of Directors Chairman David Koch, perhaps feeling a little loose lipped from a wine buzz, admitted to a Palm Beach Post reporter on February 20, 2012 that “We’ve spent a lot of money in Wisconsin. We’re going to spend more.”
There are plenty of reasons for the IRS complaint against the Koch Brothers’-funded groups blurring their stated missions with Walker’s extremist and failing Fitzwalkerstan agenda. Fundraising and engaging in political campaigns on behalf of a candidate for public office is a violation of IRC section 501(c)(3), as required in Section 4 of the Tax-Exempt Organization Complaint (Referral) 13909 Form.
So far this year, the AFP Foundation has spent about $1.4 million on ads that will benefit Wisconsin’s GOP Gov. Scott Walker, who is facing a recall election. The ads don’t mention Walker, but feature individuals proclaiming that controversial policies he has put in place are “working.” In fact, last year AFP helped push some of those same policies, the most prominent of which curtails benefits for unionized public employees. (Not surprisingly, perhaps, Koch Industries was one of Walker’s biggest contributors in his gubernatorial race).
In 2011, according to AFP spokesman Levi Russell, the groups spent $50 million on ads and other activities — including $1.2 million on the “It’s Working” campaign — which is an increase of about $10 million from 2010. Although Russell makes the point that the increase shows the groups aren’t election-focused — “Our entire makeup and structure is not tied to any particular election,” he told OpenSecrets Blog — the group was active in Wisconsin’s legislative recall elections last year, drawing accusations of engaging in dirty tricks when it sent absentee ballots to Democratic voters in at least two districts that told voters to return them by a date that was actually after the election was over.
Lots of money from donations outside of Wisconsin will be pouring into the state as the June 5 recall election gets closer. When you see how the “Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama” PAC is merely regurgitated from the “Tea Party Express” and the “Our Country Deserves Better PAC” thanks to evidence that the same people involved in Koch Brothers-funded groups merely get another web address and get donations from outside Wisconsin, you can see just how concerned the Republican Party is regarding saving Scott Walker from himself.
Walker refuses to acknowledge what his schedule is because he spends most of his time out-of-state complaining about “ultra-left-wing elites” while doing puff piece interviews on so-called Fox News and getting fundraising money from Koch Brothers-funded PACs in swanky corporate headquarters and faraway country clubs.
Look for lots of paid actors in Walker commercials that were done out of state. That will be slime oozing out from your TV set.