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September 1, 2014

IRS Having Difficulty Correctly Displaying Section 527 Disclosure Reports

The IRS appears to be having difficulty correctly displaying on the IRS website the public disclosure reports of at least two Section 527 organizations, the Republican State Leadership Committee and GOPAC Inc.

Officials at GOPAC complained of the electronic presentation of their report to the IRS and stated they had received no response. View their detailed letter, which is the last page of their report filed on April 25. The central point was that after the IRS changed its filing software system in February, the IRS has not shown the accurate aggregate year-to-date totals for its donors, as filed by GOPAC Inc. The IRS electronic presentation of the report covering February shows all donors with the same aggregate-year-to-date total $109,391. Frustrated, GOPAC filed their report for March in paper form so that it would not be electronically altered.

In a filing today by the RSLC, the same thing appears to have happened. Each of the donors to the committee in April are shown on the IRS website with an aggregate contributions year-to-date total of $326,708. The report covering March shows each donor with a $215,000 total. The report covering February shows each donor with a $250,000 total. The RSLC has also sent a letter to the IRS about the problem.

In its filing today, the Republican State Leadership Committee reported it raised $1,123,980 and spent $807,907 during April.

Major donors included $75,000 from the American Beverage Association; $70,000 from General Electric Company; $60,000 from Allergan USA Inc.; $50,000 from Kraft Foods Group; $50,000 from Tracfone Wireless Inc.; $50,000 from Community Financial Services Association; and $35,000 from Online Lenders Alliance.

Expenditures included $112,570 paid to FLS Direct for direct marketing; $30,000 paid to Baker & Hostetler for legal fees; $107,328 paid to the Park Hyatt Washington for event expense; $20,000 paid to Ed Gillespie Strategies LLC for consulting; $15,000 paid to Crossroads Generation for a contribution; and $186,845 paid for payroll and taxes.

To search detailed money-in-politics databases, visit Political MoneyLine.

  • deliriousindc

    All 527 organizations that filed electronically in March, April, and May through the IRS Political Organization Filing and Disclosure (POFD) system have display issues for Form 8872 Schedule A in the contributions year to date aggregate field.

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