Red, White & Blue
Idaho not alone in testing campaign disclosure
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Secretary of State Ben Ysursa's fight to force a nonprofit group to disclose donors behind $200,000 in TV ads promoting schools chief Tom Luna's education overhaul isn't limited to Idaho.
When 4th District Judge Mike Wetherell in Boise ordered Education Voters of Idaho to reveal backers by Wednesday, he cited a 2010 federal court ruling forcing a Washington pro-life nonprofit to identify its financiers.
And nonprofit disclosure is on the national radar, too, with the Internal Revenue Service scrutinizing "social welfare organizations" that are increasingly embroiled in the political fray.
Among national nonprofits in critics' crosshairs: Crossroads GPS, run by former George W. Bush staffer Karl Rove.
Fred Wertheimer of Democracy 21 in Washington, D.C., demands the IRS clamp down on so-called "dark money" sloshing around federal candidates' campaigns.