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GOP-Linked Non-Profit Funneled Money to Jan 6th Organizers and White Supremacists

GOP-Linked Non-Profit Funneled Money to Jan 6th Organizers and White Supremacists

A new report from The Daily Beast’s Roger Sollenberger literally follows the money between a conservative non-profit with ties to the Koch family which does not need to reveal the names of its donors and has been called the “dark money ATM of the right.”

According to the report, the beneficiaries of millions of dollars in donations from Donors Trust have been linked to the organizers of the “Save America” rally that preceded the riot at the U.S. Capitol, as well private universities. Based upon an IRS filing from Donors Trust and additional reporting from CNBC, Sollenberger explains that the nonprofit took in $360 million last year to disperse as it sees fit.

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Sollenberger writes that ‘the group channeled major support for entities which fought to overturn President Joe Biden’s 2020 victory and organized the Jan. 6 rallies in Washington, D.C.” The piece also cites government ethics expert Norm Eisen, who claimed after reviewing the IRS filing that it is “profoundly concerning for the future of our democracy.” Eisen said, “The Donors Trust is taking advantage of the dangerous opacity of our tax and related laws and regulations to fund alleged white supremacist and white nationalist associated groups, those who were bad actors in wrongly attempting to spread misinformation about or overturn the legitimate 2020 election results, and even groups that were responsible for the rally that helped trigger the January 6th insurrection.”

Donors Trust posted record numbers in 2020. The group, which has hauled in more than $1 billion since 2016, raised more than $360 million last year while spreading around $182 million across 339 organizations. Donors Trust itself held on to about $174 million in contributions, bringing its total assets to $607 million, according to the Daily Beast.

Read the full report at The Daily Beast.

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