Federal Politics

Published — October 2, 2008 Updated — May 19, 2014 at 12:19 pm ET

Americans for limited credibility

Tax-exempt political group threatens to reveal donors for “leftist” groups, but doesn’t identify its own

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A major libertarian political activist has sent thousands of letters to liberal funders threatening to expose them in their local communities, Ben Smith of The Politico reported Wednesday. The letters warn, “Should any of these organizations be found to be engaged in illegal or questionable activity, it is our intent to publicize your involvement with those activities.” What is not mentioned is that the originators of the letter, Howard Rich and his tax-exempt political group Americans for Limited Government, don’t actually release the names of their own donors and have a history of questionable activities.

In 2006 the Center’s Takings Initiatives Accountability Project examined the financial operations of Rich and his various political groups and bank accounts. After the investigation determined that Americans for Limited Government failed to comply with state charity laws, the Illinois attorney general forced the organization to move out of the state. The focus of the project was a series of ballot initiatives that would have radically altered land-use and zoning laws in six western states; ALG and Rich’s other tax-exempt entities were the largest donors to these efforts.

Meanwhile, Americans for Limited Government, of course, steadfastly refuses to identify its own political donors. The group’s website, at that time, defended its secrecy claiming that it is “funded by thousands of individuals from across the country,” but adding, “like many other groups, we respect the privacy of our donors, and do not discuss their finances with the press.”

For the record, the Center could find no evidence of “thousands of donors” but obtained the identities of the only two major donors to Americans for Limited Government in 2004, through a routine public records request. They were Donald Smith (no address given) and Niederhoffer Management LLC of Norwalk, Connecticut. In 2005 ALG reported it received 99 percent of its $5.4 million in contributions from just three donors.

So, correct us if we’re wrong, but PaperTrail’s takeaway is that the only donors deserving of privacy are those that donate to Rich’s organization?

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Trump needs to conduct these activities because the entire MSM media, excluding Fox, is campaigning against him 24/7/365.

Didn’t Monica’s boyfriend’s wife and various criminal enterprises outspend Trump by almost 2-1?

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Why wouldn’t he get an early start on fund raising? Hillary outspent him two-to-one in 2016. The Dem’s are the party of big money. The President knows this and is attempting to get a jump on it. Of course the Dem candidate will outspend him in 2020 so it’s only rational that he starts fund raising now.

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Oh brother. We just 8 years of the Campaigner – in – Chief. Where was this journalistic rectal thermometer then. Just another article about 2000 words too long that merely takes another slap at Trump for something he far from initiated.

j stevenson
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j stevenson

The big difference between Trump and all the rest is his refusing to accept funds from lobbyists, so they don’t have the White House access they are used to. These are the donors who buy the presidency and are as pixxed off that he won the election as are the media and the Dems. Lobbyists have never been shut out of the WH and Trump has told them he is not for sale.

Anonymous
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Trump needs to be impeached and tossed in prison. Then have the key thrown away so he will never be free. Then he can see how it feels not to have freedom.

Mark Sullivan
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Mark Sullivan

Thank you for the usual insightful leftist low IQ Snowflake response.

barney
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hes not imprisoning them hes sending them back to their country chill tf out

SOUTH JERSEY
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SOUTH JERSEY

WHY DONT YOU HAVE FREEDOM?

Tom Larkin
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Tom Larkin

First, something positive. I was happy to learn of empirical information in article. BUT, the article was so slanted against President Trump as to be deemed fake news (“Perhaps Trump just lied.” (Two different issues)). The article mentions that President Trump raised over $67 million, but ended 2018 with $19 million. President Trump spent over $40 million 2016 and 2017. President Trump conducted 57 political rallies. The article notes the hats and T-shirts sold, but NEVER MENTIONS THE INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF REPUBLICAN SENATORS during a mid-term election that lost the House and the number of political rallies in… Read more »

Ted Sirois
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Ted Sirois

At least Trump is getting donations from willing donors. Fresh from his first election, Obama used billions of our children’s tax dollars to save thousands of union jobs in the car industry and bailed out the banks and many Wall Street businesses. This secured his source of reelection funds for his reelection four years later.

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South Jersey

TRUMP 2020; IS AN AMAZINGLY SMART MAN! VERY ORIGINAL & CREATIVE. I AM HAPPY TO HAVE HIS AS POTUS.

SOUTH JERSEY
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SOUTH JERSEY

THIS ARTICLE WAS OBVIOUSLY WRITTEN BY, A TRUMP-HATE-GROUP. THAT FEELS; IT IS NOT NORMAL TO BE SUCCESSFUL WITH YOUR OWN BRAND NAME. WHEN, IF FACT, IT IS NORMAL! >>>>> THIS IS >>> FAKE NEWS!!! <<<< ie: A PACK-OF-LIES; SPUN INTO; DEFAMATION OF CHARACTER. FOR A SINISTER-AGENDA OF; FASCIST DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST, COUP D'ETAT

David
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David

Are you on some kind of drugs? Writing in caps makes me think that you are grumpy old fart or a uneducated hillbilly.