Federal Politics

Published — April 4, 2013 Updated — May 19, 2014 at 12:19 pm ET

IRS ‘outs’ handful of donors to Republican group

HCA, Healthsouth among donors to GOP nonprofit

Introduction

A handful of donors to the nonprofit Republican Governors Association Public Policy Committee got a rude surprise when the Internal Revenue Service mistakenly outed them by making available part of a tax form that is supposed to be kept private.

The Center obtained a copy of the group’s Form 990 from a website that displays tax returns online. The return included one page of the “Schedule B” list of donors which the IRS does not require to be made public.

The total donations on the page make up a small percentage of the $5 million the nonprofit took in for calendar 2011, but also provide a rare if limited glimpse at who — or what — funds political nonprofits.

Among the donors:

  • HCA Inc., the largest operator of private hospitals in the country, which donated $89,000.
  • Healthsouth Corp., one of the largest operators of rehabilitation services in the country gave $10,500. A 2003 investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission charged the company with systematically overstating its earnings. Two years later, the firm agreed to pay $100 million to settle the charges.
  • Boyden Gray, former U.S. ambassador to the European Union in the George W. Bush administration and White House counsel to President George H.W. Bush, gave $15,000. Gray is currently a board member of the conservative organization American Action Network.
  • David Humphreys, CEO of Missouri-based TAMKO Building Products, which manufactures materials for residential and commercial construction, gave $50,000. Humphreys is reportedly the second-largest donor to candidates in his home state since 2008, and is on the board of the Koch family-funded Institute for Humane Studies, a free-market economics center at George Mason University.
  • Robert Harris, president of a New Jersey consulting firm that advises drug and medical device companies, gave $50,000. Harris was selected to be on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s transition team as an economic development adviser in 2010.
  • James Haslam, chairman and chief executive of Pilot Flying J, the largest truck stop chain in North America, gave $10,000. Haslam’s brother Bill is the Republican governor of Tennessee.

HCA Inc.’s donations helped the RGA nonprofit oppose the implementation of the 2010 health care reform law even though the company supported the bill’s passage in March 2010. This year it has backed states that have accepted the Medicaid expansion funds that the law provides.

The Tennessee-based corporation has also given $300,000 to the RGA’s 527 group since 2010.

The company, through spokesman Ed Fishbough, said it supports the RGA while “understanding we will not always have consensus” on “issues of concern.”

RGA spokesman Michael Schrimpf says that donor information is confidential, and “its partial disclosure by the IRS was erroneous and unauthorized. In fact, it is a felony to disclose the information.”

In an email to the Center, Grant Williams, a spokesman for the IRS wrote: “Federal privacy laws don’t allow the IRS to comment on specific situations or cases.”

The Center’s publication of the material is protected by the First Amendment.

Last year, the IRS also inadvertently released documents for a prolific nonprofit group Crossroads GPS, which the investigative outlet ProPublica published.

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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.

George Young
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George Young

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.

jan v
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jan v

all the lobbyists are running all our government agencies and all the career civil servants who know how to run the country have been fired. YOU think this is a good thing ? what a crock…

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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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.

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