Facts contradict Americans for Prosperity claim

When Brave New Films released a recent video about the Koch brothers, Americans for Prosperity (AFP), and the Wake County School Board there was an immediate and indignant response from Dallas Woodhouse of Americans for Prosperity. One sentence did not ring true in the response:

Americans for Prosperity is a nonpartisan, issue-based policy organization and does not support or oppose candidates for public office.

AFP campaign finance reports submitted to the North Carolina State Board of Elections reveal that in 2010 AFP spent $189,894.00 on Electioneering Communications in support of 19 North Carolina candidates, comprised of 7 State Senate candidates and 12 State House candidates. A report compiled by the NC Free Enterprise Foundation from various sources puts the total spent by AFP in supporting the 19 candidates at $287,195.22. This is starkly in contrast with Woodhouse's assertion that "Americans for Prosperity ... does not support or oppose candidates for public office."

To avoid confusion about parallel entities with similar names, the Federal tax ID number listed in the reports was cross-checked with IRS documents. It is the same Federal ID number identifying Americans for Prosperity, a 501(c)4 organization.

Spending reported to the NC State Board of Elections:

Disbursement/Communication: 10/4/2010. Reported: 10/25/2010

Desumo Strategies: "Taxpayer Pledge Signers"
  $5,097.33 Johnny Dawkins, House District 44
  $5,097.33 Bill Brawley, House District 103
  $5,097.33 Rayne Brown, House District 81
  $6,946.66 Jackie Warner, House District 45
  $6,946.66 Jimmy Dixon, House District 4
  $6,946.67 Wesley Meredith, Senate District 19
$10,002.00 Buck Newton, Senate District
$10,002.00 Brent Jackson, Senate District
$10,002.00 Louis Pate, Senate District
  $7,305.33 Tim Moffitt, House District 116
  $7,305.33 Jonathan Jordan, House District 93
  $7,305.34 Mike Stone, House District 51
  $8,764.66 Ralph Hise, Senate District
  $8,764.66 Jeff Collins, House District 25
  $8,764.67 John Szoka, House District 22
$13,504.00 Bill Cook, House District 6
$13,504.00 Rick Gunn, Senate District 24
$13,504.00 Dan Soucek, Senate District 45
$12,434.00 Tom Murry, House District 41

Washington Political Group: "Taxpayer/s Pledge Signers"
   $689.33 Johnny Dawkins, House District 44
   $689.33 Bill Brawley, House District 103
   $689.34 Rayne Brown, House District 81
   $938.00 Jackie Warner, House District 45
   $938.00 Jimmy Dixon, House District 4
   $938.00 Wesley Meredith, Senate District 19
$1,351.33 Buck Newton, Senate District
$1,351.33 Brent Jackson, Senate District
$1,351.34 Louis Pate, Senate District
   $986.66 Tim Moffitt, House District 116
   $986.66 Jonathan Jordan, House District 93
   $986.67 Mike Stone, House District 51
$1,184.00 Ralph Hise, Senate District
$1,184.00 Jeff Collins, House District 25
$1,184.00 John Szoka, House District 22
$1,824.00 Bill Cook, House District 6
$1,824.00 Rick Gunn, Senate District 24
$1,824.00 Dan Soucek, Senate District 45
$1,680.00 Tom Murry, House District 41

$189,894.00 Total Disbursements

Comments

Who would've thought Dallas Woodhouse was a damn liar?

Oh, wait... already knew that.

Thanks for the facts, Greg.

It's a shame some idiot blogger has to report that water is wet, but that's the world we live in.

 

Watch out for d'Alice

That sumbitch will track you down in your home and threaten you with serious bodily harm, just the kind of behavior you'd expect from a typical Republican bully. I'm serious, Greg. He seems unhinged to me.

If it happens

I will be recording such a conversation, if it happens.