We found that some groups said they would not engage in politics when they applied for IRS recognition of their tax-exempt status. But later filings showed they spent millions on just such activities.Equally dubious are the charges AFF makes in its attack ad against Koster. It's unclear which DC politicians Koster is "looking out for" in the ad. And though it's true that Koster did not sue to stop Obamacare, he did file a "friend of the court" brief in Florida questioning the constitutionality of the bill. It's also a bit of a stretch to say that the federal healthcare bill would be "job killing." As the nonpartisan FactCheck.org has pointed out, Obamacare would probably lead to a net surplus of jobs.
On the very day in 2008 that the American Future Fund mailed its application to the IRS, checking the box for "no" on whether it planned to participate in politics, it uploaded an ad to YouTube praising a Republican senator. The group reported more than $8 million in political spending in 2010.
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