Lachlan Markay writes at the Washington Free Beacon that after years of hiding their donors, citizens now have a peek under the curtain of two major liberal groups after the John Podesta email hack. Markay writes:
Hacked emails contain documents revealing hundreds of donors to the Center for American Progress and Media Matters for America, liberal nonprofits that have resisted efforts to disclose their funders.
Most of the emails were sent to CAP founder John Podesta by Mary Pat Bonner, a prominent Democratic fundraiser who has worked for both groups to raise money from the wealthiest donors on the Democratic side of the aisle.
Others were sent to Podesta in his capacity as a member of CAP’s board. He led the think tank from its founding in 2003 until he joined the White House in 2014. Since leaving that post to chair Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, he has rejoined CAP’s board of directors.
CAP’s general counsel attached a copy of its annual tax filing for 2014 in an email to CAP’s board in August 2015. Though 501(c)(3) “social welfare” nonprofits such as CAP are required to disclose their top donors to the IRS in that annual filing, they are not required to make that information public.
“Please note that Schedule B, listing contributors to CAP, is not redacted in the attached, and should be kept confidential,” the email advised.
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