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California to Unmask Koch Brothers and their Donors

The U.S. tax code allows Americans for Prosperity, a Koch brothers-linked, tax-exempt 501(c)4 group, to shield the names of its donors — but California will now be able to force it to share donor names with the state after winning a federal appeal Tuesday.

A federal district court ruled in 2016 that the group, backed by Charles and David Koch, did not have to reveal its donors. The group had been targeted by then-Attorney General Kamala Harris, who targeted the group in her campaign for U.S. Senate.

Though the state is required by law to keep the names confidential, skeptics argue that there is little chance donors’ names would be kept confidential after there were no criminal penalties in the IRS scandal of 2013. There, Internal Revenue Service employees created obstacles for conservative groups seeking to register as non-profits, and one group’s confidential donor list was leaked.

Americans for Prosperity played a key role in mobilizing Tea Party activists during the 2010 midterm elections.

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