Project Veritas, an activist group that mounts undercover video stings of liberals and mainstream news organizations, received nearly $1.7 million in donations last year from a giant charity associated with the Koch brothers, according to documents filed with the Internal Revenue Service.
The donations pushed Project Veritas contributions to new highs during the 2016 presidential election and highlight the prominent spot the group occupies in a national network of conservative nonprofits that strongly supported Donald Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Project Veritas, a tax-exempt public charity, purports to expose what it calls dishonesty and corruption. An operative working with the group in recent weeks falsely claimed to two Washington Post reporters that U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore impregnated her as a teenager. The Post did not publish a story based on her account, which collapsed under reporters’ scrutiny.
The $1.7 million came through Donors Trust, a type of tax-exempt charity called a donor-advised fund (DAF). Billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch and other wealthy conservatives rely on Donors Trust and similar groups to finance numerous charities and other nonprofit organizations to promote libertarian, small-government and free-market policies and candidates, according to Robert Brulle, a professor of sociology and environmental science at Drexel University, who tracks such spending.
Donors’ identities are not disclosed, even in filings to the government.
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