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Americans for Limited Government

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Americans for Limited Government, Inc., "is all about action." Their website goes on to note that:

"Each year, the government becomes increasingly disconnected from the people. Both parties have lost their way. Many politicians don't honor their own principles or platforms.Voters are cynical and increasingly alienated from political parties, politicians, and the government.
"The time is ripe for an independent, nonpartisan political movement that fights for hardworking taxpayers and against the special interests that continually push for big government nationwide." [1]

A November 2006 report by the Center for Public Integrity notes that they are "the driving force behind this year’s eminent-domain and regulatory-takings ballot initiatives in the West, calls itself a grass-roots organization." It is "financed almost entirely that year by a handful of large donors... connected to ALG’s chairman, New York real estate investor Howard Rich." [2]

Koch Wiki

The Koch brothers -- David and Charles -- are the right-wing billionaire co-owners of Koch Industries. As two of the richest people in the world, they are key funders of the right-wing infrastructure, including the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the State Policy Network (SPN). In SourceWatch, key articles on the Kochs include: Koch Brothers, Koch Industries, Americans for Prosperity, American Encore, and Freedom Partners.

Nonprofit status

Americans for Limited Government Inc. - a 501(c)(4), EIN 36-3975580 - was founded in 1996[3]; Americans for Limited Government Research Foundation Inc. - a 501(c)(3), EIN 52-2020468 - was founded in 1997.[4]

Funding

2010: Secret Nonprofit Group Gives Nearly $4.2 Million

In 2010, ATR received $4,189,000 from the Center to Protect Patients' Rights, another 501(c)4 that acted as a conduit for around $55 million in secret funding distributed to other nonprofit groups that attacked Democrats in the 2010 elections. [1]

2005: 3 individuals gave 99% of funding

"Americans for Limited Government, the tax-exempt organization that bankrolled a series of controversial [takings] ballot initiatives this year, raised 99 percent of its $5.4 million in total contributions in 2005 from just three donors..."[2]

2004: "handful of large donors"

A "review of public records from 2004, however, shows that the operations of Americans for Limited Government and its affiliated foundation were financed almost entirely that year by a handful of large donors, as were the operations of other tax-exempt organizations led by or otherwise connected to ALG’s chairman, New York real estate investor Howard Rich.

"A review of these documents by the Center shows that the Rich-connected organizations, whose stated missions have little in common, appear to have operated essentially as interrelated bank accounts, collecting money from donors and sharing it among themselves.

"In 2004, for example, Legislation Education Action Drive, a tax-exempt organization that Rich founded to promote vouchers and tuition tax credits, collected more than $1.35 million for “research and public education of the developments in school choice initiatives,” according to its federal tax returns." [5]

Directors

Source

Contact

Web: http://www.getliberty.org

Articles and resources

References

  1. Vivica Novak and Robert Macguire: Mystery Health Care Group Funneled Millions to Conservative Causes, Opensecrets.org, Accessed Monday October 1st, 2012
  2. Bill Hogan (2006-12-21). Takings Initiatives - Articles: Three Big Donors Bankrolled Americans for Limited Government in 2005. Center for Public Integrity. Retrieved on 2011-07-26. “Americans for Limited Government, the tax-exempt organization that bankrolled a series of controversial ballot initiatives this year, raised 99 percent of its $5.4 million in total contributions in 2005 from just three donors, the Center for Public Integrity has learned. The number of ALG’s major donors in 2005, but not their identities, was disclosed in financial statements obtained by the Center. ... The reliance of Americans for Limited Government on such a small number of big donors is at sharp variance with how the organization bills itself to journalists and to the public.”

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