The Evangchr4 Trust is a 501(c)(4) tax-exempt nonprofit. According to documents filed with the IRS, its mission is "to develop, disseminate and apply Biblical principles to economics, politics and society as a whole in order to make the United States a country where spiritual and economic prosperity flourishes."
The Washington Post described the trust as "a pastor outreach effort that gave nearly $1.2 million to CitizenLink, an advocacy arm of the conservative Christian group Focus on the Family. CitizenLink spent more than $2.5 million on ads on behalf of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and other Republicans in 2012."
Charles Koch is the right-wing billionaire owner of Koch Industries. As one of the richest people in the world, he is a key funder of the right-wing infrastructure, including the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the State Policy Network (SPN). In SourceWatch, key articles on Charles Koch and his late brother David include: Koch Brothers, Americans for Prosperity, Stand Together Chamber of Commerce, Stand Together, Koch Family Foundations, Koch Universities, and I360.
Ties to Koch brothers
The Evangchr4 Trust appears to have received money from organizations with links to the Koch brothers. Through ORRA, LLC, a disregarded entity, it received $775,000 from the TC4 Trust. The Evangchr4 Trust is also a "related tax-exempt organization" to the Themis Trust, which was listed as the recipient of $2.5 million from TC4 Trust, and to Themis-related disregarded entities DAS MGR, LLC and STN, LLC, which together received $7,425,000 from TC4.
Paul W. Brooks is listed on IFWE's documents as a trustee. According to OpenSecrets, Paul W. Brooks "is the same name as that of a former Koch Industries senior vice president."
As a 501(c)(4) nonprofit, the Evangchr4 Trust is not required to disclose its donors.
2011 For the period June 1, 2011-May 31, 2012
- Total Revenue: $1,980,914
- Total Expenses: $1794,520
- Net Assets: $186,394
A report by OpenSecrets noted that the Evangchr4 Trust gave almost all of the grant funds it disbursed in 2011 to Citizenlink, "the c4 arm of the social conservative group Focus on the Family. The last link in that particular daisy chain of grants, CitizenLink reported to the FEC that it spent $2.6 million on independent expenditures in 2012, most of it on behalf of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney."
Evangchr4 Trust's tax filings list it as the controlling entity for ORRA, LLC, a disregarded entity. The trust also lists two "related tax-exempt organizations," The Institute for Faith, Work & Economics and Themis Trust. The trust identifies two additional related organizations, Thoco, Inc, listed as a holding company, and Demeter Analytics Services, Inc.
- Paul W. Brooks, Trustee (listed on tax filing)
- Hugh Whelchel, Executive Director (listed on tax filing)
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- Evangchr4 Trust, 2011 Form 990, organizational IRS Filing, April 23, 2013.
- Matea Gold, "The players in the Koch-backed $400 million political donor network," Washington Post, January 5, 2014. Accessed June 4, 2014.
- Viveca Novak, Robert Maguire, and Russ Choma, "Exclusive: Nonprofit Funneled Money to Kochs’ Voter Database Effort, Other Conservative Groups," OpenSecrets, December 21, 2012. Accessed June 5, 2014.
- Robert Maguire and Viveca Novak, "Exclusive: Largest Dark Money Donor Groups Share Funds, Hide Links," OpenSecrets, September 10, 2013. Accessed June 4, 2014.