Don't Lump Political Groups With Advocacy Organizations

April 6, 2011 | | The Chronicle of Philanthropy

David Callahan, a senior fellow at the think tank Demos, contends the tax code should differentiate between charities and overtly partisan advocacy organizations. Now neither type of group must reveal the names of its supporters.

He argues that the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling makes it too easy for corporations and wealthy individuals to exert political influence by making unlimited donations to advocacy groups.