Report: Nonprofits spent more than super PACs in 2010 election
The report noted that although super PACs must release their donors, the nonprofit groups as defined by section 501(c)(4) of the U.S. tax code rarely have to disclose where their money is coming from.
In the 2010 election cycle, the nonprofit "social welfare" groups spent about $95 million, compared to the $65 million spent by super PACs, according to the report. Much of the nonprofit spending came from the right, with conservative groups outspending liberal groups $78 million to $16 million.
As for the 2012 election, the groups noted that so far in this election cycle, super PAC spending is far outpacing nonprofit spending. However, the report says that trend could change, saying "with clearly defined candidates for both the White House and in most congressional races, nonprofits are expected to become more active."
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