Tuesday, May 29, 2012
The Los Angeles times reports that the Center to Protect Patient Rights granted more than $55 million during the 2010 election cycle to a range of GOP leaning groups without having to reveal the sources of its funds. The article notes several ties between the center and the Charles and David H. Koch, including that the Center is run by a GOP consultant who is "a key operative in the Kochs' political activities." The Kochs, through a spokeswoman, declined to confirm or deny that they were involved with the Center, however.
According to its GuideStar description and its Forms 990 available through GuideStar, the Center is a section 501(c)(4) organization based in Phoenix, Arizona. The Center's 2009 and 2010 Forms 990 list the grant recipients. The groups receiving the most funds during this period were the American Future Fund, also a 501(c)(4), which received almost $13 million and the Sixty Plus Association, another 501(c)(4), which received over $11 million.