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Big companies helped fund a secretive Alabama GOP nonprofit, report finds

FedEx donated $10,000 to the group, according to a leaked tax filing. (Charlie Riedel/AP)

A secretive Alabama Republican nonprofit group received $100,000 in 2012 from corporate, trade and other political organizations, according to a new report.

Sixteen organizations donated $5,000 to $15,000 each to the Alabama House Republican Conference, a social welfare nonprofit organization. (Another donated $2,500.) Such nonprofit groups — also known by the 501(c)(4) tax code under which they’re organized — played a starring role in the scandal last year in which the Internal Revenue Service admitted to targeting groups with “tea party” or “patriot” in their names for inspections.

The list of companies that donated to the group, reportedly an arm of the Alabama House Republican Caucus, includes FedEx, Eli Lilly, Alabama Power Co., Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, and Pfizer, according to tax documents obtained by the Center for Public integrity. The documents came to light because of an apparent mistake:

“[W]hen the Center for Public Integrity asked Rachel Adams, the communications director for Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard, for a copy of the group’s most recent tax form, she provided a version that is typically only delivered to the Internal Revenue Service and includes contributor names and contribution amounts,” the organization reported.

The $100,000 donated by 17 large donors, listed below, accounts for roughly half of the $204,000 total haul for 2012. A similar Democratic group raised just $2,400 that year, according to the Center for Public Integrity.

Name Location Amount
Alabama Wholesale Beer Association PAC Montgomery, Ala. $15,000
FedEx Corp. PAC Memphis, Tenn. $10,000
Eli Lilly & Co. PAC Indianapolis, Ind. $7,500
Alabama Education Association Montgomery, Ala. $5,000
Alabama Power Co. Birmingham, Ala. $5,000
Alabama Retail Association Montgomery, Ala. $5,000
Alfa Mutual Insurance Co. Montgomery, Ala. $5,000
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama Birmingham, Ala. $5,000
FGA PAC Montgomery, Ala. $5,000
Franklin PAC Montgomery, Ala. $5,000
Future PAC Montgomery, Ala. $5,000
JM Family Enterprises Inc. Deerfield Beach, Fla. $5,000
Manufacture Alabama Montgomery, Ala. $5,000
Medical Association of the State of Alabama Montgomery, Ala. $5,000
Steve Windom LLC Montgomery, Ala. $5,000
Trial Trust Montgomery, Ala. $5,000
Pfizer Inc. New York, N.Y. $2,500
Niraj Chokshi is a general assignment reporter for The Washington Post.

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