|Coleman's "advocacy organization" is taking heat for flouting campaign finance and tax laws.|
Norm Coleman may be Minnesota's most popular prominent Republican
, but he isn't feeling any love these days from nonprofit campaign watchdog groups in Washington.
Both Democracy 21
and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
have recently called for the IRS and FEC to investigate whether Coleman's American Action Network
conservative advocacy organization is operating in violation of campaign finance and tax laws.
AAN is a tax-exempt organization. According to CREW, as such, it is supposed to spend less than $1,000 annually on expenditures aimed at electing federal candidates. While it's arguable what sorts of expenditures constitute the type of candidate-specific contributions in question, tax returns show that AAN spent more than $25 million on "advocacy, organizing and political activity" from July 2010 to June 2011, including a $500,000 donation to American Crossroads, a super PAC linked to former Bush Administration power broker Karl Rove. More »