Open Secrets, a US NGO tracking money and politics, reported in late July that a so-called “dark money” group more than quadrupled its revenue during its most recent fiscal year. According to the report, Turning Point Action helped sponsor the rally that preceded the attack on the U. S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021,
July 22, 2022 A “dark money” group that helped sponsor the rally that preceded the attack on the U. S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, more than quadrupled its revenue during its most recent fiscal year, according to OpenSecrets’ review of tax returns. Turning Point Action is the 501(c)(4) advocacy arm of Turning Point, a conservative student group that flourished under former President Donald Trump’s administration. Turning Point is spearheaded by its 501(c)(3) arm, Turning Point USA, and is best known for conservative youth engagement efforts and digital operations, which were used to promote the Jan. 6 rally. The 501(c)(4) advocacy arm, Turning Point Action, was one of nine groups listed as “participating” in the Jan. 6 rally. Caroline Wren, a top Trump fundraiser campaign who was listed as a “VIP Advisor” on the permit granted by the National Park Service for the Jan. 6 rally, allegedly “parked funds” for the Stop the Steal rally in Washington, D. C., with Turning Point and two other groups involved in the rally ahead of Jan. 6. Newly released tax filings covering Turning Point’s most recent fiscal year, reveal details of the organization’s finances in the six months before and six months after the rally – the period when it reportedly parked funds for the rally. From July 2020 through June 2021, Turning Point Action raised more than $11.2 million, up from about $2.5 million the prior year and an all-time high for the organization, according to OpenSecrets’ review of its tax records.
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The Open Secrets report goes on to say that much of Turning Point Action’s boost in funding in the fiscal year spanning from July 2020 through June 2021 is due to two seven-figure anonymous donors – giving $1.25 million and $1.19 million — and multiple other donors giving hundreds of thousands of dollars each.
The Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) has reported on other dark money groups, including in August on a huge donation made to a group led by what is described as a “prominent conservative lawyer” close to Donald Trump and known for running a network of rightwing “dark money” non-profits that don’t disclose their donors.