Nan Aron & Abby Levine

Nan Aron is the founder and president of Alliance for Justice. Abby Levine is the director of the Bolder Advocacy initiative at Alliance for Justice.

Recent Articles

In Defense of ‘Dark Money’

Why progressives should learn to love “social welfare” nonprofits

(AP Photo/Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
(AP Photo/Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) Democracy Spring protesters calling for the end of big money in politics march to the Capitol steps on April 13, 2016. O n May 10, 2013, Lois Lerner, then a senior IRS official, took a planted question from the audience at a meeting of the American Bar Association. Lerner, who managed the office of tax-exempt organizations, revealed that an audit of IRS practices showed that since 2010, some nonprofit organizations applying for tax-exempt status had been singled out for deeper scrutiny simply based on the name of the organization and what that indicated about its political orientation. The revelation set off a firestorm of controversy in the media, Congress, and conservative organizations, especially since news reports indicated that Tea Party–linked groups were the main targets of the probes. Lerner’s bombshell subjected the IRS to intense criticism, but her revelations also spotlighted the broader issue of the legitimacy and behavior of nonprofit...