Who's the "Imposter"? Chris Koster or Nonprofit Behind Attack Ad?

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster cannot be trusted. That's the gist of a television ad entitled "The Imposter" that began airing last week across the state.

See also:
Missouri Democrats Unhappy With Koster's Brief Over Health Care
Ed Martin Pledges to Thwart Obamacare From His "First Minute in Office"
Mo. Attorney General To Release Dome Plans Despite Rams' Objections

The 30-second spot paid for by the Iowa-based American Future Fund claims that Koster "sided with DC politicians" and "refused to sue to stop the job-killing federal healthcare bill." A closer look at American Future Fund, however, may leave you wondering who the real "imposter" is.   

American Future Fund calls itself a conservative, free-market "advocacy group" which allows it to claim nonprofit status with the IRS as a "social welfare" agency or 501(c)(4). In reality, though, AFF behaves more like a political hired gun that can use its nonprofit status to sidestep federal election laws. 

Today nonprofits such as AFF, Crossroads GPS and Americans for Prosperity are upending campaign finance, spending even more money than super PACs on television ads for the 2012 election cycle. Moreover, nonprofits don't have to disclose their donors, the way that PACs must, allowing anonymous contributors to flood these "social welfare" groups with cash.

Shadier, still, is the way AFF went about registering as a "nonprofit." As ProPublica reported last month:

About The Author

Scroll to read more St. Louis Metro News articles (1)
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state.
Help us keep this coverage going with a one-time donation or an ongoing membership pledge.


Join Riverfront Times Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.