HOW NONPROFITS SPEND MILLIONS ON ELECTIONS AND CALL IT PUBLIC WELFARE
AGU. 24, 2012 | Photographer, Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

MATT BROOKS DESCRIBES THE MISSION OF THE REPUBLICAN Jewish Coalition as educating the Jewish community about critical domestic and foreign policy issues.

But the well-dressed crowd that gathered in May for a luncheon on the 24th floor of a New York law firm easily could have figured that the group had a different purpose: Helping Mitt Romney win the presidency.

Brooks, the group's executive director, showed the 100 or so attendees two coalition-funded ads taking aim at President Barack Obama. Then Brooks made a pitch for a $6.5 million plan to help Romney in battleground states, reminding guests that their donations would not be publicly disclosed by the tax-exempt group. read more