The group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has asked the IRS to investigate whether the American Future Fund has violated tax law. The nonprofit group spent millions to help elect Republican candidates in 2010 through nominal "issue" advertising. It spent about $10 million in 2010, including almost $200,000 for ads attacking Chad Causey, the Democrat defeated in the race for 1st District Congress.
501(c)(4) organizations like AFF may not have as their “primary purpose” the participation in political campaigns in support of, or in opposition to, candidates for public office.
“There is nothing wrong with working to elect Republicans, but you can’t violate the law to do it,” said CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan. “Given the amount of money the American Future Fund spent on ads in the 2010 congressional elections, it seems clear the primary — if not only — goal of the group is to elect Republicans to Congress.”