The New York City-based publication City Hall has unearthed the complex structure that the state's "Working Families" Party uses to evade the law.
There are, in fact, four arms: a political party, a for-profit and two different ... non-profits. ...[T]hrough these four arms, ... Working Families has the benefits of a political party (legitimacy in voters’ minds, ballot line), a non-profit (tax-exemptions, uncapped donation limits and tax deductions) and a for-profit (no disclosure requirements, ability to collect fees backed by taxpayer-supported matching funds from candidates).City Hall obtained internal Working Families documents revealing a straight pay-to-play policy for the party's backing:
Working Families has non-profits groups and a for-profit entity that lack donation caps, disclosure requirements ... and other regulations that political parties face.
...a system of weighting votes based on money for endorsements and nominations. These indicate that the more money a union contributes to the legally separate non-profit (the Working Families Organization), the more votes the union gets in ... deciding which candidates to back.An important and revealing investigative piece.