Watchdog group files IRS complaint against Oklahoma company

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OKLAHOMA CITY – An election watchdog group has filed a complaint with the IRS alleging that an Oklahoma corporation registered as a social welfare nonprofit violated the law by acting as a political organization in a 2014 race for an open U.S. Senate seat.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed the complaint Wednesday against Oklahomans for a Conservative Future, which spent more than $1 million in independent expenditures in support of former Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon.

Shannon lost the 2014 GOP primary to then-U.S. Rep. James Lankford.

Oklahomans for a Conservative Future, which has since changed its name to Heartland Principles, is a so-called “dark money” group because it spends money on political races without disclosing its donors.

The group’s treasurer Ryan Owens declined to comment on the complaint.

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