The money behind Americans for Prosperity, by the numbers

AFPPhoto.pngAmount that the conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity (AFP) and its affiliated foundation spent over the last two years attacking Democratic candidates and initiatives including the new health care law and climate legislation: $90 million

Amount that AFP received in 2010 from the John William Pope Foundation, headed by North Carolina discount-retail magnate and conservative benefactor Art Pope, who is one of AFP's four directors: $1.6 million

Amount that the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, which promotes laissez-faire capitalism and on whose board Art Pope also sits, gave AFP that year: $520,000

Year in which Harry Bradley helped found the far-right John Birch Society with Fred Koch, the father of Charles and David Koch, billionaire owners of the Koch Industries oil and chemical conglomerate: 1958

Year in which Fred Koch published a book in which he declared, "The colored man looms large in the Communist plan to take over America": 1960

Year in which David Koch and Richard Fink, a Koch Industries director, founded Americans for Prosperity: 2003

Amount that the Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation, one of the Koch Family Foundations, gave AFP in 2010: $150,000

Amount that AFP received that year from the American Petroleum Institute, the oil industry trade group: $25,000

Amount the AFP Foundation got in 2010 from Donors Trust, a conservative 501(c)(3) conduit group that anonymizes individuals' donations: $7.65 million

Rank of that donation among the largest to AFP that year: 1

Year in which Donors Trust was established to "ensure the intent of donors who are dedicated to the ideals of limited government, personal responsibility, and free enterprise": 1999

Amount the AFP Foundation got from a similar but more regional conduit for donors, the Virginia-based Community Foundation: $350,000

Of the two recent Americans for Prosperity statements evaluated by the Tampa Bay Times' Pulitzer Prize-winning Politifact.com, number that were rated "mostly false": 1

Number that were rated "pants on fire," meaning the statement was not accurate and made a ridiculous claim: 1

Number of legislative districts in Wisconsin where AFP, which supports Republican Gov. Scott Walker, sent absentee ballots to Democrats with instructions to return them when the election was over: 2

Amount the Kochs have pledged to spend through AFP to defeat President Obama in November: $200 million

Date on which a group of Democratic Senators wrote to the IRS asking if it plans to investigate the political activity of 501(c)(4) "social welfare" nonprofits like AFP: 2/16/2012

Date on which the Obama campaign called on Americans for Prosperity to reveal its donors: 2/29/2012

Originally posted at Facing South, the online magazine of the Institute for Southern Studies.

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