Millions also were disclosed only as being given to the political group by a related nonprofit - which does not, in turn, have to say where it got its money.
Conservative Freedomworks said half of $3 million in donations were actually services provided for no cost by its nonprofit arm. Liberal American Bridge said the source of $200,000 of its money was its own nonprofit.
The $200,000 donated to Priorities USA Action was listed as being a transfer from its nonprofit arm, so the origin of those funds, which will be used to fight for Mr. Obama’s re-election, is unknown. And most of the total announced by American Crossroads was raised by its nonprofit arm rather than the super PAC account, meaning after a six-month wait, the biggest donors will remain secret.
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