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Washington D.C. group complains to IRS about a Michigan non-profit's campaign spending

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According to CREW, Michigan Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility failed to report $290,000 in political spending in 2014.

A Washington D.C. group has filed a complaint against a Michigan non-profit for its political spending.

Citizens for Responsible Ethics, or CREW, filed a complaint with the IRS against Michigan Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility. 

Jordan Libowitz is with CREW. He says Michigan Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility failed to report  $290,000 in political spending in 2014.  He says that violates the group's non-profit status.

"So we're seeing a disturbing trend with more and more groups trying to get away with this because they think they can," Libowitz says.

Libowitz says CREW isn't out to get any one group in particular, but to convince these groups to become more transparent in their spending. 

"It's not about MCFR, it's about the future of disclosure of political activity," Libowitz says.

Libowitz says the money went to PACs that bankrolled republican candidates running for the state legislature.

Steve Linder, the President of MCFR, was not able to be reached for comment. 

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