New York State's Attorney General Eric Schneiderman reportedly is examining state and national tax-exempt organizations, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, following claims of fraudulent transfers of money used for lobbying and political campaigns.
"Schneiderman is investigating claims that tax-exempt organizations are influencing elections, while not being required to disclose donors. Both Democrats and Republicans are concerned about powerful groups with large amounts of money from anonymous donors influencing the presidential race."
National Chamber Foundation, and another philanthropy, the Starr Foundation, which made large grants to the chamber foundation in 2003 and 2004. During the same period, the National Chamber Foundation lent the chamber $18 million, most of it for what was described as a capital campaign.
"In a complaint filed last year with the attorney general, watchdog groups asserted that the loan had been used to finance lobbying for “tort reform” legislation in Congress and to run issue advertising in the 2004 presidential and Congressional campaigns, most of it against Democrats."
Americans for Prosperity has been active in numerous environmental issues at both the national and state level.