Unidentified donors gave millions to nonprofit that funded pro-Trump groups
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Four unidentified donors reportedly handed out almost $17 million to a conservative nonprofit that funded organizations that supported President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump suggests some states may 'pay nothing' as part of unemployment plan Trump denies White House asked about adding him to Mount Rushmore Trump, US face pivotal UN vote on Iran MORE's inaugural committee and both of his Supreme Court nominees. 

The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that the Wellspring Committee, an organization that helps fund conservative groups, received $16.7 million last year from four unnamed donors. 

The donations were between $250,000 and $8.9 million each, according to a 2017 tax return obtained by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).


According to the Post, the Wellspring Committee gave $14.8 million to the Judicial Crisis Network, a conservative group that spent large sums of money to support Supreme Court nominees Neil Gorsuch and Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughMcConnell has 17-point lead over Democratic challenger McGrath: poll Davis: My recommendation for vice president on Biden ticket Kavanaugh urged Supreme Court to avoid decisions on Trump finances, abortion: report MORE

Wellspring also gave $919,900 to BH Group for consulting work. It is unclear what BH Group does and who is behind the organization, according to the Post. But the group donated $1 million to Trump's inaugural committee a month before he became president. 

Wellspring’s only board member, Neil Corkery, declined to comment to the Post. 

The newspaper notes that Wellspring and Judicial Crisis Network are established as politically active nonprofit organizations. Since they are not designated as political committees, they are not mandated to publicly disclose who their donors are. 

According to tax records, the Judicial Crisis Network has repeatedly received large sums from the Wellspring Committee. It received $23.5 million from the group in 2016. 

The donations display how unidentified donors can give large sums of money through means that allow them to remain hidden. 

Trump has in the past criticized these tactics. In August 2015, he told Time magazine that he wanted "transparency" with regards to the money being spent in politics. 

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.