New disclosures retrieved today, showing some of API's spending over the course of last year, reveal that API used its membership dues (from the world's largest oil companies like Chevron and Aramco) to finance several dark money groups airing attack ads in the most recent election cycle.
Last year, API gave nearly half a million to the following dark money groups running political ads against Democrats and in support of Republicans:
$50,000 to Americans for Prosperity's 501(c)(4) group, which ran ads against President Obama and congressional Democrats.
$412,969 to Coalition for American Jobs' 501(c)(6) group, a front set up by API lobbyists to air ads for industry-friendly politicians, including soon to be former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA).
$25,000 to the Sixty Plus Association's 501(c)(4), which ran ads against congressional Democrats.