60 Plus Association

The 60 Plus Association is a nonprofit seniors’ group “which casts itself as a conservative alternative to AARP.”[1] Between 2009 and 2012, the group received over $33 million from Koch network nonprofits.[2] The group’s president, Amy Noone Frederick, served as a senior advisor to Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina.[3]

60 Plus initially reported that it spent “$4.6 million on ads against [President] Obama and House Democrats in 2012.”[4] However, in July 2014, the Center for Public Integrity reported that the group had understated its political spending in the 2010 and 2012 cycles by over $11 million – in tax returns filed with the IRS under the penalty of perjury.[5] Former IRS director for exempt organizations Marcus Owens said that “I don’t know of any way you can legally come to the reporting position they’ve taken. It’s kind of a thumb in the eye of the IRS.”[6] The next day, watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed a complaint against 60 Plus with the IRS.[7]

In February 2016, four of the group’s board members sued Frederick for allegedly steering $800,000 from the group to companies owned by her husband, without authorization and after claiming to the IRS that she had not done so.[8]

[1]The players in the Koch-backed $400 million political donor network.” Matea Gold, The Washington Post, 01/05/14

[2]Koch group’s IRS report unlocks a few mysteries.” Robert Maguire and Viveca Novak, The Center for Responsive Politics, 09/18/13

[3]Amy Noone Frederick, president of 60 Plus Association, commits to Carly Fiorina’s camp.” David Sherfinski, The Washington Times, 04/30/15

[4]The players in the Koch-backed $400 million political donor network.” Matea Gold, The Washington Post, 01/05/14

[5]Koch-backed seniors group low-balling election spending?” Michael Beckel, The Center for Public Integrity, 07/30/14

[6]Koch-backed seniors group low-balling election spending?” Michael Beckel, The Center for Public Integrity, 07/30/14

[7]Re: Complaint against the 60 Plus Association.” Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, letter to Hon. John Koskinen, Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, 07/31/14

[8]Lawsuit signals infighting at conservative lobby group.” Britain Eakin, Courthouse News Service, 03/08/16