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Who’s Going to Jail?

Republicans are ramping up their attacks on Obama before the 2014 elections. After listening to Bill O’Reilly on Thursday evening, it seems they are painting him as some kind of sinister cross between Mr. Magoo and Tupac, a sort of clueless gangster. If he did the things they are saying he did then he is kind of diabolical. If he didn’t do them then either he does not have his fingers on the pulse of his administration or the government is just too darn big. I absolutely hope that Obama’s rather confused accusers are not right because right now the right is just too far to the right for me.
 

 

If anyone should go to jail for the IRS “scandal”, it should be a Republican.  Pick one, almost any one and you will be safe in assigning guilt. The IRS conducts audits of not just groups, but categories of tax documents. Yes, it looks like they did a search with search terms that sorted 501 C-4’s with certain key words in the name box and that those key words seemed to target Conservative groups. Yes we do have to watch out for this type of thing because it could undermine freedom through the use of intimidation.

But everyone knows that 501 C-4’s were abused by the GOP in the last election. We knew it even as it was happening, but had no real recourse. We knew by the money flying into the GOP campaign and by the names of the groups who sponsored the flood of awful ads. Republicans may not have stepped over the letter of the tax laws, but they certainly stomped all over the spirit of the tax laws. They knew that they were using these organizations to finance the 2012 election, but they had their own deniability rationales perfected and they knew it would be almost impossible to prosecute them or turn down their tax exempt status because they apparently walked the line just about perfectly. The GOP seems to really love and rely on those razor-edge percentages they are always throwing around. In this case the percentage is 49%.

Accusing your enemy of a scary-sounding act of treason is a great tactic to distract attention from your own wrong-doing. Ouch. How can anyone question your righteousness in this matter? The IRS was looking for crooks and got a scandal. Well played. However, it rankles that the party that is trying to curtail our civil rights has taken refuge in a tax code change that was designed to protect civil rights. In 1959 when they changed 501 C-4’s from exclusively social welfare organizations to primarily social welfare organizations to help the NAACP raise needed funds and fight discrimination, they never imagined that it would come back to bite freedom in the butt in 2012.

Get rid of this loophole. Change the wording of the tax code regarding 501 C-4’s back to the original language (as soon as you can get enough votes to do this) and stop this witch hunt before we ferret out all those Republicans whose math is not so good and who overstepped that 49% level. We should definitely be investigating 501 C-4’s, but we need to investigate all of them, and be really careful about what key words are used in future searches.
 
 

Here’s a link to an article called Conservative Groups Granted Exemption Vastly Outspent Liberal Ones

http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2013/05/conservative-groups-granted-exemption-vastly-outspent-liberal.html

 This chart is from that article.

Viewpoint

Group

Ruling Date

2010

2012

C

Main Street Advocacy

Jan 2010

$0

$18,303

C

American Action Network

April 2010

$18,945,602

$11,689,399

C

Alliance for America’s Future

July 2010

$703,772

0

L

America Votes

July 2010

$252,876

$46,666

C

Heritage Action for America

Aug 2010

$0

$236,346

C

American Values Action

Sept 2010

$0

$14,761

L

Common Sense Movement

Sept 2010

$0

$29,760

L

Florida Watch Action

Sept 2010

$0

$30,053

C

Physicians for a Responsible Government

Oct 2010

$17,532

$0

C

Docs 4 Patients Care

Feb 2011

$24,363

0

C

Ending Spending

March 2011

$0

$515,000

C

Freedom Born

Dec 2011

$0

$32,833

C

Faith & Freedom Coalition Delaware

Jan 2012

$0

$18,354

L

StudentsFirst

Feb 2012

$0

$10,168

L

BlueGreen Alliance

March 2012

$473,246

0

L

IA Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund

May 2012

$0

$7,706

C

NFIB The Voice of Free Enterprise

June 2012

$0

$1,983,385

C

Protect the Harvest

June 2012

$0

$197,766

L

Progressive Leadership Alliance/Nevada Action Fund

June 2012

$0

$129,992

L

Progressive USA

July 2012

$37,071

$0

C

A Better America Now

March 2013

$0

$65,664

 

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