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  •  This is what I'd like to know (6+ / 0-)

    Of the groups targeted for extra scrutiny, 2/3 were conservative, so we hear.

    I want to know what % of the applicants were conservative, as well, otherwise the 2/3rds means nothing.

    If there were 3000 applicants and 2300 of them were conservative groups, more than 2/3rds targeted SHOULD BE conservative, right?

    I'm willing to bet that the majority, at least, of these applications were from conservative groups because of the hundreds of tea parties that sprang up - and they were all loosely tied together and astroturfed by a group fully capable of prodding them toward the new tax free designation so donors could be protected as dirty money was laundered through the system.

    I hope the digging has just begun.

    I mean, haven't we seen ALEC handing various state legislators bills to file? Is it really a stretch to think that Dick Armey would go around handing out info packets to tp'ers showing them how to apply?

    •  Of course someone was instructing them (5+ / 0-)

      We don't yet know who, but all these local TP groups didn't suddenly come up with the same strategy independently just by reading the tax code and Citizens United. Neither did the liberal ones, of course.

      What is most important is to keep emphasizing that the principle of screening "social welfare organization" applications to make sure they weren't really political organizing committees under the mask wasn't illegal, unconstitutional, infringement of everyone's rights, etc. etc. -- it was the IRS's job, under the express wording of statutes that Congress enacted. If they had decided to do a thorough extra-special screening of ALL 501c4 applications, using the same questionaire, there would be no problem.  The ONLY legitimate issue is whether the IRS improperly used certain code words in an organization's name or description as triggers for special scrutiny.

      And don't get me started on the double standard where the FBI, NYPD, Homeland Security, etc. etc. applied a completely different standard to anything with the word "Occupy" in it, and no one in Congress or the media feels the need to investigate that (or rant about it).  

    •  more... (7+ / 0-)
      According to the IRS database, there were 1,017 "social welfare organizations" approved for tax-exempt status in 2012. In IRS-speak, that's a 501c(4) organization of classification type 3. Donations to such groups are not tax-deductable, and they are often not required to disclose donors. Of those, 28 have the words "tea party" or "patriots" in their name. Only seven have the word "progress": Louisiana Progress Action Fund Inc., Progress Missouri, Progress Texas, Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada Action Fund, Progressive USA, Progressives United Inc., Progressnow. There are no matches for "liberal" or "Democrat."

      The complete list is at the end of this post. -

      "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

      by Greg Dworkin on Wed May 22, 2013 at 06:44:10 AM PDT

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