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  •  Thanks for the Lawrence O'Donnell clip. (0+ / 0-)

    Most network news I've seen hasn't been this honest.  Perhaps they don't want to end the election time gravy train of political commercials from these non-profits.

    Yesterday's NY Times had an article "Groups Targeted by I.R.S. Tested Rules on Politics" giving examples of partisan political work for or against specific candidates done by some of these non-profits.  For example:

    The Wetumpka Tea Party, from Alabama, sponsored training for a get-out-the-vote initiative dedicated to the “defeat of President Barack Obama” while the I.R.S. was weighing its application.
    Another interesting possibility for bringing up this old (IRS Commissioner Shulman first questioned about this specific issue in March 2012.) now:
    The I.R.S. is already separately reviewing roughly 300 tax-exempt groups that may have engaged in improper campaign activity in past years, according to agency planning documents. Some election lawyers said they believed a wave of lawsuits against the I.R.S. and intensifying Congressional criticism of its handling of applications were intended in part to derail those audits, giving political nonprofit organizations a freer hand during the 2014 campaign.

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