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  •  December 3, 2013: Shelley E. Garr; approved.. (1+ / 0-)
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    ..Karl Rove GPS but since then..

    FEC Believes Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS Violated Campaign Finance Laws

    The Federal Elections Commission believes Republican strategist Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS, his pro-Republican fundraising organization, probably violated campaign finance rules.
    Specifically, the FEC report said that Crossroads GPS had violated campaign finance regulations going back to 2010 because it did not register as a political group. In 2012 Crossroads GPS used about 40 percent of its money on campaign-related spending, according to The Washington Post.
    January 16, 2014, 05:01 pm | the Hill:
    Watchdogs sue FEC, demand investigation of Karl Rove group
    Watchdog groups are suing the Federal Election Committee after it dropped its inquiry into Crossroads GPS, the nonprofit organization co-founded by GOP operative Karl Rove.

    The Campaign Legal Center and Public Citizen filed a complaint in 2010 that said the group flouted election laws by filing as a social welfare nonprofit while acting like a political committee.

    And more recently June 9, 2014 | WaPo: Conservative group sues for FEC report on Crossroads GPS
    The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service are developing new guidelines to help clarify what type of activities are prohibited for 501(c)(4)s and how much engagement in those activities would disqualify a group from tax-exempt status.
    And subsequently The RWNJ Center for Competitive Politics..  
    ..filed its lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

    So I'm not up to speed on this, but it sure seems  like the "approved" stamp in December of 2013 isn't the last word on this

    Thx jamess

    P.S. and it also looks like you're very correct to ponder this:

    Kind of makes one wonder, which deep pockets interest are coaching the Commissioners in their "in-depth" voting decisions?
    ..yep it sounds like there is ongoing disagreement within the FEC (putting it mildly). Some members of the commission are bought and paid for it looks like

    How about following the letter of the original law ; "exclusively.."

    There are a number of different methods to get tax exempt status that these political groups could employ.

    They only choose the  501(c)4 because of non-disclosure. anonymous/dark money - iow's exactly what is allowing Big money donors to secretly tip the scales (corrupt) democracy

    It seems to me we want transparency, so follow the  letter of the 501(c)4 law as written or choose another method

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