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  •  Not a terrible idea, but one major issue (1+ / 0-)
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    Catte Nappe

    What do organizations that have combined political and social functions (e.g., Greenpeace) do?

    Again, I'm not saying that change isn't needed, merely that a knee-jerk reaction might cause as many problems as it solves.

    •  Level the playing field. (1+ / 0-)
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      Killer of Sacred Cows

      If my proposal were adopted, it would not, of course, silence the organizations that exist to influence politics. What it would do is level the playing field. Churches would probably set up separate entities, that are not tax exempt, for the purpose of receiving (after-tax) donations, and using that money to fund political activities that would be prohibited with tax-free donations.

      Groups like Greenpeace would be free to do likewise.

      The underlying principle of both current law, and my proposal for a change, is that nobody should be getting tax-favored treatment for funds that are used primarily for lobbying or to influence the political process.

      Tax-favored contributions would still be available to organizations (large or small, left or right leaning) for their honestly charitable functions.

      A level playing field is a level playing field. Greenpeace gets no tax advantage for its political activities if the churches get none for theirs.

      "Balance" does not require giving equal time to truth and lies. - E.J. Dionne, Jr.

      by Waterlaw99 on Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 10:51:05 AM PST

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      •  That is a buzz saw (0+ / 0-)

        on 2 fronts.  The Christian right would be up in arms and the left wing of our party would also be up in arms as all our "good" groups are also tax exempt.  Evening the playing field would be accomplished however.  The only problem is that you would piss off most the country.

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