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WH Sics IRS On Donors To GOP 501(C)4s

From a cheering New York Times:

I.R.S. Moves to Tax Gifts to Groups Active in Politics

May 12, 2011

Big donors like David H. Koch and George Soros could owe taxes on their millions of dollars in contributions to nonprofit advocacy groups that are playing an increasing role in American politics.

Note to whom the New York Times gives pride of place. Not Mr. Soros, who has been funding the radical left for decades. But Mr. Koch, whose recent and relatively paltry donations are not even a drop in the bucket compared to Mr. Soros’ untold millions.

Invoking a provision that had rarely, if ever, been enforced, the Internal Revenue Service said it had sent letters to five donors, who were not identified, informing them that their contributions may be subject to gift taxes depending on whether the donations exceeded limits under the tax laws.

Since they have not be identified, it is a safe bet they are exclusively Republican donors.

These advocacy groups have been drawing more scrutiny, from President Obama as well as others, as they have proliferated and funneled vast sums of money in support of campaigns and causes, without having to publicly disclose their donors.

And we all know just how concerned Mr. Obama is about shady donors. You can ask any of the millions of people who donated to his campaign in handy parcels of $250. You can even ask his fundraisers at Hamas.

During the midterm cycle, for example, groups like Crossroads GPS, which has ties to the Republican strategist Karl Rove, and Americans for Prosperity, backed by Mr. Koch and his brother Charles, were heavily involved in politicking, spurring campaign finance watchdogs to complain that they were flouting election and nonprofit laws

Yes, those reprehensible Republican front groups have just run amok. If only the Democrats had something like that. But, alas, the playing field just isn’t level.

By the way, the "financial watchdogs" mentioned here is almost certainly CREW, which is a Soros-funded Democrat front group, which is helmed by a former aid to Joe Biden and John Conyers.

These organizations were established as nonprofit corporations under a section of the tax law, 501(c)(4), and the rules governing them say their primary purpose cannot be political.

But those dastardly Republicans just ignored the law. We have read all about it at MoveOn.org and Media Matters and the Center For American Progress and Planned Parenthood and Code Pink – and at CREW.

The timing of the agency’s moves, as the 2012 election cycle gets under way, is prompting some tax law and campaign finance experts to question whether the I.R.S. could be sending a signal in an effort to curtail big donations

You think? Since the Supreme Court didn’t give Mr. Obama his way in their ruling on Citizens United, it’s almost as if he has been on a jihad to find other ways to punish donors to Republican campaigns. He is going to deny them government contracts. And now this.

In a statement released Thursday, Michelle L. Eldridge, a spokeswoman for the I.R.S., said that the inquiries were initiated by agency employees, not White House or other Obama administration officials, “as part of their increased efforts in the area of nonfiling of gift and estate tax returns.”

Oh, our sides. Still, once again, who can doubt that this is the ‘most transparent administration in history’?

The letters informed donors that investigations had been opened to determine why a gift tax form had not been filed, and requested that donors submit records of all donations in the year 2008, according to a redacted copy obtained by The New York Times

‘Are you now or have you ever been a contributor to the Republican Party.’

By the way, note that the Obama administration leaked this to the New York Times, so that they could spin things properly before anyone else heard about it.

Some members of Congress have been asking the I.R.S. to investigate the tax-exempt status of these groups, too, although lawmakers have also cautioned that since the Nixon years, the agency has been strictly prohibited from what could be considered politically motivated inquiries

Our sides, again. The New York Times is really wreaking havoc on our funny bone.

Still, experts are sensing that the message being sent may deter large donations to these groups, at a time when big corporate, union and like-minded political contributions are expected to flood the election cycle through the barriers lifted by last year’s Supreme Court ruling in the Citizens United case.

Er, unions aren’t affected by any of this – and the New York Times damn well knows it. This is aimed exclusively at the Republican Party’s main sources for funding.

Both major political parties and candidates have benefited from these types of organizations,

The hell you say! And thank you for finally getting around to acknowledging it. Even though the Democrats have "benefited" since forever. And they have profited far more handsomely than the GOP ever has.

Quick, name three GOP 501(c)4s.

[B]ut the Republican groups grew in force and size after the 2008 election, partly in recognition of Mr. Obama’s proficiency at fund-raising. For example, Mr. Rove’s group, one of the best known from the 2010 midterm cycle, raised $70 million. Americans for Prosperity, a libertarian group that is opposed to many of President Obama’s policies, has been generously financed by David Koch.

The Times is so subtle is it not? How much money did the unions raise for Mr. Obama and the DNC? How much did MoveOn.org and Emily’s List and the literally thousands of other Democrat front groups raise?

Democrats have embraced the model, too.

It’s just hilarious, really. That is, if you find George Orwell funny.

Bill Burton, Mr. Obama’s former deputy press secretary, was skewered by critics of these groups for creating Priorities USA Action to help Democrats. In 2009 and 2010, Mr. Soros, the billionaire investor, donated more than $12 million to advocacy groups

Of course those numbers are just the tip of the iceberg for Mr. Soros.

In December, after the 2010 midterm elections, officials with the I.R.S. division that oversees tax-exempt organizations indicated it would pay closer attention

But it is not political. That would be against the law.

Big donations to the largely unregulated 527 groups that were influential in the 2004 election cycle are not subject to the gift tax.

And that has nothing to do with the fact that there are about a hundred Democrat 527s for every Republican 527.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, May 13th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “WH Sics IRS On Donors To GOP 501(C)4s”

  1. Mithrandir says:

    When are Republicans going to FINALLY REALIZE that this is a WAR! –That’s how the democrats view it. When they are in power, they abuse, ‘deem’ bills passed, do every dirty trick, make rules up as they go along…

    When they are OUT of power, it’s ‘compromise’ and ‘taking care of the minority opinion.’

    It’s a war, they HATE Republicans, the will rob from their enemies, and reward their friends, it’s just the Republicans still think everyone is still on the same team.

    WAKE UP!

  2. tranquil.night says:

    I would say the Democrats are the ones who invented this, but that would even be giving them too much credit.

    It’s Bananas to us that they’d do this. Quite normal in other Banana Republics.

  3. Right of the People says:

    “who can doubt that this is the ‘most transparent administration in history’?”

    It is the most transparent administration in history. The most transparently corrupt and abusive administration in history, maybe of the entire civilized world.

  4. canary says:

    The Democrats have 2 new organizations using U.S.A. in their names like they patriotic to trick people,
    moving away from the typical “progressive, move on, global coins, which we’ve come to know as liberal words. , unlike the “progress, move on, typical liberal names. to trick people, and one of them does not have to keep donations accountable. David Axlerod, Obama’s strong armed henchman is defending them.

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