What happened in 2010 was that in the aftermath of Citizens United, corporations were suddenly allowed to contribute unlimited amounts of money to influence political campaigns. However, most corporations and CEO's didn't want to have their names and reputations associated with a candidate or position. They wanted to influence elections anonomously, gaining the benifits of supporting a candidate without the backlash from the other side.
By the spirit of the law, these groups should have been filed as tax exempt 527's which are intended primariliy to influence elections. By filing as a 527, they would have been allowed unlimited participation in politics and would have been excempt from the lengthy application process. However, they would have had to make their donors public. Instead they filed as 501(c)(4) groups for the sole purpose of hiding their donors.
In summary: 527's are allowed to be predominatly political, but must release donors. 501(c)(4)'s must not be predominatly political, are much harder to obtain, require far more paperwork, are subject to many more restrictions, but don't have to release donors.
After 2010 there was an explosion of these groups. Before Citizens' united there were around 1500. That doubled over the next year or so. The biggest push was amoung conservative groups. However, liberal groups were also guilty of this abuse.
Filing as a 501(c)(4) was an attempt by many of these groups to skirt the law. It's really impossible to read it any other way. The IRS rightly attempted to crack down on this abuse. However, it did it in a very un-American way. The guidleines should have targeted political groups in general, rather than singling out conservative issues.
This is a significant issue, and it warrents a thorough public investigation. However, it's nothing like Nixon's white house auditing members of the political opposition. For one, the head of the IRS was a Bush appointee.
I really don't see any problem with investigating teabaggers for tax evasion. After all it is a major platform of their party to not pay any taxes. In my honest opinion it is the job of the IRS to profile and investigate any group who rallies against paying taxes.
Its like the dept of homeland security investigating middle easterners who go to anti American rallies...That is what their job is to do.
If not them... Who?
How is that defending the IRS, I pointed out a double standard on the right. In airports/elsewhere the right wingers are all for racial profiling, but one of the Tea Party's mantra is anti tax, so they IRS profiles them. Boom, the TP dont like profiling. IF I was defending the IRS I would be trying to defend profiling, I am not.
God Bless the Marine Corps.
Fast and Furious
IRS targeting Conservatives
Illegal wire tapping of the AP
I realize your going to follow that idiot right into the ground.
The IRS and Benhhazi and the Wire Tapping, ?
Not going away. Next time sit out the election if your'e incapable of being objective. Quit subjecting the rest of American to your scum bags.
God Bless the Marine Corps.