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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

So What is All of the Fuss About?

Throughout the Sunday talk shows, regarding the IRS scandal, I heard Republican after Republican attack the Obama administration over the supposed targeting of Conservative groups, such as the Tea Party. But by Monday morning I still didn't see what all of the fuss was about.

According to the IRS code 501(c)(4) an organization, in order to be granted tax exempt status and to withhold from publicizing the names of donors, must prove that the main purpose of the organization it so promote the social welfare. The organization may may be involved in political advocacy, as long as it is a minor activity, but it cannot not endorse any legislation or political candidate. So as the IRS saw the number of applications for this status improve in 2010 it did its job and began to question some of these organizations.It just happened that many of these applications were from Conservative groups, which under investigation were not social welfare organizations at all. As stated in my previous post, Republicans Are Chewing at the Bit Over the IRS, Karl Roves' groups and the Tea Party have been blatant abusers of this code.

I am not a big fan of the IRS, but I don't understand why the Republicans are going after them for simply doing their job. Why isn't Congress going after the organizations and their leaders, who have lied and abused the system? Could it be another ploy to derail Obama and his presidency?

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