Here’s a great example of why the IRS scandal has opened up a huge can of tax-exempt worms. One of the groups complaining about getting extra scrutiny is the Citizen Awareness Project of Colorado.
Well, here is what this same group was doing back in October of 2012:
Less than three weeks before Election Day, a new mystery group dropped nearly $1 million on an anti-Obama expenditure, according to records. Citizen Awareness Project appears to be a nonprofit organization. It reported the independent expenditure opposing President Barack Obama Thursday, according to a filing with the Federal Election Commission.
The group helped make marketing materials for the Heritage Foundation, among other things. Why *should* an organization like this be tax exempt, when it is so clearly political? I don’t want groups whose main purpose is to support either liberal or conservative candidates to receive a tax exemption. The main goal of a tax exempt nonprofit is supposed to be social welfare. According to the above article, the treasurer of Citizen Awareness Project is a law clerk who specializes in election law. This is not a group focusing on social welfare of any sort.
For an extra helping of what can only be viewed as strange sarcasm at this point, there are plenty of conservative postings from 2011 and 2012 complaining about the tax exempt status of Occupy Wall Street. Yeah, it does seem ironic now, doesn’t it?
I think neither side should be able to get away with taking advantage of tax loopholes. I’ve gotten used to the fact that we all have to live in the middle of a big, dirty political fight…but at least make the participants pay some taxes!