Skip to main content

View Diary: Common Cause challenges ALEC's tax-exempt status (81 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  Recommend appliying the same standard (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    NoMoJoe, DamselleFly, elwior, G2geek

    and logic to the catholic church and other religious institutions masquerading as non-political,non-profits.

    I'll believe that corporations are people when Texas executes one.

    by RudiB on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 12:52:20 PM PDT

    [ Parent ]

    •  As powerful and well-funded as ALEC is, (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      elwior, Losty, RudiB

      depriving it of its tax-exempt status (and subjecting it to possible penalties and back taxes) would be child's play compared to doing anything about the Catholic church's role in U.S. politics and government.

      We must drive the special interests out of politics.… There can be no effective control of corporations while their political activity remains. To put an end to it will neither be a short not an easy task, but it can be done. -- Teddy Roosevelt

      by NoMoJoe on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 03:17:26 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  yes, like this: (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      elwior, RudiB

      Take names, collect bios on each of them, and track them.

      As I said, it's not surveillance, it's social networking.

      Because we want to be social with them.

      And have friendly conversations.

      While we hold protest signs.

      Everywhere they go.  

      "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

      by G2geek on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 06:34:11 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Uh - the Catholic Church was running (0+ / 0-)

      as a non-political non-profit 1700 years before there was a Constitution - you might have a harder time convincing a judge or jury that they don't serve any other purpose than lobbying....

      In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra En théorie, il n'y a aucune différence entre théorie et pratique, mais en pratique, il y a toujours une différence. - Yogi Berra

      by blue aardvark on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 06:10:54 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Sure they have other purposes (0+ / 0-)

        and ones that pre-date the Constitution. That's not the point. Under the law, you can be tax-exempt if you stay out of electioneering. Churches regularly cross the line (IMO) and rarely, if ever, suffer the loss of their tax-exempt status.

        I'll believe that corporations are people when Texas executes one.

        by RudiB on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 12:38:25 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  I think they are allowed to do a certain (0+ / 0-)

          amount, up to 20%, so long as they don't endorse specific candidates or parties. They can take positions on non-partisan stuff.

          IRS rules, not mine.

          In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra En théorie, il n'y a aucune différence entre théorie et pratique, mais en pratique, il y a toujours une différence. - Yogi Berra

          by blue aardvark on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 01:19:48 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

  • Recommended (156)
  • Community (66)
  • Baltimore (48)
  • Bernie Sanders (37)
  • Civil Rights (36)
  • Culture (30)
  • Elections (24)
  • Freddie Gray (23)
  • Law (22)
  • Hillary Clinton (21)
  • Economy (21)
  • Education (21)
  • Rescued (20)
  • Racism (20)
  • Texas (19)
  • Labor (19)
  • Environment (18)
  • Politics (17)
  • 2016 (16)
  • Media (16)
  • Click here for the mobile view of the site