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  •  The Mormon Church pours multi-millions into .... (16+ / 0-)

    ... political activism for right-wing causes and candidates.

    So basically Romney is contributing to himself and taking a tax deduction for it.

    •  Religious groups' speech is subsidized. (3+ / 0-)
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      This is the flaw of listing religious organizations as a charity.  Unfortunately, a few of them do actively believe in helping others and in good charitable causes.  They are harmed when unscrupulous people like Pat Robertson (or any leading religious leader) scam people from their money for 'charity', then use the money to establish political causes and events.

      Unfortunately, it seems that religious people are devoted to the cause of using their tax-free status to barge into politics and take over.  Every one of us should be concerned about this.

      They do not pay taxes, and get to endorse political candidates.  As taxpayers, this means we are subsidizing their religious speech.

      •  charities of all stripes go into politics. (1+ / 0-)
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        this is one area where the scumminess is not limited to any political persuasion.  hell, just look at media matters or even occupy.  if you think those are nonpartisan I've got a bridge to sell you.

      •  Paul - one thing charities can't do is (0+ / 0-)

        endorse candidates by name. Both sides stretch the limits on this rule. I recall Presidential candidate Bill Clinton speaking from pulpits in black churches. However, if you start printing flyers endorsing a candidate by name, and the name of a church, you can put your tax status in jeopardy.

        Outside of not being able to endorse candidates by name religious group and charities have very wide latitude, under IRS rules, regarding their public policy and political activities. Remember the role black churches played in the civil rights movement.  

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Sat Oct 13, 2012 at 11:44:51 AM PDT

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