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  •  Are you also prepared to tax the Sierra Club (3+ / 0-)
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    johnny wurster, litoralis, FG

    and Moveon.org, and the League of Women Voters, and the Rotary Club?

    Because the tax laws governing non-profits that engage in issues advocacy of any flavor, are really VERY similar to the tax laws governing churches.  http://www.irs.gov/...

    Lots of disturbing things do go on, and we could use certainly use better enforcement of IRS rules.  But be careful about throwing the baby out with the bathwater.  

    "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

    by lgmcp on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 10:43:12 AM PST

    •  contributions to the Sierra Club (1+ / 0-)
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      lgmcp

      are not tax deductible due to the political advocacy they engage in.

      •  Fair enough -- substitute the 501(3)c (1+ / 0-)
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        wilderness voice

        of your choice.  

        Many organizations end up setting up a tax exempt  "foundation" side which can advocates for issues but not candidates (often a fairly fine line), and a non-exempt "PAC" side which can advocate directly for candidates in specific races.

        "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

        by lgmcp on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 12:43:09 PM PST

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