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  •  That second bit of hypertext (10+ / 0-)

    in Joan's story deserves a click. It's a Bloomberg story that succeeds in bringing balance and perspective into the previously lurid narrative of an anti-Tea Party witch hunt.

    In early 2011, the IRS denied the tax-exempt status of an affiliate of the San Francisco-based Emerge America, which trains Democratic women to run for office. The agency said it was disqualified because the group’s activities were “conducted primarily for the benefit of a political party and a private group of individuals, rather than the community as a whole.”

    Approvals Revoked

    The decision was a surprise because four of Emerge America’s affiliates and its main headquarters already had been approved as nonprofits.

    The tax agency on Oct. 21, 2011, revoked those approvals. The national organization and its state affiliates are now incorporated under Section 527 of the tax code.

    “We didn’t even get the opportunity to answer questions,” said Karen Middleton, president of Emerge America. “We would have welcomed the opportunity to respond to a questionnaire.”

    Now the story becomes:

    Liberals Denied Tax Breaks While Anti-Gov Agitators Get Thumbs Up

    •  Don't tell that to my brother. (0+ / 0-)

      I sent him a link to the Bloomberg article. His response (and he is on balance and by comparison one of the saner conservatives you'll ever meet):

      "Bullshit! Do you believe everything you read from a liberal source?"

      liberal bias = failure to validate or sufficiently flatter the conservative narrative on any given subject

      by RockyMtnLib on Wed May 15, 2013 at 10:01:23 PM PDT

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