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    tarminian, lostinamerica

    If a group supports a political party in its efforts, e.g., by running attack ads damning the candidates of one exclusive political party, you apparently would call that non-partisan. Yes, that's now legal but only because we have a crazed group of wingnuts on the Supreme Court and because the IRS itself, decades ago, ignored an Eisenhower-era congressional act and redefined through rule-making what a 501(c)4 group can do. Conservatives have finally driven a truck through that loophole and made it a "feature" of democracy. So the "current IRS rules" may allow this, but it's not legal, even with respect to the Citizens United ruling, which itself was horribly egregious. Repealing the 14th Amendment might be a "social welfare" issue by not one run by a "civics club" as the original law specified. Also, an ad calling for the repeal of "Obamacare" is clearly too clever by half and has all the effect of a political campaign. If it looks like a duck...!

    All that said, glad you're so supportive of the IRS in these trying days.

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