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  •  You are incorrect on several counts (0+ / 0-)

    You are wrong on several counts

    501(4)(c) can be as political as they want. They just cannot spend more than half their resources on electioneering for or against specific candidates.

    The targeting was ONKLY for conservative groups, with your logic it should have been ALL political groups. z

    Finally, that they were given the green light eventually indicates there was nothing that should have warranted the extra scrutiny to begin with.

    You feeling about other the other side is not the code that the IRS is supposed follow.

    So yes, it was targeting, it was inappropriate, and it is a scandal.

    •  You, too, are incorrect on serveral counts (0+ / 0-)

      By statute 501(4)(c) organizations must be organized exclusively for social welfare. By IRS regulation that cannot be organized primarily for political purpose. When regulation collides with statute, statute wins.

      While it is true that all the organizations eventually got the exemption they sought, that doesn't mean that they should have been graned tax exempt status.

      Was screening appropriate? Yes. Was it done using appropriate filters? No.

      Was it an error? Yes. Is it a scandal? Not in my book.

      •  No I am correct, read the statute. (0+ / 0-)

        They CAN be political such as Organizing for America, etc. Again they they can be.

        501(c)(4) organizations may inform the public on controversial subjects and attempt to influence legislation relevant to its program[37] and, unlike 501(c)(3) organizations, they may also participate in political campaigns and elections, as long as its primary activity is the promotion of social welfare.[38] The tax exemption for 501(c)(4) organizations applies to most of their operations, but contributions may be subject to gift tax, and income spent on political activities - generally the advocacy of a particular candidate in an election - is taxable.
        Contributions to 501(c)(4) organizations are usually not deductible as charitable contributions for U.S. federal income tax, with a few exceptions. 501(c)(4) organizations are not required to disclose their donors publicly.
        We may agree the statue is being abused, but you can't just target one side.

        "that doesn't mean that they should have been graned tax exempt status." That makes no sense. They were approved after extra scrutiny, why wouldn't that satisfy you?

        The screening was not appropriate as it WAS only targeted at one croup because of their politics- which again was perfectly legal.

        An error yes- the disingenuousness has made it a scandal. I am not insinuating the WH was involved at all. But why have  five D.C.-based IRS officials who are connected to the targeting retired, resigned, been replaced, or been put on administrative leave? That is a big question.

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