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While you were dreaming of goats and bigots

by: Eric B.

Sat Jan 25, 2014 at 13:48:02 PM EST

Dave Camp, our man from the north, worked hard to make sure that our politics remains awash in money and dirty influence.

Under a bill recently introduced by Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), the Department of Treasury and IRS would be prohibited from issuing finalized regulations pertaining to the tax-exempt designation of some non-profit organizations.

Rules proposed by the Treasury Department would prevent 501c4 organizations from engaging in voter registration efforts, get-out-the vote activities and convening forums without jeopardizing their tax-exempt status.

There's the usual raft of garbage in the story about ho the IRS targeted the Tea Party, which not only didn't happen but is beside the point since Tea Party groups are expressly political and should never have received tax-exempt status in the first place. But, thanks Dave for watering down what is meant by social welfare so that it also means partisan advantage rigging.

Eric B. :: While you were dreaming of goats and bigots
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We're back in the thick of silly season, not that it really ever ends for Republicans, anyway, though.  Keep cranking out bills that can sit on the House shelves, because this isn't going anywhere after they send it out the House.

Red meat for the teabillies...
Camp knows the Senate will never pass this crap, but that's beside the point.  

Proposed IRS rules are flawed
Setting aside Dave Camp's red meat proposed legislation, the proposed new IRS rules for 501 (c) 4 organizations need some work before they go prime time as final regulations.  A recent briefing on the proposed rules that I participated in pointed out the crazy situation where charities organized under chapter 501 (c) 3 would have more latitude to do election work than social welfare groups organized as 501 (c) 4s. e.g. under current law, c3s conduct voter registration, GOTV and candidate forums under rules that require non-partisanship.  Under the new IRS proposed rules, they would still be able to undertake these activities, but c4s could not--even if they followed the same non-partisan rules as c3s.  The effect of these new proposed rules can't be known for sure, but a good bet is we would see more election activities among c3s.  Is that a good thing?  

Totally Off Topic
But, are there any ballot initiatives planned or even being passed around that a good progressive could get involved in?  I know it's early in the year, but I'm getting antsy and need an outlet, and there really seems to be a lack of focus and excitement at the moment.

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