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Forum Post: 20 Tea Party groups being questioned by the IRS. Legit or harassment?

Posted 8 years ago on March 8, 2012, 11:08 a.m. EST by Carlitini99 (-167)
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The IRS is allegedly asking questions of some Tea Party that are not legitimate inquiries and is demanding that these organizations answer questions that violate their First Amendment rights. Is this legitimate? is the IRS treating left leaning organizations applying for 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) the same way? Should Occupy defend the Tea Party as the Occupy could be next.



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[-] 2 points by GirlFriday (17435) 8 years ago

501(c)(4) is filed under social organization. I have read of one left leaning organization that is also involved. I also read that seven Democrats requested investigations but did not name any specific organizations. Of course, we know that they didn't have to name any.

I think it is legitimate.

[-] 1 points by foolend (12) 8 years ago


[-] 0 points by RedSkyMorning (220) 8 years ago

It's legitimate harassment. Lol. I think we should join forces, yes.

[-] 0 points by Carlitini99 (-167) 8 years ago

The IRS should investigate if they are doing something illegal then yank the 501 exemption, certainly. IRS should do the same with Media Matters and ACORN (oh wait that already got busted for fraud). No double standards.

[-] 1 points by RedSkyMorning (220) 8 years ago

I don't see how Media Matters is a problem, but I don't know how their board is functioning. The 501(c)(4) distinction is for non-profits whos work is mainly political activism. There is a lot of money laundering that goes on, though, that is legal if done properly. The laws are screwed up as far as I'm concerned. They are just made to keep the average citizen out of politics.

[-] 0 points by Carlitini99 (-167) 8 years ago

Media Matters is partisan (linked up with the democratic campaign). Just concerned about double standards and open elections. Don't want Hugo Chavez type of elections (open but unfair).

[-] 1 points by RedSkyMorning (220) 8 years ago

It's perfectly legal to have a partisan political organization as long as you don't receive donations directly from the DNC. And honestly, how many people read Media Matters anyway who are not already going to vote Democrat.

[-] 0 points by Carlitini99 (-167) 8 years ago

this is true, but the same could be said of the Tea Party. And i agree that if the IRS finds the Tea Party groups guilty, fine. Media Matters is a 501(c)3 organization and must follow the below rules: (are they? i don't think so as they have been accused of spending money to help Obama's re-election)

The Rule: 'are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. '

[-] 1 points by RedSkyMorning (220) 8 years ago

Perfectly agreed.

We need a SuperPac. Lol.