How Absurd Tax-Exempt Status for Political Groups Will Erode Our Democracy

IRS Scandal

The Article: The Real IRS Scandal That No One Is Talking About by Kurt Eichenwald in Vanity Fair.

The Text: I’m not all that outraged that the I.R.S. held up applications by Tea Party groups for tax-exempt status. I’m outraged that any of them—or their liberal counterparts—qualify for that status at all.

Unfortunately, given the way this I.R.S. scandal slid so easily into ideological definitions, I fear that few non-politicos are recognizing the real disgrace here: that the federal government—Congress, the White House, the tax agency, and the Supreme Court—has created a situation where blatantly political organizations are able to legally break the law by pretending they’re something that they’re not.

The key to this obscene state of affairs is an entity known as a 501(c)(4), named for the section of the tax code that created it. Supposedly, these are civic associations or organizations devoted to social welfare, which can operate tax-free, but whose donors aren’t allowed to deduct their contributions. Fair enough.

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The Incredible Diversity At The Senate Hearing On Sexual Assault In The Military

Senate Armed Services Diversity

Rest assured the male majority will be just as sensitive to the words of female sexual assault victims…right?

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Introducing The Re-Obamulator

Lawless power monger or esteemed, idyllic constitutional scholar? With the Re-Obamulator, he can be both at the same time!

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Monopoly Is An Old Game

Monopoly Old Game

You can also tell Monopoly is an old game because there’s actually a viable housing market.

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The Film The Christian Right Doesn’t Want You To See

Anti Gay Uganda

The Article: The Film The Christian Right Doesn’t Want You To See by Frederick Clarkson in Talk2Action.

The Text: The acclaimed documentary God Loves Uganda, which depicts the role of American conservative evangelicals in generating vicious antigay campaigns in Uganda will be screened at Netroots Nation. (Among other venues in the next few months.)
My colleague at Political Research Associates (PRA), Rev. Dr. Kapya Kaoma, an Episcopal priest from Zambia now living in the U.S. is featured throughout the film discussing the role of U.S. Christian Right leaders in whipping up antigay fervor and pushing for passage of the “kill the gays” bill in the Ugandan parliament. He will also appear on a panel at Netroots Nation Intolerance Abroad: Overcoming Violence and Repression and Moving Toward Global LGBT Solidarity along with other experts including Jim Burroway of Box Turtle Bulletin and Pam Spees of the Center for Constitutional Rights.

The film draws on Kaoma’s original research and reporting including his PRA reports, the 2012 Colonizing African Values and 2009 Globalizing the Culture Wars. PRA exposed U.S. Christian Right figures Scott Lively and Rick Warren’s role in the creation of the infamous Uganda bill–garnering major media.

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