It looks like someone got caught with their hand in the cookie jar. ‘And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda.’
In the naïve thinking of my youth, Nonprofits were groups of do-gooders with common humane goals. Volunteers organized events to raise money and philanthropists met their societal obligations. Organizers, if paid, received a stipend for their time. Someone always survived an untellable fate and everyone got a pat on the head with headline coverage. When charitable donations became a mandatory contribution out of my paycheck, I paid more attention. The imperfections of the stand-up nonprofits showed up when reports filtered out that more was kept than given. Today, large nonprofits are structured like corporations and donations flow to the top as compensatory expenses before trickling down to the cause. Politically-based nonprofits have crawled through a loophole to have this status in the first place.
All nonprofits looking for tax-exempt status should expect scrutiny. There are laws on the books that if you make money you pay taxes, unless of course, you can wiggle out from under the burden. Now I want to know if political nonprofits operate as clearing houses for tax-deductible donor contributions. Where’s the money coming from? And ‘What are you going to do with it?’
Preemptively firing IRS officials made the President look guilty.
Conservative groups and Teabaggers should have quietly crossed the t’s and dotted the i’s and bided their time. Until the whining began, voters didn’t know you existed, let alone that you made a profit. Getting rid of the IRS isn’t making your case, it’s focusing our attention on your objectives.
When you don’t want to pay taxes, we wake up.