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Expose – How Dark-Money Groups Sneak By the Taxman

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[important]How Dark-Money Groups Sneak By the Taxman[/important]

>by | Wed Jun. 13, 2012 3:00 AM PDT| MotherJones | [See the beginning of the Conspiracy Theory - the take-down of President Obama below and watch the video: Secret meeting to take down Obama exposed

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[At] Mother Jones [they] talk about “dark money” to broadly describe the flood of unlimited spending behind this year’s election. But the truly dark money in 2012 is being raised and spent by tax-exempt groups that aren’t required to disclose their financial backers even as they funnel anonymous cash to super- PAC s and run election ads.

By Internal Revenue Service rules, these 501(c)(4)s exist as nonpartisan “social welfare” organizations . They can engage in political activity so long as that’s not their primary purpose, but skirt that rule by running issue-based “electioneering communications” that can mention candidates so long as they don’t directly tell you to vote for or against them (wink, wink), or by  giving grants to other politically active 501(c)(4)s . (Super-PAC‘s, on the other hand, can spend all their money endorsing or attacking candidates, but must disclose their donors.)

Some overtly partisan dark-money groups are better at dancing around these rules than others. Last month, the IRS stripped an organization called Emerge America of its 501(c)(4) status. As it informed the group, which

Karl Rove Tax Form

Image of Karl Rove by chicagopublicmedia/Flickr

explicitly works to elect Democratic women, “You are not operated primarily to promote social welfare because your activities are conducted primarily for the benefit of a political party and a private group of individuals, rather than the community as a whole.” Sure enough, Emerge America’s mission statement on its 2010 tax form made no attempt to hide this fact: “By providing women across America with a top-notch training and a powerful, political network, we are getting more Democrats into office and changing the leadership—and politics—of America.” D’oh!

Emerge America certainly isn’t the only 501(c)(4) to walk the line between promoting social welfare and promoting a political party. It just wasn’t savvy or subtle enough to not get busted. Other dark-money groups tend to describe their missions in broad terms that are unlikely to raise an auditor’s eyebrows. But how they spend their money suggests their actual agendas. A few examples:

American Action Network

What it is: Conservative dark-money group [co-founded] by former Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.).
Mission statement (as stated on tax forms): “The American Action Network is a 501(c)(4) ‘action tank’ that will create, encourage, and promote center-right policies based on the principles of freedom, limited government, American exceptionalism, and strong national policy.”
How it walks the line: AAN  spent $20 million in the 2010 election cycle targeting Democrats, including producing ads that were pulled from local airwaves for making “unsubstantiated” claims, but $15 million of that went toward issue ads. Last week, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington claimed that from July 2009 through June 2011 AAN  spent 66.8 percent of its budget on political activity, an apparent violation of its tax-exempt status. CREW is calling for an investigation, suggesting that “significant financial penalties might prod AAN  to learn the math.”

Crossroads GPS

What it is: The 501(c)(4) of Karl Rove’s American Crossroads super- PAC
Mission statement: “Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies is a non-profit public policy advocacy organization that is dedicated to educating, equipping, and engaging American citizens to take action on important economic and legislative issues that will shape our nation’s future. The vision of Crossroads GPS  is to empower private citizens to determine the direction of government [policy making] rather than being the disenfranchised victims of it. Through issue research, public communications, events with policymakers, and outreach to interested citizens, Crossroads GPS  seeks to elevate understanding of consequential national policy issues, and to build grassroots support for legislative and policy changes that promote private sector economic growth, reduce needless government regulations, impose stronger financial discipline and accountability on government, and strengthen America’s national security.”
How it walks the line: The campaign-finance reform group Democracy 21 has called Crossroad GPS ‘ tax-exempt status a “farce,” pointing to $10 million anonymously donated to finance GPS ‘ anti-Obama ads. Likewise, the Campaign Legal Center wants the IRS to audit GPS . According to its tax filings , between June 2010 and December 2011 GPS spent $17.1 million on “direct political spending”—just 15 percent of its total spending. Yet it also spent another 42 percent of its total spending, or $27.1 million, on “grassroots issue advocacy,” which included issue ads.

Americans for Prosperity

What it is: Dark-money group of the Americans for Prosperity Foundation (which was founded by David Koch ).
Mission statement: “Educate U.S. citizens about the impact of sound economic policy on the nation’s economy and social structure, and mobilize citizens to be involved in fiscal matters.”
How it walks the line: Since 2010, Americans for Prosperity has officially spent about $1.4 million on election ads. However, the group’s 2010 tax filing shows that $11.2 million of its $24 million in expenses went toward “communications, ads, [and] media.” In May, an anonymous donor gave AFP $6.1 million to spend on an issue ad attacking the president’s energy policy. Just before Wisconsin’s recent recall election, AFP sponsored a bus tour to rally conservative voters . But its state director said the tour had nothing to do the recall: “We’re not dealing with any candidates, political parties, or ongoing races. We’re just educating folks on the importance of [Gov. Scott Walker's] reforms.”

FreedomWorks

What it is: Dark-money arm of former House Majority Leader Dick Armey’s Tea Party-aligned super- PAC of the same name
Mission statement: “Public policy, advocacy, and educational organization that focuses on fiscal on economic issues.”
How it walks the line: FreedomWorks’ 501(c)(4) hasn’t spent any money on electioneering this election, but it has funneled $1.7 million into its super- PAC , which has spent $2.4 million supporting Republican campaigns. FreedomWorks has focused its past efforts on organizing anti-Obama Tea Party protests and encouraging conservatives to disrupt Democratic town hall meetings to protest the party’s health care and renewable energy policies.

Citizens United

What it is: Conservative nonprofit that sued the Federal Election Commission in 2008, resulting in the Supreme Court’s infamous Citizens United ruling.
Mission statement: “Citizens United is dedicated to restoring our government to citizens [ sic ] control. Through a combination of education, advocacy, and grass roots organization, the organization seeks to reassert the traditional American values of limited government, freedom of enterprises, strong families, and national sovereignty and security. The organization’s goal is to restore the founding fathers [ sic ] vision of a free nation, guided by honesty, common sense, and goodwill of its citizens.”
How it walks the line: Since its formation in 1988, the nonprofit has released 19 right-wing political documentaries , including films narrated by Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee, a rebuttal to Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 , and a pro-Ronald Reagan production (plus the upcoming Occupy Unmasked ). On its 2010 tax filing, Citizens United reported spending more than half of its $15.2 million budget on “publications and film” and “advertising and promotion.”


>by Robert L. Gallimore | DLU | 6/16/2012 |

[important]The Conspiracy Theory – the take-down of President Obama[/important]

All of these Dark Money Conservative PAC ‘s co-founders have conspired to take down President Obama for what reason? Answer to that question is because the Obama Administration is causing “Life Changing Events” in their lives through tighter governmental regulations and because they never imagine that a Minority would ever be President in their lifetime! These groups in combination will spend one billion dollars on ads all over this country; trying to paint a negative picture to their base (conservatives) that Obama is this, Obama is doing that and etc., just look at the big picture here. All of these characters belong to a group labeled the Enemies Within, 20 Most Dangerous Conservative Leaders, the “Good Ole Boys and Girl” and on day one of the Obama inauguration, they met to conspire to take-down Obama in his first term and with no concern about the Americans people – how it affects the country as a whole? If everyday Americans are hurt in the process then so be it!

In addition, you have these senior levels, Congressional Lawmakers and rank and file Republicans attending this meeting! What come out of this meeting are orders to Congressional Lawmakers to stand firm on their commitment and orders handed-down to lower-level organizations to implement the process. See the video


[notice]Secret meeting to take down Obama exposed[/notice]

On Obama’s inauguration day, Congressional Republican leadership held a secret meeting where they agreed to oppose President Obama on every economic proposal according to Robert Draper’s new book. Draper joins MSNBC ‘s Lawrence O’Donnell and Krystal Ball to discuss the President’s path forward.

Watch the video:


Continue from above:

From the Congressional level, commit to do nothing for the next four years, refuses everything for now on, every policy and procedure, obstruction the process, filibuster; use the Conservative majority Supreme Court – if necessary! Involve the Governors to change as many state level laws on abortion, Immigration, and equal/civil rights; basically enact Conservative-ism movement!

From the lower level, they instructed John McManus of The John Birch Society to advocate and talk about the dismantling of public education, voter suppression and unions. Conservatives are told to speak on racist rhetoric about black people and other Minorities who receive welfare have “no soul” that Obamacare is reparations, and that Obama is non-American. See the Conspiracy Theories and John Birch Society articles!

Are you getting the picture? This is the reasons nothing is being accomplished in Congress from the Republican side; it’s because the Right-wing got their orders to refuse everything ergo the “Party of No,” the “Do Nothing Congress” and the “Obstructionist” parties were enacted and blame the black guy and his administration for the problems in America. “In 1948 these same tactics where used by the Republican controlled Congress, [incumbent Democratic] President Harry S. Truman , trailing in the polls, decided to adopt a slashing, no-holds-barred campaign. He ridiculed Dewey [ Republican Thomas E. Dewey ] by name, criticized Dewey’s refusal to address specific issues, and scornfully targeted the Republican-controlled 80th Congress with a wave of relentless, and blistering, partisan assaults. He nicknamed the Republican-controlled Congress as the “Do-Nothing” Congress , a remark which brought strong criticism from GOP Congressional leaders (such as Taft), but no comment from Dewey” [ 1 ] back then and you know that the Republicans live in the past and if it where up to them, they would opt to return to times when hand guns were visible on their hips, shoot out in the main streets over minor disputes and where they could hang people in the streets, in the back-woods and riding a horse and buggy down the middle of the road – with nothing said about it!


“It should be noted that: Under Dewey’s leadership [Liberal Republican], the Republicans had enacted a platform at their 1948 convention that called for expanding Social Security , more funding for public housing, civil rights legislation, and promotion of health and education by the federal government. These positions were, however, unacceptable to the conservative Congressional Republican leadership . Truman exploited this rift in the opposing party by calling a special session of Congress on “Turnip Day” (referring to an old piece of Missouri folklore about planting turnips in late July) and daring the Republican Congressional leadership to pass its own platform. The 80th Congress played into Truman’s hands, delivering very little in the way of substantive legislation during this time. The GOP’s lack of action in the “turnip” session of Congress allowed Truman to continue his attacks on the ” do-nothing” Republican-controlled Congress . Truman simply ignored the fact that Dewey’s policies were considerably more liberal than most of his fellow Republicans, and instead he concentrated his fire against what he characterized as the conservative, obstructionist tendencies of the unpopular 80th Congress.” [ 1 ] So, history is repeating itself with the Republican controlled house, Republican members in the Senate and with the monetary aid of lobbyist in hopes to prevail this time around and defeat the Truman like Barack Obama in the 2012 election using the same failed tactic of 1948!

[Let’s end the Conservative Conspiracy Theory...end the super -PAC ’s! Gbismarc!]

[1] United States presidential election, 1948, the fall campaign Wikipedia – Do-Nothing Republican-controlled Congress



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