Turning the tables

Sebastian, over at Snowflakes in Hell, notes that a Pennsylvania anti-rights group seems to be involved in activities that may well cause it to run afoul of IRS regulations pertaining to non-profit organizations.

Yesterday we reviewed the very large donation by Clear Channel Outdoors and Interstate Advertising to Moms Against Guns. MAG is incorporated as a non-profit under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS tax code. This essentially means that MAG is limited in the amount of lobbying activity it may do. Typically these may not exceed 15% of donations. Electioneering on the part of a (c)(3) is completely forbidden by the IRS tax codes.

Go over there, read the whole thing, and find out how you can report Moms Against Guns to the IRS.

Some might have principle-based objections to using the feds to limit free speech. I can understand that, but as David Codrea says, “Any chair in a bar fight.” The enemy won’t hesitate to sic the feds on pro-rights groups.

It’s time they get a taste of their own medicine.

UPDATE: Or possibly not.

UPDATE: Hold on Folks. We may have all been mislead here. MAG seems to be incorporated as a business entity rather than a non-profit charity.

UPDATE: Yes, Moms Against Guns is a corporation, not a non-profit.

So stand down–false alarm.

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2 Responses to “Turning the tables”

  1. David Codrea Says:

    Not a false alaerm and no time to stand down–it means ClearChannel and affiliates thought they were donating to a 501c3, and are now finding out it is a private LLC–which means they can’t write it off and it violates their own policies about donations.

    Now is the time to pile on them and get them to rescind the donation–that would be news.

  2. 45superman Says:

    Good point.

    Jeez–I’m turning into the flip-flopper from hell here.

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