Mon 12/9: The IRS wants to bow out of investigating corruption in tax-exempt groups. Tell them we want them on the job. Deadline tonight, 11:59 pm EST.

Action – Comment on the IRS’ dereliction of duty – Due tonight (12/9) by 11:59 EST.

This is from 2016 before Trump was elected, but still very relevant regarding dark money.

The IRS is proposing regulations allowing tax-exempt groups to keep donor identities secret. Political groups using tax-exempt entities for fundraising will be able to do so without disclosing the identities of their donors, effectively using so-called “dark money” to finance their causes and preferred candidates. Although the proposed rules would apply equally to groups such as Planned Parenthood, Indivisible, National Rifle Association, labor unions and trade associations, “dark money” is disproportionately used by far-right proponents.

Deeper Dive 

Propublica has published an article called “How the IRS Gave Up Fighting Political Dark Money Groups” as the IRS proposes new regulations allowing tax-exempt groups, including people, companies and unions  to dispense more than $1 billion in dark money while keeping their identities secret. Such spending is legal because Section 501(c)(4) of the U.S. tax code allows organizations to make independent expenditures on politics while concealing their donors’ names — as long as politics isn’t the organization’s “primary activity.” The IRS is was supposed to check that organizations comply. Continue reading “Mon 12/9: The IRS wants to bow out of investigating corruption in tax-exempt groups. Tell them we want them on the job. Deadline tonight, 11:59 pm EST.”

Thurs 7/26: Stop the dark money invasion!

(Quote by Fred Wertheimer, watchdog group Democracy 21)

On July 16th, the Trump administration handed our elections over to right-wing extremists and foreign countries.

“This is the swampiest, darkest, dirtiest decision.We need more transparency in our campaigns, not less.” – Senator Jon Tester (D-Montana)

What they did: Continue reading “Thurs 7/26: Stop the dark money invasion!”