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.”

Wed. – 5/2 This Koch-ster is coming up for a full Senate vote. Brevent Brennan from getting a lifetime seat at our expense!

Michael Brennan is coming up for a full Senate vote this coming for a potential lifetime appointment on the federal bench.

This comes despite the fact that Wisconsin’s Democratic senator, Tammy Baldwin, refused to turn in a blue slip for him due to his hard-right opinions.

(AFJ.org) “Brennan’s record and writings indicate that he holds a singularly troubling belief: that conservative judges should not follow precedents they disagree with. He has celebrated Supreme Court decisions that have weakened civil rights, and encouraged conservative judges to be more vigorous in overturning acts of Congress. He has called for unchecked executive power and sought to weaken rights of criminal defendants.”

Withholding a blue slip usually means the end of a nomination, but, as Baldwin noted in a letter earlier this year,  “President Trump’s nomination of Mr. Brennan disregards the longstanding, bipartisan process in Wisconsin that has informed the selection of federal judges in my state,” Baldwin said. “This is a particularly troubling step at a time when institutions and traditions of democracy seem under constant attack, and bipartisanship feels like a fading concept.”

But, Senator Baldwin, he’s got something much better than a blue slip from you…

He has heavy backing from the Koch brothers , the far-right corporatists that helped engineer the dark-money campaign behind the Neil Gorsuch Supreme Court campaign. At Brennan’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, he couldn’t even acknowledge fact-based racial bias in the justice system.

YAY! Just what we need in a judge. Someone for whom facts have no meaning when compared to the interests of those he longs to serve. Continue reading “Wed. – 5/2 This Koch-ster is coming up for a full Senate vote. Brevent Brennan from getting a lifetime seat at our expense!”