1. John F. Kohler
    July 27, 2014 @ 8:25 pm

    Early wording of the IRS 501(c)3 rule read, in part, “A social welfare organization devotes funds EXPRESSLY to poor, impoverished, hungry and homeless people’s needs.” Somewhere along the way the word EXPRESSLY was changed to PRIMARILY and the floodgates were opened to political groups for campaign funding. This is from Lawrence O’Donnell of MSNBC in a broadcast some time ago.


  2. John F. Kohler
    July 27, 2014 @ 8:29 pm

    From MSNBC website:

    As O’Donnell has been saying since Monday, the so-called IRS scandal is only the consequence of an older and more basic problem with the organization’s reading of the tax code–specifically, with its reading of Section 501(c)(4), which exempts social welfare groups from paying taxes.

    The law defines such groups as “civic leagues or organizations not organized for profit but operated exclusively for the promotion of social welfare.” Since 1959, the IRS has been reading “exclusively” as “primarily.”


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