Fri Dec 14, 2012, 12:20 PM
kpete (52,860 posts)
ProPublica Obtains Rove/Crossroads IRS Application-Promised It Would Spend 'LIMITED' $ On Elections
Revealing Dark Money and Big Data
Karl Rove’s Dark Money Group Promised IRS It Would Spend ‘Limited’ Money on Elections
Crossroads GPS, the brainchild of GOP strategist Karl Rove that has spent tens of millions from secret donors on elections, told the IRS in its 2010 application that its efforts would focus on education, policy-making and research.
by Kim Barker
ProPublica, Dec. 14, 2012, 10:19 a.m.
In a confidential 2010 filing, Crossroads GPS — the dark money group that spent more than $70 million from anonymous donors on the 2012 election — told the Internal Revenue Service that its efforts would focus on public education, research and shaping legislation and policy.
The group's application for recognition as a social welfare nonprofit acknowledged that it would spend money to influence elections, but said "any such activity will be limited in amount, and will not constitute the organization's primary purpose."
Now, for the first time, ProPublica has obtained the group's application for recognition of tax-exempt status, filed in September 2010. The IRS has not yet recognized Crossroads GPS as exempt, causing some tax experts to speculate that the agency is giving the application extra scrutiny. If Crossroads GPS is ultimately not recognized, it could be forced to reveal the identities of its donors.
(this part made kpete LOL.............)
The tax code allows groups like Crossroads to spend money on political campaigns — and to keep their donors private — as long as their primary purpose is enhancing social welfare.
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Fri Dec 14, 2012, 12:41 PM
bemildred (90,061 posts)
2. "Limited" means nothing at all, everything is "limited".
"Primary purpose" you might get some traction with, I would wager not much else was done besides campaign ads.