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Wed Nov 14, 2012, 10:08 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS Never Filed Legally Required Registration

Source: Think Progress

EXCLUSIVE: Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS Never Filed Legally Required Registration
By Josh Israel on Nov 14, 2012 at 5:00 pm

When Karl Rove’s Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies (GPS) formed in 2010, it established its official address in Warrenton, VA, and registered with the Internal Revenue Service a tax-exempt 501(c)(4) “social welfare organization.” It apparently did not, however, register as a charitable organization with the Commonwealth of Virginia, as appears was legally required.

According to state code, non-profit groups that intend to solicit contributions must first register with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs. Groups must pay an annual fee ($325 for groups raising over $1 million annually), provide basic information about their operations, and must sign statements affirming that no funds “have been or will knowingly be used, directly or indirectly, to benefit or provide support, in cash or in kind, to terrorists, terrorist organizations, terrorist activities, or the family members of any terrorist.”

The Virginia law explicitly exempts political campaign committees that are “required by state or federal law to file a report or statement of contributions and expenditures.” Crossroads GPS has consistently kept its contributors secret as it has raised and spent tens of millions of dollars against Democratic candidates.

While the group’s federal tax filings and registration with the District of Columbia indicate that it is a Virginia corporation — and Crossroads GPS did apparently register with the state’s corporation commission — the Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs confirmed to ThinkProgress that no entity named Crossroads GPS or Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies has ever registered to solicit contributions in Virginia. Additionally, no entity with the tax identification number listed on Crossroads GPS’s tax filings has ever registered with the agency.



Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/11/14/1188771/exclusive-karl-roves-crossroads-gps-never-filed-legally-required-registration/

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Reply EXCLUSIVE: Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS Never Filed Legally Required Registration (Original post)
kpete Nov 2012 OP
Panasonic Nov 2012 #1
cstanleytech Nov 2012 #2
BouzoukiKing Nov 2012 #18
nakocal Nov 2012 #20
BouzoukiKing Nov 2012 #21
cstanleytech Nov 2012 #27
wordpix Nov 2012 #12
bluedigger Nov 2012 #3
chuckstevens Nov 2012 #4
orangejuice Nov 2012 #5
rhett o rick Nov 2012 #6
truthisfreedom Nov 2012 #7
patrice Nov 2012 #8
orangejuice Nov 2012 #9
wordpix Nov 2012 #13
robinlynne Nov 2012 #14
orangejuice Nov 2012 #17
robinlynne Nov 2012 #25
Historic NY Nov 2012 #10
wordpix Nov 2012 #11
Ohio Joe Nov 2012 #15
McCamy Taylor Nov 2012 #16
orangejuice Nov 2012 #23
orangejuice Nov 2012 #19
xfundy Nov 2012 #22
cstanleytech Nov 2012 #28
Left Coast2020 Nov 2012 #24
Kennah Nov 2012 #26
uncle ray Nov 2012 #29
Ford_Prefect Nov 2012 #30
Mc Mike Nov 2012 #31

Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 10:11 PM

1. Let's nail Rove on this one - and throw him in jail for a very long time

 

No more Karl Rove or his American Crossroad.

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Response to Panasonic (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 10:13 PM

2. Seconded. nt

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Response to cstanleytech (Reply #2)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 12:13 AM

18. Infinitied.

What I wouldn't give to see that piece of shit in a federal pen. I would pay for the video-stream...

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Response to BouzoukiKing (Reply #18)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 12:25 AM

20. State Prison

It would be a state offence so lets put his ass in a state prison. And state prisons probably are not as nice as the Club Fed that he would get sent to.

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Response to nakocal (Reply #20)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 12:29 AM

21. OK. That's fine with me. n/t

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Response to nakocal (Reply #20)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 01:55 AM

27. But lets also be honest here, the odds of Rove serving time for this

is extremely low as to be almost impossible.
No, whats more likely to happen is they will issue an apology to the state and they might pay a fine but jail time? I doubt it.

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Response to Panasonic (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:32 PM

12. +1000

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 10:15 PM

3. So they violated State law?

I'm sure the VA AG will get a task force going on that right away.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 10:17 PM

4. It's like Al Capone

Putting Capone in jail for not paying his taxes might not have been justice, but hey; it got rid of the menace to society. If this something that could finally nail Rove and put him in jail or at least finish him off in the political arena, I'm all for it! Don Sieglemann would love it too.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 10:38 PM

5. Sorry guys

A 501(c)(4) organization is NOT a charity. Like charities, they qualify as tax-exempt organizations. However, unlike donors to charities, donors to 501(c)(4) organizations may not take tax deductions on their personal income taxes for the donations.

Different rules apply to social welfare organizations.

Here is what appears to be the Virginia law mentioned in the article: http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+cod+TOC57000000005000000000000

Social welfare organizations seem to fall into the definition of "civic organizations" in the statute (http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+cod+57-48)

Civic organizations are listed as exempt from registration requirements (http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+cod+57-60)

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 10:38 PM

6. Get back to me if this means they really go to jail. nm

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 10:45 PM

7. Meh, it will probably just be a fine if any law has been broken.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:02 PM

8. So, there's a bunch of contributions that are not tax exempt?

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Response to patrice (Reply #8)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:21 PM

9. Not deductible by donors

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Response to orangejuice (Reply #9)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:34 PM

13. hahahahahahha, ANOTHER thing the donors will be pissed at KKKarl for

They thought their donations were tax deductible ----surprise!!!!!

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Response to orangejuice (Reply #9)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:37 PM

14. even better!~!!!

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Response to robinlynne (Reply #14)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 12:09 AM

17. They likely knew

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Response to orangejuice (Reply #17)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 01:16 AM

25. that Rove filed the wrong papers?

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:31 PM

10. The IRS needs to deny any deduction taken to the funders.....

its not legal

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:32 PM

11. ooh, Karl, you didn't follow the law AGAIN

This guy needs to get his

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:45 PM

15. They could never sign anything like that...

They were giving money to repugs... It would be a lie to claim they were not supporting terrorists.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 12:06 AM

16. Donors should be able to sue in state court to get their money back.

Since it was never a legal charity to begin with. Let Karl Rove pay it off.

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Response to McCamy Taylor (Reply #16)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 12:43 AM

23. It would have been a non-charity on purpose

Charities are generally supposed to stay out of politics. Presumably politics would be the donor's purpose here. Unlikely they thought they were sending money to an actual elephant conservation organization.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 12:30 AM

22. Gosh.

Oh, for those halcyon days when Ham Rove and other repigs made their own reality and were "above the law."

We need to push Obama to go after these pigs. For breaking this law as well as anti-torture laws, election theft, etc etc etc.

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Response to xfundy (Reply #22)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 01:58 AM

28. xfundy, this is a state law that was violated, not a federal one.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 01:02 AM

24. So petition the IRS to prosecute them

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 01:20 AM

26. I wonder if Rove will go on the lamb with John McAfee

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 02:52 AM

29. it seems the logical conclusion to be drawn from this,

is that Karl Rove is supporting terrorists.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 05:48 AM

30. What makes you think he's not?

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 08:24 AM

31. Put that Pig in the Pen, Please. nt.

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