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Response to MrScorpio (Reply #2)

Fri May 17, 2013, 09:53 PM

3. But this goes back a long way

501(c)4 tax exempts really date back to the 1900s, but the category was codified in the 1950s.
http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2013/05/16/the-surprisingly-muddled-history-of-the-501c4-exemption/

Political advocacy was well established as being legitimate for this category in the 1950s. After that, many of them did campaign one way or another, and they had been campaigning before that.

More stuff here:
http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-tege/eotopicm95.pdf

Political parties are exempt from taxation, but a political party has to be affiliated with a party and focused on that party's candidates, so a group that is pushing a particular issue or set of issues generally would wind up in the 501(c)4 bucket.

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