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rpannier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-01-12 10:24 PM
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Former IRS Official Demands Investigation of ALEC
The former head of the Internal Revenue Services Exempt Organizations division has asked the agency to revoke the tax-exempt status of the conservative nonprofit ALEC.

Marcus Owens, a lawyer at Caplin & Drysdale, who for a decade directed the division responsible for approving organizations charity status, accused the American Legislative Exchange Council of illegally lobbying state lawmakers among other violations of tax law in a letter to the IRS earlier this month, Roll Call has learned.

"ALEC has deliberately and repeatedly failed to comply with some of the most fundamental federal tax requirements applicable to public charities, he wrote. "The information in this submission also suggests, quite strongly, that the conduct of ALEC and certain of its representatives violates other civil and criminal tax laws and may violate other federal and state criminal statutes as well."

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But Owens experience with this body of tax law and reputation at the IRS combined with new evidence that ALEC may have deliberately misled the agency on its annual federal filings could deliver yet another blow to an organization already facing a public relations crisis.

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http://www.rollcall.com/news/-215876-1.html
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-02-12 02:23 AM
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1. ALEC claimed to be a public charity? Now, THAT'S chutzpah.
I wonder if ALEC's big sister or brother, the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, had the same incredible degree of nerve?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Global_Leadership_Coa...

(ALEC supposedly focuses on U.S. domestic policy, while the U.S.G.L.C. focuses on foreign policy and international concerns.)

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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-02-12 10:22 AM
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2. They won't close until a Republican gets the White House, bet the farm
fucking pukes.
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dtexdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-02-12 03:06 PM
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3. Because they're Subverting Mandates to Avoid Rightful Taxation --
that's right: They're SMART ALECs.
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