Is the IRS Sleeping?
Exemption Requirements – Section 501(c)(3) Organizations
To be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, an organization must be organized and operated exclusively for exempt purposes set forth in section 501(c)(3), and none of its earnings may inure to any private shareholder or individual. In addition, it may not be an action organization, i.e., it may not attempt to influence legislation as a substantial part of its activities and it may not participate in any campaign activity for or against political candidates IRS
The right wing is out of the closet to expose the skeletons of racism, sexism, disregard of the middle class.
With the new aggression of the right, the level playing field for campaign contribution has been on “tilt”, allowing the privileged to vote with dollars to a point where Rick Perry spent over $300 per vote in his primary run in Iowa.
But, that isn’t enough. Now, the IRS looks the other way. Right leaning foundations are dealing tax-payers a double whammy. They pay no tax on holdings, while they can award an individual contributor a further tax exemption for a donation. This is all well and good as long as the rules for an exemption are followed and enforced.
Statutes are neither followed or enforced. The right has ratcheted up their power grabbing agenda to upset the playing field from “tilt” to “near vertical”. They are using foundations to “influence legislation as a substantial part of its (their) activities”.
We can expect more announcements like that of the Komen Foundation to dump Planned Parenthood from support.
What can this be but an attempt to influence legislative agenda? Planned Parenthood was clearly dumped because of activities regarding birth control and abortion. Planned Parenthood does not fit into the right wing legislative agenda. Evidence of this new push to the right is exemplified in by the advocacy of Karen Handel.(pictured right)
It wasn’t until 2008 that the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, a 501(c)3, founded the Susan G. Komen For The Cure Advocacy Alliance, a 501(c)4 non-profit that, under IRS rules, can spend unlimited donor funds on lobbying. It’s that arm of the Komen Foundation that former Secretary of State and failed gubernatorial candidate Karen Handel (R-GA) was hired to run in April 2011, despite being once investigated for issuing voter ID regulations that the Department of Justice determined to be discriminatory against non-white voters. She’d been serving “as a consultant” to the organization since January 2011.Komen Foundation ousted their Democratic lobbyist just before hiring Karen Handel
Susan G. Komen Foundation reverses decision to end grants to Planned Parenthood
Susan G. Koman for the Cure has reversed its decision to end grants to Planned Parenthood after twenty-two Democratic senators sent a letter to the group’s founder and CEO urging it to reconsider the decision.Decision Reversed
What What about the Bradley Foundation
Why does the money pour into the Walker coffers and enable him to shell out a $300,000 media buy?
It is simple, really. It can be boiled down to one word “control”. Most people have never experienced the addictive emotional lift that comes with holding a lot of money. Many can identify with this lift by recalling the moment they signed the mortgage papers for a house or farm. It is a rush of sorts. It’s not unlike the rush of an addicted gambler who loses the family farm on a bet just to get the rush of the risk, except that the wealthy 1% can afford the gamble with little risk of personal debt or injury. They sit around the poker table of tax exempt foundations, and legislative alliances and lay down their bets in a game to alter public policy to their liking. The rush of the moment is filled with the adrenaline of the gamble for control. What a rush for them. What a “fun” game!
One of the main bullet points, high on the agenda of control, is privatization. Why are these self defined conservatives investing big money in dismantling government in favor of privatization of education, social security, health care, and nearly every other public program? They gain corporate control. The administration of government programs will no longer be influenced by the people of a representative government, but will be run by private, corporate, boards of directors, and the foundation leaders and organizations like the Bradley Foundation, Koch Bros, and Americans for Prosperity will be first in line to gain the power of control of the brave, new corporate America.
Wealth buys power and control of the message
Just such a man is Michael W. Grebe president and chief executive of the Bradley Foundation, which during the period of 2001 to 2009, doled out nearly as much money as the seven Koch and Scaife foundations combined. Less than a week after being elected governor, Scott Walker and his wife met privately with Michael Grebe, one of the most powerful philanthropic forces behind America’s conservative movement. The list of major recipients reads like an all-star roster of conservative think tanks: millions of dollars directed to well-known groups such as the Hudson Institute, the Heritage Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute, the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, and the Federalist Society – all trying to put their stamp on three branches of government.
Grebe likened the Bradley Foundation to the 1960s Green Bay Packers, who ruled the football world with a fearsome ground game and a deceptively simple running play, the sweep.
“We’re going to run off tackle, right over there, and we’re telling you we’re going to run there and we’re going to knock you on your butt and carry the ball down the field,” Grebe said during an interview inside the foundation’s headquarters near downtown. “There are no surprises.”
The Bradley Foundation is a “Philanthropic” Organization
As a tax exempt foundation the Bradley Foundation is not allowed to involve itself in political activities. So, how is it that the foundation’s money supports ideas, as well as political leaders like Scott Walker, who have turned those ideas into action, and have helped drive America’s conservative revolution over the past quarter-century?
Taking Michael Grebe’s football analogy and running with it, the video below cries foul to the political activities of this tax exempt foundation and its president “Greedy Grebe”