Monthly Archives: September 2010

Press Release: ACW Hails Baucus For Bold Step

Watchdog Group Hails Senate Finance Committee Request for IRS Investigation Into Activities of American Crossroads et al. for Misuse of 501c4 Status to Hide Donors and Engage in Prohibited Political Activity

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The watchdog group, www.AmericanCrossroadsWatch.org, hails Senate Finance Chair Max Baucus for requesting that the Internal Revenue Service (1) survey major 501(c)(4), (c)(5) and (c)(6) organizations involved in political campaign activity to examine whether they are operated for the organization's intended tax exempt purpose and to ensure that political campaign activity is not the organization's primary activity, (2) examine if these political activities reach (a primary purpose level–) the standard imposed by the federal tax code – and if they do not, whether the organization is complying with the notice or proxy tax requirements of Section 6033(e), and (3) survey major 501(c)(4), (c)(5), and (c)(6) organizations to determine whether they are acting as conduits for major donors advancing their own private interests regarding legislation or political campaigns, or are providing major donors with excess benefits. See complete letter at http://www.velvetrevolution.us/images/Baucus_irs_tax_exempt_9_28_10.pdf

Double Wow-Senate Dems Ask IRS to Review Political Spending By Non Profits

Senator Max BaucusIn the wake of the Citizens United decision in January, major nonprofit groups have been spending unprecedented amounts of money on political campaigns. The majority of these groups (and by far the majority of the money spent) represent conservative interests, and are funded by donors whose identities are kept secret. But on September 29th- thanks in part to the 6000+ voters who signed our letter to Congress Senator Max Baucus, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, has written a letter to the IRS demanding an investigation into American Crossroads and other Super PACs, and asking the IRS to identify which tax laws they may have broken.

Seattle Times: GOP allies blitzing Democrats with campaign ads

September 27, 2010: WASHINGTON — Groups allied with the Republican Party and financed in part by corporations and millionaires have amassed a crushing 6-to-1 advantage in television spending over those who support Democratic candidates.

Ads purchased by the GOP-aligned groups are dominating the airwaves, early voting has begun in some states, and Republicans are positioned to jeopardize Democratic control of the House and Senate.

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