Take off your blinders. As usual, you don't know what you're talking about because you just parrot what you're told.Jared, I suppose you will decry this non profit's political statement:
A pro-lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender group issued a statement today urging President Barack Obama not to nominate Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense.
"GetEQUAL strongly opposes the potential nomination of Chuck Hagel to become the next Secretary of Defense. Hagel has, time and time again, taken every opportunity to lambast and denigrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans, and the Cabinet is no place for this kind of disrespect," writes the chair GetEQUAL's board Tanya Domi.
From the GeEqual's website:
Please note that contributions via this page are not tax-deductible. If you wish to make a tax-deductible gift online, please donate here. If you wish to make a tax-deductible gift by check, please make the check payable to “New Organizing Institute Education Fund”(our 501c3 fiscal sponsor), including “GetEQUAL Ed Fund” in the memo line, and send to: New Organizing Institute Education Fund, 1850 M Street NW, Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20036. Thank you!
Seems as if they are making poltical statements under one name while using a 501(3)(c) to raise money. If you don't have a problem with this, Jared, you are truly a hypocrite (already knew that). Let's hear you rant and rave about this abuse of a 501(3)(c) and how they should be paying taxes. Let's see, a church could have a 501(3)(c) to which all donations would be directed. Then, if someone wants to say something political they can just say they are acting as another organization. But, you know, that's dishonest so churches probably wouldn't do that. But, people who lack any moral compass anyway, I'm sure have no problem with it. This is typical though - liberals yell and scream about something, then they are caught doing the same thing. But, I'm sure Jared and others like him will say this is perfectly fine because, if its something he agrees with, the rules don't apply in the same way - ain't that right, Jared?
Churches and religious organizations as well as secular non-profits that operate under 501(c)(3) tax exemptions can and do form advocacy operations under the 501(c)(4) provision of the tax code.
This is nothing new. It happens all the time.
For example, Focus on the Family, one of the virulently anti-gay religious 501(c)(3) organizations from which you cut-and-paste some of your spam, operates an entity called Focus on the Family Action which is its political arm.
From a simple Google search, to Wikipedia:
"Focus on the Family's 501(c)(3) status prevents them from advocating any individual political candidate. In its radio broadcast, it often discusses political issues and current events, usually from a Christian conservative point of view. James Dobson is among the Christian conservative leaders who met with and advised former President George W. Bush. Focus on the Family's magazine Citizen is exclusively devoted to politics. FOTF also has an affiliated group, Focus on the Family Action (a.k.a. Focus Action), though the two groups are legally separate. As a 501(c)(4) social welfare group, Focus Action has fewer political lobbying restrictions. FOTF's revenue in 2005 was USD $142 million, and that of FOTF Action was $14.7 million."
Type in "Focus on the Family Action" in Wikipedia directs you to Focus on the Family.
Dobson also established the Family Research Council to lobby for Focus on the Family; that's the other anti-gay group you've been copying from.
Nice try. Now go back to pretending that you are loving and caring Christian who doesn't hate gay people.