Wednesday, April 16, 2014
IRS still in the business of intimidation on behalf of democrats
Ron Paul's non-profit, Campaign for Liberty, has been predictably targeted by the IRS for scrutiny and fines for not providing the IRS with its donor rolls. If his son Rand Paul wasn't the current front-runner for the GOP nomination in 2016, his group wouldn't even be on the IRS radar.
Apparently 501(c)(4) organizations are supposed to provide donor lists to the IRS for some reason, with the guarantee that the information is private, but many times in the past those lists have been "leaked" to political opponents of that organization, presumably for the purposes of intimidation so those donors will stop giving money.
Ron Paul is correct in fighting this obvious first amendment violation. The federal government has no legitimate purpose for knowing who donates money to what causes, only to candidates themselves. If an organization wants to be non-profit, then it must show that it makes no profit, who donates money is irrelevant, only that all the money it takes in goes toward the operating and salary budget of its employees.