With all the calls Democrats make to rein in Tea Parties’ activism, they ignore OFA.
Schumer is mum on that.
Having established that no significant campaign cash was flowing through these groups, Rep. Schock then pulled up the description of Organizing for Action, a 501(c)4 whose stated mission is to “support President Obama in achieving enactment of the national agenda Americans voted for on Election Day 2012.” OFA describes this agenda as including legislation on “gun violence prevention, sensible environmental policies to address climate change and immigration reform.” Despite the obvious political overtones, OFA’s work is considered within the proper realm of a 501(c)4 activity, i.e. promoting social welfare. /…
Democrats in the hearing argued that scrutiny is appropriate for any group engaged in political activity and applying for 501(c)4 status. They further suggested the conservative groups filed for 501(c)(4) status in order to hide their donor lists, implying these organizations were hiding large influxes of cash. In ‘response, Rep. Schock asked three Tea Party groups giving testimony to state their annual budgets.
Have a little politics with your hypocrisy. “Political overtones” is a giant understatement.
The OFA staffers run president Obama’s twitter account, and sign tweets BO for Obama. Yet you can bet their tax-exempt status was never in question – nor will it be.
Here’s the script on the twitter account for Barack Obama
Barack Obama Verified account
This account is run by Organizing for Action staff. Tweets from the President are signed -bo.
Washington, DC · barackobama.com
What is OFA?
“Organizing for Action is the grassroots movement built by millions of Americans to pass the agenda we voted for in 2012.”
It’s Obama’s personal campaign. No, no politics or political advocacy going on there.
Is IRS checking that Twitter feed and monitoring every tweet? They are probably too busy trying to get all the names, donors, copies of speeches, writing and reading material of Tea Party groups, and thinking up questions to ask them for pending 501 status. That’s what Schumer wants them to redouble their efforts on.
And try to name one part of government he hasn’t politicized as well.
Time to rename IRS, now Obama’s ‘Internal Revenge Service’.
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