For so many reasons, you absolutely must read this Washington Spectator article recounting how the conservative movement lined up to prevent the Internal Revenue Service from regulating political dark money groups. No, seriously, go read it here, I’ll wait.
Back? Good! Now, prepare yourself for outrage, because the white supremacist group Council of Conservative Citizens (get it? CCC=KKK), which inspired Dylann Roof to murder nine people in an act of racist terrorism last week, is being subsidized by taxpayers — and isn’t likely to lose that nonprofit status thanks to the contrived IRS ‘scandal’ of 2013.
The Council of Conservative Citizens explains on its website that its members believe “that the American people and government should remain European in their composition and character…. We also oppose all efforts to mix the races of mankind.”
Groups that espouse hate can be stripped of their tax-exempt status, said Marcus Owens, who ran the IRS’s exempt organizations division in the 1990s. That happened to the neo-Nazi group National Alliance in 1982. The Council of Conservative Citizens has been identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a “notorious, racist hate group.”
However, Owens says Republicans in Congress have made it virtually impossible for the IRS to revoke the tax-exempt status of political groups after the recent, so-called tea party scandal.
As Karoli explains at the Spectator, new IRS rules for political nonprofits won’t be ready for the 2016 elections, which from the Republicans’ view was the whole point of creating the scandal in the first place. Sure, it was embarrassing that so many mainstream Republicans got caught taking money from the
KKK CCC, but that was simple enough to fix by just giving the money back. In recent days, state Republicans have been embarrassed into removing confederate flags from state houses, but congressional Republicans aren’t going to feel shame for what they did to Lois Lerner anytime soon.
You know, it’s really just too bad that the IRS scandal didn’t predate the smearing and scapegoating of ACORN, but of course they were an uppity black nonprofit organization. Thanks to the extensive propaganda machine that perpetuates the victimization mythology of tea parties, it is likely that the
KKK CCC will never, ever have to worry about suffering the fate of groups that register minority voters.