Tax-exempt nonprofit green groups spent more than $20 million on 2010 midterm political campaigns and eco-propaganda, and will likely spend even more in current midterm elections. This while the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Code Section 501(c)(3) specifically limits nonprofit organization spending on political activities and propaganda – the term “propaganda” actually appears in the IRS Code. Section 501(c)(3) also prohibits candidate endorsements by nonprofits.
We in California are deluged with political campaign mailings this, and every, election year. Pictured above is the highlighted 2014 Democrat political campaign mailer for Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors candidate Sheila Kuehl which was mailed to me and thousands of other voters. The mailer records the eco-group Sierra Club’s endorsement of liberal-progressive candidate Kuehl. This is just one of many such partisan eco-group campaign endorsement mailers I’ve received routinely in election years. The Kuehl mailer also indicates her endorsement by two other liberal-progressive nonprofits – the National Organization for Women (NOW) and Planned Parenthood. This Column reported on a 2011 Democrat political campaign mailer where the nonprofit eco-groups Sierra Club and California League of Conservation Voters endorse a liberal-progressive Democrat candidate for the California State Senate.
Are these taxpayer-subsidized, partisan eco-group political endorsements in compliance with IRS regulations? In light of recent admitted Obama IRS discriminatory practices targeting independent and conservative service associations to obstruct their nonprofit, tax-exempt IRS applications, an open and thorough IRS audit should be conducted of all environmental eco-groups’ political activities. Green-obsessed bureaucrats and militant eco-groups have become an “axis of antagonism” that we can no longer afford.
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