WASHINGTON (AP) - IRS exams found nearly 3 out of 4 churches, charities and other civic groups suspected of having violated restraints on political activity in the 2004 election actually did so, the agency said Friday.No surprise here. I notice the IRS only "recommends" revoking of tax-exempt status. This makes me wonder who approves or disapproves such recommendations. Oh, like it matters with one party (the one that benefitted from such activities) in control of all the branches. Even if it was approved, I bet it won't happen before this election. Ya' think?!
Most of the examinations that have concluded found only a single, isolated incidence of prohibited campaign activity.
In three cases, however, the IRS uncovered violations egregious enough to recommend revoking the groups' tax-exempt status.
'While the vast majority of charities, including churches, did not engage in politicking, our examinations substantiated a disturbing amount of political intervention in the 2004 electoral cycle,' IRS Commissioner Mark Everson said in a statement.
Friday, February 24, 2006
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