“…”The IRS commissioner was a Republican appointed by [former President George W.] Bush, who his term expired in November,” Brazile pointed out….”
The Pink Flamingo is beginning to wonder if the GOP has lost all reason? The IRS Commissioner who has allegedly targeted tea party groups is a Republican. Do they even comprehend how stupid they are when prevented with the salient facts?
Nicole Belle at Crooks & Liars has the best summary of what is going on, that The Pink Flamingo has seen, to date.
The Pink Flamingo is trying to go back and remember the process. I was trying to put my non-profit together during the Reagan years. As a “good” Republican, I had found favor with everyone in DC, to put my group together. Both US Senators from South Carolina were helping me. I had several other Republican senators helping me. Newt Gingrich’s office was helping me. The newly formed Congressional Space Caucus was helping me. My local Congressman was helping. The Congressman in the next district was helping me. The White House Science Office was helping me. I had far more approved assistance out of DC than any of the so-called targeted Tea Party groups had, and I gave up after a year. Add the fact that my accountant was a former IRS official, and maybe you can begin to see how near the entire process is – unless you have a tremendous amount of money behind you.
If you have political money behind you, trying to form a non-profit, and dealing with the IRS, that alone sets off alarm bells with the process.
I’m trying to detail the process, for me, in order. It may have changed a little, but this will show how difficult it was.
- Set up organization, with workable name
- Establish board of directors who pass IRS scrutiny
- Approach celebrity advisers (I had a whole slew for this)
- Set up checking account
- Get letterhead with board of directors
- Establish by-laws that are IRS approved
- Detail where funds will go if the group is dissolved
- Apply for SC corporate status
- Wait to see if the name is approved
- If name is approved, pay on the dotted line
- Apply for SC tax status
- Start IRS paperwork
- If – at any time, you take money you can’t account for, anything you do must be labeled “For Profit”
- Just don’t bother taking donations – it further screws up the process
This was at least a year.
I finally gave up. It wasn’t worth it.
Everyone knew I wasn’t crooked. The publicity I received, and it was quite a bit, was fawning. I was publishing a small news magazine that had readership of about 10,000 people, that went to the highest levels of NASA, the aerospace industry, Congress, and the White House. My reputation was so good, I could easily score any interview I wanted, and did I ever get the big interviews: Carl Sagan, Deke Slayton, Jack Schmitt, Newt Gingrich, Gene Roddenberry, Leonard Nimoy, Gerald P. Carr, James Doohan, and numerous NASA officials.
The bottom line here is that, if I had a difficult time dealing with IRS paperwork, then I can only imagine what organizations like the Tea Parties, where there are constant rumors of corruption, and actual evidence of corruption, would go through. For the GOP to start becoming postal over this is just plain protesting far too much. To even discuss impeaching Barack Obama is stupid.
One reason the IRS is not targeting liberal and Democrat organizations like they are targeting the right is quite simple. The Dems don’t have near the grass roots organizations like the tea parties. They don’t have big Koch money behind them. There is something unspoken, that needs to be said. The Koch Machine is directly responsible for the tea parties. It’s not about citizen involvement but two obscenely rich men who are so corrupt and so evil they are trying to bring down the United States as we know it, so they can get even richer by having no regulations. They founded the tea parties.
“…In an article in the August 30, 2010 issue of The New Yorker magazine, author Jane Mayer links the billionaire brothers David Koch and Charles Koch, owners of Koch Industries to tea party movement funding. Mayer writes,
The anti-government fervor infusing the 2010 elections represents a political triumph for the Kochs. By giving money to “educate,” fund, and organize Tea Party protesters, they have helped turn their private agenda into a mass movement. Bruce Bartlett, a conservative economist and a historian, who once worked at the National Center for Policy Analysis, a Dallas-based think tank that the Kochs fund, said, “The problem with the whole libertarian movement is that it’s been all chiefs and no Indians. There haven’t been any actual people, like voters, who give a crap about it. So the problem for the Kochs has been trying to create a movement.” With the emergence of the Tea Party, he said, “everyone suddenly sees that for the first time there are Indians out there—people who can provide real ideological power.” The Kochs, he said, are “trying to shape and control and channel the populist uprising into their own policies.
Reports indicate that the Tea Party Movement benefits from millions of dollars from conservative foundations that are derived from wealthy U.S. families and their business interests. It appears that money to organize and implement the Movement flows primarily through two conservative groups: Americans for Prosperity and FreedomWorks.
In an April 9, 2009 article on ThinkProgress.org, Lee Fang reports that the principal organizers of Tea Party events are Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Works, two “lobbyist-run think tanks” that are “well funded” and that provide the logistics and organizing for the Tea Party movement from coast to coast. Media Matters reported that David Koch of Koch Industries was a co-founder of Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE), the predecessor of FreedomWorks. David Koch was chairman of the board of directors of CSE.
CSE received substantial funding from David Koch of Koch Industries, which is the largest privately-held energy company in the country, and the conservative Koch Family Foundations, which make substantial annual donations to conservative think tanks, advocacy groups, etc. Media Matters reported that the Koch family has given more than $12 million to CSE (predecessor of FreedomWorks) between 1985 and 2002.
Koch Industries has denied specifically funding Freedomworks or tea parties directly, however. The company’s director of communications wrote “”Koch companies value free speech and believe it is good to have more Americans engaged in key policy issues. That said, Koch companies, the Koch foundations, Charles Koch and David Koch have no ties to and have never given money to FreedomWorks. In addition, no funding has been provided by Koch companies, the Koch foundations, Charles Koch or David Koch specifically to support the tea parties.” Koch’s director of communications did affirm, however, that the company funds Americans for Prosperity (AFP). TPM’s Lee Fang reports that “AFP was founded in part by the company’s Executive Vice President, David Koch. He is currently the chairman of the board of the Americans for Prosperity Foundation.”
Media Matters also lists the Sarah Scaife Foundation as having given a total of $2.96 million in funding to FreedomWorks. The Sarah Mellon Scaife Foundation is financed by the Mellon industrial, oil, and banking fortune.
The Claude R. Lambe Foundation, also controlled by the Koch family, has donated more than $3 million to Americans for Prosperity. …”
The bottom line here is that the tea parties were formed so that Charles and David Koch could dump money into organizations in order to game the system.
“...There’s just one element missing from these snapshots of America’s ostensibly spontaneous and leaderless populist uprising: the sugar daddies who are bankrolling it, and have been doing so since well before the “death panel” warm-up acts of last summer. Three heavy hitters rule. You’ve heard of one of them, Rupert Murdoch. The other two, the brothers David and Charles Koch, are even richer, with a combined wealth exceeded only by that of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett among Americans. But even those carrying the Kochs’ banner may not know who these brothers are.
Their self-interested and at times radical agendas, like Murdoch’s, go well beyond, and sometimes counter to, the interests of those who serve as spear carriers in the political pageants hawked on Fox News. The country will be in for quite a ride should these potentates gain power, and given the recession-battered electorate’s unchecked anger and the Obama White House’s unfocused political strategy, they might.
All three tycoons are the latest incarnation of what the historian Kim Phillips-Fein labeled “Invisible Hands” in her prescient 2009 book of that title: those corporate players who have financed the far right ever since the du Pont brothers spawned the American Liberty League in 1934 to bring down F.D.R. You can draw a straight line from the Liberty League’s crusade against the New Deal “socialism” of Social Security, the Securities and Exchange Commission and child labor laws to the John Birch Society-Barry Goldwater assault on J.F.K. and Medicare to the Koch-Murdoch-backed juggernaut against our “socialist” president….”
It’s time for abject honesty here. This is NOT about political targeting of the poor, pathetic, sacred, adorable little tea parties. This is about a very dishonest and corrupt group of organizations, created by extremely dishonest and corrupt obscenely wealthy men to game the system. This isn’t about IRS abuse. It’s about IRS incompetence, but not abuse. Abuse is what the Koch Brothers are doing to the system. It is about a pair of very wealthy men who have morphed into some sort of James Bond type villains, determined to mold the United States into what they want, in order to become even wealthier and more powerful.
The tea parties are NOT about liberty, patriots, or the Constitution. They are about warped and twisted men (mostly men) who are determined to destroy what is good and decent about this country. They are using the John Birch Society, NRA, FOX News, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and the network of tea party “patriots”, over one-third of whom are of a specific religious ideology, to almost take over this nation.
The want to do away with all environmental rules and regulations, minimum wage, worker’s rights, the IRS, and basic freedom for those of us who appose them. When one considers the fact that they want to do away with the IRS, all of this makes a heck of a lot of sense. Way too much sense.
In this country now, when you smell a rat, look for Charles & David Koch.