Tax Exempt Organizations Fight to Hide Donors from Government

Tax Exempt Organizations have asked the Supreme Court to give them relief from California’s prying eyes.

We all know now that a single political donation can get a CEO fired from the company he founded. That is why Mark Horne argued that the IRS should be abolished on First and Fourth Amendment grounds.

The lesson here is that the plundering done by the IRS is not their worst feature. If all they did was loot us, we would be immeasurably better off.

The IRS is another form of the NSA. They are an organization whose main purpose is domestic spying. By finding out about groups and their members, the IRS enables powerful people, both inside and outside of government, to hurt and destroy political enemies.

Thus we now have CNS News reporting, “Conservative Groups Ask Supreme Court to Stop Calif. AG from Demanding Names, Addresses of Donors.”

Fifty-eight organizations, most of them non-profit groups that promote conservative ideas, filed an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief with the Supreme Court this week, asking it to hear a case about whether donors’ names and addresses must be revealed in order for such groups to register and operate in California.

The petitioners, led by American Target Advertising in Virginia, are supporting the Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) in its case against Kamala Harris, the attorney general of California, who is demanding that non-profits disclose their donors’ names and addresses as part of state charitable and licensing rules.

The CCP was seeking a preliminary injunction against disclosure earlier this year but the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against that request in May, thus the CCP is asking the Supreme Court to hear its case.

Some of the 58 groups that signed on to the amicus brief include the Media Research Center, Concerned Women for America, Citizens United, Family Research Council, Faith & Freedom Coalition, ForAmerica and the Leadership Institute.

The petition before the Supreme Court argues that donors’ private information “is protected under the Federal Internal Revenue Code,” said Attorney Chris T. Craig, with Cook, Craig, Frankuzenko, who submitted the brief with Mark J. Fitzgibbons, president of corporate affairs for American Target Advertising.

“Harris, an elected Democrat who is currently running for U.S. Senate, makes her demand under threat of fines and loss of tax-exempt status,” said Craig and Fitzgibbons in a statement sent to  Harris is running for the Senate seat being vacated next year by Democrat Barbara Boxer.

 “Contributions and tax-exempt status are the life blood of these organization, and the attorney general’s dictates force them to choose between breaking the law as defined by the attorney general (not the state Legislature), or compromising their First Amendment Rights,” said the two men. 

We need to pray that the Supreme Court hears the case and ends this form of Big Brother intimidation.