Tea Party tax status revealing Friday, Nov 22 2013
Is it 501(c)(3) Tea?
In the last few commentaries, I’ve attempted to clear up some confusion about the Tea Party movement in Louisiana.
During the recent 5th Congressional District election, various paid media pundits declared that now-Congressman Vance McAllister’s crushing defeat (60% to 40%) of Bobby Jindal’s hand-picked candidate State Senator Neil Riser was a “repudiation” of the Tea Party movement in Louisiana.
That conclusion was based on the erroneous belief that the endorsement of Riser by the “Tea Party of Louisiana,” a group based in the Baton Rouge area (not in 5th CD) represented the Tea Party movement in Louisiana.
Tax status matters
Upon further review, it appears that most of the independent Tea Party groups are 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Such organizations “must absolutely refrain from participating in the political campaigns of candidates for local, state, or federal office; must restrict its lobbying activities to an insubstantial part of its total activities …. Source: Publication 4220 (Rev. 8-2013) Catalog Number 37053T, Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service.
The tax status of the “Tea Party of Louisiana” is unknown. I was informed by Barry Hugghins, a member of the board of the Tea Party of Louisiana that I would only be provided the tax status of the organization face-to-face.
Frankly, I don’t have time to drive to Baton Rouge to get something that should be readily-available to anyone for the asking, especially when the organization is soliciting donations on its website.
Hung up on facts
Knowing what the tax status of the Tea Party of Louisiana and thus whether they are allowed to endorse in a Congressional or other elections is what Hugghins refers to as “trivial” and “minutiae” about which that I am “hung up on.”
At least, in the future, the paid media will have the facts before they draw conclusions about the Tea Party IN Louisiana as the opposed to the Tea Party OF Louisiana.
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