Monday, October 16, 2006
Guess who just got caught violating the tax code?
An event last night at Living Word Christian Center, a large suburban chuch in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, featuring Republican Congressional Candidate Michele Bachmann could cost the church its nonprofit tax status as the event appeared to endorse Bachmann for office. A personal endorsement from the pastor of the church, as well as Bachmann's own statements in her speech, appear to have violated regulations pertaining to partisan politicking by churches. Bachmann is in a tight race with Patty Wetterling, a race that's at the top of most election analysts lists in terms of importance and competitiveness. Churches that are tax exempt and file as a 501(c)3 organization are subject to most of the same rules that all other 501(c)3 nonprofits are subject to concerning political involvement: you must not show support for a candidate or political party. Just bringing a candidate for election to speak is risky business for nonprofits and churches. The best way to avoid the appearance of endorsement is to invite all candidates to the event or series of events. Equal time should be paid to all candidates to ensure implicit or explicit endorsement doesn't occur. Bachmann's opponents told me that they were not aware of any invites from Living Word having been sent to their campaigns. If a church or nonprofit does only invite one candidate to speak, the individual speaks only in a non-candidate capacity, and should not be referred to as a candidate for office.Wanna know what makes this especially amusing? Michelle Bachmann's a TAX ATTORNEY. She, of all people, should know that what she did was against the law. She's either the most incompetent tax attorney in the state, or she's as corrupt as they come. Or, quite possibly, both.
With Bachmann down 8 points, I would bet this puts her completely out of reach.
As it should.
Oh, and I'm going to show off your comments to various fence-sitting friends of mine who still think that Republicans are straightforward straight-shooters who are always kind and polite. Thanks!
Team Ramrod appears to be a Republican operative with lots and lots of time on his/her hands.
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