FUN WITH FUNDRAISING….I see that House Republicans are responding the Jack Abramoff scandal by proposing ? again ? to cripple the operation of “527” organizations. This is probably just a coincidence, but it’s funny that they’re picking on 527s, which are mostly used by liberal groups who had nothing to do with the Abramoff scandal, isn’t it? Conversely, conservatives tend to prefer 501(c)s for their fundraising because they require less disclosure and can operate virtually in secret. That’s was the vehicle of choice for Abramoff and Tom DeLay, for example, but the Republican proposal does nothing to rein them in.
Like I said, it’s probably just a coincidence. I’m sure that as soon as someone points this out they’ll fix up their proposal. In the meantime, if you don’t don’t know your 527s from your 501(c)(3)s, try reading “Bush’s Secret Stash” from the May 2004 issue of the Monthly. It’s enlightening.