It might be getting harder for billionaires and corporations to hide secret donations to support political ads. For years, they have counted on the IRS to look the other way regarding their favorite front groups’ tax-exempt status. This tax-exempt status for “social welfare” groups is what allows them to buy elections in complete secrecy.
Now, the IRS is sending questionnaires to front groups to determine if they are actually social welfare charities. Democrats in Congress have sent a letter to the IRS asking for an investigation. The letter, from Democratic senators, stated: “It is contrary to the letter and spirit of the statute for political organizations formed primarily to advocate for a political candidate or to run attack ads against other candidates to take advantage of section 501(c)(4).”
The last time the IRS tried to audit front groups, the puppet politicians billionaires bought did the job they were paid to do: they stopped the investigation in its tracks. Orrin G. Hatch (R – Utah), Jon Kyl (R – Arizona), Pat Roberts (R – Kansas), John Cornyn (R – Texas), John Thune (R – South Dakota), and Richard Burr (R – North Carolina) from the Senate Budget Committee sent a letter to the IRS accusing them of pursuing a political agenda. The IRS promptly stopped its inquiry into the matter.
As you can see, big money has bought them the outcome they want for now. But the fight to keep their secret donations secret is not over.