But of course they did.
The Trump administration has ordered “Release the Kraken er, Kochtopus!” from IRS “dark money” campaign contribution reporting regulations.
Now corporations and wealthy plutocrats are free to operate entirely in the dark, even from the IRS. ‘Dark money’ groups don’t need to disclose donors to IRS, Treasury says:
Nonprofits that spend money to influence elections but are not required to disclose donors to the public — called “dark money” groups by critics — no longer need to share their donors’ names or addresses in their tax filings under a new Treasury rule announced Monday.
The decision was immediately heralded by
free-speech corporatist advocates who have long sought to protect donors’ private information. But it was rebuked by those who want to reduce the role of money in politics, who claim it would make U.S. elections more susceptible to anonymous foreign donations.
How significant is the change? Here is what you need to know.
What is this new rule about?
Wealthy donors can give unlimited sums of money to politically active nonprofits registered under sections of the Internal Revenue Service code, without their names or addresses being revealed in the nonprofits’ public tax filings.
There has been a surge of political activity by such nonprofit groups since the 2010 landmark Supreme Court Citizens United decision that allowed corporations to spend unlimited sums on campaigns.
These donors’ names, addresses and donation amounts were previously reported to the IRS, but the IRS would redact the names and addresses for public release.
With this policy change, the organizations will still be required to retain the donor information, but no longer have to submit it to the IRS.
Posted in AZBlueMeanie, Campaigns, Corruption, Crime, Election Integrity, Elections, Ethics, GOP War On..., International, Justice, Law Enforcement, Party Politics, Scandals
Tagged campaign finance, dark money, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, irs, Treasury
Lea Marquez Peterson filed for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy to unload $3.2 million in debt, tax liens, and a judgment.
Lea “Chapter 7” Marquez-Peterson spent most of a recent MSNBC interview ducking questions — at first disavowing Trump because she is a “local candidate,” then later saying she would be “honored” to have him visit Tucson.
Peterson is a Republican candidate for Congress in Tucson’s CD2. There are 7 Democratic candidates vying for the chance to run against her.
No criticism of anti-Hispanic ex-sheriff
She played dumb when it came to Trump’s pardon of convicted ex-sheriff Joe Arpaio. “I really don’t have a position on President Trump’s pardoning of Sheriff Joe.”
REALLY? Arpaio was convicted of criminal contempt of court for refusing to obey court orders to stop his immigration roundups based on racially profiling Hispanic people.
She runs a ring of Hispanic chambers of commerce that she says has 1,800 members, but they serve as platforms for Governor Ducey and other Republican officials.
She said she’d likely support a discharge effort in House of Representatives to force a vote on legislation to support Dreamers. She defended Trump’s calling immigrants as “animals,” because she said he was referring to gang members from Mexico.
Posted in Arizona Congressional Races, Campaigns, Economics, Larry Bodine, Taxes, Tucson
Tagged California Petroleum Equipment, Chapter 7 bankruptcy, Dreamers, GE Capital, Hispanic chamber of commercce, irs, Joe Arpaio, Onion Pizza, Pima County Recorder's Office, President Trump, Tax lien
David Cay Johnston is an investigative journalist and author who is a specialist in economics and tax issues, and the winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Beat Reporting. Johnston also wrote the book on Donald Trump, literally: The Making of Donald Trump (August 2016).
Johnston’s latest scoop on “The Donald” is his 2005 Form 1040 tax summary that an unidentified individual mailed to him unsolicited. DCREPORT EXCLUSIVE: Trump Earned $153 Million In 2005; He Paid $36.6 Million In Taxes:
DCReport has obtained Donald Trump’s Form 1040 federal tax return for 2005. There’s no smoking gun there, no obvious evasion, but clearly some bending of the tax laws almost to the breaking point. The document offers a rare glimpse at how a super wealthy couple can manipulate and manage our complex tax laws to reduce their obligations far below rates paid by typical salaried professionals or even blue-collar wage earners.
The White House [preemptively] confirmed the authenticity of the tax returns [before this story was reported]. “Despite this substantial income figure and tax paid,” the White House said in a statement, “the dishonest media can continue to make this part of their agenda, while the President will focus on his, which includes tax reform that will benefit all Americans.”
Our less-than-less-than-do-nothing Congress decided to start its August recess early, failing to address legislative priorities, as they hightailed it out of town on July 14 for a seven-week recess.
Congress will return the day after Labor Day. “D.C. Work Week” days are only scheduled in the House until September 30. The Senate is scheduled to work the first week of October as well. (Schedules are subject to change).
September 30 is an important date that has not received much media attention. It is the end of the Fiscal Year. The House has passed five spending measures and the Senate has passed just three, leaving Congress with unfinished appropriations bills that need to be addressed following the August recess.
There is not enough time for this dysfunctional Congress to actually complete its essential job function on time.
None of the individual appropriations bills have been sent to the President, and it is likely that a stop-gap continuing resolution (CR) spending bill will be needed to fund the federal government past the end of the fiscal year on September 30.
With our less-than-less-than-do-nothing Congressional members wanting to get back to their districts to campaign some more for reelection in October — as if they deserve to be reelected — it is unlikely that the Republican House Freedom Caucus has enough support to shut down the federal government in an election year stunt, but you never know.
Posted in AZBlueMeanie, Budgets, Civil Rights, Congress, Constitution, Courts, Elections, Ethics, GOP War On..., Gun Policies, Healthcare, Infrastructure, Justice, Law Enforcement, Legislation, Military, Party Politics, President, Taxes, Veterans, War
Tagged irs, Planned Parenthood
The Rush Limbaugh of The Republic, Doug MacEachern, simply regurgitates the right-wing noise machine talking points he internalizes from listening to talk radio and FAUX News all day, while surfing right-wing web sites on the “Internets.”
MacEachern, like FAUX News, has been a purveyor of the “IRS targeted conservative groups” for political retaliation conspiracy theory.
Not one of these conservative groups was ever denied tax exempt status — which is the real scandal, under the law they should have been — so the only “scandal” was that conservative groups may have had to wait to receive tax exempt status, a status they could have simply claimed without ever having to apply to the IRS for it. This is classic non-scandal faux outrage from the right-wing noise machine, of which MacEachern is a cog in that machine.
Crossposted at DemocraticDiva.com
Borrowing a page from Atrios, I’m going to just put this out there for Reps. Ron Barber of AZ CD2 and Kyrsten Sinema of CD9. (Please click on image to enlarge)
Note the complete lack of overlap between those two groups of people. I’m honestly mystified by their votes. There’s nothing here to even impress dimwitted centrist pundits. My first guess is that their offices have so many angry constituents calling about various right wing conspiracy theories that they’ve overestimated their importance in the district.
But another (equally misguided )possibility is that they think that voting for this makes it “safe” to vote against crazy Benghazi bills. OH WAIT NEVER MIND THEY BOTH VOTED FOR THE GODDAMN BENGHAZI BILL. (Jesus.) Or they could simply be doing it to piss liberals off so they can point at how pissed off liberals are so as to look “moderate”. In any case, I eagerly await their explanations. I’m sure they will be doozies.
Posted in Arizona Congressional Delegation, Arizona Congressional Races, Congress, Donna Gratehouse, President, Scandals, Taxes, Uncategorized
Tagged eric holder, irs, Kyrsten Sinema, lerner resolution, Ron Barber