Help make the money in politics more transparent. Please sign this petition to ensure 501c4 organizations must devote their efforts “exclusively” to social welfare. That would force organizations like FreedomWorks, Crossroads, CrossroadsGPS, and yes, OFA (Organizing For America into tax-exempt categories where their donor contributions would need to be disclosed. No longer would they be able to say they’re “social welfare organizations” that do relatively nothing to promote “social welfare” but do pretty much everything to promote an ideological political agenda.
Currently, at whitehouse.gov, there is a petition on the We the People page titled:
The replacement by the IRS of the word “exclusively” in the original and still-extant pre-1959 501 c (4) statute, with the word “primarily” in the procedural ‘regulation’ manual,simply put, violates the law. At whatever cost to those who have ridden this loophole to the absolute corruption of our political system by money, the original wording of “exclusively social welfare” needs to be enforced.
As I write this post, that petition at whitehouse.gov has only 16,104 signatures. That means it needs 83,896 more signatures for President Obama to make good on his promise to address any petition which garners 100,000 signatures. I’m not sure that President Obama can actually take that action via Executive Order, or whether, since it’s an IRS Regulation, it would have to go through the process by which regulations are updated/changed, but needless to say, if nothing else we could force the President to force the IRS to amend their regulation and properly administer the long-standing statute.
If you don’t already have a logon for whitehouse.gov, you’ll need to create one so you can sign the petition (that’s how they ensure one person can’t sign a single petition thousands of times). But, PLEASE sign this petition!
After you’ve signed the petition, if you have a Facebook or Twitter account, make sure you share a link to your friends and followers. We can do this! It’s time to put some integrity back into our politics and finally know where all those campaign dollars are coming from.