By Justin Elliott

Watchdogs To IRS: Reject Rove Group’s Tax Application

January 4, 2013 1:45 pm Category: Memo Pad 17 Comments A+ / A-
Watchdogs To IRS: Reject Rove Group’s Tax Application

by Justin Elliott, ProPublica.

Two watchdog groups are calling on the IRS to reject Crossroads GPS’ request to be recognized as a social welfare nonprofit.

Democracy 21 and the Campaign Legal Center, nonpartisan outfits that favor tighter campaign finance regulations, wrote a letter to the tax agency Wednesday citing ProPublica’s recent reporting on Crossroads’ 2010 IRS application. The application said that the group’s activities seeking to influence elections would be “limited in amount, and will not constitute the organization’s primary purpose.”

In the letter, Democracy 21 and the Campaign Legal Center called those statements by Crossroads GPS “simply not credible, in light of the actual practices of the organization and the tens of millions of dollars Crossroads GPS spent on campaign ads since then.”

Conceived by Karl Rove, Crossroads GPS was one of the biggest outside spenders in the 2012 elections, reporting more than $70 million in expenditures to the Federal Election Commission.

Recognition as a social welfare nonprofit is important for Crossroads because it allows the group to shield the identity of its donors. Under tax rules, such groups are allowed to spend money on political campaigns but must be primarily engaged in promoting social welfare.

Campaign Legal Center Executive Director Gerald Hebert said in a statement accompanying Wednesday’s letter, “The application filed with the IRS by Crossroads GPS is laughable in the face of the growing body of evidence against the pretense that Crossroads GPS is a ‘social welfare’ organization.”

Crossroads GPS spokesman Jonathan Collegio responded: “This sounds like the 25th identical letter that the partisans and ideologues at the Campaign Legal Center have sent to the IRS, and it doesn’t merit anyone’s attention.”

We’ve inquired with the IRS as to whether Crossroads GPS has been recognized as a social welfare nonprofit — as of mid-December it had not — and we will update this post if we hear back.

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  • http://mohammeddressup.com/ I Zheet M’Drawz

    I guess when you’re as homely as he is you need something to keep you going so he chases money.

  • nobsartist

    Another rove perjury party.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B6RROC4IUESHT322QS5VJVPYRM Lynda

    This at first glance seems a no brainer, but we are talking deep politics here and worst yet…MONEY! I’ll be surprised in anything is done to change the status of his evil empire.

    • Sierra111

      You are exactly right! He is an ‘evil empire’!

  • sunmusing

    This is but one of many that needs to be looked at by the IRS and DoJ….

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1294462087 Orlin Haynes

    Another twist in turning what is meant for good into evil. Sounds like the devil is at work.

  • Sierra111

    I saw a picture of him praying while in the White House when Bush was president. No wrong makes a right, Mr. Rove.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/HGC4BGWVYXV76PHZBPSPOOU5GA Independent1

      He may have been on his knees in the White House but he wasn’t praying to the God I believe in. It may have been to the Devil who he’s obviously a staunch follower of.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3WBTMJTJTKZB7YBPNMMPWMV5TI Minell

    Is he trying to get help from the government that he hates. No free rides Karl.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RFEPMKNCBVGJYV2X7LBNDGRUEY William

    See what happens to you if you lie to the IRS, Karl Rove belongs in jail. Then and only then will anything change.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-J-Casaletto/100000349849595 Robert J Casaletto

    This is a man who should be scorned by all. He has taken the “Constitution into a bathroom stall not to read it. Coming out empty handed he makes no excuse for his insane ways. He is caught up in his ego. A small and wimpy man who’s wife couldn’t even put up with him any more, gets all giddy inside by ripping We The People Off and having politicians and big money kissing his butt. Plus all that he makes and all that he can steal with it all being perfectly legal in his eyes. (yah right) I wonder what that protection costs him? A Supreme Court can’t be cheap. Do you realize that if this was a Democratic lead SJC these guys and gals would be screaming impeach. Thank God the Democrats have more class. Sometimes though I wish they got far more nasty than they are. Someone has to put these asses on the potty.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-J-Casaletto/100000349849595 Robert J Casaletto

    Karl Rove could be Ben Franklin’s alter ego. The black side of the good Ben we know from history. This guy needs a kite hooked up with metal wire to a Nuke Power Plant.

  • jstsyn

    Who can stand this leper? The guy is disgusting.

  • http://www.facebook.com/janice.sonntag Janice Sonntag

    he will find some how to skirt the law again. He company is not social welfare nonprofit but he will find a way to get around that not to disclose who is the donors.

  • howa4x

    Well if they get enough courage to go after crossroads then maybe they can go after all that money that is housed offshore to avoid taxes, probably by the same people who fund it

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZEDCQ4URHFFCKH5THB4DT3G54M Brian

    Rove looks like the unattractive, weak-eyed, unathletic, weenie who was picked on in school. Apparently, he never got over it and wants his revenge on America. He needs, quite simply, to get over it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/debbie.kieselryan1 Debbie Kiesel-Ryan

    Karl Rove’s group Social Welfare, more like a social disease. His group should never be recognized as a social welfare group!!!!!! EVER!!!!!!!

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