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May 24, 2013 at 7:58 AM

IRS questions political groups

Both parties take advantage of tax exemption

Republican strategist Karl Rove walks the floor of the 2012 Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. (Glen Stubbe / Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Republican strategist Karl Rove walks the floor of the 2012 Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. (Glen Stubbe / Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Isn’t it the responsibility of the IRS to protect taxpayers by denying 501(c)(4) tax-exempt status to partisan groups?

I’m neither Republican nor a Democrat, but it seems to me that many conservative groups are blatantly partisan, including the tea party, anti-abortion groups and the NRA. Many churches are also partisan [“IRS chief helped create plan to plant question about scandal,” News, May 22].

I think the Democratic Party is often too quick to place itself on the sacrificial altar of right-wing politics, and this IRS issue is probably a case in point, but there is no doubt that both parties are unfairly taking advantage of 501(c)(4) status and the taxpayers.

Marjorie Rhodes, Seattle

Rove’s group should face scrutiny

Is there anyone anywhere on the political spectrum who believes that Crossroads GPS is an organization “primarily engaged in the promotion of social welfare?”

It would be a scandal if this group’s application was not under scrutiny of the IRS [“Rove’s group thinks it is under IRS scrutiny,” News, May 21].

Wouldn’t you be suspicious of a group that had previously supported political campaigns labeled, oh let’s say, Progressive Democrats of Mill Valley? The tea party is a political party. When groups using that label apply to be something other than a political PAC, they should receive extra scrutiny.

Those complaining seem to be saying the IRS shouldn’t be doing this. I have the opposite complaint. If only conservative groups have been scrutinized, it sounds like the IRS has only been doing half of its job.

Nickie Moran, Seattle

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