Mar 8, 2014
Karl Rove’s Crossroads Group May Have Lied on Tax Filing Documents
Posted on Nov 25, 2013
Right-wing political campaign puppeteer Karl Rove’s multimillion-dollar Crossroads GPS group may have lied on its 2012 federal tax filings, the investigative organization ProPublica reports Monday, by claiming that money earmarked for “social welfare” was actually used to fund political campaigns. Although that might seem like a technical violation, Rove’s group earned its nonprofit status by claiming that its donations to other organizations were not for political expenditures.
ProPublica tried to get an explanation from Crossroads spokesman Jonathan Collegio, who instead—basic deflection maneuver—questioned the premise and wondered whether Americans for Tax Reform wasn’t spending Crossroads’ 2012 contribution on politics, but cash carried over from previous budget years. ProPublica put that question to Marcus Owens, the former head of the IRS’ Exempt Organizations division, whose reply was succinct: “That’s called bullshit with a serving of horseshit on the side,” Owens said.
ProPublica goes into detail about how the money is used determines tax status.
One of the largest such groups is Rove’s Crossroads, which has spent tens of millions of dollars pushing a right-wing agenda. Yet the people filling Crossroads’ bank account—and influencing elections—remain hidden from public scrutiny.
We should note that Rove told ABC News this summer that Crossroads was following federal laws “very closely.”
Apparently not, judging by the ProPublica revelations.
Unfortunately, after the IRS anti-tea party faux scandal earlier this year, don’t count on the agency to do much to bring Rove and Crossroads to account, Owens told ProPublica. “They’re going to keep their heads down,” he said.
—Posted by Scott Martelle.
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