A PURPOSE-DRIVEN LIFE  2:55 pm August 21, 2012

Karl Rove’s Charity Has Very Charitable Purpose Of Buying Election For Mitt Romney

by Kris E. Benson

rove, showering us with tax-exempt speech using the non-profit organization American Crossroads GPSHello, bleeding heart liberals, we know you are already very excited about hating SuperPACs but could you perhaps make room in your heart to hate some specific non-profits as well? Because — and we hate to be the ones to break it to you — non-profit organizations are just as capable of spending massive amounts of money on elections as are SuperPACs and Incorporated Americans, and they also can do it without disclosing donors, and without paying taxes. This, of course, begs several important questions! Such as: non-profits are tax exempt, so does this automatically mean they are the engines of economic growth and job creation, due to the fact that they pay no taxes? Also, given that these non-profits donate to (mostly conservative) political causes and (mostly Republican) candidates without reporting contributions, and are able to do so under the guise of engaging in “public welfare,” should we be concerned that Mitt Romney might accidentally become ensnared in a culture of dependency, which is what happens when you give people welfare?

More money is being spent on TV advertising in the presidential race by social welfare nonprofits, known as 501(c)(4)s for their section of the tax code, than by any other type of independent group.

As of Aug. 8, they had spent more than $71 million on ads mentioning a candidate for president, according to estimates by Kantar Media’s Campaign Media Analysis Group, or CMAG. Super PACs have spent an estimated $56 million.

Congress created the legal framework for 501(c)(4) nonprofits nearly a century ago. To receive the tax exemption, groups were supposed to be “operated exclusively for the promotion of social welfare.” [...]

Our examination shows that dozens of these groups do little or nothing to justify the subsidies they receive from taxpayers. Instead, they are pouring much of their resources, directly or indirectly, into political races at the local, state and federal level.

Most of the money spent by social welfare groups in 2010 came from conservative groups, a pattern holding true so far this year. As of Aug. 8, CMAG estimates show, liberal groups accounted for only $1.6 million of the total spent by such organizations on TV ads for the presidential race. By contrast, the two leading conservative 501(c)(4)s, Crossroads GPS and Americans for Prosperity, founded by conservative billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch, had spent about $60 million.

Let us all rejoice, because where would we be without all of Karl Rove’s money speech, which gives us “more voices, more competition, and more accountability?” Where indeed.

[ProPublica]

 
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SorosBot August 21, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Republicans are using non-profit organizations? Isn't that a betrayal of Free Market principals?

Mahousu August 21, 2012 at 3:13 pm

No, "profits" just mean you haven't looted the company sufficiently yet.

actor212 August 21, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Right, and non-profit means that you haven't finished using the company up.

ChillBill August 21, 2012 at 3:29 pm

The invisible hand with swift-boat the shit out of you.

Rosie_Scenario August 21, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Still waiting for Karl Rove to be frog-marched in handcuffs? Until then, can you at least use that great photo from time to time? A girl can dream.

PubOption August 21, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Yes, I think we could be seeing a culture of dependency. If Mittens wins this election, he will certainly be dependent on assistance from these welfare groups in 2016.

nounverb911 August 21, 2012 at 3:04 pm

This is good news for the liberal broadcast media conglomerates.

actor212 August 21, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Didn't Colbert demonstrate that, in fact, SuperPACs are 501(c)4 organizations?

HarryButtle August 21, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Yes, but it went over everybody's head. Those clever enough to get the "joke" already knew the score.

finette_ August 21, 2012 at 6:07 pm

Actually, he set up a 501(c)4 to funnel money to his SuperPAC.

Beowoof August 21, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Oh you know you give money to charity you think it might help the poors. The right wing has a better idea; fuck the poors let's spend this money on making sure we are rich and stay rich.

Generation[redacted] August 21, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Conservatives donate more to charity than liberals. It's a well established talking point fact!

johnnyzhivago August 21, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Except for Paul Ryan – see Andrew Sullivan today!

MOG2410 August 21, 2012 at 3:59 pm

And now we know why!

sudsmckenzie August 21, 2012 at 3:09 pm

My 501(c)(4) is called "Tipping the Bartender – Call me a Cab".

actor212 August 21, 2012 at 3:09 pm

If Karl Rove actually spent as much time, money and effort on the nation as he has on obtaining and retaining political power, the fucking poor would eat pheasant every fucking night

1stNewtontheMoon August 21, 2012 at 4:26 pm

yeah, but it's so gamey.

johnnyzhivago August 21, 2012 at 3:09 pm

I'm ok with this as long as Karl Rove submits to a daily public drug test and shows up for county road cleanup duty (in Orange Overalls) in every state he is running ads.

Callyson August 21, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Pink underwear or GTFO.

YouBetcha August 21, 2012 at 3:09 pm

It's going to be Extra Super Happy Time when Turdblossom and the Cocks, err, Kochs, watch President Obama's victory speech for his second term. I really hope there are cameras trained, and we get to watch these grown men cry. Go ahead, boys, spend that money. Light it on fire, for all we care.

1stNewtontheMoon August 21, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Yeah and they'll just gin that motherfucker up again in 2016 so sweet Karl can keep his kids in private schools for forever.

Negropolis August 22, 2012 at 1:54 am

That's entirely all right. I mean, we don't get single-party presidential rule for more than eight years, anymore (thank god).

James Michael Curley August 21, 2012 at 3:10 pm

The 'Swiftboat Veterans for Truth' was a 501(c)4. That should vouch for the legitimacy of these orgs.

actor212 August 21, 2012 at 3:12 pm

It was a 527, actually

Not_So_Much August 21, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Number libelz!1!!

Why do you hate 'Murka?

James Michael Curley August 21, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Interesting, after only eight years another massive block of brain cells are found dead.  Probably killed by rage.

Trannysurprise August 21, 2012 at 3:10 pm

A dolla make me holla!

MOG2410 August 21, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Honey Boo Boo!

glasspusher August 21, 2012 at 10:44 pm

OK, 50 cents…

Negropolis August 22, 2012 at 1:56 am

I can't believe what they let those little girls do and say on those shows. I mean, they've turned them into hooker bootcamps.

NorthStarSpanx August 21, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Karl Rove's fleshy Animal Farm image shoved down my throat every election cycle is forcible. . .and conservatively legitimate.

Not_So_Much August 21, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Jeebus. They should buy KKKarl a gastric bypass and a fucking salad…

lunchbox360 August 21, 2012 at 3:22 pm

And Gastric Bypass Surgery.
Nice avatar btw. "SPOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON!"

operationpurple August 21, 2012 at 3:14 pm

If it weren't for that non-profit women's center giving me advice on the rhythm method of birth control, I would have had more than 6 kids!

Thank you Karl Rove! God Bless us, Everyone!

HempDogbane August 21, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Please continue to post photos of Mr. Rove. They are nearly as good a contraceptive as forcible rape.

no_gravity August 21, 2012 at 3:15 pm

What are all those donors going to do to Ham Rove when Romney loses the election?

MOG2410 August 21, 2012 at 4:01 pm

With their short-term memory loss, nothing. They'll just start on 2016.

Wadisay August 21, 2012 at 3:17 pm

If you're worried about exposing Mittens to a moral hazard, that train has already left the station.

ifthethunderdontgetya August 21, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Such a shame that somebody's Department of Justice decided to give Karl Rove a pass for politicizing the Federal government (including conducting official business through private email servers…I wonder what those would have shown, eh?).

Not to mention, for railroading a Democratic former governor into prison.
~

Negropolis August 22, 2012 at 1:58 am

It really is a shame that the Bush White House didn't stop this guy before he started, and than implicity allowed him to do this shit and then the Obama White House letting him skate.

JustPixelz August 21, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Mitt Romney: "Some of my best friends own politicians."

SayItWithWookies August 21, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Rich assholes protecting and enhancing their own interests is social welfare now? Wow, this country must be in such fantastic shape that we don't have any problems whatsoever. Either that or there's gonna be a run on torches and pitchforks real soon.

Jus_Wonderin August 21, 2012 at 3:26 pm

I am tempted to start "Torches and Pitchforks, Inc" then go public just to see how my stock does in this type (neverending) political climate.

T&PI

heathenette August 22, 2012 at 12:38 am

If they steal this election I hope your Torches & Pitchforks, Inc. makes a killing…in the market…of course.

MacRaith August 21, 2012 at 3:22 pm

I'm beginning to understand why Dante spent so much time imagining the myriad ways in which evil people would be tormented in Hell.

tessiee August 21, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Isn't there some way we can torment Karl before he goes to hell?

proudgrampa August 21, 2012 at 4:26 pm

"Relax, have a cigar, make yourself at home.
Hell is full of high court judges, failed saints.
We've got Cardinals, Archbishops, barristers,
certified accountants, music critics, they're all here.
You're not alone.
You're never alone, not here you're not.
OK break's over."

Bwahahahahahaha!

RadioBowels August 21, 2012 at 3:23 pm

haha. "Not for profits." One of the great scams of capitalism. Like Blue Cross. Or the vipers I contract with who made $230 million in 2010 and $130 million last year.

PsycWench August 21, 2012 at 3:23 pm

"Conservative social welfare nonprofits" sound like a term dreamed up in "1984", like "Ministry of Love".

Lionel[redacted]Esq August 21, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Also interesting that "social welfare" in this case means destroying the social safety net.

Generation[redacted] August 21, 2012 at 4:20 pm

"Restore America's Future" means we cut funding to education and abolish social security and medicare.

Generation[redacted] August 21, 2012 at 3:24 pm

That'll do, pig. That'll do.

PuckStopsHere August 21, 2012 at 3:25 pm

I watch too much baseball. I've got the MLB.tv package and can be found most every night hunkered down in front of the computer watching baseball wherever it is being practiced. Like the other night. I was all set to go to bed when I noticed that the Rays, trailing 8-0 at one point, had two in with two on in the 5th so I clicked over to it and was treated to the sight of Tampa going on to score 7 in the inning en route to a 10-8 win. Did you know this marked the first time EVER the Angels had held a lead of at least 8 runs at home and lost? It's true. They had been 192-0 in such games. So, I get to see some history. But talk about spoiling your perfect game: the R-Money people have begun running an ad between innings of every game streamed by MLB assailing the president by lying–saying he is gutting welfare reform–and it is disgusting. Both the content of the ad (which sources the Heritage Foundation for "facts"–really, the fucking Heritage Foundation) and the fact that it is showing up in the middle of my watching of the Base Ball. Cut it the fuck out. I am trying to see if Jared Weaver can really give up 9 earned in 3 or if the Dodgers or Giants are going to win the West or if the Houston Astros can really be that bad (apparently, yes). Also, it is so Willard to make as your central campaign issue with the white, male demo that watches MLB that the lucky duckys who get welfare are stealing from the rest of us. Fuck off, Mitt. Pay 35% like the rest of us and we can talk. Ass wipe.

Callyson August 21, 2012 at 3:46 pm

I am *not* looking forward to seeing the ads when I try to watch football this fall–HuffyPo had an article back in 2010 that noted that the Reeps like to buy ads during football season.

I may have to give in, spend the money, and get TiVo. Either that, or watch the games at a bar, where the TV will be muted and/or I will be too drunk to care…

Allmighty_Manos August 21, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Super PACs are people too my friend – and sometimes they need a helping hand.

glasspusher August 21, 2012 at 11:27 pm

PAC: Man?

RRoccoco August 21, 2012 at 3:28 pm

The gelatinous blob that is Karl Rove is the source of Lord Hair Gel's coiffure security–one squeeze, and a little dab will do ya! There's something about Mittsy…

Jus_Wonderin August 21, 2012 at 3:30 pm

I would bet there is no limit on what Rove can bank as salary for the very noble venture.

PsycWench August 21, 2012 at 3:30 pm

I'd llke to think that if I had anything close to the money that the Koch brothers have, I'd find a better use for $60 million. I mean, I gave my daughter ten bucks to slip to a classmate whose mom couldn't afford her locker fees and apparently didn't want to ask for a freebie; the girl was touchingly appreciative. Think of what $60 million could do.

Gorillionaire August 21, 2012 at 3:57 pm

I think about that stuff too. Like, for instance, the ASPCA would have tanks and lazers and Greenpeace would have commandoes.

Tundra Grifter August 21, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Funny how these "conservative" organizations hide behind the non-profit provisions of the US Tax Code.

Hillsdale College brags it takes no government money. But it's happy to accept tax-deductible donations.

The Ayn Rand Institute came up early today (like a bad street burrito).

The 501(c)(4)'s.

Is there a pattern here?

An_Outhouse August 21, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Does Karl realize that when he dumps a load of cash in a swing state, he ends up stimulating their economy?

glasspusher August 21, 2012 at 11:28 pm

The invisible hand of the PAC?

shelwood46 August 21, 2012 at 3:42 pm

The only good thing is that the IRS is wise to this scam. Donations to 501(c)4s cannot be written off on your taxes. Also, i know from experience — my volunteer fire company was mistakenly registered as a 501(c)4 instead of a 501(c)3 for years — that United Way and other such programs will not allow 501(c)4 donations through their programs, so no matching funds.

ttommyunger August 21, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Karl Rove will go down in History as…….no, no he won't, either.

Generation[redacted] August 21, 2012 at 4:00 pm

…for having a Teapot Dome-like head?

ttommyunger August 21, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Round, mostly empty, reputation sullied: WIN!

mbobier August 21, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Hitchhiking to Irrelevanceville, Karl?

Mumbletypeg August 21, 2012 at 3:45 pm

All that's missing from their tactics is their own ad slogan. Such low-life operatives who whose chicanery doesn't even try to mask itself except flimsily — deserve their own ad slogan.

"Non-profits: Everything You Never Thought They'd Be — And More Less."

DahBoner August 21, 2012 at 3:54 pm

You think Turdblossom is smart?

According to some empirical evidence, he's blowing his wad for nothing:
http://www.freakonomics.com/2012/01/17/how-much-d

Lionel[redacted]Esq August 21, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Isn't it always nice to see people using something they detest to fuck the system over. Makes you proud of the rich in this country. They will get their way, and they don't care what they have to do to do so.

tessiee August 21, 2012 at 4:19 pm

"Why can't I have butter on my ham??"

deanbooth August 21, 2012 at 5:17 pm

A Purpose-Driven Lie

deanbooth August 21, 2012 at 5:18 pm

MoveOn, nothin' to see here.

BZ1 August 21, 2012 at 5:41 pm

just think what all that money could have done if spent on, say, job creating?

rocktonsam August 21, 2012 at 9:57 pm

freedumb ain't free bitches, cripes

didn't Rove miss a court date or two and stab his gay dead stepdad in the back also?

barbonine August 22, 2012 at 1:07 am

All that money spent and I haven't watched a single political ad! Of course, they don't air on Cartoon Network where I usually hang out.

Feeling pretty smug about now…all that wasted dough. It doesn't matter how much you spend on advertising, if you're selling dog poo, there's a very limited market.

Negropolis August 22, 2012 at 1:46 am

Let us be clear; these are "social welfare" organizations in name only. Crossroads ain't the United Way, let me tell you, so let's not pretend that we're talking about the same kind of non-profits.

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