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Letter: Charity supports Obama

Published: Sunday, June 10 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

Planned Parenthood Advocate Rachael Munkacsi, left, protests during Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's Oregon fundraiser Monday, June 4, 2012, in Portland, Ore.

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The U.S. tax law of charities provides IRS code section 501(c)(3) charity status to nonprofit, educational organizations. Recent news reports indicate Planned Parenthood has this charity status, but that it recently endorsed President Barack Obama for president in the next election. IRS code section 501(c)(3) expressly prohibits any such charity from campaigning for any candidate for public office.

Apparently, we will soon see whether the IRS under Obama will enforce this law, as it has done strictly in the past, and revoke the exempt status of Planned Parenthood, or whether Obama's people will cause the IRS to wink at this violation — abusing the IRS's powers as President Nixon was properly denounced for doing.

Edwin H. Beus

Sandy

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