Owl, I did not mention the LDS Church (please don't be so defensive) The
world is bigger than Utah. But since you raised the Church, it leads us to a
topic that needs to be bounced around. Most churches are led by a paid clergy,
who need to be careful about political activity. Where the LDS Church is
concerned, there is no paid clergy at the local level as volunteers carry out
the religious functions. This includes sermons, prayers, counseling, and so
forth. If these volunteers dip their toes into political advocacy in church
meetings, in their capacity of carrying out religious services, have they
crossed over into forbidden territory? Yes, the Church states its neutrality,
but how is it any different for a Southern Baptist advocating a certain
political outcome to be seen as any different from an LDS worship service prayer
or talk that in any way advocates a political outcome? I have heard things like
this in church over the years and I suspect we will see more as the campaign
season wears on. Or how about the President of the Church saying in Conference
that he is a Republican? Interesting questions.
Karl Rove wants his superpac to be a 501c3 but there's no complaints from
conservatives about that.
To Vaughn J 1:51 p.m. 6-10-2012Planned Parenthood does not promote
Vaughn J. Complete your thought, remove the use of tax money for
all private enterprise religions, charities, businesses profit or non-profit.
Fine, let Individuals donate to planned parenthood not tax money for support of
an organization that promotes abortion. The funds going to PP should go to
other organizations that don't promote abortion so the health care can
still be achieved, but remove the use of tax money to support the administrative
costs of abortion clinics.
The Planned Parenthood Action Fund is required to make regular filings with the
FEC (Federal Election Commission) as do other 501(c)4 PACs.
Esquire,"There are a number of churches that have crossed the line,
for example." Where's your courage? Say it if you believe it, but
don't condemn by innuendo. The LDS church has been investigated for
supporting moral issues, of course not politically motivated investigations, and
they have passed IRS scrutiny. Others should undergo that same inquiry. As
the IRS would say, the difference between PP Action Fund and PP is form over
function. They should not be exempt.
To Vaughn J 8:10 a.m. June 10, 2012 And where does Planned
Parenthood Action Fund get it's money?-------------------------From donations by individuals.
Go down this road, and challenges will be made about conservative groups. There
are a number of churches that have crossed the line, for example.
I agree. Stop the forced taking money from me and others to support
non-governmental groups like Planned Parenthood, religion, charities and other
so called “non profit groups”.Eliminate the personal tax
deduction for these groups and make them stand or fall on their own merit.
And where does Planned Parenthood Action Fund get it's money?
To Mr. Beus, the letter writer:It was the Planned Parenthood Action
Fund which made a political endorsement, not Planned Parenthood. The Planned
Parenthood Action Fund is organized as a 501(c)4, not a 501(c)3 as Planned
Parenthood is, and therefore is subject to different rules. . An exempt IRC
501(c)(4) organization may intervene in political campaigns as long as its
primary activity is the promotion of social welfare. IRC 501(c)(4) organizations
are subject to the tax imposed by IRC 527 on any expenditure for a political
activity that comes within the meaning of IRC 527(e)(2). See Rev. Rul.
81-95, 1981-1 C.B. 332. [Internal Revenue Service, 2/8/1999]
So corporations are people but charities are not?