Posted: July 17, 2014
In May of 2013, the Albuquerque Tea Party and 40 other conservative groups flied a lawsuit against the IRS through the Washington based American Center for Law and Justice.
In the succeeding months all but 9 of the 41 groups have been granted their 501c4 tax status which means they do not have to disclose their donors and cannot spend more than 51% of their resources on political activity. The Albuquerque Tea Party is one of those groups that is still unresolved.
The holdup appears to be that the IRS wants the Albuquerque Tea Party to make a commitment to spend only 40% of its funds on political activity instead of 50% etc.
As you can see, the targeting of Conservative groups during the election cycle tied up their funds at a critical juncture in the election and undoubtedly influenced the vote.
The Albuquerque Journal, in this story by James Monteleone, makes a glaring omission.
Tom Udall wrote a letter with other Democratic Senators asking the IRS to target conservative groups. There has been an ethics charge filed against him in Congress and there is an ongoing investigation by the House of Representatives. No progressive groups looking for the same 501c4 status were held up by the IRS.
One would think that Tom Udall’s part in this should have been included in the story. Either James Monteleone left it out for his reasons or the editorial staff edited his work. We won’t know but we do know that the Journal, by giving only part of the story has done its readers a disservice.
It makes one wonder what part of “fair and unbiased” the Albuquerque Journal doesn’t follow?
We are used to media bias, media inattention, and media distraction. It is even evident at the Albuquerque Journal.
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