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Brazen Tax Exempt Pacific Action Committee Directly Violates IRS Code During Presidential Campaign!

Posted by Jeff Id on January 7, 2012

Judith Curry has a post including the climate BS awards by Peter H. Gleick which purports to correct the record on climate change. You will not be terribly surprised to read these opening sentences:

The Earth’s climate continued to change during 2011 – a year in which unprecedented combinations of extreme weather events killed people and damaged property around the world. The scientific evidence for the accelerating human influence on climate further strengthened, as it has for decades now.

The only time that I know of where climate didn’t change was when Michael Mann invented it. Of course that lack of change is the point of the hockey shtick handle but we will beat that slow-witted monkey on the head some other time. What makes this stink to high heaven is that this PAC is not a political action committee.  It is rather, one of thousands of left wing 501c money funnels which operate tax free while simultaneously pushing a pro-government control high taxation agenda.

After the last US presidential election,  thinking people should not be surprised to see yet another violation of the law ignored by the liberal activists. What stinks is the lack of astonishment in the media.

This is the rule according to the IRS for a non-profit tax free entitiy:

My bold.

To be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, an organization must be organized and operated exclusively for exempt purposes set forth in section 501(c)(3), and none of its earnings may inure to any private shareholder or individual. In addition, it may not be an action organization, i.e., it may not attempt to influence legislation as a substantial part of its activities and it may not participate in any campaign activity for or against political candidates.

I have read thousands of examples of violations of this rule but this is by far one of the worst in my experience:

The 2011 Winner: Climate B.S.* from all of the Republican candidates for President of the United States

Is it really necessary to be anti-science in general, and anti-climate science in particular, in order to be nominated to lead the Republican Party in the United States? Apparently, yes, at least in the minds of the Republican presidential candidates or their advisors. These candidates can be split into three groups: those ignorant or uninterested in science and its role in informing policy; those who intentionally distort science because it conflicts with deeply held political or religious ideology; and those who blow with the wind, giving their allegiance to whatever ideology seems most expedient at any given moment. There is some overlap, of course: some candidates, such as Rick Perry, have been in all three groups at various times. The third group includes candidates who have at one time or another held positions more or less consistent with scientific understanding, but who in 2011 adopted anti-scientific positions during their primary campaigns. For example, Gingrich, Romney, and Huntsman, at some point in the past all expressed at least a partial understanding about the reality and seriousness of human-caused climate change. Yet all three have now retreated from the scientific evidence to faulty but ideological safe positions demanded by the conservative wing of the Republican Party. In October, Romney caved in to conservative pressure and changed his stance on the issue. Just days ago, after pressure from anti-climate-science activists, Gingrich cut a chapter on climate science from a book of environmental essays he had agreed to produce. Ironically, that chapter was to have been written by an atmospheric scientist (Katharine Hayhoe, director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University) who happens to be an evangelical and speaks regularly to conservative groups. She was also targeted by these activists for personal abuse – a tactic often pursued by climate deniers and contrarians. (For a few of the craziest things the top GOP candidates have said on climate change, see Joe Romm’s recent essay at Think Progress.)

Just in case you think there is some wiggle room for the political agnosticism of this activist group, the next paragraph in their “unbiased” and politically neutral article should clear it up for you:

In short, the choice among the Republican candidates on the issue of climate change is scientific ignorance, distain for science, blatant misrepresentation of facts, or naked political expediency, any one of which would make the Republican candidates strong contenders for the 2011 Climate B.S. Award. Combined? They win hands down.

Why is it acceptable for an obviously political organization to take literally millions in funding from government donors for the purpose of promoting extremist, left-wing, anti-capitalist propaganda?

The PAC group had $581,000 USD in donations in 2010 ALONE!-after tax.  What percentage came from taxpayers?

Agency for International Development $13512

Bureau of Reclamation $14,670

California Public Utilities Commission $25,808

Community Water Center $8,453

Department of Water Resources $73,716

Institute for Social and Environmental Transition $30,487

United Nation Global Compact Foundation $98,145

United Nation Water Mandate $11,198

United Nation Environment Program $32,782

University of Berkeley $ 19,137

State of California Environmental Protection Agency $18,107

Water Reuse $$38,811

It is absolutely sickening to understand that 66% (  $384,466 USD. )  of the revenues of this blatantly political organization are taken at literal gunpoint from American taxpayers.  The money is being DIRECTLY spent for political propaganda in a campaign year!  The ‘bosses’ work for this group part time of course, lining their pockets with a couple hundred K of candy while simultaneously working other committees.  After all, the board of directors must be paid.

How stupid are we!


19 Responses to “Brazen Tax Exempt Pacific Action Committee Directly Violates IRS Code During Presidential Campaign!”

  1. Steve McIntyre said

    Jeff, the numbers that you quote (from Pacific Institute financial statements here list grants receivable as of December 31, 2010. Grants from public institutions cashed during the year would be additional to these amounts.

  2. page488 said

    Sickening, isn’t it?

    Makes a body want to infinitely scream.

  3. LC said

    Being a Brit and unfamiliar with US systems, is it possible to lodge some kind of complaint and point out all the above to the IRS or some other regulatory body?

  4. Jeff Id said

    Steve is right. I screwed up – sort of. The money listed above is pending.

    So, since payroll is 1MM usd, lets just say there is even more government money being spent for Democrats by this 501C than we have looked at here.

  5. page488 said

    RE: #3

    Interesting Q. Does anyone know if the IRS has any interest in grant money.

    I kind of doubt it!

  6. page488 said

    Just a thought:

    What if the gov’t quit funding all this crapolla, including StickMann and put the money welfare recipients?

  7. gallopingcamel said

    2011 was a year that brought some “Hard Science” to the issue of climate change. Thank you CERN and Kirkby.

    The squishy science will get some competition in 2012 as well. Check out the latest from the ACRIM satellite measurements:

    Click to access Scafetta_models_comparison_ATP.pdf

    This is causing Trenberth to have fits because it makes forecasts radically different from the hockey stick temperature projections in the IPCC’s AR4 and in the AR5 draft documents.

    I wonder whether we will get an apology from Gleick when his BS is exposed as wishful thinking.

  8. George said

    In the US, those regulations only apply to organizations that are critical of Democrats. I believe we have seen evidence of this again and again. Republicans never push the issue, Democrats do every time. Nothing new here and nothing will come of it, either. Business as usual.

  9. Ruhroh said

    Worth repeating I think;

    ” What GAO Found
    The United States provided a total of $31.1 million (in constant 2010 dollars) to IPCC for fiscal years 2001 through 2010, with average annual funding of about $3.1 million. State provided $19 million for administrative and other expenses. USGCRP agencies provided $12.1 million through NSF for a technical support unit that helps develop IPCC reports. GAO identified two key challenges with assembling the data on U.S. support for IPCC. ”


  10. Manfred said

    Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. Contributions to political campaign funds or public statements of position (verbal or written) made on behalf of the organization in favor of or in opposition to any candidate for public office clearly violate the prohibition against political campaign activity. Violating this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise taxes.,,id=163395,00.html

    If you suspect or know of an individual or company that is not complying with the tax laws, you may report this activity by completing Form 3949-A.,,id=106778,00.html

  11. Kenneth Fritsch said

    Make no mistakes about it, politicians in general do not have an in-depth view of climate change and their views are definitely tainted with partisanship and, well, politics. Neither of the major parties in the US has a monopoly on disinformation about climate change.

    What is telling is when a group that is obviously on one side of the issue cites politicians on the other side of the issue (that is not the troubling part) and uses that ignorance to support their side of the issue (that is the troubling part since it effectively takes the debate away from the real and much more detailed issues involved).

    We have Steve Chapman of the Chicago Tribune who claims to be a libertarian who is continually writing articles about politicians foibles on issues of the day without ever getting into the nitty gritty and technical details of the matter. I have written him emails pointing out that as a so-called libertarian he should avoid the shallow arguments showing politicians as uninformed and rather discuss the issues raised without reference to politicians’ views. I have accused him of writing more to maintain a partisan (bipartisan in his case) readership than informing the readership. He recently did a rendition on Republicans’ views on climate change as being anti science and then did a leap to “we need to trust the scientists and in this case the consensus of scientists”. I emailed him about the subtle issues involved and that, unless he could readily state what the consensus encompassed in detail, it was a meaningless concept.

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  19. copner said

    My suggestion would be that if you intend to report to the IRS and fear that your report may not get the attention it deserves:

    Why not also make sure you inform the politicians / campaigns concerned?

    While you may not now how to get the IRS to pay attention, these are experienced political operators, who may have better contacts and/or be simply better at getting attention focused on issues of concern.

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