Being Conservative Means Laws You Don’t Like Don’t Apply to You - No Wonder They Like Newt Gingrich
tax code awards tax exempt status to non-profit organizations, typically those that operate for the public benefit like schools, charities and other institutions which make life better for all of us. As a result, a private University may make a profit of millions of dollars, but pays nothing in income taxes. U. S.
In return for this exemption from paying taxes, the institutions agree to abide by certain rules. One of the most important is that the institution cannot engage in partisan political activity. This seems like an eminently reasonable request, after all the institution is getting a subsidy from all taxpayers and it hardly seems fair that taxpayers should have to subsidize an institution that works against the political positions of some of them.
A second major player in conservative circles, Liberty University, the evangelical institution founded by Jerry Falwell, is also giving Mr. Gingrich some help in Iowa, running 30-second commercials in which Mr. Gingrich extols the virtues of a Liberty education.
Now some observers are concerned about this, and think that
is violating the rules of its tax exempt status. Liberty
Election law experts said the more problematic issues were with
’s ad, which could be jeopardizing its tax-exempt status. Liberty University
“It would be hard to think of a circumstance in which it could run and ad featuring a federal candidate in the middle of a primary or a caucus without raising serious tax-exempt questions,” said Trevor Potter, a former chairman of the Federal Election Commission. “I hope they have good tax lawyers.”
But this concern is unfounded. Places like
are untouchable, the power of the Conservative media being so great that no government agency would dare come after them as they would play the “persecution” card and the “freedom of religion” card. But at least as time goes on they are less able to play the “good citizens” card, because in fact they are not. Liberty