Mother Jones, an extreme left wing website that solicits tax deductible contributions to sustain itself, posted a series of videos of Mitt Romney speaking at a fundraiser in the Florida home of private equity manager Marc Leder this past May.
In the first video, Romney speaks candidly about the challenge he faces in the general election. He notes that Obama starts out with a significant advantage…the 47% of Americans who don’t pay taxes and , he says, think health care, food and housing should be provided to them as a government funded entitlement. Romney notes that his challenge is to win over the 5% of Independent voters who like Obama personally but are disappointed with his performance.
Is this “evil”?
Steven Goldstein, the CEO of another non-profit that solicits tax deductible contributions, the same sex marriage advocates Garden State Equality thinks so. I’d link you to Garden State Equality’s website, but Google says the site is dangerous to your computer. Really. On his facebook page Goldstein characterises Romney as evil. He says Romney’s remarks are “one of the most hateful speeches in U.S. Presidential candidate history.”
I don’t find Romney’s remarks “evil.” I don’t even find them offensive. I find them factual. I think this candid Romney would do better on the campaign trail with the Independents he is seeking to convince than the scripted Romney that is appealing to Independent voters’ “disappointment” with how Obama is doing. But I’m not a high paid campaign consultant.
Before I get accused of bullying or gay bashing for calling out Goldstein, let me say I am sympathetic to his cause. I think same sex couples should have the same social and economic rights that opposite sex couples have. I think they should call their relationships whatever they like. I don’t think their relationships should get special recognition from the government. I also think that opposite sex relationships should not get special recognition from the government.
However, I find Goldstein’s political tactics dishonest and his legal tactics ruthless. Goldstein wildly inflates the “membership” numbers of Garden State Equality. GSE’s litigious strategy tramples on the religious freedom of people who disagree with him. Steven Goldstein is a smart and affable ruthless bully.
On a related note, how are Mother Jones and Garden State Equality getting away with being 501 C 3 non-profits able to solicit tax deductable contributions?
The legal encyclopedia NOLO says:
In order to maintain tax-exempt status, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations cannot engage in political campaigning. Nonprofits with 501(c)(3) tax exempt status should be ever vigilant about this prohibition — a violation could result in severe consequences.
The federal tax law is very strict on the issue of political campaigning: A 501(c)(3) organization is absolutely forbidden to directly or indirectly participate in any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. Violation of this prohibition could lead the IRS to completely revoke your organization’s tax-exempt status or impose excise taxes on your organization.
In there solicitation, Mother Jones says,
We need to raise $30,000 more to turbocharge our reporting through the final weeks of the election.
Goldstein was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention.
If Mother Jones and Garden State Equality can solicit tax deductible contributions, maybe MMM should organize as a 501 C 3. Would that be evil?
Goldstein’s comment captured above has been removed from his facebook page. Stand up to a bully and he will run and hide. That should be the entire anti- bullying curriculum in New Jersey schools. It won’t cost anything.