Friday, July 25, 2008

An Excellent 501(c)(3) Campaign Intervention Visual Aid

What's wrong with the picture below?  Women Influencing the Nation is a 501(c)(3), apparently, -- not supposed to be intervening in a political campaign.  The picture shows a letter sent to voters, in rather obvious support of a candidate, under the organization's letterhead.  According to a report in the Witchita Eagle, Phil Kline calls the letter a "terrible mistake" to which his opponent in the race for Johnson County District Attorney election responded (essentially), "bovine defecation, this was no mistake!"  A nice teaching visual aid, I suppose, and an excellent opportunity for the IRS to make a conspicuous example out of this organization.  I swear, I don't know how I survived tax school without the internet, or how anybody can teach boring tax stuff without pictures these days!  Anyway, here is a link to the letter for those who want to download and save.  The 501(c)(3), by the way, prominently discusses the criminal charges against Planned Parenthood (referred to in the letter) on its website, and includes the following press release on its homepage (as of yesterday) -- released after the "mistaken" campaign letter:

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, whose Roman Catholic archdiocese covers northeast Kansas, on May 9 called on Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to stop taking Communion until she disowns her support for the "serious moral evil" of abortion. That put the church in conflict with a rising star of the Democratic Party, often described as a "moderate" and perhaps the leading prospect to become Barack Obama's vice presidential running mate.

Naumann also took Sebelius to task for her veto April 21 of a bill, passed two to one by both houses of the Kansas Legislature, which would strengthen the state's ban on late-term abortions by authorizing private lawsuits against providers. That followed by a year her veto of a bill requiring explicit medical reasons for a late abortion, which was preceded by vetoing other abortion legislation in 2006, 2005 and 2003.

Those positions are necessary for Democratic politicians to pass their party's pro-choice litmus test, but Sebelius' connection with abortion is more intimate. She is allied with the aggressive Kansas branch of Planned Parenthood in a bitter struggle with anti-abortion activist District Attorney Phill Kline.

Something evil (spelled "r-e-v-o-c-a-t-i-o-n") this way comes.


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