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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Talking Point Compost

Ken the Minnesota anti-PRT propagandist has turned his composting barrel of steamy, decaying disinformation, stuck in his shovel, and scooped out yet another retread. This time it's a return to the "Citizens For PRT violated IRS nonprofit regulations by campaigning for political candidates" talking point.

This time he's posting at Lloydletta, sibling cyber-fishwrap to the Dump Mark Olson blog. What's the PRT reflex hammer that's tapped him on the knee today? It seems CPRT has posted a disclaimer about what it is allowed and not allowed to do as a nonprofit organization. It reads in part:

CPRT is 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. The prohibition applies to all campaigns or fund raising activities including campaigns at the federal, state and local level. More
Now what does the appearance of this message mean? Before you answer, try Googling "The prohibition applies to all campaigns or fundraising activities." Then let me know whether you think CPRT's statement is anything other than standard nonprofit-boilerplate language. You can let me know, because (unlike Dump Mark Olson) this here blog allows visitors to post comments! Then, after you've thought "what a deceptive, slimy thing of Kerl Rovidor to do, making you think it's some kind of admission of guilt", why not step into the "PRT Is a Joke" is a Joke! wayback machine and read our original post on this topic (H&R Blockhead, 9/6/05):
While IRS regs are strict, CPRT has not violated them. Ken's claim—that CPRT asked supporters to work for or help Zimmerman, Neumann and Bicking—is a fabrication. CPRT also did not contribute funds to the candidates, nor urge funds be donated to them, nor state CPRT's position toward their candidacies... More
Finally, ask yourself: "hey, with all the people such as HHS Sec. Mike Leavitt taking millions of dollars in tax breaks based on only token charitable donations, who would take the time to pester the IRS into looking at a tiny organization that hardly raises any money at all?"

Yeah. Who would do such a thing?

Related article: "See How He Ignores Context" (7/12/05)

Spread a layer of Ken Avidor over your garden each spring for champion tomatoes.

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