One nice thing about living unscrupulously under a system that encourages cheating is that even when you get caught, the worst that usually happens is you have to give the money back. Take for example the misnamed gun-grabbing outfit Americans for Responsible Solutions (ARS), run by Gabby Giffords and her opportunistic husband Mark Kelly, which has been forced to refund illegal donations.
One of the illegal donations was tied to Bette Midler’s private family foundation and another to the Rupa and Bharat B. Bhatt Foundation. Midler’s foundation gave $10,000 and the Bhatt foundation contributed $5,000.
From the Center for Public Integrity:
Nonprofits organized under Sec. 501(c)(3) of the U.S. tax code are restricted from “directly or indirectly” intervening in political campaigns. And private foundations — such as the Midler and Bhatt foundations — are also prohibited from lobbying to influence legislation.
That makes donations by these 501(c)(3) foundations to the ARS — the explicit purpose of which is to lobby for legislation to curtail our Second Amendment rights — illegal. Good thing they don’t have “Tea Party” or “Patriot” in their names, or they might lose their precious 501(c)(3) status. It helps to have friends at the IRS.
It also helps that Gabby Giffords is so adorable and brave. She and another Newtown could be enough to get Kelly all the way to the Senate.
Hat tip: Majorfubar.com.