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A liberal group critical of Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, is the goal of ethics-to investigate the complaint ask the IRS to their tax-free status.
The DC-based non-profit Foundation for accountability for the Civic Trust (FACT) sent a letter to the IRS on Wednesday claimed that Maine’s dynamics were in a “consistent pattern of activities” focused on Collins indicating he worked for the “private benefit” of Maine’s democratic institutions rather than the promotion of social welfare, as required, through his 501c(4) status. The tax-free status also bars organisations openly support or oppose any particular candidate.
“These organisations should not engage in promoting the social welfare of the General public, blatantly partisan politics, and there are many facts in this case bring into question Maine the dynamics of the fulfillment of this requirement,” the FACT the Executive Director Kendra Arnold, said in a statement released Friday.
Controversy over groups’ 501c(4) status is nothing new. After the Supreme court decision in Citizen United v. FEC, the status was, increasingly, from non-profit organizations to influence political issues, while you refuse to open corporate donors. As FACT points out, the status includes any organization ” that primarily benefits a private group of citizens.” IRS guidelines for 501(c)prohibits 4 status “means the direct or indirect participation or intervention in political campaigns on behalf of or in opposition to candidates for public office.” Organizations are able to “in some political activities, so long as this is not their main activity.”
To confirm Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, is a destination for progressive groups, according to their choice of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme court.
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Maine momentum did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment, nor Collins’ office.
Collins’ 2020 re-election bid is gaining attention early on, after you have voted to confirm justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme court in the Wake of sexual misconduct allegations against Federal judges. Collins’ voice provoked the indignation of progressive. At one point during the purchase process, a group of the corruption of Collins was accused of, after he donations offered more than $1 million in campaign if they voted against Kavanaugh.
FACT objections from relationships between Maine’s dynamics and the state of the Democratic party and announced the group’s own mission statement. After the FACT, Maine dynamics paid for dozens of Facebook-ads-targeting Collins, and reserved more than $1 million in air-time to Maine TV station.
The group website has a photo with several of the protest-sign is specifically aimed at Collins. To request last summer, a Maine Public Radio report doubts about the group and the purpose, it had used “exploited advocacy rules,” the goal of the Republican senator.
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Among his other works, Maine dynamics has developed a campaign called The 16 counties coalition, which focuses allegedly on criticizing Collins for voting in favor of the President Trump the tax-reform bill.
The 16 counties of the coalition of two former Democratic speakers, including Willy Ritch, the earlier for REP Chellie Pingree, D-Maine. Chris Glynn, the earlier for the Maine Democratic party, and state House Speaker Sara Gideon, also led the organization.
The coalition of the site, specifically on the “Republican-controlled Senate, the policies that reward the wealthy donors at our expense.” But Ritch has claimed that the group is limited to education and “accountability.” “We’re not going to tell you who you should or shouldn’t vote for. We leave the fighting to other people,” Ritch Maine Public Radio said.
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After the FACT, the vast majority of the campaign, social media activity has on Collins. “[R]oughly 85% of the tweets by the 16 Counties Coalition have already been attacks on Susan Collins. In fact, the only account that follows handle the 16 Counties Coalition ‘s Twitter, is Susan Collins’ Twitter account.” The complaint also claims that the group of Facebook-not mentioned page “once, other elected officials, including the discussion of the political problems, the Maine dynamism and 16 counties claim are your top priorities.”
“Instead, almost every single post attacks Senator Collins and a lot of focus on the source of their political campaign contributions reads,” the complaint.