Letters & Op-Eds 2007
Mother Jones

No Choice on Taxes

Troy Newman may have been less than honest in dealing with women ringing him at his new offices (“Born-Again Abortion Clinics,” by Josh Harkinson ), but happily he can no longer be economical with the truth on tax-free dollars.

Last September 11 last, the Internal Revenue Service withdrew Operation Rescue’s 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt status. While the IRS never lets on specifically why it takes such action, it might have had something to do with the group’s blatantly illegal politicking against the prochoice Catholic candidate John Kerry during the 2004 presidential election.

Conservative Catholic organizations like Operation Rescue often seem to think they exist on a higher plane, usually above the tax law.  But they should adhere to the same laws that the rest of us follow, which just happen to be secular ones.

This letter appeared in the May/June 2007 issue of Mother Jones.


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