Mother Jones has published the second installment of its investigation of the tea party, titled “Don’t ask, Don’t tell.”
“The nation’s largest tea party group wants your money. Just don’t inquire about where it’s going,” it reads. “There’s nothing illegal about what TPP is doing—but it’s certainly not the action of an outfit that welcomes public scrutiny.”
Some highlights of the report:
•”TPP claims it is a 501(c)(4) entity. That means the group does not pay taxes, but donations to the group aren’t tax-deductible. Yet despite raising millions of dollars since its founding in February 2009, TPP has not even applied to the IRS for such official status, according to a TPP spokesman. And the IRS confirms that it has not filed paperwork that would reveal basic information about its finances.”
•”(Jenny) Martin said last summer that she was making $6,000 a month for her work. But activists have been unable to officially confirm her salary or Meckler’s. Asked late last year by Mother Jones, Meckler refused to say how much he’s being paid, though such information is legally required to be disclosed on a charity’s tax forms.
•”TPP’s honchos don’t take kindly to questions about how they are spending the group’s money, either.”
The rest of the article is here.