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Forum Post: FEC Poised To Give Tea Party Group Disclosure Exemption

Posted 5 months ago on Nov. 16, 2013, 8:59 a.m. EST by GirlFriday (21771)
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I received this draft opinion from the FEC Friday afternoon. Did they think no one would notice?

Dan Backer, treasurer for several very conservative PACs, filed a request for the Tea Party Leadership Fund, aka TeaParty.net to be exempt from disclosure and filing requirements because they're concerned about public backlash and persecution.

The request listed many instances which were ginned up to make it look like they're being stalked, with no corresponding fact-checking on their claims. Ranging from IRS 'persecution' to harassment of individual members, they claimed they are entitled to an exemption from all FEC reporting and disclosure requirements, including DONORS, because they might be hassled just like the NAACP was back in the day.

Never in a million years would I have believed the FEC would allow such a thing, particularly in light of the corruption we've seen from dark money in our electoral process. Yet, here is their draft opinion, summarized in the first sentence:

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