It’s important to review why the Tea Party groups were petitioning the I.R.S. anyway. They (the Tea Party) were seeking approval to operate under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. This would require them to be “social welfare,” not political, operations. There are significant advantages to being a 501(c)(4). These groups don’t pay taxes; they don’t have to disclose their donors—unlike traditional political organizations, such as political-action committees. In return for the tax advantage and the secrecy, the 501(c)(4) organizations must refrain from traditional partisan political activity, like endorsing candidates. (The New Yorker) Ed. Note: Emphasis are mine
Though Karl Rove receives a salary from Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp for his work as a Fox News Channel “political contributor,” his compensation doesn’t end there. The network frequently airs ads by his American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS political committees, as “news,” free of charge.
A review of Fox News Channel broadcasts over the past twelve months revealed that Fox News programs ran all or a significant part of Crossroads ads at least 34 times — an estimated value of more than $3.6 million in free air time. Frequently, the network’s hosts run the ads during Rove’s segments and then allow him to explain and repeat their charges.
On Monday, for example, Fox News aired a significant chunk of a new American Crossroads ad attacking former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over her handling of the attacks in Benghazi, Libya. Noting criticism the ad received from conservative columnist William Kristol, host Martha MacCullum asked Rove: “What say you?”
Watch the video:
- Fox News Gives Karl Rove’s Crossroads Groups Millions In Free Airtime (thinkprogress.org.feedsportal.com)
- Legal analyst says we’re missing the real scandal at the IRS (blogs.e-rockford.com)
- Karl Rove’s Speedy 2016 Anti-Hillary Ad (themoderatevoice.com)
- Kristol Shreds Karl Rove’s Super PAC for Anti-Hillary Benghazi Attack Ad (crooksandliars.com)
- Karl Rove kicks off 2016 festivities with new Benghazi-themed Hillary Clinton attack ad (baddiesboogie.com)
- Rove on Kristol attack: ‘inexplicable’ (politico.com)