In his May 21, 2013 article, Professor Harry Targ states that the IRS scandal is “not what conservative opportunists claim what it is.” The title itself is a clear indicator of Targ’s liberal bias in response to the IRS scandal unfolding in Washington recently. Targ wants us to believe that the Heritage Action for America is unfairly using the tax code to advance its conservative political agenda.
Targ states that the “Internal Revenue Code, organizations may apply and be eligible for tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(4) if they engage primarily in “social welfare activities.” He accuses the Heritage Action for America of abusing the tax code by stating “their political advocacy for tax purposes as social welfare.” Interestingly, Targ seems to forget that Purdue University enjoys the same “tax exempt” status. Lest, he argue that Purdue University offers only “social welfare activities” to students and as such, maintains the right to remain “tax exempt,” would he care to explain how inviting convicted Pentagon Bomber, Bill Ayers, to a speaking engagement, funded by Purdue University’s “tax exempt funds” fits under the “social welfare” category of the Internal Revenue Code?
It is evident that Targ’s primary complaint is not the use of the tax code itself but the application of it towards conservative principles by Tea Party groups. Indeed, it is unlikely that Targ would have even whimpered had the group supported his cause. Perhaps, next time, he may want to remember his own dismal record before accusing others of duplicity.