The arrogance of Planned Parenthood is something to behold. In fiscal year ending June 30, 2008, they received $349.8 million in taxpayer monies. Individual states have tried to deny this organization their citizens’ largess, but federal judges have ruled that this entity has special considerations over all others. And since the courts have conferred special status unto this abortion provider, they feel free to break all sorts of laws. Just recently, Planned Parenthood was busted for promoting gendercide:
Planned Parenthood is a 501 (c) (3) organization. That tax exempt status limits their political activities. Here is an excerpt from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website defining what political activities are allowed under a 501 (c) (3):
What does section 501(c)(3) of the IRC say about political campaign activity?Section 501(c)(3) of the IRC prohibits organizations that are exempt from federal income tax under its provisions, including Catholic organizations exempt under the USCCB Group Ruling, from participating or intervening in political campaigns on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office. IRS interprets this prohibition as absolute.
What is the difference between lobbying and political campaign intervention?In the most basic terms, lobbying focuses on legislation, whereas political campaign intervention focuses on candidates and campaigns for election. Lobbying includes both direct lobbying and grassroots lobbying. Direct lobbying means contacting members of a legislative body, whether federal, state, or local, for the purpose of proposing, supporting, or opposing legislation or advocating the adoption or rejection of legislation. Grassroots lobbying means urging members of the public to do the same. Section 501(c)(3) limits the amount of lobbying a Catholic organization can do; it does not prohibit lobbying outright. The lobbying limitation applies both to lobbying that is germane to an organization's tax-exempt purpose and to lobbying that is not. [See: Treas. Reg. § 1.501(c)(3)-1(c)(3)(ii); Rev. Rul. 67-293, 1967-2 C.B. 185.]
What kinds of activities are prohibited generally under section 501(c)(3)?Under the rubric participation in or intervention in any political campaign on behalf of or opposition to any candidate for public office, section 501(c)(3) prohibits a range of activities, generally including: statements, in any medium, of support or opposition for any candidate, political party or political action committee (“PAC”); providing or soliciting financial support to or for any candidate, political party or PAC; providing or soliciting in-kind support to or for any candidate, political party or PAC; distribution of voter education materials biased with respect to any candidate, political party or PAC; conduct of public forums, debates or lectures biased with respect to any candidate, political party or PAC; and conduct of voter registration or get-out-the-vote drives biased with respect to any candidate, political party or PAC.
With that in mind, Planned Parenthood has earmarked over $1 million for anti-Romney campaign ads:
(CBS News) The political arm of Planned Parenthood on Wednesday announced a new $1.4 million ad campaign against Mitt Romney, the most ambitious foray into presidential politics for the women's health care organization.
Rolled out simultaneously with Planned Parenthood Action Fund's endorsement of President Obama's re-election bid, the new ad campaign hits the presumptive Republican nominee for his views on women's health issues, calling them "out of touch" and "harmful."
You’d think that Planned Parenthood would lose its tax exempt status after that, but I’m sure they would find another federal judge to confer more special rights and privileges unto this rogue organization.