Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) called on the IRS and Federal Election Commission (FEC) to investigate the Commission on Hope, Growth and Opportunity (CHGO) on alleged violation of tax and campaign finance laws. CHGO, which has a 501(c)(4) tax status, spent millions of dollars in campaign advertisements during the mid-term 2010 elections. In addition, CHGO was also alleged to have failed to file the relevant disclosure reports with the FEC.
CREW Executive Director, Melanie Sloan said, “CHGO misled the IRS about its plans to obtain favorable tax status and then violated the law governing c4s by doing little or nothing other than running ads advocating the defeat of Democratic House members. On top of that, CHGO also ignored the law requiring it to report what it spent on political ads to the FEC. While there is nothing wrong with working to elect Republicans, you can’t violate the law to do it.”
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