Jun 19, 2013 - 4:58 pm
As far as I know kidney cancer is a strictly nonpartisan equal opportunity disease, but you wouldn't know it from reading various websites of the Kidney Cancer Association (KCA). While the organization does much good work they post virtually every day to articles from The Heritage Foundation or Forbes or other right leaning anti Obama publications.
The Kidney Cancer Association is not one of those murky 501(C) (4) organizations that claim nonprofit status as "social interest" organizations as opposed to political organizations. Despite all the news of late, contributions to such groups are not tax deductible and the only real advantage in securing such status is the ability to conceal the identities of your donors. The KCA on the other hand is an old fashioned 501(C) (3), and all gifts are deductible. They have to play by more specific and well established rules.
I remember seeing Michael Jordan being interviewed one day and he was asked why he wasn’t involved in politics and he said “Republicans buy sneakers too”. I am not a strongly political person, but not only do I think the KCA is playing recklessly with the Tax Code, I think their conduct is bad for business and accordingly bad for us.