I just wrote about an email I received from Tom Delay’s daughter asking me to vote for her dad on Dancing with the Stars tonight.

It turns out that the email address to which they sent the message has only been used twice by me: once to register with The Buckeye Insitute (a local, Ohio conservative group) and once to register with the Coalition for a Conservative Majority.

In case you aren’t familiar with the CCM, it’s the conservative “grass-roots action and advocacy organization” group founded by Ken Blackwell and, yes, you guessed it: Tom Delay.

Funny thing about the CCM: it’s organized as a 501(c)(4) – which makes it a tax-exempt non-profit. 501(c)(4)’s are supposed to be “Civic Leagues, Social Welfare Organizations, and Local Associations of Employees.”

And so I’m sitting here wondering how a tax-exempt non-profit – that is certainly not any of the three types of organizations it claims to be – can get away with using its untaxed resources to promote the paid appearance of one of its founders on national television.

From what I understand, the contestants on Dancing With the Stars get paid at least $200K – plus another $100K if they win.

It seems to me like there might be an issue here.

 

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