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End loophole abuse

While the thoroughly bought politicians (both types) in Washington cry outrage about the IRS trying to hold political donors to the law, what it and the very corrupted election buying of 2012 really point out is the IRS really needs to do an intensive activity audit of all 501(c)(4) groups with exemptions to see how many are PACs masquerading as charitable organizations.

I suspect quite a number will be found, defrauding the taxpayers of much needed government revenue and hiding their funders from public view because they are afraid of exposure.

Eric Johnson

Spokane


 

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Editorial: Washington state lawmakers scramble to keep public in the dark

State lawmakers want to create a legislative loophole in Washington’s Public Records Act. While it’s nice to see Democrats and Republicans working together for once, it’s just too bad that their agreement is that the public is the enemy. As The Spokesman-Review’s Olympia reporter Jim Camden explained Feb. 22, lawmakers could vote on a bill today responding to a court order that the people of Washington are entitled to review legislative records.