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March 23, 2012

Untangling Incestuous Relationships on the Left

Brian Lilley and Ezra Levant wonder why political action groups are allowed to register as charities:

Posted by Robert at March 23, 2012 10:00 AM
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Somehow I think Lilley & Ezra are on the top of some lefties hit list.

Posted by: robins111 at March 23, 2012 10:49 AM

Duh....

The snivellel service has been so stacked with lefties, that Rev Can long ago bestowed charitable statis to these obvious partisan groups and implacably will not consider revue.

Much like Enviro-Can continues to crank out CAGW propaganda on the taxpayers dime.

Or Justice Canada continues to distribute all the anti-gun propaganda....

Basically CBC writ large...

Posted by: sasquatch at March 23, 2012 10:50 AM

Good work Gentlemen,
This illegal money laundering scam has to be stopped. Your work is extremely important to our democracy as you are shedding light on the underhand way the left seeks to take control of government. We are in a war of disinformation, misinformation and lies. You must take steps to protect yourselves as you are tweaking the noses of powerful people and they will react.
Go carefully.

Posted by: Norman at March 23, 2012 11:02 AM

How is this any different than last summer when the NDP tried to channel donations to the Broadbent Center through them after Layton's death to give people a tax receipt for donating. Just asking.

Posted by: sor at March 23, 2012 11:07 AM

It's so gratifying to see this exposed on MSM - but they are just scratching the surface. Once you dig into the US lobbying NGO-foundation system you really get into a snake pit that leads right to the US and Euro oligarchy

Posted by: Occam at March 23, 2012 11:29 AM

Duh!
How f###ing hard is this for our politicos?
Which one of them is confused ?
Who's opposing this?
Why are we talking about this obvious fraud?
It's money laundering AND election fraud.

Cut it now and keep cutting everyday, identify an existing scam/waste to deep six every day. Make it a daily news item and promote it as such. "Here's our saving of the day" or something.
Keep the lefty grifters away from our money. Don't allow them time to make up weird interpretive jazz hand dances with their MSM partners for their continued milking of the electorate. Why are they dragging it out, the Conservatives are a freakin majority? Be conservative, we've had the longest standing crooked corrupt socialist gubment in modern western history, the fat is everywhere.

Blah, blah blah we're going to be looking at another election before our stupid so called conservatives do anything of real importance.

Posted by: richfisher at March 23, 2012 11:43 AM

I've heard that several registered charities (including the Toronto branch of the United Way) have given money to the Coalition for Gun Control.

The problem appears to be wide-spread and is costing tax payers a fortune. I would love to see these loop holes closed.

Posted by: Dan S. at March 23, 2012 11:45 AM

Well I am gobsmacked, amazed, stunned and shocked that CBC's Fifth Estate has not exposed this massive tax corruption campaign, a campaign that verges on a nation wide organized criminal enterprise.

Maybe CBC will investigate them now.

Waiting.

Still waiting.

And still waiting, waiting and more waiting.

Knock, knock.

Who's there?

The Devil.

What are you doing knocking on my door?

My home has frozen over.

Posted by: Fred at March 23, 2012 11:49 AM

The best example is Tide's propaganda publication the tyee. I no idea that it was a Tides front organization.

Posted by: james at March 23, 2012 12:26 PM

Time for a little more fun charity facts.
The percentage of monies that goes towards actual programs as opposed to administration and fundraising is very important when one chooses which charity gets your cash.

This is from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) -" “Fundraising expenditures include all costs related to any activity that includes a solicitation of support, or that is undertaken as part of the planning and preparation for future solicitations of support, regardless of whether the solicitation of support occurred.”
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My favourite charity 'the David Suzuki Foundation' boasts that 71% of the money raised goes toward their programs.

Our total operating budget spending in 2010/11 was $8,606,758:

> 71% on environmental programs and campaigns
> 6% on administration
> 23% on fundraising
http://www.davidsuzuki.org/donate/how-we-use-your-donations/
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That sounds pretty good,but....

Included in their total program expenses of $6,082,360, under the heading of 'communications' is this amount $1,863,045. Approximately one third of their program expense.
http://www.davidsuzuki.org/donate/financial-information/

I do not have an accounting or charity background,however this looks a little wonky to me especially when one considers the CRA rule above.Maybe their fundraising and admin.costs should be closer to 50%. However,for all I know communicating charity programs may be very expensive when you have to be careful not to be seen as soliciting.
BTW,Mr. Suzuki is one of the cbc's great Canadians,and therefore above reproach.It would be un-Canadian to ask too many questions,but I sent them an e-mail a couple of days ago and asked anyways. I suppose that saving the planet is quite time-consuming,even with Obama's help,and they've yet to get back to me.

Just thinking out loud.


Posted by: wallyj at March 23, 2012 1:03 PM

Dan mentioned the coalition for gun control... check out their newest festering clot called project plowshares and see if there are any recognizable names.

Posted by: robins111 at March 23, 2012 1:24 PM

Does revenue Canada reconize foreign chartiable receipts and if so why?

Posted by: Rose at March 23, 2012 2:58 PM

The answer is simple. Rewrite the legal definition of "tax-deductible charitable organization" such that it comprises only those organizations that devote no less than 67% of their income (from all sources) to the direct benefit of the cause they support.

Clothe the naked, feed the hungry, house the homeless, check. Re-home abandoned pets, check. Salvage and preserve historical artifacts (i.e. museums), check. Lobby any level of government, or press the public to lobby any level of government to do any of the above, no.

The whole rationale for having charitable deductions was to help individuals avoid being taxed for taking care of certain obligations that would otherwise fall into the lap of government, were they to go unfunded. The government doesn't need to pay to have itself lobbied.

FWIW, I would support completely ending the political contribution tax credit. Any money I give to political parties, and I do give, I regard not as a donation, but as an investment. I give to the CPC because I hope that they will do a better job managing the country than the Grits or the Dippers, which translates to a better chance of me staying in work, and a better chance of me being taxed less. Dippers and Grits could view their political deductions through the same lens. For Dippers, an investment in the NDP is an investment that may pay off in the form of a government that pays them entitlements from other peoples' tax money. For Grits, an investment in the Liberal Party represents an investment in potential future graft.

If I feel a cause is worthy, I will donate to it without demanding a carrot in the form of a tax writeoff.

Posted by: gordinkneehill at March 23, 2012 3:57 PM

Some very good points above!

how long do you think it would be before we heard this from the cbc...or the rest of the msm...........

like Fred said.......waiteing, still waiteing!

These guys at Sun deserve high praise.......
they are trying..God Bless'em.

Posted by: bygeorge at March 23, 2012 4:13 PM

The Canadian accounting system has always been wacky... The Gov't allows Departments to provide money to 3rd Parties (NGO), which is then used to obtain benefits from another Gov’t agency or Department...Musical Taxpayer Money

Example:
The Canadian Health Care Agency (Provincial Level) give money to a Third Party NGO Native group, and that group uses the money to solicit for Off-Reserve Housing for the elderly from the Department of Housing.

The same type of departmental Corruption (unaccounted funds) was done by the Obama Health Care.. They provided funds to a third party and that money was used to advertise & solicited support for Obama Care...It is illegal in the US and they have been caught, are the Republicans MAN enough to hold Sibelius accountable?

Posted by: Slap Shot at March 23, 2012 5:30 PM

What would we do without SunNews?

Posted by: Frank Q. at March 23, 2012 8:27 PM

What a pair of buffoons. Really, the best the right can come up with in Canada is a buffoon and an evil clown?

Posted by: Tilden Katz at March 24, 2012 1:30 PM

BTW, how many tax-deductable donations donations are given to the Fraser Institute and various Conservative parties across Canada by US corporations? How much polling and campaign advice is given to the Harperistas by the Republicans?

Posted by: Tilden Katz at March 24, 2012 1:32 PM

In answer to Tilden Katz: McGuinty's election team brought in Democrats for advice. The Team of Advisors for the "charity" Lead Now includes the President of the BC Liberal Party, an Obama campaign aide and former mover and shaker for MoveOn.org and AVAAZ,two senior NDP'ers, a member from the Sierra Club and a Director of Tides Canada. My full house trumps your pair. At least they admit you aren't entitled to a tax credit.

Posted by: Wallhouse Wart at March 25, 2012 9:44 AM
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