Tax the Charities

By Bill Maher

I hope no one takes this the wrong way, but Adrian Peterson reminds me of the Tea Party. (And not just because he once said, “all the adversity and hard times I've been through, God has always been present,” which makes it sound like Jesus is his accessory.) They both illustrate something screwed up about the tax code.
 
Obama’s IRS “scandal” comes down to whether Tea Party groups should pay taxes or not, and the angels-dancing-on-the-head-of-a-pin distinction between an organization that raises money for politicians and one that “promotes social welfare.” (… by raising money for politicians.) One has to pay taxes and one doesn’t.

Adrian Peterson is in trouble – more trouble – because he seems to have paid for an orgy using a credit card from his charity, Peterson's All Day, Inc. (Sort of an all-day sucker.) According to the Star Tribune:

"The 38-page police report details a night of drinking, arguing and sex that involved the running back, two relatives — including Peterson’s brother, a minor — and four women, in various pairs… (has) thrown a spotlight on his charity, Adrian Peterson’s All Day Foundation, which focuses on at-risk children, particularly girls… The charity’s 2011 financial report showed $247,064 in total revenue, and listed just three organizations that received money. A fourth outlay, entitled simply “clothing for needy families,” listed “unknown” for the number of recipients. In 2009, the charity said its largest gift, $70,000, went to Straight From the Heart Ministries in Laurel, Md. But Donna Farley, president and founder of the Maryland organization, said it never received any money from Peterson’s foundation."
 
You think Citizens United has created an orgy of dark money? Adrian Peterson threw an actual tax-free orgy.
 
The simple solution is to stop asking the IRS to make value judgments about what’s a legitimate charity called “Patriots for the Violent Overthrow of the Negro Usurper” and what’s just a family sex party, like the kind the Palins would crash. Make them all pay taxes.