The advocacy group Common Cause has filed a whistleblower complaint with the Internal Revenue Service against the American Legislative Exchange Council, a tax-exempt organization that promotes business-friendly legislation.
In the complaint submitted Monday, Common Cause accuses ALEC, which operates under Section 501(c)3 of the Tax Code, with misuse of charity laws, massive underreporting of lobbying activity, and obtaining improper tax breaks for corporate funders at taxpayer expense. In the complaint it has submitted to the IRS’s Whistleblower Office, Common Cause has included thousands of pages of ALEC documents as evidence. It claims ALEC is flouting federal tax laws by posing as a tax-exempt charity while spending millions of dollars to lobby for hundreds of bills each year in state legislatures across the country.
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