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A cowed IRS gives a green light to more secret money in politics

A cowed IRS gives a green light to more secret money in politics

In one of the more craven and inexplicable government rulings of recent years, the Internal Revenue Service has decided that Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS political fundraising organization is a "social welfare" group mostly operating outside of politics. 

The ruling allows Crossroads GPS, like the other 501(c)4 nonprofit organizations whose ranks it has now joined, to keep its donors secret. We can't put the consequences more succinctly than Rick Hasen, the election-law expert at UC Irvine, who wrote on The Times' op-ed page Thursday:...

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