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GOP Senators Want Green Group's Tax-Exempt Status Revoked

By    |   Friday, 10 Jul 2015 05:20 PM

The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) is asking the IRS to pull the tax-exempt status from an environmental group for engaging in political advertising.

The National Resources Defense Council's (NRDC) campaign it launched against Illinois Republican Sen. Mark Kirk is in violation of the group's non-profit status, the NRSC wrote in its complaint, The Hill is reporting.

"This ad, the latest in a string of multi-million dollar political activities, leaves no doubt that NRDC has forfeited its 501(c)(3) status," the GOP Senate fundraising group told the IRS.

"The IRS should revoke NRDC’s tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) immediately and investigate the source of contributions used to fund these ads," the group explained.

"Any donors who earmarked their contributions for this ad and others like it and who have taken correspondent tax deductions should be prosecuted for tax fraud to the fullest extent of the law," it adds.

The NRSC said that the ads are linked with Illinois Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth, who is planning to run for the nomination to challenge Kirk for his Senate seat in 2016.

"It is a troubling sign that Tammy Duckworth's special interest friends have to break the law in order to help her campaign," said Andrea Bozek, spokeswoman for the NRSC.

The NRDC's ad against Kirk, who in considered one of the most vulnerable Republican senators in 2016, attacked the Illinois Republican for voting against President Barack Obama's climate rule.

The NRDC told the Chicago Sun-Times that the campaign isn't political but educational.

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