ALERT: “Tea Party Majority” fundraising calls may not help our cause much.

I received a very professional call yesterday raising funds for the “Tea Party Majority.”  They asked for $100 membership fee.  When asked, they identified themselves as Infocision Management Corp and the membership offer was reduced to $50.  Since I’m not familiar with the TPM I refused and did a quick lookup.

The Tea Party Majority has a web site but it doesn’t identify who they are and I could not find a business registration for them in D.C., but they might be registered elsewhere.

Infocision Management Corp is registered in Akron Ohio.  According to OpenSecrets.org, for 2016 they gave $3.5 million to five different conservative groups.  However, a quick peek at two of the groups, such as the “Tea Party Majority Fund”, shows that about 90% of the funds received were used to pay for fund raising.  And who are their fundraisers? Infocision Management Corp!

I believe this is legal but appears to primarily benefit the fund raisers.  This may be similar to the Tea Party Express, Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund, and Our Country Deserves Better PAC that have similar financials according to The Daily Caller.

So be careful out there!  One of the costs of a free market is to beware of unethical businesses.

Jim Moore

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Albemarle board OKs higher taxes, approves budget

By Chris Suarez Posted on Apr 14, 2015 Daily Progress

Owners of Albemarle County property will be paying a higher real estate tax rate this year.

After advertising a 2.5-cent increase to the real estate tax rate last month, the Board of Supervisors has passed a tax ordinance to raise the rate by 2 cents. County property owners will now pay 81.9 cents per $100 of assessed value.

The tax ordinance and 2016 fiscal year budget totaling $372.3 million were approved by a 4-2 vote Tuesday. Supervisors Jane Dittmar and Ken Boyd voted against raising the tax rate beyond an initial 1-cent hike proposed in the budget County Executive Tom Foley presented earlier this year.

The fiscal year 2016 budget totaled $352 million. Continue reading

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The 3rd Pros and Cons of Economic Development Forum

YOU’RE INVITED!

The Jefferson Area Tea Party is hosting its third set of presentations in a series entitled “The Pros and Cons of Economic Development in Albemarle County” on Thursday evening, November 20 from 7:00 to 8:30 P.M. in Lane Auditorium – in the Albemarle County Office Building.

Local business owners will show how road projects have damaged their livelihood and how future losses can be avoided.

Projects include the Jefferson Park Avenue bridge replacement, the widening of McIntire Road at the Route 250 Bypass, and the upcoming Route 29/Rio Road interchange.

For further information contact Terry Cooper at (434) 202-8065

 

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AMERICAN FORUM NATIONAL DEBATE SERIES: Political Polarization (from the Miller Center at UVA)

The Miller Center on TV: Debuting Sunday, October 26 on PBS stations nationwide and the WORLD Channel
This episode of the Miller Center’s four-part debate series, “Beyond Gridlock,” explores whether our polarized political process no longer reflects the will of the American people. Debaters include MATT KIBBE, president of FreedomWorks; ERIC LIU, founder of Citizens University and former speechwriter for Bill Clinton; CHRISTOPHER PARKER, political science professor at the University of Washington; and GEORGE WILL, Pulitzer Prize-winning Fox News contributor.

The debate will air on:
•    WHTJ (Charlottesville)   Channel 41    Sunday, 10:30 a.m.
•    WCVE (Richmond)         Channel 23    Sunday, 10:30 a.m.
•    WVPT (Harrisonburg)    Channel 11     Sunday, 1:00 p.m.

Check your local listings; this debate will be broadcast on nearly 80 percent of all PBS stations. Starting October 24, video of this episode will also be available here.

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CoLA – 2015 PRIORITY Legislation …HB1287 .. “No Civil Asset Forfeiture without conviction”

Note: This notice is from the Virginia Tea Party Patriot Federation.

CoLA – 2015

A “Heads Up”

Please contact your Delegates and Senators and ask them to co-sponsor HB1287.

In addition to the privacy issues discussed at the September VA Tea Party Patriots Federation Summit, we are working with Ken Cuccinelli and the ACLU on legislation to prevent civil asset forfeiture without a Continue reading

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Obamacare Adds 30% Tax Filing Burden to Working Poor!

As the draft of the IRS’s new “Premium Tax Credit” form (8962) shows, the working poor who must use this form will need to learn college level accounting techniques.  The whopping 5 Part form includes 36 questions for a total of 145 data elements!  Some tax filing assistance organizations are claiming the new system will add 30% to their labor costs.

Think your off the hook if you’re exempted this year?  Nope, check this out!

IRS Form 8962: Premium Tax Credit

IRS Form 8962: Premium Tax Credit

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Holy Moly! Here Comes the Tax Man!

If you thought being exempt from Obamacare would give you another year without adding to your tax reporting burden, think again.  Here’s a draft of the proposed form simply to declare and swear that you’re really exempt.  That’s not the worst of it–Form 8962 is is horrendously long and complex — and being inflicted on mostly low-income and low-education filers!

IRS Health Coverage Exemptions

IRS Health Coverage Exemptions

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