This isn't the first time 4chan has done this sort of thing to Taylor Swift. A couple of years ago they took over a "get Taylor to play your school" contest and won it for a school for the deaf. To Taylor Swift's credit, she gave a concert ticket to every kid in the school, and donated $50,000 to the school too.
I googled the details, really, I'm a not big Taylor Swift fan. I actually thought she played the concert there before I fact-checked myself.
I've been interviewed many times about my neighbor when they are up for or renewing a security clearance. It's one of the hazards of living in the DC area. The interviews are a joke. The interviewers are usually kids fresh out of college working for a government contractor. The questions are are very boilerplate - asking if if I see strange cars visiting late at night, does he throw lots of parties, have I ever heard him talk about being in debt, etc. They seem kind of pointless really.
When my daughter was 6 we found her surfing the web unsupervised. When asked, she showed us how she typed in my wife's password, which she had figured out by watching my wife type it, then clicked the Firefox icon, and then typed what she wanted into the box on Google.
At age 6.
That was the moment I resolved to teach my kid's everything they needed to know about online safety and gave up on any fantasies of filtering or otherwise controlling their access.
Non-profit usually means that 100% of the cost is spent on running costs in an organization that relies on donations of monetary or intrinsic value.
Yes, they have to spend 100% on operations. Salary is part of operations. I have done business with many big name national non-profits. They are generally not lean operations. They are top heavy with VPs and Directors making nice salaries for doing little to actually help the less fortunate, sick, whatever.
Not just you. The idea that groups who advocate the idea of taxes being evil may be more likely to not pay what they owe is completely defensible. The execution on how they went about testing that hypothesis was a disaster though.
Anyway, why should non-profits get a tax break anyway? If your cause is only supportable as a tax break for the donator then it is not much of a cause in the first place.
This sort of dispute is common in the horse world. You buy a farm, spend thousands each month feeding and caring for your horses, then try to write off your hobby by claiming you are a horse trainer or breeder. The IRS has clamped down. I don't know if there are hard standards, but I do know you can get the stink-eye from the IRS if they are not convinced you are making an honest effort to turn a profit with your horse business.
And I can't say I disagree entirely. Why should the taxpayer subsidize your business if in effect the only thing keeping you in business is the tax benefit?
Which reminds me of the joke, how do end up a millionaire in the horse business? Start with 2 million.
My son mentioned on FB that he made Dean's List with a 3.75. But he isn't at UVA Law School, he is a freshman at a public liberal arts school.
He got one comment. It was me grounding him for not getting a 4.0 :)
Given the quality of a lot of the crap I see on FB, somebody mentioning they killed it in school that semester seems like a non-issue. Hell, out local paper calls out local kids that make Dean's List or Honors or whatever it may be called at their school.
The NRA has never let looking ridiculous stand in the way of their policy decisions. There constituents are not really the hunters and assorted gun nuts that join the organization. Their primary concern is to protect the profits of gun manufacturers. Everything else is window dressing.