Did Grover Norquist commit tax fraud?

A tax lawyer thinks so: you’re not supposed to use tax-exempt organizations to launder political money.

One striking feature of the Abramoff/DeLay scandal is the crooks’ use of tax-exempt organizations as tools for moving political money around. Tax lawyer Stuart Levine thinks such activity constitutes tax fraud, and points out that Grover Norquist, who has so far largely escaped scrutiny, could be in a ton of trouble if someone starts paying attention to the provisions of Internal Revenue Code Section 501 (c).

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com