Surfrider: Riding the waves of tax exempt status to finance political campaigns

By David Agnew Summary: Through the nonprofit Surfrider Foundation, liberal coastal elites are imposing their policy agenda throughout the country – launching state and local campaigns to ban products, block energy development and challenge private property rights – all the while enjoying the full benefits of IRS 501(c)(3) tax exempt status. The organization, founded to protect oceans, waterways and natural spaces, today openly functions as a full-time advocacy campaign machine. Despite strict tax exempt limitations for “direct action,” legislative lobbying and other campaign operations, Surfrider Foundation has managed to thrive financially and make campaigns the centrality of its existence. It all hinges on the word “substantial” and the quality of Surfrider’s own record keeping.  [Editor's note: See below for a sidebar article on the Bag Ban, and why it's a bad idea] INTRO With a name like Surfrider Foundation, a corporate logo that displays a gently rolling swell and members who describe themselves as fun-seeking beach goers, one might expect that the Surfrider Foundation is a coastal tourism board or other educational organization. Yet with chapters around the world and in non-coastal cities such as Austin, Atlanta, Charlotte and even snowy Minneapolis, this organization can more accurately be described as the grassroots political advocacy machine that’s responsible for inserting the agenda of coastal liberals into the fabric of every other American’s life. Surfrider today functions as a one-stop advocacy firm that writes bills and ordinances, coaches local chapters how to develop and launch direct action political campaigns, recruits stables of grassroots advocates, fundraises in support of campaigns via foundation, corporate and individual donors, and most importantly, pressures politicians to pass their agenda. But the depth of Surfrider political activity is obscured Read More

The Week’s Worst: Episode 8

The Capital Research Center’s Dr. Steven J. Allen and Matthew Vadum count down the worst stories in government and politics from the past week. Allen and Vadum give their unique, hard-hitting, investigative analysis of these stories to tell you the truth amid the media’s distortions. In this episode Allen and… Read More

The Week’s Worst: Episode 7

The Capital Research Center’s Dr. Steven J. Allen and Matthew Vadum count down the worst stories in government and politics from the past week. Allen and Vadum give their unique, hard-hitting, investigative analysis of these stories to tell you the truth amid the media’s distortions. In this episode Allen and… Read More

Media Matters working with Facebook to suppress so-called fake news

Lachlan Markay at Washington Free Beacon reports that Facebook’s anti-“fake news” efforts are being driven by the George Soros-funded Media Matters for America. Markay writes: Media Matters told current and prospective donors at a retreat in Florida over the weekend that it has been in discussions with Facebook leadership… Read More

Soros and MasterCard join forces to profit from immigration

Left-wing financier George Soros is planning to profit from the illegal immigration crises in the United States and the European Union that he was instrumental in creating. Soros traffics in revolution and human misery. His devious business deals have brought the financial systems of the United Kingdom and Malaysia to… Read More

MOVIE NOW LIVE: “America Under Siege: Civil War 2017”

“Civil War 2017” is the first episode in a five-part “America Under Siege” documentary web-series to be released over the course of 2017. Each episode will profile the influence of radical Marxists on various segments of American society. Watch the film now: While 700,000 protesters are converging on Washington… Read More

OUR MOVIE TRAILER – America Under Siege: Civil War 2017

RELEASING THURSDAY JANUARY 19th AT 11AM, ON OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL FOR FREE. “Civil War 2017” is the first episode in a five-part “America Under Siege” documentary web-series to be released over the course of 2017. Each episode will profile the influence of radical Marxists on various segments… Read More

The Week’s Worst Episode 6: Trump “Leaks,” Protesting Inauguration, and Who Represents the 1%.

It’s podcast time again… The Capital Research Center’s Dr. Steven J. Allen and Matthew Vadum count down the worst stories in government and politics from the past week. Allen and Vadum give their unique, hard-hitting, investigative analysis of these stories to tell you the truth amid the media’s distortions. In… Read More

OUR SCOOP ON FOX NEWS: Trump Inauguration disrupters admit to planning ‘dance party’ on Mike Pence’s lawn

The radical political operatives aspiring to disrupt Donald Trump’s inauguration next week are planning to throw a “dance party” on the lawn of Vice President-elect Mike Pence’s temporary home in Washington, D.C., Fox News reports. Confirmation of the upcoming event came in the form of audio recorded by Trevor… Read More

School choice in light of Betsy DeVos’ confirmation

This article was originally posted at Philanthropy Daily. In one of his more surprising moves, president-elect Trump has nominated philanthropist Betsy DeVos to be education secretary. Of course, on the left, many are trying to outdo each other to see who can breathe the heaviest and sound the… Read More