The California Legislature is in lockstep with its patron statesperson, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in quelling free speech, individual rights, and the right to peaceful assembly. Californians, particularly those who believe in free speech and the right of assembly, have been actively protesting in their cities and at the state capitol. From the People’s Convoy, to Kayakers for Climate Change, to protests against the “Infanticide Bill” (AB 2223), the exercise of civil liberties has only increased, especially on the constitutional conservative and pro-life end of things.
That is why it is particularly disturbing that a bill that would replicate the January 6 committee’s ideals, and target groups that use patriotic speech and participate in protests in their efforts to seek redress from the government has flown under the radar, and is on course to be voted into law.
From NTD News:
California Democrats appear to be using the Jan. 6 hearings in Washington DC as a catalyst to push legislation aimed at targeting the tax-exempt status of patriot groups in the state. The legislation suggests these groups might pose a threat of “insurrection.”
Senate Bill 834 would authorize state Attorney General Rob Bonta to review non-profit groups and refer cases to the California Franchise Tax Board to possibly remove their tax-exempt status supposedly to protect against “insurrection.”
San Francisco Senator Scott Wiener (D- for Deviant), is the primary author of this billshocker*>.
Wiener believes strongly that targeting other people’s children is what will make his career. Since he is part of the same San Francisco Cabal as Rep. Eric Swallwell (D-FangFang), that belief is not off the mark.
Wiener authored the bill (now law) lowering the age of sexual consent by 10 years, so a 25-year-old adult can have sex with a 15-year-old teenager without being charged as a sexual predator and placed on the sexual offender registry. Another of Wiener’s bills that is raising hackles, SB 866, is focused on eliminating parental consent for children 12 and older, so that they can be vaccinated.
During the national outrage over children being allowed to attend Pride month Drag Queen shows, Wiener decided to float this idea for a bill:
This guy just gave me a bill idea:
Offering Drag Queen 101 as part of the K-12 curriculum. Attending Drag Queen Story Time will satisfy the requirement. https://t.co/Sogz2Ag8jV
— Senator Scott Wiener (@Scott_Wiener) June 7, 2022
Wiener is not qualified to be dog catcher, let alone a state senator.
Yet, here we are.
I read each bill and actively fought against them (and others).
Weiner is childless, yet he targets children with his fetishization masquerading as “legislative bills”.
Lowering consent, lower sex related victimization penalties… sick.
— Andi HK (@AndiHK) June 8, 2022
The bill, authored by state Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), would empower the attorney general to determine whether or not a non-profit organization “has actively engaged in, or incited the active engagement in, acts or conspiracies” and require the attorney general to notify the California Franchise Tax Board—the state equivalent of the IRS—to revoke the tax-exempt status of any organization found to be in violation.
On May 23, SB 834 passed the Senate 28-12. It cleared the Assembly Appropriations Committee, and on Tuesday was moved to the Assembly Public Safety Committee. If passed there, it will move on to the Assembly floor for a vote.
Sen. Wiener told the committee the intent of the bill is to expand the California Franchise Tax Board’s authority “to revoke the tax-exempt status of nonprofits if the attorney general determines that the nonprofit has engaged in or incited various crimes including treason, insurrection, and seditious conspiracy.”
So essentially, it’s “The Minority Report,” only instead of targeting pre-crime, it’s targeting pre-insurrection.
If we weren’t sure before, it is now fully confirmed: Californians are living in a dystopian nightmare.
Wiener wants to broaden the Calif Attorney General powers through the state’s Franchise Tax Board. Essentially, current AG Rob Bonta would be able to do what then-President Obama did in 2012. Obama weaponized the IRS to target Tea Party conservatives, so Bonta would be able to weaponize the FTB against Patriot groups.
A chilling notion, but this is how beyond the pale this senator and his ideas are. It is also indicative of how far the Democrat Supermajority goes to push its agenda—because it can. These progressive legislators are among the few watching the Joke-6 hearings thinking that farce is actually changing hearts and minds. They have since made the leap that what Pelosi is orchestrating on Capitol Hill is good policy for Sacramento.
What exactly does Wiener consider, “active engagement” in “acts or conspiracies”? How will that be determined? Better yet, who will determine this: Law enforcement? The state legislature? Some rando Wiener runs into on the street?
As per usual with the bills that the California legislature excretes, other than the stench, like one of Swallwell’s farts, they are devoid of any actual substance. For whomever is tasked with this role, how will he/she/they monitor and determine the groups who are in violation? How will this stripping of tax-exempt status be executed? Most importantly, no one is asking or answering this question: How does this benefit the California citizen?
Probably about as much as the Joke-6 is benefiting American citizens: Not. One. Bit.
Wiener also needs to answer whether Antifa or BLM will have their tax-exempt status targeted. The BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors, with her multiple house scam, has already violated tax laws. Since 2020, both groups have caused untold violence and destruction, and with the help of California’s woke DAs, have committed acts that fall under sedition, and have destroyed any notion of public safety. Just ask Republican Lt. Governor candidate Angela Jacobs Underwood, whose brother was murdered in 2020 by BLM while he was guarding an Oakland courthouse.
So, if passed into law, will BLM and Antifa be test cases for SB 834, or will the law only target groups that progressives don’t like?
There is also the issue of blatantly violating federal law. The Franchise Tax Board uses state business filings to establish a California entity as a non-profit, but they have no say over whether that entity can be tax-exempt. That is purely the purview of the Internal Revenue Service.
State law governs nonprofit status, which is determined by an organization’s articles of incorporation or trust documents. Federal law governs tax-exempt status. The Internal Revenue Code specifically refers to exemption from federal income tax.
So, any attempt to executive this law is not only a violation of these tax-exempt group’s First Amendment rights, but of federal tax law. One would think someone who is supposedly an attorney would have researched this.
But with the track record of this legislature and Governor Hair Gel Newsom, it appears the only things that matter to this bunch are grandstanding, virtue signaling, and stripping California citizens of their freedoms.