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FW: Revoke the NFL's nonprofit status

Subject: Revoke the NFL's nonprofit status
From: act@credoaction.com
To: redacted
Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2014 14:21:02 +0000

The email below is from Evan Sutton, a CREDO activist in Rockville, Maryland. Evan started a petition on CREDO Mobilize, where activists can launch their own campaigns for progressive change. Will you help Evan pressure Congress to revoke the National Football League's nonprofit status and force the league to pay its fair share by signing his petition and sharing it with your friends and family?

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Tell Congress: Make the NFL pay its fair share of taxes.

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Dear ,
Did you know that the National Football League is considered a "nonprofit" by the IRS, and hasn't paid a dime in taxes since 1966? As a lifelong football fan, I was shocked to discover that I haven't just paid to watch games and bought NFL merchandise since I was 6 years old -- I've been paying higher taxes as an adult to make up for the NFL's share.
At a time when right-wing politicians are cutting food stamps and blocking emergency benefits for our nation's jobless in the name of balancing the checkbook, we can't allow a multibillion-dollar operation like the NFL to get away without paying its fair share of taxes. That's why I started my own campaign on CREDOMobilize.com, which allows activists to start their own petitions. My petition, which is to Congress, says the following:

There's no reason sports fans or any other Americans should pay the National Football League's taxes. Professional sports leagues with billions in annual revenues don't need tax exemptions -- revoke the NFL's "nonprofit" status and demand the league pay its fair share.

Demand the NFL pay its fair share of taxes.
Some of my best memories are football-related. I remember standing in line in 1987 to get John Elway's autograph, and the famous Super Bowl XXXII dive. I love the parity of the NFL, and I believe the league provides an important service by ensuring that the league remains strong and that competitive games are well-organized. But that service doesn't justify continuing to grant the NFL nonprofit status -- like soup kitchens and other charities -- that allows it to avoid paying taxes, especially as top executives are paid up to $29 million per year.
I was shocked to learn that the last time the NFL paid taxes was 1966, when lobbyists convinced Congress to pass an obscure provision that expanded the definition of 501(c)6 not-for-profit organizations in the Internal Revenue Code to include "professional football leagues." The 1966 law gave the NFL a way to skirt taxes, while also granting it an uncommon antitrust exemption that gave the NFL a monopoly to negotiate TV rights.
Since then, the NFL has shelled out big money to keep its sweetheart deal. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the NFL has spent $2 million in campaign contributions since 1992 and spent $12.7 million on lobbying efforts since 1998, knowing that its fair share of taxes would be many millions more.
Though the NFL has successfully held back efforts to make it pay its fair share for nearly 50 years, Congress has the opportunity to change that by updating the Internal Revenue Code. Legislation to do just that was introduced last fall, but we need Congress to get behind it.
As the biggest game of the year approaches, millions of casual fans are paying more attention to football than at any other point in the year. Now is the perfect time to put pressure on Congress to revoke the NFL's nonprofit status.
Will you join me and add your name to my petition to Congress and demand it revoke the NFL's nonprofit status and make the league pay its fair share of taxes?
Thank you for your support.
Evan Sutton
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