Unions say charter group shouldn't be tax-exempt

The IRS gets a letter from some labor types:

Union organizations – including the SEIU – have filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service. The letter suggests the Tennessee Charter School Center is just a bunch of lobbyists and shouldn’t qualify for tax-exempt status.

To be a 501(c) (3) non-profit, less than 15 percent of an organization’s spending can go toward lobbying government officials. In a letter to the IRS, a group called Middle Tennessee Jobs with Justice points out that the Tennessee Charter Center has eight registered lobbyists. They include a third of the organization’s staff, along with big-name contract lobbyists.

CEO Greg Thompson says he’s well aware of the 15 percent rule and that his organization is nowhere near the limit.