As the summer progresses, I find myself waiting with interest for the arrival of some pieces of news. Here’s what I’m waiting for:
- Section 527 quarterly financial reports. Most non-profit political organizations must file reports of their contributions and expenditures with the IRS on July 15 or July 20. With most reports filed electronically nowadays, the IRS has gotten pretty good at quickly processing the reports and posting them here for public review. Among the reports I’ll be looking for are those for various actual grassroots “Tea Party” organizations. None of the Tea Party organizations making public reports reported more than a thousand dollars in fundraising in the 1st Quarter of 2010, with the big-time Tea Party money shuffle happening behind closed doors; will this trend persist in the 2nd Quarter?
Also of interest will be the first quarterly report from the Unity12 Task Force. This Section 527 corporation was formed shortly after lawyers for the old Unity08 won a lawsuit against the FEC, granting the new Unity12 corporation the power to take loans and donations of an unlimited size. Unity12’s goal is the same goal that Unity08 had: to shepherd the election of its very own President and Vice President of the United States. The Unity12 Task Force will need some serious cash just to pay the rent for its swanky new office a mere half a block from the White House. Who will its donors be? We won’t have to wait long to find out.
- Court ruling on the constitutionality of Proposition 8, which denies gay and lesbian couples the equal right of marriage in the state of California. District Judge Vaughn Walker’s ruling could come at any time. This wouldn’t mark the end of anything, but rather the next step in what looks to be a long process winding slowly toward marriage equality for straight and gay couples.
Regardless of the direction of Walker’s ruling, supporters of marriage equality in San Francisco are planning to rally and march from Castro and Market Streets at 6:30 pm on the night of the ruling.
- Climate Reports. In the middle of this month, the Goddard Institute at NASA and NOAA’s Satellite and Information Service will release data on June temperatures globally and for the United States, respectively. Will June continue the trend of record warmth?
What news are you waiting for?