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  • Lois Lerner Caught Granting Muslim Brotherhood front groups Tax Exempt status as far back....

    06/24/2014 4:41:19 PM PDT · by blueyon · 16 replies
    Patriot Action ^ | 6/24/14 | Bill Bissell or Shoebat Foundation???
    "Lois Lerner Caught Granting Muslim Brotherhood front groups Tax Exempt status as far back as BUSH ADMINISTRATION" One of the reasons Republicans like Rep. Mike Kelly from Pennsylvania won’t come forward with the truth about Malik Obama’s tax exempt status and Lois Lerner’s role in it likely has to do with what she was permitted to do when a Republican president was in office. Calling attention to Lerner’s signature being at the bottom of the Barack H. Obama Foundation’s (BHOF) approval letter is certain to cause the Republican Party headaches over its complicity in taking the country to where it...
  • IRS chief set to redraft proposed rule for tax-exempt groups after backlash (Trust them?)

    04/14/2014 7:06:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/14/2014 | Mary Katherine Ham
    First, an entirely and uncharacteristically reasonable reaction from the IRS on its proposed new rules governing 501(c)s, a classification of tax exempt groups that was the area of improper targeting of Tea Party activists. When Democrats realized the best way to deal with personnel abusing tax law was to create more tax law for them to abuse, the IRS went to work on more specific ways to crack down on social welfare groups. Their proposed rule caused backlash from both conservatives and liberal activists: The Internal Revenue Service is prepared to rewrite a proposed rule regulating the political activities of...
  • Justice Department denies Cruz request for IRS special investigator

    03/20/2014 12:48:38 PM PDT · by grimalkin · 17 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 3/20/2014 | William T. Brown
    <p>A request by Sen. Ted Cruz to have a special prosecutor appointed to probe allegations the Internal Revenue Service has been targeting conservative groups was denied by the Department of Justice.</p> <p>The IRS has been accused of targeting conservative groups and denying them tax-exempt status based on political views.</p>
  • The IRS Scandal: Deliberate and Partisan

    03/13/2014 11:01:03 AM PDT · by Moseley · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 13, 2014 | Jonathon Moseley
    We now know that Obama Administration actions were intentional and partisan when the Internal Revenue Service targeted, harmed, and intimidated conservative and tea party organizations. Keep in mind the timetable while reading this – that the plot against conservatives inside the IRS was gearing up in March 2010 and in full force in September 2010, according to recently released Lois Lerner emails. Also keep in mind that Lois Lerner previously worked enforcement at the Federal Election Commission. The Obama Administration offered excuses that disparate treatment of conservatives was a result of confusion or accidental mishandling by lower-level staff. Yet these...
  • IRS moves to limit tax-exempt groups after targeting scandal

    11/29/2013 8:19:57 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 27, 2013 | cited AP contributed to content
    The Obama administration launched an attempt Tuesday to limit the same class of politically active non-profit groups the IRS was accused of targeting last summer. Under the proposed new rules, organizations that fall under the tax-exempt 501(c)(4) umbrella would also be more clearly identified during campaigns. The new guidance would curtail activities such as running ads, distributing campaign literature and other get-out-the-vote initiatives. The groups in question are able to raise millions of dollars to influence elections. Smaller organizations that are similarly classified were the subject of unfair targeting practices earlier this year by IRS employees, leading to the eventual...
  • IRS pushes to rein in tax-exempt political groups

    11/26/2013 8:04:01 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 11/26/1 | Andrew Taylor - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration Tuesday launched a bid to rein in the use of tax-exempt groups for political campaigning. The effort is an attempt to reduce the role of loosely regulated big-money political outfits like GOP political guru Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS and the pro-Obama Priorities USA. The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department said they want to prohibit such groups from using "candidate-related political activity" like running ads, registering voters or distributing campaign literature as activities that qualify them to be tax-exempt "social welfare" organizations. The agencies say there will be a lengthy comment period before...
  • Obama’s Tax Thugs

    10/20/2013 7:30:41 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 12 replies
    FrontPageMag ^ | 10/20/2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Recently Mortimer Caplin announced his retirement at the age of 96. Caplin may have been the only IRS chief to appear on the cover of Time Magazine back when he was targeting JFK’s political enemies with audits as part of Kennedy’s “Ideological Organizations Project.” “I remember that the president made a speech and I got a call from the White House again,” Caplin would later write. “The right-wing organizations were believed to be overstepping their tax-exemption bounds.
  • Three years later, TheTeaParty.net finally gets IRS tax-exempt OK

    10/02/2013 5:12:34 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 3 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 2, 2013 | Paul Bedard
    One of the groups at the center of the IRS scandal has finally received its tax-exempt status after a three-year delay prompted by a politically driven move to block Tea Party and other conservative groups, many that slammed the president during his re-election, from winning the special status.
  • California bill targets tax-exempt status for ‘discriminatory’ youth groups

    08/26/2013 9:30:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 8/26/13 | Cheryl Wetzstein
    A California bill that could strip tax-exempt status from the Boy Scouts of America and other “discriminatory” nonprofit youth-serving groups could come up for a final vote this week. The first-of-its-kind bill, SB 323, passed the California Senate and sailed through Assembly committees to a floor vote, possibly this week. But opponents are taking heart that there might not be enough votes in the state Assembly to pass the bill. The chamber did not consider the bill in its Monday session, but may take it up when it convenes Friday. The bill, introduced by State Sen. Ricardo Lara, names the
  • Conservative groups already tax-exempt were also targeted by IRS

    07/30/2013 1:39:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 7/30/13 | Rick Moran
    Rep. Darrell Issa has announced that he is expanding his investigation into IRS targeting of conservative groups to deal with alllegations that the tax agency put groups already tax exempt under additional scrutiny. The Hill: The IRS subjected conservative groups already granted tax-exempt status to additional scrutiny during the 2012 election cycle, House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) charged on Monday. Issa called on a Treasury watchdog already looking into the IRS to investigate the matter, and signaled he would expand his committee's probe into improper targeting of political groups given the new revelations. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the...
  • Seattle church tells parishioners to 'raise Cain' over Zimmerman verdict

    07/14/2013 5:31:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    KING-TV ^ | July 14, 2013 | John Langeler
    The senior pastor at Seattle’s Mt. Zion Baptist Church told followers to “raise Cain” in response to Saturday’s acquittal of George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman was accused of shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin to death nearly a year-and-a-half ago. His defense was Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law. In his morning sermon, Rev. Aaron Williams said it was important for the African-American community to “not allow this to die down” and to highlight perceived “injustice” within the nation’s criminal justice system. “We should be raising Cain because if we don’t,” Rev. Williams said, “history has a way of repeating itself. “There...
  • Lewandowsky, Cook and the Barack Obama tweet that wasn’t

    06/07/2013 8:56:08 PM PDT · by Enchante · 3 replies
    JoNova ^ | June 6, 2013 | Joanne Nova
    Which brings us to the curious point that even though OFA tweet in the name of the leader of the Democratic Party, they are legally a non-partisan organization. Figure out how that works. The arms-length relationship between Obama and Organizing For Action is based on its legal status as a non-partisan organization. As Politico reported in February, the organization updated its guidelines to make that point clearly. [The Atlantic Wire] “The organization on Wednesday quietly posted new guidelines on its website formally declaring its intention to stay out of campaign politics. “Neither OFA nor its chapters will be involved in...
  • IG report: ‘Inappropriate criteria’ stalled IRS approvals of conservative groups (Whitewash?)

    05/14/2013 9:15:57 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 14, 2013 | By Juliet Eilperin and Zachary A. Goldfarb
    Federal authorities have opened a criminal investigation of whether Internal Revenue Service employees broke the law when they targeted conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status — the latest setback for an agency that is the subject of withering bipartisan criticism and multiple congressional inquiries. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said Tuesday that the Justice Department and the FBI began the probe after the IRS acknowledged that it selected conservative groups with the words “tea party” and “patriot” in their names for special reviews. “We are examining the facts to see if there were criminal violations,” Holder said at a news...
  • IRS official Lerner speedily approved exemption for Obama brother’s ‘charity’

    05/14/2013 5:12:15 PM PDT · by cutty · 30 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 05/14/2013 | Charles C. Johnson
    Lois Lerner, the senior IRS official at the center of the decision to target tea party groups for burdensome tax scrutiny, signed paperwork granting tax-exempt status to the Barack H. Obama Foundation, a shady charity headed by the president’s half-brother that operated illegally for years. According to the organization’s filings, Lerner approved the foundation’s tax status within a month of filing, an unprecedented timeline that stands in stark contrast to conservative organizations that have been waiting for more than three years, in some cases, for approval. Lerner also appears to have broken with the norms of tax-exemption approval by granting...
  • The Wine, Women and Song Foundation

    03/24/2013 10:50:55 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 2 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 24, 2013 | Clarice Feldman
    I have watched over the years how publicly unaccountable foundations have amassed billions of dollars, tax free, and spend it on dangerous, leftwing, often anti-American and anti-Israeli outfits, conferences and promoters. Taxpaying citizens opposed to abortion without restrictions, open borders, balkanization of the country, erosion of their constitutional rights, dumbed down education of their children and environmental extremism are fighting opposition very generously funded by these groups. The irony of this development is that capitalists -- like Ford, Rockefeller, Carnegie, Pew -- who owed their fortunes to American free market policies, started most of these foundations. Further, the notion of...
  • NY court weighs if lap dance is tax-exempt art

    09/06/2012 3:24:15 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    Galveston Daily News ^ | September 6, 2012 | AP
    ......Robert Goldfarb, an attorney for the state, said that nobody would visit the club if the dancers didn't remove their clothes. He also argued that the exemption applies to "choreographed" performances, and what the Nite Moves dancers do doesn't qualify. At least three members of the seven-judge panel questioned the notion that a performance must be choreographed to be considered artistic. Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman suggested "creative artists in particular" often improvise......
  • Muslim group, CAIR, regains tax-exempt status

    07/31/2012 8:38:13 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 9 replies
    WashingtonTimes.com ^ | 30JUL12 | Bob Smietana
    The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a national Muslim civil rights group that has frequently drawn fire from conservatives, has regained its tax-exempt status. The Washington, D.C.-based CAIR and its related foundation were two of about 275,000 nonprofits that lost tax exempt status last year for not filing tax returns for three years in a row. Last month, the Internal Revenue Service sent a letter to the CAIR-Foundation Inc., saying the nonprofit had regained its tax-exempt status.
  • Harry Reid: ‘I don’t know’ if my relationship with Media Matters violates its tax-exempt status

    03/08/2012 9:27:13 PM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3/8/12 | Michelle Fields
    In an exclusive interview at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told The Daily Caller that he doesn’t know if his plan to promote Media Matters for America‘s new book violates the legal requirements of its 501(c)(3) non-profit status. When TheDC asked Reid whether he will be helping Media Matters’ David Brock promote the book, “The Fox Effect,” he said he would assist Brock “any way I can. … I have the greatest respect for [him], and his co-author [Ari Rabin-Havt] worked for me for many years.” (RELATED: More stories in the investigative ‘Inside Media Matters’...
  • Media Matters tax-exempt status may face new scrutiny from Congress

    02/15/2012 9:33:00 AM PST · by Qbert · 5 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 02/15/2012 | Will Rahn
    Congressional Republicans are now interested in examining Media Matters For America‘s tax-exempt status, The Daily Caller has learned. Doing so would cause the GOP to wade into the complex world of tax laws that govern “exempt organizations” such as Media Matters and more than 1 million other charitable organizations that are exempt from federal income tax. Media Matters’ critics have questioned its tax-exempt status for some time. The Internal Revenue Service has a series of requirements that must be met before organizations can qualify. Successful applicants pay no federal income tax because the government presumes such charities perform services that...
  • Inside Media Matters: Erratic behavior, close coordination with White House and news organizations

    02/12/2012 9:01:46 PM PST · by Rufus2007 · 27 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Caller ^ | February 13, 2012 | Tucker Carlson and Vince Coglianese
    David Brock was smoking a cigarette on the roof of his Washington, D.C. office one day in the late fall of 2010 when his assistant and two bodyguards suddenly appeared and whisked him and his colleague Eric Burns down the stairs. Brock, the head of the liberal nonprofit Media Matters for America, had told friends and co-workers that he feared he was in imminent danger from right-wing assassins and needed a security team to keep him safe. The threat he faced while smoking on his roof? “Snipers,” a former co-worker recalled. ...more...
  • Campaigning for Candidates from the Pulpit is a Bad Idea

    01/27/2012 9:03:29 AM PST · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 17 replies
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | January 27, 2012 | Michael Peabody
    If 501(c)(3) organizations were suddenly able to engage in partisan politicking, and donors were able to give on a tax-deductible basis, donors could ostensibly deduct currently non-deductible political donations simply by funneling these monies through churches. Churches would not only pass the collection plate for their religious mission, but churches would also be able to use these tax-deductible donations on behalf of particular candidates. Large churches could bankroll entire political campaigns and receive favorable treatment from those who support them. Politicians could visit with church pastors and lobby them for their campaign support. The lines of mutual respect between church...
  • Valerie Jarrett Blasts Republicans from the Pulpit

    01/16/2012 4:12:06 PM PST · by originalbuckeye · 35 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 1/16/12 | Daniel Halper
    On the Sunday before the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett visited Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta to give a political speech, in support of her boss (Barack Obama) and congressional Democrats: "Teachers, and firefighters, and policemen, whose jobs are now in jeopardy because Congress--well let me be specific--because the Republicans in Congress," Jarrett told the crowd. According to the CBS affiliate in Atlanta, at this point, "Before she could finish her sentence, people in the congregation were laughing, and applauding." At the Sunday service, Jarrett also brought up Osama bin Laden's death in order...
  • Former White House Counsel to IRS: Pull Media Matters’ Tax-Exempt Status

    08/04/2011 12:18:19 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Fox Business ^ | August 04, 2011 | Elizabeth MacDonald
    C. Boyden Gray, former White House counsel to President George W. Bush, filed a civilian complaint with the IRS against the nonprofit Media Matters on July 27, demanding the agency yank its “tax-exempt status.” Citing a pattern of “unlawful conduct,” Gray writes in his petition, which FOX Business has obtained, that the nonprofit has “executed a partisan strategy” in violation of U.S. tax law as it exists “no longer to educate the public but, rather, to declare ‘war on FOX,’” Gray says, quoting from an interview its founder, David Brock, gave to the website Politico. Also unlawful, Gray says, is...
  • Rebekah Brooks arrested by hacking police

    07/17/2011 6:10:02 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 153 replies
    BBC ^ | July 17th 2011 | Staff
    Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks has been arrested in connection with an investigation into phone hacking and bribery. The 43-year-old was arrested by appointment by Operation Weeting police at a London police station. Met Police said she is currently still in custody. This is the 10th arrest made by police investigating hacking allegations by the News of the World newspaper. She was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications and on suspicion of corruption allegations. The Operation Weeting team is conducting the current investigation into phone hacking.
  • Soros and liberal groups seeking top election posts in battleground state

    06/24/2011 10:46:42 AM PDT · by CharlyFord · 40 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 23, 2011 | Chuck Neubauer
    A small tax-exempt political group with ties to wealthy liberals like billionaire financier George Soros has quietly helped elect 11 reform-minded progressive Democrats as secretaries of state to oversee the election process in battleground states and keep Republican “political operatives from deciding who can vote and how those votes are counted.” Known as the Secretary of State Project (SOSP), the organization was formed by liberal activists in 2006 to put Democrats in charge of state election offices, where key decisions often are made in close races on which ballots are counted and which are not. The group’s website said it...
  • Media Matters' Tax-Exempt Attacks on Fox News Are Illegal, Says Attorney

    06/22/2011 7:57:35 PM PDT · by caseyn · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Fox Nation ^ | June 22, 2011 | The Washington Times
    David Brock, the conservative turned liberal advocate, has recently garnered a considerable amount of press coverage for his attacks on Fox News for, among many other things, allegedly taking over leadership of the Republican Party. What the news coverage has ignored is his use of tax-free funds for his organization, Media Matters for America (MMA), for these attacks - a form of government support for activities that clearly do not merit tax-exempt status and that as a result infringe on Fox News' First Amendment rights.
  • The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is a Soros funded net neutrality astroturf group

    10/30/2010 5:47:29 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 59 replies · 1+ views
    The first direct link above is to Soros' own web page. Many of you will choose not to click on it and well that's your choice. But some of you should actively look and see for yourself. Open the PDF, scroll down to the year 2008. Electronic Frontier Foundation got 300,000 dollars from Soros. Now scroll down to the year 2007. Another 100,000 dollars. So the total is 400k. And there is more. Let's take a look at who it is that sits on their various boards: http://www.eff.org/about/advisoryboard I am aware of Ethan Zuckerman being a Soros buddy because of...
  • A Beck inspired 'blackboard' on left wing funding from foundations to public media and more

    03/12/2010 5:37:18 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 17 replies · 1,087+ views
    After creating a huge post regarding all the different ways that the left shuffles funding around towards NPR, I realized it was probably a bit too long and I thought there might be a better way. So here is a visual which should help make it easier:
  • Tracking Left wing funding of NPR

    01/02/2010 5:41:39 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 40 replies · 3,045+ views
    As you start to read all this, you'll laugh at how incestuous it all gets. Let's start with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which as I've noted in the past is tied in with the Soros foundation. Together, the two worked on something called The Project on Death in America.(PDIA) http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2341083/posts And speaking of Mr Soros, he himself(his foundations) have given directly to NPR. Compared to some of the other numbers I'm seeing, it's a small amount of $250,000. But it doesn't matter. Soros money is soros money in my book. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2396058/posts Additional information about RWJF can be found here....
  • How the FCC and Liberal Churches Are Scheming To Shut You Up!

    10/28/2009 8:20:36 AM PDT · by dvan · 23 replies · 1,618+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | October 28, 2009 | Michelle Malkin
    The war on conservative speech has moved from the White House to your neighborhood pews. Left-wing church leaders want the Federal Communications Commission to crack down on "hate speech" over cable TV and right-leaning talk-radio airwaves. President Obama's speech-stifling bureaucrats seem all too happy to oblige. Over the last week, an outfit called "So We Might See" has conducted a nationwide fast to protest "media violence" -- specifically, "anti-immigrant hate speech, which employs flawed arguments to appeal to fears rather than facts." Their ire is currently aimed at Fox News and conservative talk-show giants. But how long before they target...
  • Oversight of tax-exempt groups like ACORN examined

    09/24/2009 11:41:50 AM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies · 466+ views
    breitbart ^ | 9/24/09 | ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Treasury Department's inspector general is looking into the government's oversight of tax-exempt organizations like ACORN when they engage in political activities. The office of California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa disclosed the IG's decision on Thursday amid a controversy over videotapes of ACORN employees offering advice about how to establish a brothel with underage prostitutes.
  • Senate Bill Would Allow Tax-Exempt Status for Newspapers

    03/24/2009 12:47:27 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 142 replies · 6,309+ views
    Editor and Publisher ^ | March 24, 2009 1:08 PM ET | Mark Fitzgerald
    CHICAGO Newspapers perform a public service for democracy and should be allowed to operate as tax-exempt non-profits, U.S. Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D.-Md., proposed Tuesday. Cardin introduced a bill that would explicitly include newspapers among organizations eligible for 501(c)(3) status. The non-profit status is the same that public radio and television have now. The legislation would give a national green light for newspapers to adopt the so-called Low Profit Limited Liability Company business model, often shortened to L3C. The L3C model, which the Newspaper Guild supports as an alternative newspaper ownership model, is the subject of a feature story in the...
  • OMG !!! Non-Profit Status For NEWSPAPERS?!?!?

    03/24/2009 10:17:26 AM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 29 replies · 786+ views
    Brietbart/Yidwithlid ^ | 3/24/09 | Yidwithlid
    Non-Profit may describe a newspaper's balance sheet, but it does not describe its tax status, unless of course, if Senator Benjamin Cardin( D-Md.) gets his way. The Senator introduced a bill on the Senate floor today that would allow newspapers to elect to receive tax-exempt status all they have to do is promise not to endorse any political candidates (but they can report on the campaign):
  • Inhofe Exposes Environmental Groups As "Massive Democratic Political Machines"

    12/10/2008 9:55:47 PM PST · by flattorney · 12 replies · 956+ views
    U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works ^ | September 20, 2008 | James Inhofe Senate Floor Statement
    Abstract: Partisan Environmental Groups: Beware of Wolves Dressed in Sheep’s Clothing. These wolves should be seen for what they really are: massive democratic political machines, disguised as environmental causes. These wolves disguised in sheep's clothing are deceiving the America people. When an individual gives their hard-earned money to one of these organizations, most expect it to be used for the environmental cause they support, not political campaigning. It seems that it is more important to these groups to turn their once laudable movement into a political machine misleading the American public regarding their purely politically partisan agenda under the guise...
  • Partisan Environmental Groups (Inhofe Exposes Democrats-Soros Shadow Party Fraud)

    12/10/2008 9:42:20 PM PST · by flattorney · 9 replies · 627+ views
    U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works ^ | October 4, 2004 | Jim Inhofe Senate Floor Speech
    Re: Many environmental groups are using their tax-exempt IRS registered 501(c)(3) charitable organizations as fraudulent front operations for the Democrats-Soros Shadow Party~FlA. Environmental groups are simply Democrat political machines with millions of dollars in contributions and expenditures each year for the purpose of raising more money to pursue their agenda. ~ Sen. James Inhofe Mr./Madam President, I rise today to shed some light on a subject that is very important to me in my oversight duties as Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee. Earlier this year, the Environment and Public Works Committee held an oversight hearing where the...
  • Pastor Preaching Partisanship from the pulpit (youtube video)

    09/24/2008 5:00:24 PM PDT · by publius_in_abq · 13 replies · 1,084+ views
    This pastor spouts vicious rumors about Sarah Palin (affairs with other men), and trashes her family values for the situation of her pregnant daughter - all from the pulpit. Is this grounds for revocation of his tax-exempt status? It seems borderline in that he doesn't advocate for a specifc candidate...also, he is from the prosperity preacher cloth with a very questionable lifestyle himself: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/baltimore_city/bal-md.ci.bryant16feb16,0,756929,full.story
  • Does Obama campaign email indicate illegal electioneering in Ohio mosques?

    02/28/2008 4:31:14 PM PST · by Winged Hussar · 4 replies · 85+ views
    Central Ohioans Against Terrorism ^ | 2/28/08 | Central Ohioans Against Terrorism
    But there are already indications that both campaigns may be skirting campaign and tax laws in their efforts to win the Buckeye State. The Columbus Dispatch reported just a few weeks ago how both the Hillary and Obama camps are targeting pastors in the area seeking their endorsements (yes, the same thing that World Harvest pastor Rod Parsley and his church were accused of) in anticipation of the Ohio primary next Tuesday. So it's going to be interesting to see if the "We Believe" group of local ministers and rabbis who previously protested the supposed violation of church and state,...
  • IRS Investigates Church Group for Obama Speech

    02/27/2008 12:15:06 PM PST · by girlangler · 28 replies · 198+ views
    Philanthropy Today ^ | 2/27/08 | release
    IRS Investigates Church Group for Obama Speech The Internal Revenue Service is investigating the United Church of Christ for possibly violating federal restrictions on political activity for tax-exempt groups after the denomination hosted Sen. Barack Obama as a speaker at its national meeting last year, says the Associated Press. Senator Obama, who gave a speech to the denomination about faith and public life in Hartford, Conn., after he became a candidate for president, belongs to the 1.2 million-member Protestant group through his Chicago congregation. The IRS cited articles posted on the church’s Web site stating that volunteers for Senator Obama’s...
  • U.S. Christian Camp Loses Tax-Exempt Status over Same-Sex Civil-Union Ceremony

    09/22/2007 8:35:41 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 31 replies · 578+ views
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | September 19, 2007 | John Jalsevac
    U.S. Christian Camp Loses Tax-Exempt Status over Same-Sex Civil-Union Ceremony By John Jalsevac OCEAN GROVE, N.J., September 19, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced on Monday that it was stripping the Methodist Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association of its tax-exempt status for part of its property. The Methodist camp made the news earlier this year after it refused, for religious reasons, to allow a lesbian couple to hold a "civil-union" ceremony at a pavilion on the camp's property. The pavilion, said Scott Hoffman, the camp's chief administrative officer to LifeSiteNews, "is a facility we...
  • Illegal Sanctuaries (Churches step over the line)

    05/21/2007 4:59:38 AM PDT · by BigAlPro · 26 replies · 967+ views
    The Holland Sentinel ^ | May 21, 2007 | Alan Helvig
       The illegal alien situation in America just keeps getting worse by the day.    On May 1st of 2007, the Los Angeles sect of the nationwide march of illegals against America got ugly and the police had to step in to restore order. Once again, the authorities have been labeled as the bad guys and the criminals have been elevated to the status of victims. Since they received such sympathetic media coverage, these instigators are now planning another nationwide protest against America. If they want to protest, they should go home and march on their own soil.    Next,...
  • Sports, academics debated: Congress gives athletics revenue close examination

    01/18/2007 6:30:17 AM PST · by Ellesu · 5 replies · 367+ views
    2theadvocate.com ^ | 01/18/07 | JORDAN BLUM
    As college sports continues to saturate the world of 24-hour sports news, some members of Congress are asking whether athletics ties into the academic mission of higher education. Proof that athletics spending supports education could become necessary to maintain the tax-exempt status of college sports. Losing that status could cost major programs like LSU’s millions of dollars, economists say. Although LSU officials do not believe Congress will make major changes in the tax law anytime soon, many aspects of sports revenue are potentially at stake, including: Whether to tax colleges for revenue they get from television broadcast rights. Loss of...
  • Congress asks NCAA to justify tax-exempt status

    10/04/2006 10:50:32 PM PDT · by MissouriConservative · 19 replies · 760+ views
    CBS Sportsline ^ | October 4, 2006 | CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
    WASHINGTON -- An influential member of Congress is questioning whether the NCAA, with its multimillion-dollar television contracts and million-dollar coaches, deserves its tax-exempt status. "From the standpoint of a federal taxpayer, why should the federal government subsidize the athletic activities of educational institutions when that subsidy is being used to help pay for escalating coaches' salaries, costly chartered travel and state-of-the-art athletic facilities?" asked Rep. Bill Thomas, R-Calif., chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee. Thomas asked the NCAA to justify its tax-exempt status in a letter sent Tuesday to Myles Brand, president of the National Collegiate Athletic...
  • To Churches In The US: “The Tax Will Set You Free!”

    09/27/2006 6:18:29 PM PDT · by CTposterBoy · 41 replies · 1,423+ views
    Radiofree West Hartford ^ | September 28, 2006 | Doug Wrenn
    Question: What two words does a blackmailer fear most? Answer: “Go ahead!” Once a blackmailer’s ammunition is gone, so is the threat, as long as the victim is willing to incur the consequences. As our government’s most abusive pit pull, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), continues to bully, threaten, and oppress churches of all faiths in our country while waving the carrot of “tax exemption” in the faces of church leaders, it is high time that the persecuted faiths have their “Epiphany,” and, in unison, tell Uncle Sam where else he can put that carrot. Davy vs. Goliath aside, there...
  • Dan Walters: IRS crackdown on church for anti-war sermon raises hackles

    09/22/2006 8:16:03 AM PDT · by SmithL · 19 replies · 1,131+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 9/22/6 | Dan Walters
    A couple of days before the 2004 presidential election, an Episcopal clergyman named George Regas delivered a sermon to congregants in Pasadena in the form of a mock debate among Jesus, President Bush and Democratic candidate John Kerry over the Iraq war. Regas left no doubt about his anti-war sentiments, saying that Jesus would have told Bush that the war "has led to disaster," but did not specifically endorse anyone in the election. Eight months later, however, All Saints Episcopal Church received a letter from the Internal Revenue Service declaring "a reasonable belief ... that you may not be a...
  • Why Can't America Have Human Rights?

    09/05/2006 11:12:00 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 1 replies · 264+ views
    Little Green Footballs ^ | 09-04-2006 | little green footballs
    Why Can’t America Have Human Rights? Thursday, September 14th, 2006, 6:30 pm The Nave at The Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive, New York www.breakthrough.tv An evening of performance and talks on Human Rights in the United States, including the death penalty, detentions and deportations, poverty, and violence and discrimination on the basis of sex, race, religion, and sexuality. The Forum will work to strengthen our connections and raise our voices to build an America that supports human rights instead of violating them. Speakers and performers include: Reverend Dr. James A. Forbes Jr. Larry Cox of Amnesty International USA Mallika Dutt...
  • Catholics in jeopardy to be muzzled by IRS on issues? No, church organizations say

    08/21/2006 8:02:25 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies · 526+ views
    WASHINGTON (National Catholic Register) – In June, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service put churches on notice for the 2006 campaign season. It said it would step up enforcement of its rules governing political participation by churches and other tax-exempt religious organizations. So does this mean that bishops, priests and other Catholic leaders are in jeopardy of being muzzled in key political debates? No, according to Tom Nash, director of special projects for Steubenville, Ohio-based Catholics United for the Faith. He said that Catholic organizations can speak out freely on political issues without fear of losing their tax-exempt status. “The existing...
  • Premises ID => Farm => Tax Exemption

    06/28/2006 2:26:17 PM PDT · by pubwvj · 736+ views
    NoNAIS.org ^ | 2006-06-27 | Walter Jeffries
    Recent letter to my state reps regarding Premises ID component of NAIS.Dear Representative, An interesting thought occurred to me on the way out to feed the pigs: Premise ID implies farm. Farm buildings are tax exempt real estate in many states. If the Vermont Agency of Agriculture (AoA) is going to be forcing the obligations of Premises ID onto everyone with any livestock, then those people with even one chicken should also accrue the benefit of being a farm - that is to say any portion of their property used for said livestock should be exempt from real estate taxes....
  • NAACP Will Challenge the IRS Threat In Federal Court (evoke the NAACP's tax-exempt status because.)

    03/30/2006 4:16:13 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 7 replies · 700+ views
    NAACP Will Challenge the IRS Threat In Federal Court 3/30/2006 6:33:00 PM To: National Desk Contact: John C. White of the NAACP, 410-580-5125; Web: http://www.naacp.org BALTIMORE, March 30 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The NAACP announced today that it is taking steps to challenge the IRS's examination of the organization in federal court later this year. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) announced today that it is taking steps to challenge in federal court the Internal Revenue Service's threat to revoke the NAACP's tax-exempt status because its Chairman, Julian Bond, criticized the Bush administration's policies in a speech...
  • CA: Liberal Church May Lose Funds Over Sermon

    11/07/2005 6:56:34 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 37 replies · 842+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 11/07/05 | ap - Los Angeles
    LOS ANGELES - The Internal Revenue Service has warned a prominent liberal church that it could lose it's tax-exempt status because of an anti-war sermon a guest preacher gave on the eve of the 2004 presidential election, according to church officials. The Rev. George F. Regas did not urge parishioners at All Saints Episcopal Church to support either President Bush or John Kerry, but he was critical of the Iraq war and Bush's tax cuts. The IRS warned the church in June that its tax-exempt status was in jeopardy because such organizations are prohibited from intervening in political campaigns and...
  • "On Church and State" - church role in advocating for or against an issue (by FReeper 'JustaWoman')

    11/06/2005 5:38:31 AM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 2 replies · 375+ views
    Just A Woman ^ | Sunday November 6th, 2005 | Lores Rizkalla
    "On Church and State", by Lores Rizkalla, Freeper 'JustaWoman' Billy Graham said that "bad politicians are elected by good people who don't vote." I think the same is true of "bad propositions" passing because good people decide to stay home on election day. This Tuesday, California (among many other states) has a special election. Statistics say that an average of 5% of registered voters get out to vote in an off-year election. What's worse is the truth so beautifully, yet sadly, written by William Butler Yeats': "The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity." Where...