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The IRS probe of the NAACP
The Washington Times ^ | February 3, 2005 | Masthead Editorial

Posted on 02/03/2005 3:13:52 PM PST by neverdem


The Washington Times
www.washingtontimes.com

The IRS probe of the NAACP

Published February 3, 2005

The NAACP has sent a letter to the IRS telling the federal agency that it was refusing to cooperate with the investigation of its tax-exempt status. The privileged tax status of the nation's oldest civil rights organization may be in jeopardy if the NAACP engaged in prohibited partisan political activity during last year's presidential election. At issue are the remarks made by NAACP Chairman Julian Bond on July 11, 2004, at the NAACP's annual convention.


    NAACP Interim President and CEO Dennis Hayes has charged that the IRS investigation, which was officially launched on Oct. 8, apparently in response to complaints filed by two congressmen, was "clearly motivated by partisan politics." An NAACP statement declared that the organization "has rejected the IRS's premise that Bond's speech constituted prohibited campaign intervention."


    The NAACP reports that the IRS, in its communications with the civil rights group, "claims that Bond, speaking at last year's convention, 'condemned' President Bush's war, economic and educational policies." Referring to the IRS' reported rationale for launching its investigation, Mr. Bond asserted, "Under that standard, 55 million Americans would be subject to audits."


    Apart from the fact that more than 60 million Americans -- not 55 million -- actually voted for presidential candidates other than George W. Bush, Mr. Bond also errs in failing to consider the relevant fact that none of those divided voters, unlike the NAACP on whose behalf Mr. Bond was speaking, enjoys tax-exempt status.


    In a letter to Rep. Charles Rangel, who is the ranking member of the House Ways...


(Excerpt) Read more at washtimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: electioneering; freespeech; irs; naacp; politicking; probe; taxes

1 posted on 02/03/2005 3:13:52 PM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem

BUMP


2 posted on 02/03/2005 3:16:10 PM PST by Hacksaw (You can judge a man by the members of his bump list.)
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To: neverdem

It's about time. The NAALCP is a left wing hate group.


3 posted on 02/03/2005 3:16:24 PM PST by buckeyesrule
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To: neverdem

Of course, this was "politically motivated" -- but the barrage of audits against conservative entities under the Clinton Administration weren't? Funny thing, none of those conservative entities REFUSED to cooperate with the IRS like the NAACP!


4 posted on 02/03/2005 3:16:26 PM PST by TommyDale
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To: neverdem

NAACP is not the nation's oldest civil rights organization.


5 posted on 02/03/2005 3:18:19 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Life Member NRA)
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To: neverdem
about darn time!

and a lot of churches that kerry campaigned in - signs and everything

the laws the law and the demorats have been getting away with breaking the law with impunity too long.

Time to snap their garter

6 posted on 02/03/2005 3:19:02 PM PST by maine-iac7 (...but you can't fool all of the people all of the time." Lincoln)
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To: neverdem
geometry 101..

The NAALCP has repeatedly violated the law..
Therefore the NAALCP has repeatedly committed crimes..
Therefore the NAALCP 'IS' a criminal enterprise.

7 posted on 02/03/2005 3:19:13 PM PST by evad
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To: neverdem
NAACP Interim President and CEO Dennis Hayes has charged that the IRS investigation, which was officially launched on Oct. 8, apparently in response to complaints filed by two congressmen, was "clearly motivated by partisan politics." An NAACP statement declared that the organization "has rejected the IRS's premise that Bond's speech constituted prohibited campaign intervention."

What's the line about staying quiet while "they" [the IRS, in this case] go after everyone else, only to have no one left to defend you when "they" come looking for you?

-PJ

8 posted on 02/03/2005 3:19:17 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (It's still not safe to vote Democrat.)
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To: neverdem

naalcp v. irs..

two taxpayer leeches cannabalizing each other!


9 posted on 02/03/2005 3:19:47 PM PST by Tulsa (comparisons are odious--alexander pope)
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To: neverdem

Are they using the anal probe sans lubricant I hope?


10 posted on 02/03/2005 3:20:14 PM PST by pipecorp (I am, therefore, I think...so, what happens when I'm done thinking ?)
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To: neverdem

"He has selected nominees from the Taliban wing of American politics, appeased the wretched appetites of the extreme right wing and chosen Cabinet officials whose devotion to the Confederacy is nearly canine in its uncritical affection."


11 posted on 02/03/2005 3:22:12 PM PST by Howlin (It's a great day to be an American -- and a Bush Republican!!!!)
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To: Howlin


NAACP Chairman Compares Republicans to Terrorists
By Robert B. Bluey
CNSNews.com Staff Writer
June 03, 2004

Washington (CNSNews.com) - In remarks to hundreds of cheering liberal activists Wednesday, NAACP Chairman Julian Bond singled out Republicans as enemies of black Americans and compared conservatives to the terrorist Taliban who once ruled Afghanistan.

"Their idea of equal rights is the American flag and the Confederate swastika flying side by side," Bond told a cheering audience. "They've written a new constitution for Iraq and ignore the Constitution here at home. They draw their most rabid supporters from the Taliban wing of American politics. Now they want to write bigotry back into the Constitution."

Bond's remarks came at an opening of the liberal Take Back America conference, a three-day event that has drawn more than 2,000 liberals from across the country to the nation's capital. Bond spoke moments after MoveOn.org founders Joan Blades and Wes Boyd received a rousing ovation from the partisan crowd.

Bond called the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965 two of America's greatest achievement. He then went on to attack Republicans.

"The passage of these two laws in 1964 and 1965 marked the beginning of the dependence of the Republican Party on the politics of racial division to win elections and gain power," Bond said. "By playing the race card in election after election, they've appealed to that dark underside of American culture, to that minority of Americans who reject democracy and equality. They preach racial neutrality and they practice racial division."

Even though Bond said the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People remains a non-partisan organization, he reserved some of his harshest criticism for President Bush. Bond, who has been chairman of the NAACP since 1998, accused Bush of trying to starve the government of money through tax cuts. He said social programs aimed at minorities have suffered as a result.

"We have a president who talks like a populist and governs for the privileged," Bond said. "We were promised compassionate conservatism; instead, we got crummy capitalism."

Blades and Boyd delivered tempered speeches compared to Bond's blistering address. Both of the MoveOn founders used a computer slide show to accompany their speeches. Blades declared "right-wing extremism" a dead end for America, while Boyd told the audience that he believes MoveOn members speak for a majority of Americans.

At an awards gala Wednesday evening, the 15-member staff of MoveOn and its political action committee accepted an award for leadership. MoveOn claims to have more than 2 million members, many who have helped raise money for television and print ads attacking Bush.

One of MoveOn's biggest supporters, philanthropist and financier George Soros, is scheduled to speak at the conference on Thursday. A last-minute announcement Wednesday revealed that Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) will introduce Soros.

The liberal billionaire has given $2.5 million to MoveOn, a fraction of the nearly $15 million he's contributed to defeat Bush.


12 posted on 02/03/2005 3:23:13 PM PST by Howlin (It's a great day to be an American -- and a Bush Republican!!!!)
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To: TommyDale

This "defense" worked SO well for Judicial Watch..........LOL.


13 posted on 02/03/2005 3:23:59 PM PST by Howlin (It's a great day to be an American -- and a Bush Republican!!!!)
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To: evad

and all members should be held on trial under Ricoh.....


14 posted on 02/03/2005 3:27:11 PM PST by esoxmagnum
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To: esoxmagnum
>>and all members should be held on trial under Ricoh.....<<

I'll settle for a few of the kingfishes at the top

15 posted on 02/03/2005 3:29:10 PM PST by evad
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To: mhking

Ping.


16 posted on 02/03/2005 3:32:55 PM PST by steveegg (The secret goal of lieberals - to ensure that no future generation can possibly equal theirs.)
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To: neverdem
What I'd like to see...

NAACP, meet RICO. RICO, NAACP. Let's get it on!

17 posted on 02/03/2005 3:34:11 PM PST by steveegg (The secret goal of lieberals - to ensure that no future generation can possibly equal theirs.)
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To: Hacksaw

Yeah! And next how about the unions (AFL-CIO?)??? I notice the teachers union enjoys the same tax-exempts status, and yet teachers and professors have been VERY vocal in partisan politics. They also have their 'own special' retirement program, instead of social security. SS is just not 'good enough' for them.

It's time to eliminate all these special interest 'special' groups. The people that these groups are composed of are no better than you, me or ANYONE. They should have to PAY IN to the exact same systems that us PEONS have to pay into (against our will).


18 posted on 02/03/2005 3:35:26 PM PST by Capricam
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To: neverdem

Jesse Jacksons organization should be next.


19 posted on 02/03/2005 3:41:15 PM PST by lowbridge
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To: neverdem
This is a reversal, normally it is the tin-foil hat types that refuse to cooperate with the IRS.
20 posted on 02/03/2005 3:42:08 PM PST by Purple GOPer (If you can't convince them, confuse them)
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To: neverdem

"An NAACP statement declared that the organization "has rejected the IRS's premise that Bond's speech constituted prohibited campaign intervention."

Well that settles it then. Case closed, nothing to see here.


21 posted on 02/03/2005 3:42:26 PM PST by dljordan
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Right, it's the NRA.


22 posted on 02/03/2005 3:42:53 PM PST by dljordan
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
NAACP is not the nation's oldest civil rights organization.

No, that's the National Rifle Organization.

23 posted on 02/03/2005 3:44:46 PM PST by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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To: Political Junkie Too
What's the line about staying quiet while "they" [the IRS, in this case] go after everyone else, only to have no one left to defend you when "they" come looking for you?
Look, the Income Tax charitable deduction concept is the only reason the NAACP is subject to this harassment, and it is the only reason a Baptist church might be considered culpable (as opposed to possibly unwise) for explicitly urging its parishoners to vote for or against particular candidates.

The deductable contribution puts the government in the business of deciding what is "charitable" or "educational" - and what is "political."

Neither the flat tax nor the national sales tax suffers from that constitutional infirmity. And either would be preferable to what we have now.


24 posted on 02/03/2005 3:56:42 PM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which liberalism coheres is that NOTHING actually matters but PR.)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion
11/7/2000 - Newsmax: Jesse Jackson Jr. Says Church Politicking 'Supersedes the Law'

It may be against federal election law to campaign in church. But for Democrats seeking to get out the vote in minority districts, politicking from the pulpit has become indispensable.

In the last days of this year's campaign, Vice President Al Gore, Senate candidate Hillary Clinton and her husband have all made regular appearances at African-American and Hispanic churches.

Even when parishioners objected to Mrs. Clinton campaigning from the altar at a Rochester, N.Y., Catholic church last week, the rules were not enforced. Those who didn't like it were simply ejected by police while the first lady continued her campaign speech.

Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., whose namesake is both a reverend and one of the Democratic Party's most vocal boosters, was challenged on the issue Monday during a Tennessee radio interview on WLAC-AM by "Nashville This Morning" hosts Steve Gill and Terry Hopkins.

GILL: Let me ask you about this. It's against IRS regulations for politicians to campaign from the pulpit. Why are these politicians campaigning in black churches?

JACKSON: I'm not totally convinced that's true in the African-American community. Certainly there's a separation of church and state. But in our community there's little distinction between our religion and our politics. ... And so in many African-American churches born out of experience in this country, the role of the churches has evolved into a very, very active political institution which has been very effective for a number of causes in the black community.

HOPKINS: And that supersedes the law?

JACKSON: Absolutely. Oh, absolutely.

-PJ
25 posted on 02/03/2005 4:14:14 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (It's still not safe to vote Democrat.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Bingo , If I'm not mistaken, the GOP is.


26 posted on 02/03/2005 4:16:28 PM PST by Cheapskate (Uncle Jam Wants You!)
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To: dljordan

yes


27 posted on 02/03/2005 4:29:01 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: neverdem

yes


28 posted on 02/03/2005 4:29:26 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Political Junkie Too
".....there's little distinction between our religion and our politics."

I'd like Jesse Jr to explain the "religion" that preaches abortion, corruption, extortion, race baiting, anti-education, victimization, leaching on the public taxpayer, etc, etc.....

Oh, excuse me --- that IS the Democrat party...

Semper Fi

29 posted on 02/03/2005 4:49:00 PM PST by river rat (You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: neverdem
The NAACP has sent a letter to the IRS telling the federal agency that it was refusing to cooperate with the investigation of its tax-exempt status.

Well, I'm not "tax exempt", tho we all should be, but if the IRS ever pulls an audit on me, I'm going to tell them I refuse to cooperate.....BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!.......see y'all in 5to10.

FMCDH(BITS)

30 posted on 02/03/2005 5:02:29 PM PST by nothingnew (CNN REPORT: Judge says ready to sit for 6 month Jackson trial: God help us!)
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To: Hacksaw

and after they revoke the NAALCP's tax exempt status they should go after the NEA,,, I'm sick of funding these jackasses(Dems)!


31 posted on 02/03/2005 5:13:52 PM PST by CatAtomic ("If Tom Landry isn't in heaven, we're all in trouble." - Roger Staubach)
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To: Political Junkie Too
Now I understand. For Jesse Jackson, black Republicans are heretics.
32 posted on 02/03/2005 5:14:30 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: pipecorp
Are they using the anal probe sans lubricant I hope?

Bad news: They are using lubricant. Good news: It's Tabasco Sauce! *rimshot*

33 posted on 02/03/2005 5:14:54 PM PST by jiggyboy
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To: neverdem
After relentless provocation, the President has finally let slip the dogs of war.
34 posted on 02/03/2005 5:30:39 PM PST by Ronaldus Magnus
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To: jiggyboy
Are they using the anal probe sans lubricant I hope? Bad news: They are using lubricant. Good news: It's Tabasco Sauce! *rimshot*

...Just the thought. :^(

35 posted on 02/03/2005 5:40:39 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you :^)
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To: nothingnew

"Well, I'm not "tax exempt", tho we all should be, but if the IRS ever pulls an audit on me, I'm going to tell them I refuse to cooperate.....BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!.......see y'all in 5to10."

Actually, there was a recent federal court ruling that the IRS has no authority to compel cooperation absent a court order.


36 posted on 02/03/2005 7:05:21 PM PST by dsc
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37 posted on 02/03/2005 7:58:36 PM PST by mhking (Do not mess with dragons, for thou art crunchy & good with ketchup...)
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To: neverdem

Yellow sponges today also reacted with anger, or joy as is their nature, at being targeted for an audit..Spongebob's accountant had no comment as he has not had a chance to talk to his client who was chasing jellyfish this afternoon..developing..

38 posted on 02/03/2005 9:01:45 PM PST by BerniesFriend
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To: neverdem

I think the NAACP needs to pony up some cash to the IRS and hand back that Tax Exempt Status certificate. I could hear the cheers in the crowd as I read Mr. Bonds politically biased words and overt campaigning for sKerry/Barbie.


39 posted on 02/03/2005 9:41:43 PM PST by phoenix0468 (One man with courage is a majority. (Thomas Jefferson))
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To: Howlin

Is that quote attributable to Mr. Bond?


40 posted on 02/03/2005 9:43:30 PM PST by phoenix0468 (One man with courage is a majority. (Thomas Jefferson))
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To: phoenix0468

Oh, yes, it is; I was looking for more and got distracted with daily life!

He made even worse ones in 2003.


41 posted on 02/03/2005 9:52:46 PM PST by Howlin (It's a great day to be an American -- and a Bush Republican!!!!)
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To: neverdem

Perfect timing. Probe away. Oh, and remove their tax exempt status. Their recent policital activities show that they are no longer eligible for the tax exemption extended to genuine apolitical organizations.


42 posted on 02/03/2005 10:10:14 PM PST by Octar
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To: neverdem
The defense will come down to "everybody does it". While technically not true; it is true that there are many not-for-profit organizations that step over the line. Most political 501C3's are leftist... but not all of them.

A bigger question for the tax reform people is whether the constitution allows congress (or the IRS) to make laws regarding the freedom of speech of not-for-profits.

I can remember sitting in 501C3 meetings where a motion was made and seconded to endorse a candidate, "not officialy as the organization but unanimously as individuals who are officers and members of the organization with the full impact as if it were an official endorsement." The lawyers said that was OK.

43 posted on 02/04/2005 6:01:01 AM PST by spintreebob
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To: dsc
Actually, there was a recent federal court ruling that the IRS has no authority to compel cooperation absent a court order.

Can you point me to it? Thanks.

FMCDH(BITS)

44 posted on 02/04/2005 6:14:50 AM PST by nothingnew (CNN REPORT: Judge says ready to sit for 6 month Jackson trial: God help us!)
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To: evad

Excellent extrapolation of the situation.


45 posted on 02/04/2005 6:17:53 AM PST by NCC-1701 (ISLAM IS A CULT, PURE AND SIMPLE!!!!! IT MUST BE ERADICATED FROM THE FACE OF THE EARTH.)
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To: nothingnew

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=42634


46 posted on 02/04/2005 6:30:39 AM PST by dsc
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To: Cheapskate
JACKSON: I'm not totally convinced that's true in the African-American community. Certainly there's a separation of church and state. But in our community there's little distinction between our religion and our politics. ... And so in many African-American churches born out of experience in this country, the role of the churches has evolved into a very, very active political institution which has been very effective for a number of causes in the black community.

Dont' you think the white people would like this RIGHT too? Hummmmm Jesse?

47 posted on 02/04/2005 8:34:57 AM PST by The Bat Lady (I want to import the purple finger for the USA elections. and all on the same day, no early voting.)
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