Skip to comments.IRS Brazenly Continues Crackdowns On Conservative Organizations
Posted on 05/05/2014 8:39:44 AM PDT by Kaslin
A little publicized IRS decision should have conservatives who write about politics very alarmed. The IRS revoked the tax-exempt status of a conservative political organization, the Patrick Henry Center for Individual Liberty (PHCIL), due to a handful of articles that founder Gary Aldrich wrote in his personal capacity. His decade-old articles simply criticized Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, which the IRS claimed constituted electioneering.
The articles were linked to as "alerts" from the PHCIL website. The American Spectator noted, Although the literature demands that those like Clinton and Kerry be kept out of power, it never specifically says, Dont vote for Clinton or Kerry. As a former elections attorney for Maricopa County in Arizona, I recognize the difference between politicking vs. electioneering - yet the IRS appears not to care about the distinction.
The IRS justified revoking PHCIL's tax-exempt status with this draconian language, "[PHCIL] has shown a pattern of deliberate and consistent intervention in political campaigns and has made repeated statements supporting or opposing various candidates by expressing its opinion of the respective candidates character and qualifications.
The timing is peculiar. The IRS issued the decision on February 3, yet didnt release the announcement to the press until April 18. The name of the organization was blacked out in the determination letter, which is not characteristic of these announcements. Having worked for public officials, I suspect the IRS postponed and then attempted to hide making the revocation public, not wanting to draw more attention to the Lois Lerner conservative targeting scandal.
Aldrich, who served in the FBI and as a private investigator during the Clinton years, published a New York Times bestseller exposing corruption at the Clinton White House in 1996, entitled Unlimited Access. The book revealed all kinds of sordid activity by the Clintons, including Bill promising Hillary control over domestic policy in exchange for her not abandoning him over his extramarital affairs.
PHCIL is not some fly-by-night sleazy operation that funnels money like ACORN. Its board members include Ed Meese, who served as Attorney General under President Reagan. The advisory board includes Mark Levin, Bob Barr, Oliver North and Beverly LaHaye. In 2010, PHCIL merged with the Tea Party group Liberty Central, run by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomass wife Virginia Ginni Thomas. Conservatives should be alarmed that some of our top respected leaders are being targeted.
Ironically, PHCIL was launched in order to fight back against this kind of targeting. Aldrich states in his biography, With firsthand knowledge of the hardship facing those who dare to speak the truth in the face of corrupt power, [I] determined to make a difference by helping others. Thus was conceived a non-profit foundation to assist [other] whistleblowers and to protect their First Amendment rights. PHCILs first client was Linda Tripp, who exposed Bill Clintons extramarital affair with Monica Lewinsky.
The IRS revoked PHCIL's status as a 501(c)(3), a type of tax-exempt nonprofit that allows limited lobbying and political activity, but can receive tax-exempt contributions. Garth Kant of Worldnetdaily pointed out that the left wing group Media Matters for America, a 501(c)(3), has engaged in nonstop political criticism of Mitt Romney - to name just one political candidate - yet the IRS has never revoked its tax-exempt status. In just one month during 2012, Media Matters published 238 articles containing the word Romney, with many partisan titles such as CBS News Covers for Romney Campaigns Tax Doublespeak and Foxs Hemmer Parrots Romneys 12 Million Jobs Lie.
Media Matters has a 501(c)(4) wing, Media Matters Action Network, but those articles appeared under its main 501(c)(3) side. At a minimum, PHCIL should be allowed to operate as a tax-exempt 501(3)(4), which is permitted much more political activity, although contributions are not tax deductible. Tellingly, not a word has been said by the IRS about this alternative.
How has Media Matters not done exactly what PHCIL is accused of doing and ten times more, "repeated statements supporting or opposing various candidates by expressing its opinion of the respective candidates character and qualifications? As conservative columnist Robert Knight observes, this smacks of more selective enforcement. Considering Aldrichs organization only reported $350,000 in revenues for 2012, it seems even more likely he was singled out.
This is being done to make it difficult for Aldrich to speak up about his personal knowledge of the Democrats' likely candidate for president in 2016, Hillary Clinton. If anyone has read his jaw-dropping book about corruption at the Clinton White House in the 1990s, it all makes sense. Now that another Clinton has a realistic shot at the White House, the Democratic machine behind them will ruthlessly do what they have to do to keep the the slime and corruption Aldrich witnessed firsthand from resurfacing.
Any conservative who works for a nonprofit organization and writes or blogs should be terrified and expose this. The revocation goes into effect on July 1; it is not too late to fight back and appeal. Otherwise, expect more conservative nonprofit groups and writers to be targeted in order to allow Hillary to sail through to the presidency.
The lawlessness will continue until Obama is removed from office.
“Using the powers of the office of President of the United States . . . in violation of his constitutional oath faithfully to execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in disregard of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, has repeatedly engaged in conduct violating the constitutional rights of citizens, impairing the due and proper administration of justice and the conduct of lawful inquiries, or contravening the laws governing agencies of the executive branch and the purposed of these agencies . . . He has, acting personally and through his subordinates and agents, endeavoured to obtain from the Internal Revenue Service, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, confidential information contained in income tax returns for purposed not authorized by law, and to cause, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, income tax audits or other income tax investigations to be intitiated or conducted in a discriminatory manner.”
We don’t have to do anything more than change the name of the corrupt abuser of executive power and we’re ready to go. Unfortunately, unlike the Republicans of 1974, today’s democrats are just as corrupt as the evil thug in our White House. Obama will not be impeached, regardless of how richly he deserves to be removed from power.
I don’t have a problem with the IRS revoking 501(c)(3) status of organizations that engage in political action. My problem is unequal enforcement. The IRS appears to hold conservative organizations to a very strict interpretation of 501(c)(3) law, while many (most?) leftist organizations get a pass. In other words, the IRS selectively uses the law to suppress organizations that hold contrary political views.
The US government is so overrun by liberals the solution may be to let it fail so we can start over.
The Washington DC area currently has the best economy in our nation. Liberals are filling up the government payrolls and benefiting from government spending.
The hallmark of this administration: Double Down, not Back Down..................
“Liberals are filling up the government payrolls and benefiting from government spending.”
Unfortunately they are also moving into Northern Virginia and voting.
Unfortunately they are also moving into Northern Virginia and voting.
That is not good. It may soon be another lock for the demos.
We just spent 2 weeks in Alexandria visiting the in-laws. It was sickening to see the amount of new construction. There are cranes and other construction equipment all over the place, and I-95 is being significantly widened all the way to at least 5 miles south of Quantico.
We visit the in-laws twice a year (they are each 90 yrs old now), and this time I felt like I needed a passport to visit.
It long has been. The 8th district is owned by Cong. James P. (Wifebeater) Moran or his anointed successor. Northern Virginia is overrun with libs but still not as badly as D.C. or Maryland.
Meanwhile, let’s hope Lois Lerner is slapped with that contempt of Congress vote the pubbies promised us. If she gets frogmarched, it might dampen IRS fanaticism for punishing groups who disagree with liberalism.