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Donohue Says IRS Probe Triggered by Catholics United
Catholic News Agency ^ | 5/18/13 | Kevin J. Jones

Posted on 05/18/2013 12:29:22 PM PDT by marshmallow

New York City, N.Y., May 18, 2013 / 06:02 am (CNA).- Bill Donohue of the Catholic League said he was “stunned” that the IRS investigated his organization in 2008, charging that the Democrat-leaning group Catholics United filed the complaint and used it to argue that CNN should drop him as a commentator.

“This was a fishing expedition meant to intimidate me and create a chilling effect on my freedom of speech,” Donohue said.

“I still couldn’t believe that a couple of weeks after the election, I was being asked to spend my entire Thanksgiving trying to defend the Catholic League about something which we’re not guilty of,” Donohue told CNA May 17.

“We don’t give money. We don’t do endorsements. I’m not a Republican. I’m not a Democrat,” he said. “Of course I address the issues. That’s what I’m supposed to do. That’s my freedom of speech.”

Donohue recounted the inquiry in a May 16 essay for Newsmax. He said that Catholics United’s lawyers sent a June 5, 2008 letter to Marsha Ramirez, the Internal Revenue Service’s Director of Exempt Organizations Examinations, and to Lois G. Lerner, director of the IRS’ Exempt Organizations Division. The letter asked the IRS to question the sources of the Catholic League’s new funding.

Donohue said the Catholics United complaint was leaked to him by a CNN employee in October 2008. “It was miraculously almost the same document that I got a month later from the IRS,” Donohue told CNA.

On Nov. 24, 2008, the IRS sent the Catholic League a letter notifying the Catholic League that it was under investigation for possibly violating IRS rules on political activities for 501(c)(3) tax exempt organizations. The letter included news releases and articles Donohue had written about the presidential campaign.

Donohue said that Catholics United used its......

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1 posted on 05/18/2013 12:29:22 PM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

If it triggered the probe, then why was nothing done before Landmark Legal Foundation filed a complaint with the IG of the Treasury? It was the impending release of the IG investigation that prompted the setup question to Lerner to expose this to run cover for Benghazi.


2 posted on 05/18/2013 12:34:26 PM PDT by mazda77
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To: maggief; penelopesire; SE Mom; 2ndDivisionVet

Marsha, Marsha , Marsha

Drip drip drip


3 posted on 05/18/2013 12:34:58 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then.)
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To: marshmallow

This is beginning to look like a big anti-conservative operation.

The thugs are in charge...and the MSM are downplaying all of this.


4 posted on 05/18/2013 12:35:44 PM PDT by kjo (+)
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To: marshmallow; All

















5 posted on 05/18/2013 1:14:36 PM PDT by LyinLibs (If victims of islam were more "islamophobic," maybe they'd still be alive.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks marshmallow.


6 posted on 05/18/2013 2:07:36 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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