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Anti-US Group Gets Tax Exemption Illegally

You’ve seen their signs for years now at every anti-US anti-Bush rally across the nation, including yesterday’s protests in Washington, DC:

They are the members of the so-called World Can’t Wait Coalition, which is the activist arm of the Revolutionary Communist Party, all under the authoritative leadership of the unapologetic Mao-ist, Charles Clark Kissinger.

And you are supporting them with your tax dollars.

They admit that they would not normally qualify for a 501c3 “charity” tax exemption from the IRS. So they have not even bothered to apply for one.

But they have figured out a way to get all of the benefits of tax exempt status just the same. You can read how they work this illegal scam on their own website.

First from their donations page:

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And here is the “info” as to how the scam works, along with a long-winded exegesis which is supposed to explain why what they are doing isn’t wrong:

Some Important Points Regarding World Can’t Wait and 501 (c) (3) Tax-exempt Status:

Groups and individuals have raised concerns that endorsing or contributing money to World Can’t Wait could jeopardize their 501 c 3 tax-exempt status.  There is a lot of confusion about this that we need to address.

Some particular ways this has come up are:  “World Can’t Wait is about driving out Bush, which is not permissible for 501 c 3 groups.”  “World can’t Wait is an ‘advocacy’ group, which is not permissible or is severely restricted (in the case of lobbying.)” …

A.  Groups are within their rights and within their 501c3 status when they endorse the World Can’t Wait Call, when they rent buses and speak as a group at Bush Step Down protests, and when they contribute to World Can’t Wait through its fiscal sponsor for its educational activities.  Doing any of these does not put your 501c3 in violation of tax law.   This conclusion is based on consultation with an attorney familiar with 501c3 law

World Can’t Wait is a not-for-profit corporation in good standing that has not itself filed for 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt status and does not have it

What 501c3s  are NOT allowed to do are:

1)   support or oppose a candidate for political office during an election campaign.

2)   have a “substantial” part of its activities involved in support of, or in opposition to, legislation (i.e., lobbying);

A 501 c 3 organization cannot support these prohibited activities.  But endorsing the Call for to Drive out the Bush regime, which puts before all the outrages of this administration program and the need for people themselves to take responsibility for changing this whole course by driving out the Bush regime does NOT fall within these criteria…

WCW is not about lobbying, the other activity prohibited by IRS 501c3 code.  This is not an impeachment movement, it is not lobbying for legislation.  It is about people, on the basis of looking at the reality of what is going on, taking responsibility themselves to stop it through their own independent action…

While tax law also prohibits engaging in “propaganda” or inflammatory language, this vague term has been interpreted to include only unsubstantiated rhetoric – as opposed to taking a position and supporting it with facts.  The “your governments” at the beginning of the Call are true facts that need to be brought to the public’s attention, (as well as the points in the rest of the Call – for example “no savior from the Democrats” or “radically remaking society in a fascist direction” or” people look at Bush and think of Hitler” or “that which you do not resist you will learn or be forced to accept” or “history is full of examples where people who had right on their side….”).  Daily, new articles on the WCW website further help people see the truth of these points, and the truth of the need to drive out the Bush regime if we want to change this course. 

For purposes of making tax-deductible contributions, World Can’t Wait is a project sponsored by another 501 c 3 (Alliance for Global Justice) which allows it to receive tax-deductible contributions for its educational activities

That’s right. They admit they are not a 501c3, but then tell you how to donate money to them and still get a taxpayer supported tax exemption.

Surely this is against the law. But if you hate the US enough, apparently you never have to worry about obeying its laws. And no one will ever prosecute you.

And surely the Revolutionary Communist Party’s World Can’t Wait hates this country, as you can see by reading about their background at Discover The Networks.

But, for starters, here is some information on its founder, via DTN:


C. Clark Kissinger is a longtime Maoist activist and the originator of the Not In Our Name (NION) project – a self-described “peace” movement that produced two documents denouncing America’s post-9/11 policies, one of which was published in the New York Times with 64,000 signatories and played a significant role in the growth of the anti-war movement. The NION “Pledge of Resistance” condemns “the injustices done by our government” in its pursuit of “endless war”; its greed-driven “transfusions of blood for oil”; its determination to “erode [our] freedoms”; and its eagerness to “invade countries, bomb civilians, kill more children, [and annihilate] families on foreign soil.” …

The more widely circulated NION document, the group’s “Statement of Conscience” was signed by such notables as Ed Asner, Oliver Stone, Ossie Davis, Danny Glover, Susan Sarandon, Alice Walker, Ramsey Clark, Tom Hayden, Al Sharpton, Martin Luther King III, Gloria Steinem, Medea Benjamin, Leslie Cagan, and Noam Chomsky. It condemns not only the Bush administration’s “stark new measures of repression,” but also its “unjust, immoral, illegitimate, [and] openly imperial policy towards the world.” According to NION, it is the American government – and not that of Iraq, North Korea, Iran, or any other nation – that leads the way in posing “grave dangers to the people of the world.”

Kissinger is a member of the Revolutionary Communist Party, a Maoist vanguard party, and a contributing writer for its official organ, the Revolutionary Worker. Kissinger began his public activism in the early 1960s when he was the national secretary of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), the leading radical organization of its day. In 1969, SDS became the Weather Underground, America’s first terrorist cult.

Kissinger also worked closely with Fred Hampton and the Black Panther Party, and supported Mao Tse-tung’s Communist regime in China which, according to The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression, was responsible for the deaths of 65 million of its own citizens…

MIM declares that it can only achieve its ends “by building public opinion to seize power through armed struggle.” Chief among its objectives is to foment “revolution [in] North America, as the [US] military becomes over-extended in the government’s attempts to maintain world hegemony.”

Kissinger was a strong supporter of Iran’s Islamic revolution and traveled to Iran in 1979 when the Ayatollah Khomeni and his Islamic radicals seized power. Four years later, he was in West Germany demonstrating against US plans to station cruise and Pershing missiles in Europe to meet the Soviet threat…

In 1987 Kissinger created “Refuse and Resist!” – on whose National Council he remains a member. R&R played a supportive role in the 1992 Los Angeles race riot, which left 58 people dead and 2,300 injured and which Kissinger referred to as a “rebellion.” …

“The problem in this country,” says Kissinger, can be traced to one root cause: “the oppressive system of capitalism that exploits people all over the world, that destroys our planet, that oppresses minority people, that sends people to the death chambers in droves. That is a problem that has to be done away with.”

Is there a solution? “Yes,” says Kissinger. “Revolution is the solution. And the Revolutionary Worker has put out a call to people to join with them in formulating a new program for revolution in this country, a blueprint to go forward.”

(And you can be sure that the aforementioned ad was given the secret “standby rate” from the New York Times.)

Also thanks to the DTN, one can find some enlightenment about the group which illegally provides the WCW’s funding using taxpayer supported donations:


The Alliance for Global Justice (AGJ) is a Washington, D.C.-based charity that promotes opposition to free-market capitalism, particularly in Latin America, under the cover of engaging in “education on human, environmental and worker rights.” AGJ underwrites and publicizes the activities of revolutionary Marxist movements from Nicaragua to Mexico and trains young activists to work toward its distinctly radical conception of “economic justice.” 

AGJ’s mission can be traced to its president, Katherine Hoyt… Following the Sandinistas’ takeover of the country, Hoyt worked for the Sandinista dictatorship, becoming a translator for its national legislative body…

In keeping with Hoyt’s enduring pro-Sandinista sympathies, one the main projects funded by AGJ is the Nicaragua Network (NN), a front group created in 1979 to promote the revolution…

Closely related to the Nicaragua Network is AGJ’s other project: the Mexico Solidarity Network (MSN), a self-described “grassroots-based NGO dedicated to fundamental social change that challenges existing power relationships.” In particular, the kind of social change MSN advocates is a revolution founded on Marxist principles…

The main beneficiaries of MSN are the Zapatistas, Mexico’s Marxist-Leninist guerrilla movement.

As part of MSN, the Alliance for Global Justice funds a Zapatista “solidarity” initiative.  MSN actively recruits American students into the Zapatista cause. Under its solidarity initiative, MSN offers credit to American students who attend a Zapatista-run “international language school that offers classes in Spanish and Tzotzil.” ..

In addition to its efforts to stoke revolution in other countries, AGJ also funds revolutionary groups within the United States. For instance, it is the main financial sponsor of World Can’t Wait, a direct-action movement affiliated with the Revolutionary Communist Party.

AGJ is listed as a tax-exempt charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. tax code. In 2003, AGJ’s revenues totaled nearly $300,000.

That’s right. All of this and more is being done with the help of your tax dollars.

Someone should ask the IRS why that is?

By the way, the World Can’t Wait Coalition claims they do not lobby for legislation. Yet they also call for the “driving out” of the Bush regime, which can only be done legally through acts of Congress (impeachment) and the Senate (conviction).

So the WCW are either lobbying Congress or they are calling for sedition.

But it is revealing that the WCW would prefer to be thought of as seditious rather than lobbyists.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, September 16th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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