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Gates Will ‘Amend’ Charity’s IRS Form

From the Boston Globe:

Foundation to file amended ’07 IRS report

By Milton J. Valencia, Globe Staff  |  July 28, 2009

The Inkwell Foundation, a charity run by Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., plans to file an amendment to a 2007 Internal Revenue Service report, after questions were raised about grants to staff members.

Gates, the black professor at the center of a national debate over race relations after he was arrested two weeks ago by a white Cambridge police officer, said last night that he mischaracterized $11,000 in compensation to staff members as research grants. Acknowledging a report by www.propublica.org that first questioned the grants, he called the mistake an accounting error.

“It’s a very minor issue, just a simple mistake from the account,’’ he said in a telephone interview last night. “It will all be rectified, and all is well.’’

To keep their tax-exempt status, nonprofits like Inkwell must submit annual reports listing what they collect and what they spend, and donors look favorably on organizations that spend more on their core mission than on administrative functions.

Gates started Inkwell in 2005 to support educational programs, and research on African and African-American history and culture.

What a perfect example of shoddy journalism from the Boston Globe. This article manages to get just about every one of its facts wrong.

Acknowledging a report by www.propublica.org that first questioned the grants, he called the mistake an accounting error.

ProPublica was not the first to question Mr. Gates’ grants. Joe Culligan at the WebOfDeception website was.

Then Dan Rhiel and even yours truly followed up with much more information.

By the way, Mr. Gates is on ProPublica’s board of directors. So they would probably be among the last to have uncovered this malfeasance, let alone report it.

[Gates] mischaracterized $11,000 in compensation to staff members as research grants.

But isn’t it hilarious that this is the full extent of how this will be reported in our watchdog media?

Much more than $11,000 went to staff, former staff and Mr. Gates’ friends. $10,000 went to Mr. Gates’ current personal assistant alone.

The number is sure to be much closer to $27,500, which is the total sum that Gates claims to have disbursed.

And how preposterous it is that he will be able to skip skate by just calling it an accounting error.

Especially in view of the fact that this 2007 Form 990 was the first Mr. Gates ever filed for his ‘charity,’ despite it having been in operation since 2005. And even this was filed late.

Who knew the IRS was so forgiving?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, July 28th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

12 Responses to “Gates Will ‘Amend’ Charity’s IRS Form”

  1. curvyred

    “It’s a very minor issue, just a simple mistake from the account,’’ he said in a telephone interview last night. “It will all be rectified, and all is well.’’

    I am very unimpressed: what no cries of racism, bigotry and your momma?

    • neocon mom

      He’s taking a leaf from “Turbo Tax” Timmy’s book of lies this time instead of Al Sharpton’s.

    • jobeth

      neomom…I think you are on to something there….I’ll bet he used “Turbotax” and so therefore it’s “Turbotax’s” fault!

      And of course “Turbotax” is racist…I mean, this wouldn’t have happened to a white guy….oh wait…Timmy is white…uh..uh…wait…I know! It must be because he was held back due to his race…Yeah! that’s IT!

      Well..it worked for Sonya!

  2. Liberals Demise

    “Who knew the IRS was so forgiving?”

    Only lately, Steve!
    It just so happens that if you are a tax cheat or a person of darker pigmentation
    that hobnobs with racists, commies, anti-American anarchist; you hold sway with this current, Racist-saurus in charge of protecting the Constitution from enemies foreign and domestic.

    From the sound of things, it may appear that Henry listened to the good Rev. Wrights “LOVE” offerings from the pulpit more than Barry did!

  3. Rusty Shackleford

    “It’s a very minor issue, just a simple mistake from the account,’’ he said in a telephone interview last night. “It will all be rectified, and all is well.”

    Translation: “I was really hoping you non-academic dullards wouldn’t notice this but since you did, I can easily dupe you into believing that it was ‘just a mistake’ and can divert your attention like a cat with a ball of string by calling it something else. And, because I’m so intellectually superior, you will HAVE to believe me. You simply have no choice. And, if you don’t then you are racists and I’ll trump any legal action by calling on my close, personal friend, Barry the president. Obviously, you DON’T have any idea who your messing with”

    • Liberals Demise

      “You sounded a little taller on the phone.”
      (translation) “You didn’t sound like a negro on the phone”

      Sheriff Buford T. Justice
      “Smokey and the Bandit”

    • Rusty Shackleford

      “Mind if we dance wif’ yo dates?”

      (Animal House)

  4. neocon mom

    Now we know where the nickname “Skip” comes from.

  5. proreason

    “It’s a very minor issue, just a simple mistake from the account,’’

    Skippy is a busy man.

    Accounting for $200,000+ is a detail that can’t be allowed to interefere with his real work.

    Race baiting and financial fraud.

  6. Trogdor

    “Who knew the IRS was so forgiving?”

    It’s really just forgiving for people who identify with the DemocRat Socialist Party.

  7. El Martino

    To be honest, it is more troubling that members of the Board of Directors were being paid. That is a big no-no in nonprofit organizations.

  8. canary

    Gates to the IRS: Don’t you know who I am? I have people that will mess with you and yo mama! I am rich and black.


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