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IRS Rushed Obama Brother 501c, Tea Party Waited

First we have this from USA Today:

IRS approved liberal groups while Tea Party in limbo

By Gregory Korte | May 14, 2013

WASHINGTON — In February 2010, the Champaign Tea Party in Illinois received approval of its tax-exempt status from the IRS in 90 days, no questions asked.

That was the month before the Internal Revenue Service started singling out Tea Party groups for special treatment. There wouldn’t be another Tea Party application approved for 27 months.

In that time, the IRS approved perhaps dozens of applications from similar liberal and progressive groups, a USA TODAY review of IRS data shows.

Again, it’s probably just a coincidence.

By the way, "27 months" after March 2010, would be June 2012. Which guaranteed that these conservative groups would not have been able to participate in the mid-term elections. It also meant they would probably not have enough time to raise the money necessary to have an impact on the 2012 elections.

As applications from conservative groups sat in limbo, groups with liberal-sounding names had their applications approved in as little as nine months.

And some were approved even sooner, such as Obama’s brother’s 501c4 ‘social welfare’ organization. (See below.)

With names including words like "Progress" or "Progressive," the liberal groups applied for the same tax status and were engaged in the same kinds of activities as the conservative groups. They included:

Bus for Progress, a New Jersey non-profit that uses a red, white and blue bus to "drive the progressive change." According to its website, its mission includes "support (for) progressive politicians with the courage to serve the people’s interests and make tough choices." It got an IRS approval as a social welfare group in April 2011.

Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment says it fights against corporate welfare and for increasing the minimum wage. "It would be fair to say we’re on the progressive end of the spectrum," said executive director Jeff Ordower. He said the group got tax-exempt status in September 2011 in just nine months after "a pretty simple, straightforward process."

Progress Florida, granted tax-exempt status in January 2011, is lobbying the Florida Legislature to expand Medicaid under a provision of the Affordable Care Act, one of President Obama’s signature accomplishments

Meanwhile, if you were connected, you got even faster service from the IRS.

From the Daily Caller:

IRS official Lerner speedily approved exemption for Obama brother’s ‘charity’

By Charles C. Johnson | May 14, 2013

Lois Lerner, the senior IRS official at the center of the decision to target tea party groups for burdensome tax scrutiny, signed paperwork granting tax-exempt status to the Barack H. Obama Foundation, a shady charity headed by the president’s half-brother that operated illegally for years.

According to the organization’s filings, Lerner approved the foundation’s tax status within a month of filing, an unprecedented timeline that stands in stark contrast to conservative organizations that have been waiting for more than three years, in some cases, for approval.

Lerner also appears to have broken with the norms of tax-exemption approval by granting retroactive tax-exempt status to Malik Obama’s organization.

The National Legal and Policy Center filed an official complaint with the IRS in May 2011 asking why the foundation was being allowed to solicit tax-deductible contributions when it had not even applied for an IRS determination. In a New York Post article dated May 8, 2011, an officer of the foundation admitted, “We haven’t been able to find someone with the expertise” to apply for tax-exempt status.

Nevertheless, a month later, the Barack H. Obama Foundation had flown through the grueling application process. Lerner granted the organization a 501(c) determination and even gave it a retroactive tax exemption dating back to December 2008.

The group’s available paperwork suggests an extremely hurried application and approval process. For example, the group’s 990 filings for 2008 and 2009 were submitted to the IRS on May 30, 2011, and its 2010 filing was submitted on May 23, 2011. Lerner signed the group’s approval on June 26, 2011.

It is illegal to operate for longer than 27 months without an IRS determination and solicit tax-deductible contributions.

If Malik was filing tax exempt 990s for 2008, he was operating illegally. So Ms. Lerner’s retroactive grant may have kept him from being prosecuted.

The ostensibly Arlington, Va.-based charity was not even registered in Virginia despite the foundation’s website including a donation button that claimed tax-exempt status.

Obama’s brother doesn’t have to obey the law anymore than his illegal alien Aunt and illegal alien Uncle have to.

Its president and founder, Abon’go “Roy’ Malik Obama, is Barack Obama’s half-brother and was the best man at his wedding, but he has a checkered past. In addition to running his charity, Malik Obama ran unsuccessfully to be the governor of Siaya County in Kenya. He was accused of being a wife beater and seducing the newest of his twelve wives while she was a 17-year-old school girl…

It is also not clear what the Barack H. Obama Foundation actually does. Its website claims the organization has built a madrassa and was building a imam’s house but there is no other evidence that the nonprofit was actually helping poor Kenyan children…

So there is surely some kind of IRS investigation into it. Right?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, May 15th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “IRS Rushed Obama Brother 501c, Tea Party Waited”

  1. For some reason I hear Elmer Fudd sputtering when I think of Obama referencing his half-brother




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