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IRS Wants Names Of Rightwing Hollywood Group

From a quietly cheering New York Times:

Leaning Right in Hollywood, Under a Lens

By MICHAEL CIEPLY and NICHOLAS CONFESSORE | JAN. 22, 2014

LOS ANGELES — In a famously left-leaning Hollywood, where Democratic fund-raisers fill the social calendar, Friends of Abe stands out as a conservative group that bucks the prevailing political winds.

When did Hollywood become ‘famously left-leaning,’ at least according to The Times? Haven’t they always pretended that such talk was just rightwing paranoia?

A collection of perhaps 1,500 right-leaning players in the entertainment industry, Friends of Abe keeps a low profile and fiercely protects its membership list, to avoid what it presumes would result in a sort of 21st-century blacklist, albeit on the other side of the partisan spectrum.

Except this blacklist is real. Known conservatives seldom work for long in Hollywood. Whereas, under the anti-Communist ‘Hollywood Blacklist’ of lore, those blacklisted worked all the time.

Now the Internal Revenue Service is reviewing the group’s activities in connection with its application for tax-exempt status. Last week, federal tax authorities presented the group with a 10-point request for detailed information about its meetings with politicians like Paul D. Ryan, Thaddeus McCotter and Herman Cain, among other matters, according to people briefed on the inquiry.

So we see how the IRS have learned from its past mistakes in dealing with Tea Party tax exemption applications. That is to say, they haven’t learned anything. But why should they? No one was punished.

The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the organization’s confidentiality strictures, and to avoid complicating discussions with the I.R.S…

And to avoid being audited.

Those people said that the application had been under review for roughly two years, and had at one point included a demand — which was not met — for enhanced access to the group’s security-protected website, which would have revealed member names.

As we have noted before, Obama and the rest of the Democrats, are obsessed with getting the names of anyone who might oppose them Especially if they have money or influence. And of course they are just dying to know who might be ‘on the wrong side’ in Hollywood.

Tax experts said that an organization’s membership list is information that would not typically be required. The I.R.S. already had access to the site’s basic levels, a request it considers routine for applications for 501(c)(3) nonprofit status.

So even the New York Times admits that the IRS is out of line here!

Friends of Abe — the name refers to Abraham Lincoln — has strongly discouraged the naming of its members. That policy even prohibits the use of cameras at group events, to avoid the unwilling identification of all but a few associates — the actors Gary Sinise, Jon Voight and Kelsey Grammer, or the writer-producer Lionel Chetwynd, for instance — who have spoken openly about their conservative political views…

… Friends of Abe is seeking a far more restrictive tax status, known as 501(c)(3), that would let donors claim a tax deduction, but strictly prohibits any form of partisan activity.

And never mind that radical leftwing groups like Code Pink, MoveOn.Org, Planned Parenthood and the People For the American Way — all enjoy 501c3 tax exempt status. And they all engage in far more political activities than the Friends Of Abe ever do. Which, in reality, is almost none, primarily because of their fear of being blacklisted.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, January 23rd, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

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