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Report: IRS Denied Tax Exemption To Pro-Lifers

From the Washington Examiner:

Report: IRS denied tax-exempt status to pro-lifers on behalf of Planned Parenthood

By Joel Gehrke | May 15, 2013

IRS officials refused to grant tax exempt status to two pro-life organizations because of their position on the abortion issue, according to a non-profit law firm, which said that one group was pressured not to protest a pro-choice organization that endorsed President Obama during the last election.

[The law firm, The Thomas More Society, announced today:] “In one case, the IRS withheld approval of an application for tax exempt status for Coalition for Life of Iowa. In a phone call to Coalition for Life of Iowa leaders on June 6, 2009, the IRS agent ‘Ms. Richards’ told the group to send a letter to the IRS with the entire board’s signatures stating that, under perjury of the law, they do not picket/protest or organize groups to picket or protest outside of Planned Parenthood. Once the IRS received this letter, their application would be approved.”

Planned Parenthood endorsed Obama in 2008 and 2012.

Huh. We thought 501c4s could not endorse political candidates.

The IRS also pressured another pro-life group about its religious activities. “The IRS withheld approval of an application for charitable tax-exempt recognition of Christian Voices for Life, questioning the group’s involvement with ’40 Days for Life’ and ‘Life Chain’ events,” according to the law firm. “The Fort Bend County, Texas, organization was subjected to repeated and lengthy unconstitutional requests for information about the viewpoint and content of its educational communications, volunteer prayer vigils, and other protected activities.” …

If this is true, then the IRS’s tax exempt division wasn’t just targeting fiscal conservatives, people against higher taxes, and for limited government. But they were also going after social conservatives, too.

Meanwhile, we have this follow-up on our earlier posting, via the Politico:

National Organization for Marriage to sue IRS

By KEVIN ROBILLARD | May 14, 2013

The National Organization for Marriage announced Tuesday it planned to sue the IRS over what it alleges was the illegal leaking of donor information.

“Not only has the IRS retaliated against conservative, small-government and tea party groups as they apply for recognition of tax exemption and lied about it, but it has criminally released our confidential tax return including the identity of dozens of major donors to a political enemy,” NOM President Brian Brown said in a statement.

In April 2012, the Huffington Post and the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights group, posted IRS documents indicating GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney had given $10,000 to the anti-gay marriage group. While the same inspector general who uncovered the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups was investigating the case, NOM has been frustrated with the pace of the investigation…

We wish them luck, but we understood that it was impossible to sue the IRS.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, May 16th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

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