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Taxpayer-Funded Anti-US 501c3 Charities

Today being the tradition deadline for filing taxes in the US, it seems a fitting time to remind ourselves of the almost countless America-hating groups that enjoy taxpayer support by claiming to be 501c3 “charities.”

As you write out your check to the IRS bear in mind that you are helping to support these organizations with your tax dollars.

Much of the information in the following sampling comes from the highly estimable Discover The Networks:

CodePink For Peace

CodePink was founded in November 2002 by four radicals: Jodie Evans, Medea Benjamin, Diane Wilson, and a radical Wiccan activist calling herself Starhawk. Ms. Evans is the nominal leader of the organization, which works closely with Medea Benjamin’s group Global Exchange and Leslie Cagan’s antiwar coalition United For Peace and Justice.

In conjunction with Global Exchange and United For Peace and Justice, CodePink helped establish Iraq Occupation Watch to monitor potential American abuses — including “possible violations of human rights, freedom of speech, and freedom of assembly” — during the reconstruction of Iraq. CodePink’s and IOW’s stated objective is to thin US forces in Iraq by causing soldiers to seek discharges and be sent home as conscientious objectors.

In December 2004 CodePink, Global Exchange, and Families for Peace raised and delivered $600,000 in medical supplies and cash to the “insurgents” who were fighting American troops in Fallujah, Iraq.

Since 2005 CodePink has staged weekly protests outside of Walter Reed Army Medical Center where its members harass US soldiers wounded in combat in the Middle East.

As part of a national coalition led by the Ruckus Society, CodePink runs an aggressive Counter-Recruitment campaign aimed at dissuading young men and women from joining the US military.

CodePink has run anti-American advertisements in Iraqi newspapers. They have also traveled to the Middle East to meet with foreign leaders, including members of the Iraqi Parliament — in direct violation of the Logan Act.

CodePink is currently seeking funds to send a CodePink “delegation” to Iran where they say they will meet with Iranian government officials. “This citizen diplomats delegation, led by CODEPINK cofounder Medea Benjamin and Colonel/Diplomat Ann Wright, will return to pressure Congress, educate the public and speak to the media about Iranian and American perspectives for preventing another disastrous war.”

CodePink not only lobbies Congress on a near daily basis, they even “occupy” Congressional offices. It is against the law for 501c3s to lobby Congress.

Global Exchange

The sister group of CodePink, Global Exchange opposes the US trade embargo against Cuba, where its founder Medea Benjamin once resided. Each year since 1989, in violation of US travel restrictions, Global Exchange has organized “educational tours” to Cuba (as well as to Haiti and Iran. In September 1999 the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control issued Global Exchange a “cease and desist” order to stop the trips to Cuba, but the organization defied the order.

In January 2007 members of CodePink/Global Exchange again visited Cuba against US regulations.

Global Exchange is also reported to be an unregistered foreign agent in the service of Hugo Chavez. 501c3s are prohibited from violating or encouraging others to violate US law.

Global Exchange maintains a speakers bureau, which hires out luminaries such as Cindy Sheehan, Ann Wright and Malik Rahim.

International Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER)

ANSWER is run by Ramsey Clark’s International Action Center, which is staffed by members of the Marxist-Leninist Workers World Party.

ANSWER was founded on September 14, 2001, three days after the attacks on the WTC and Pentagon. ANSWER held its first mass anti-US demonstrations fifteen days later, in Washington, DC and San Francisco.

ANSWER specializes in providing bodies and signs for any and all anti-America demonstrations, including “anti-war” and “immigrant rights” rallies. ANSWER is also vehemently opposed to Israel and pro Palestinian.

Rallies organized by ANSWER are all conducted in a similar fashion: Protestors gather at a mustering ground flanked by information and merchandise tables that are manned by a variety of leftist and communist organizations, which have paid ANSWER a fee for permission to distribute literature or sell their wares.

An elevated stage is set up at the front of the rally site, complete with a massive sound system. After a musical prelude, a number of speeches are delivered — usually, over a dozen. Once this initial round of speeches is completed, the attendees march along a short route to the location of the final rally, where they encounter more literature and merchandise tables and are treated to another round of speeches.

At both rally locations and along the course of the march, ANSWER volunteers raise funds by moving through the crowd with large buckets into which attendees deposit cash donations.

ANSWER’s policies and activities are guided by a steering committee that includes the International Action Center, the Korea Truth Commission and the Partnership for Civil Justice Legal Defense and Education Fund; the Free Palestine Alliance; the Middle East Children’s Alliance; the Inter-religious Foundation for Community Organizing/Pastors for Peace; the Nicaragua Network; the Mexico Solidarity Network; the Kensington Welfare Rights Union; and the Muslim Student Association of the US & Canada, the Haiti Support Network; Alliance for Just and Lasting Peace in the Philippines; and the Party for Socialism and Liberation.

ANSWER calls for open borders as well as amnesty and full civil rights for illegal aliens residing in the United States.

Media Matters For America (MM)

Established in May 2004, Media Matters’ founder and CEO is David Brock. A reporter for the conservative magazine The American Spectator in the 1990s, Brock (in the aftermath of his biography of Hillary Clinton that brought disastrous reviews) engaged in a public self-denunciation, characterizing all his past writings critical of liberal figures as a confection of lies and slanders. In Brock’s present judgment, the mainstream media have fallen under the sway of conservative ideology.

Standing behind Brock was John Podesta, a former chief of staff in the Clinton administration and the head of the “progressive” Washington, DC think tank, the Center for American Progress. In 2004 Podesta provided Brock with office space for his fledgling enterprise.

Media Matters received over $2 million in seed donations from donors including Susie Tompkins Buell, a co-founder of the fashion company Esprit and a close ally of Senator Hillary Clinton; James Hormel, a San Francisco philanthropist who nearly served as ambassador to Luxembourg during the Clinton administration; Bren Simon, a Democratic activist.

Media Matters has labored to obscure any financial ties to George Soros. But in March 2003 the Cybercast News Service detailed the copious links between Media Matters and several Soros “affiliates” — among them MoveOn.org, the Center for American Progress, and Soros partner Peter Lewis.

Another Soros affiliate that bankrolled Media Matters was the New Democratic Network. In addition, Soros is reported to be involved in the newly formed Democracy Alliance, a partnership of some 80 affluent financiers who each have vowed to contribute $1 million or more in order to build up an ideological infrastructure of leftist thinks tanks and advocacy groups. News reports list Media Matters as a main beneficiary of the Alliance’s funding. By August of 2004, Media Matters’ operating budget had already doubled to $4 million.

Media Matters also receives financial support from the Tides Foundation which is run by Teresa Heinz Kerry.

Prior to founding Media Matters, David Brock met with a number of leading Democratic Party figures, including Senator Hillary Clinton, former Senator Tom Daschle of South Dakota, and former Vice President Al Gore. Today, more than a few of the organization’s roughly 30 staff members are Democratic operatives. Among these are Media Matters’ chief communications strategist Dennis Yedwab, who is also the Director of Strategic Resources at Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Brock’s personal assistant, Mandy Vlasz, is a Democratic pollster and a veteran consultant to Democratic campaigns, including the 2000 Gore/Lieberman campaign. Katie Barge, the Director of Research at Media Matters, formerly presided over opposition research for Senator John Edwards’s unsuccessful 2004 presidential campaign.

A notable figure at Media Matters is senior fellow Eric Boehlert, who was among the most passionate defenders of University of South Florida professor Sami Al-Arian after the latter was accused of having been the North American leader of the terrorist organization Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

In an article titled “The Prime-time Smearing of Sami Al-Arian,” Boehlert charged that: “In the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, all four media giants, eagerly tapping into the country’s mood of vengeance and fear, latched onto the Al-Arian story, fudging the facts and ignoring the most rudimentary tenets of journalism in their haste to better tell a sinister story about lurking Middle Eastern dangers here at home.”

Media Matters has long sought to silence pundits on the right, such as Ann Coulter. Most recently, Media Matters was directly involved in orchestrating the downfall of Don Imus.

They are now targeting other on air conservatives such as Glenn Beck, Neal Boortz, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, Michael Savage, Michael Smerconish, and John Gibson.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)

Crew was founded in 2001 by Democrat activists Norm Eisen (an attorney) and Louis Mayberg (a prominent Democrat donor, and co-founder of the Maryland-based mutual fund management firm ProFund Advisors LLC).

Crew seeks is to use “the rule of law to bring about constructive social change.” Toward this end, CREW strives to discredit conservatives and Republicans it deems vulnerable to attack, with the objective of decreasing their numbers in political offices nationwide. Thus the overwhelming majority of the public officials targeted by CREW are Republicans.

In September 2006, the organization issued a 241-page report — titled “Beyond [Tom] Delay: The 20 Most Corrupt Members of Congress” — which named 17 Republicans and 3 Democrats. The report further listed 5 “Dishonorable Mentions” — 4 Republicans and 1 Democrat. A similar disproportion has marked the political contributions made by CREW’s Board members and staffers in recent years. Between 1995 and 2004, those individuals contributed $125,245 to Democrats and $16,013 to Republicans.

CREW’s “Form 990” IRS filing for 2001 lists Mayberg as one of its three Founding Directors; the other two are Daniel Berger (a high-profile Democrat donor who in 2004 made a $100,000 contribution to America Coming Together) and Mark Penn (a fellow at the New Politics Institute, and a top Democrat strategist and pollster who not only played a key role in Bill Clinton’s 1996 presidential campaign, but also served as head of “message and strategy” for Hillary Clinton’s 2000 Senate campaign).

CREW has received financial backing from George Soros’s Open Society Institute, Democracy Alliance, the Tides Foundation, the Streisand Foundation, the Arca Foundation, the David Geffen Foundation, the Wallace Global Fund, the Mayberg Family Charitable Foundation, the Woodbury Fund, and the Sheller Family Foundation — all institutions distinguished by their support for far-left causes.

CREW’s Executive Director is Melanie Sloan, a longtime Democrat operative who previously served as Nominations Counsel for Joe Biden’s Senate Judiciary Committee (1993); Counsel for the Crime Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee for Charles Schumer (1994); Minority Counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee under John Conyers (1995-1998); and Assistant U.S. District Attorney for the District of Columbia (1998-2003).

Other CREW officials have similarly deep ties to the political Left. For example, Deputy Director and Communications Director Naomi Seligman Steiner was formerly the Communications Director of Media Matters for America. CREW Special Projects Associate Lida Masoudpour was once a staffer at Media Matters and served as an intern in the office of Senator Hillary Clinton.

CREW Senior Counsel Tim Mooney previously served as Senior Counsel at Alliance for Justice (AFJ). CREW Counsel Dan Roth was formerly the Dorot Judicial Selection Fellow at AFJ. CREW Research Associate Robin Powers is a former Program Associate of AFJ who interned with Vital Voices Global Partnership and the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois. CREW Counsel Kimberly Perkins once worked as the Assistant General Counsel for the National Office of the NAACP, where she led the “Voting Rights & Redistricting Project” and “Election Protection” efforts.

CREW Executive Assistant Melissa Cuerdon, who previously worked in the pharmaceutical industry, served internships at the Sierra Club and the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN).

On March 10, 2004, The Hill reported, “House Democratic leaders are honing an election strategy to taint the entire Republican caucus by demonizing Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX).” Two weeks later, CREW sent a letter to every House member in an effort to find someone willing to file ethics allegations against DeLay.

CREW found such a volunteer in then-Texas Congressman Chris Bell, who had recently been defeated in the Democratic primary and thus stood no hope of being reelected in November. In June 2004, Melanie Sloan and CREW helped Bell file against Delay an ethics complaint with the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct.

CREW’s participation in this filing was in violation of House rules, which since 1997 had forbidden non-members from filing ethics complaints. The rules permit members to transmit information from an outsider — provided that the member: (a) discloses that the information was derived from an outside source, and (b) certifies his or her confidence that the information was submitted in good faith. Bell’s complaint, which was drafted by Ms. Sloan, did not disclose CREW’s involvement. The Committee eventually found Bell’s ethics accusations against DeLay “unsubstantiated.”

CREW pursued further investigations of DeLay, and in May 2005 those efforts paid dividends when Texas State District Judge Joseph Hart ruled that the treasurer of Texans for a Republican Majority Political Action Committee (TRMPAC), a PAC founded by DeLay, had violated Texas campaign laws by failing to report some $600,000 in campaign contributions. “The House Ethics Committee has run out of excuses for avoiding an investigation into Rep. DeLay’s involvement with TRMPAC,” said Melanie Sloan.

That same month, Sloan told the Wall Street Journal: “Since I started [with CREW], “the main thing I wanted to do was to go after [Texas Republican and then-Majority Leader] Tom DeLay. DeLay is my top target.”

CREW was joined in its campaign against DeLay by numerous Soros-funded organizations, all posing as “non-partisan” watchdogs — among them Common Cause, Democracy 21, Public Citizen, Public Campaign, and the Campaign Legal Center.

Another scandal that CREW helped make public involved Florida House Republican Mark Foley, who in late September 2006 resigned from office after it was revealed that he had sent sexually suggestive emails to a teenage boy who was a former congressional page. On October 2, CREW stated at a press conference that it had obtained some of Foley’s incriminating email correspondences on July 21 — more than two months before ABC News broke the story on September 28.

CREW claimed that it had sought to interest FBI investigators in the Foley emails, but to no avail. “Since the FBI has known about Rep. Foley’s emails since July, the question arises: Did the administration help to cover up Rep. Foley’s conduct and leave a potential sexual predator on the loose?” asked Melanie Sloan. “The American public deserves to know not just how and why members of Congress failed to take action to protect the youngsters entrusted to the care of the House of Representatives, but also why the FBI — an agency charged with protecting the public — failed to safeguard other youngsters from a potential sexual predator.”

The FBI replied that the emails provided by CREW had been heavily redacted, and that the group refused to provide unedited versions to the FBI. One law-enforcement official — speaking on condition of anonymity — said he believed that CREW, which refused to tell the FBI how the emails were obtained, may have gotten hold of the correspondences as early as April 2006.

By delaying the revelation, the Republican party was unable to replace Mark Foley on the ballot, and the Democrats won his House seat.

On August 15, 2006, CREW took on the legal case of Valerie Plame Wilson and her husband, former U.S. ambassador Joseph Wilson, who jointly filed a federal civil lawsuit against U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, his former Chief of Staff I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, top Presidential advisor Karl Rove, and other then-current and former administration officials.

Veterans For Peace (VFP)

Veterans For Peace (VFP) was founded July 8, 1985 in Maine as “a non-profit 501(c)3 educational and humanitarian organization dedicated to the abolishment of war.” Its Statement of Purpose reads, “We, having dutifully served our nation do hereby affirm our greater responsibility to serve the cause of world peace and justice.” VFP’s avowed policy is “to restrain our [U.S.] government” from foreign wars, “to end the arms race and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons,” and “to abolish war as an instrument of international policy.”

VFP’s first action to gain publicity came in 1986 when it had its members stage a 30-day vigil at the Boston Commons calling for an end to U.S.-sponsored violence in Central America. Its members were invited onto the Phil Donahue program to share these views with the larger public.

In 1987 VFP sent members on a “Fact-Finding” tour of Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, leading to a 38-page report — highly critical of American policy — which it presented to members of Congress. As an outgrowth of that mission, VFP stepped up its efforts to help Nicaraguans — sending water-purification experts and truckloads of food, medicine, and toys to that impoverished country. The following year, VFP joined Soviet veterans in signing a joint statement “calling for an end to war” in Nicaragua.

In 1989 VFP received an invitation from the Sandinista government “to serve as Official Observers during the February 1990 Nicaraguan elections.” The Sandinistas lost the election, after which VFP immediately ended all assistance to Nicaragua.

In 1990 VFP sent representatives to the 45th Anniversary of World War II Victory Day in the Soviet Union. VFP that year was given a permanent NGO seat at the United Nations.

Throughout 1991, VFP chapters and members organized university teach-ins, town meetings, panel discussions, and Congressional postcard/call-in campaigns to voice opposition to the Gulf War.

In the post-Gulf War years, VFP was sympathetic to the plight of the Iraqi people, whose hardships it blamed on American policies rather than on the actions of Saddam Hussein. In 2000, VFP aided Saddam, providing assistance by way of water-treatment facilities to remedy a water-contamination problem that the group attributed to American-led sanctions against the Iraqi government.

In 2001, VFP co-sponsored, along with the International Action Center, a “Korean War Tribunal” in New York — a political show trial designed to voice anti-American propaganda for the consumption of the world’s leftist media. In 2002, Korean War veteran and VFP member Wilson “Woody” Powell (who in 2004 would be named the Executive Director of VFP’s St. Louis headquarters) “visit[ed] [the] Kokan-ri massacre site in Korea, and [made] an apology to the massacre’s sole survivor.”

In 2003, VFP, working in conjunction with Military Families Speak Out, Vietnam Veterans Against the War, and others, launched the Bring Them Home Now campaign. In November of that same year, a VFP contingent entered Iraq on a fact-finding mission under the guidance of Global Exchange.

Strongly opposed to Operation Iraqi Freedom, VFP members conduct public forums, meet with elected representatives, and participate in marches to express their views. VFP also seeks “to protect our civil liberties threatened by the ‘Patriot Act’ and other repressive legislation.”

In the aftermath of hurricane Katrina the VFP collected hundreds of thousands of dollars in Katrina Relief. But according to internal emails and even the VFP’s own lawyers less than a thousand dollars of the collected money was spent on Katrina victims.

Instead, much of the money was spent on a new bus and state of the art media equipment for the Veterans For Peace. The rest of the money donated to the VFP in the name of Katrina relief still seems to be unaccounted for.

United For Peace And Justice (UFPJ)

UFPJ was created on October 25, 2002 in the Washington, DC offices of People For the American Way. The Co-Chair and principal leader of UFPJ is Leslie Cagan, an original founder of the Committees of Correspondence (a remnant organization created by the American Communist Party) and a strong supporter of Fidel Castro since the 1960s. Cagan proudly aligns her politics with those of Communist Cuba.

UFPJ condemns virtually every aspect of US foreign policy and domestic life. It impugns America’s “daily assaults and attacks on poor and working people, on women, people of color, lesbians/gays and other sexual minorities, the disabled, and so many others.” It asserts that “the government treats all immigrants as potential terrorist threats until proven innocent, in violation of the Constitution,” thereby “expanding the scope and depth of racial injustice within the US.”

The UFPJ steering committee has included representatives of such organizations as Historians Against the War, the Independent Progressive Politics Network, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Global Exchange, Peace Action, Veterans For Peace, September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Tikkun Magazine and Community, the Communist Party USA, CodePink, Not In Our Name, the American Friends Service Committee, the Institute for Policy Studies, the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, and Military Families Speak Out. Some of the individuals serving on the steering committee are Medea Benjamin, Van Gosse, Kevin Martin, and Rania Masri.

In February 2007 UFPJ began Occupation Project along with CodePink, in which members have been illegally occupying the district and DC offices of members of Congress who have voted to fund the military.

UFPJ’s “fiscal sponsor” is the A.J. Muste Memorial Institute, a 501c3 “charity.”

National Lawyers Guild (NLG)

The National Lawyers Guild was founded in 1937 by Communist Party USA attorneys and liberal fellow-travelers.

In a 1950 report titled “Report on the National Lawyers Guild: Legal Bulwark of the Communist Party,” the House Committee on Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) declared: “[I]ts actual purpose [is to serve] as an appendage to the Communist Party…”

The report accused the Guild of attacking the FBI as “part of an overall Communist strategy aimed at weakening our nation’s defenses against the international Communist conspiracy.”

The Guild defended rioters and others involved in civil unrest during the 1960s. It “helped” the US war effort in Vietnam by encouraging young men to become draft evaders and then defending them.

NLG lawyers were active in defending those arrested during the 1968 Chicago Democratic Convention riots and members of the Black Panther Party. Guild President Victor Rabinowitz (1967-1970) — a Communist who represented Fidel Castro’s Cuban dictatorship — openly advocated a Marxist future.

Prominent Guild member Arthur Kinoy argued that the proper role of the radical lawyer was to facilitate the coming anti-capitalist revolution by weakening the law’s ability to function effectively against law-breaking radicals. Future Guild President Paul Harris quoted Lenin in arguing that a successful revolution required a “legal struggle” that coincided alongside illegal, militant revolutionary activity.

The NLG promoted Marxist “liberation” movements in the 1970s, including the Palestine Liberation Organization; the Viet Cong; the African National Congress; pro-Soviet Angolan and Mozambican factions; the Puerto Rican FALN;. The Guild also launched an effort to end the US embargo on communist Cuba, a longtime friend of the organization.

In the 1980s the NLG supported the Sandinistas in Nicaragua and the FMLN in El Salvador. It embraced the church-based Sanctuary movement and “began working systematically on immigration issues,” spurred by what it called “the need to represent Central American refugees and asylum activists fleeing US-sponsored ‘terror.'” The Guild also supported the anti-nuclear movement of the 1980s.

After Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990, the NLG “mobilized opposition” to Gulf War I. It similarly opposed the second war in Iraq as an “illegal preemptive” invasion of a sovereign state, exhorting Americans to engage in acts of “civil disobedience” to register their outrage.

The NLG today is an active affiliate of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers, which in 1978 the CIA described as “one of the most useful Communist front organizations at the service of the Soviet Communist Party…”

In 2003 the NLG initiated its Korean Peace Project (KPP), which dispatched a delegation to develop “personal and professional relationships” with leaders in North Korea.

In July 2006, the NLG’s Middle East Subcommittee issued a condemnation of “Israel’s crimes against humanity and brutal aggression against Palestine and Lebanon.”

As we have noted, along with Code Pink the Guild runs anti-military-recruitment campaigns in US schools.

The NLG’s National Immigration Project seeks “to recognize the contributions of immigrants in this country, to promote fair immigration practices, and to expand the civil and human rights of all immigrants, regardless of their status in the United States.” In short, it advocates amnesty for all illegals currently residing in the US, and unchecked immigration across open borders.

In recent decades, the NLG has stood at the forefront of efforts to weaken America’s intelligence-gathering agencies. By pushing such legislation as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978, the NLG helped limit US law-enforcement and counter-intelligence capabilities.

Post-9/11, the NLG launched a national campaign to repeal the Patriot Act — arguing that the Act’s provisions trample on the civil liberties of Americans. The NLG similarly opposes the Domestic Security Enhancement Act and the use of military tribunals for captured combatants in the War on Terror.

Following 9/11, the NLG released flyers, posters, and CDs entitled “Know Your Rights,” which provided legal advice — translated into several Middle Eastern languages — for immigrants contacted by the US government during its anti-terrorism initiatives. These materials advised immigrants to refuse to talk to investigators — because “[t]he FBI is not just trying to find terrorists, but is gathering information on immigrants and activists who have done nothing wrong.”

In recent years, the NLG has defended a number of notorious individuals and organizations:

* On February 17, 2005, the Guild called for a “national day of outrage” to protest the prosecution and conviction of NLG member Lynne Stewart, the self-proclaimed “radical attorney” who had illegally facilitated communication between her incarcerated client Omar Abdel Rahman and his Egypt-based terrorist organization, the Islamic Group.
* The NLG aggressively defended Sami Al-Arian, who for several years was the North American head of the terrorist organization Palestinian Islamic Jihad. (Former NLG Executive Vice President Kit Gage replaced Al-Arian as President of the National Coalition to Protect Political Freedom after al-Arian’s February 2003 arrest on a number of terrorism charges.)
* The Guild supports cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal (naming him as one of its National Vice Presidents); Symbionese Liberation Army member Sara Jane Olson; and Leonard Peltier, an American Indian Movement activist who was convicted of murdering two FBI agents.

A member organization of the United for Peace and Justice anti-war coalition, the NLG co-sponsored large-scale anti-war rallies in Washington, DC on October 26, 2002 and April 12, 2003. The Guild partially controls the Los Angeles chapter of the Workers World Party front group, International ANSWER. Additionally, the Guild co-founded the anti-war organization Not in Our Name; other co-founders included the Revolutionary Communist Party, the All-African Peoples Revolutionary Party, Refuse and Resist!, and the International League of Peoples’ Struggle.

The Ruckus Society

The Ruckus Society’s mission is to provide "environmental, human rights, and social justice organizers with the tools, training, and support needed to achieve their goals." Toward this end, it trains activists in "direct action" and "guerrilla communication" techniques for the promotion of radical agendas.

Viewing the United States as a nation rife with "injustice and oppression," the Ruckus Society "struggle[s]" to "prioritize the voices and visions of youth, women, people of color, indigenous people and immigrants, poor and working class people, lesbian, gay, bisexual, gender queer, and transgendered people, and other historically marginalized communities."

The Ruckus Society was formed in the San Francisco Bay area in 1995 by Howard "Twilly" Cannon, who was on the front lines of sea-going confrontations for Greenpeace, and Mike Roselle, a co-founder of both the Rainforest Action Network and Earth First!

The Ruckus Society’s logo features two large meshed gears of a machine with a monkey-wrench wedged into their teeth to stop them — signifying the group’s endorsement of "monkey-wrenching," a term meaning the sabotage of logging or construction equipment.

Since its inception, the Ruckus Society has trained thousands of activists in the use of "agitation and disruption techniques." The training sessions contain "cerebral elements as well as physical, classroom-style instruction for action planning, communicating with the media, building leadership and political analysis, and nonviolent philosophy and practice." Among the topics taught are "street blockades," "police confrontation strategies," and "using the media to your advantage."

Trainees learn ways to goad police into overreaction and to cause problems for those they target. Dozens of leftist groups send their elite protestors to Ruckus Society trainings.

The Ruckus Society played a major role in the 1999 riots in Seattle protesting a World Trade Organization (WTO) meeting there. Many Ruckus-trained activists smashed store windows, set cars ablaze and did millions of dollars in property damage.

At the 2000 Republican Convention in Philadelphia, Ruckus-trained leftists planned to bring the city to a halt with rioting. Police stopped them, and in the process seized improvised weapons, gasoline-soaked rags, and piano wire that the protestors intended to string across streets to trip police horses. In the melee 23 police cars were damaged and 15 officers were injured. More than 400 protestors were arrested.

The Ruckus Society is a member organization of the United for Peace and Justice anti-war coalition.

Financial backers of the Ruckus Society include the Turner Foundation, the Tides Foundation, the Foundation for Deep Ecology, the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation, the Compton Foundation, and others.

Center For Constitutional Rights (CCR)

The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) was co-founded in November 1966 by the radical attorneys Morton Stavis, Ben Smith, Arthur Kinoy, and William Kunstler, longtime members of the Communist and radical left.

CCR is a core member of the open borders lobby, which seeks to effectively initiate an era of mass, unchecked immigration. In 2002, the Center filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of illegal alien detainees, seeking punitive damages and a declaratory judgment that the detentions were unconstitutional and violated customary international law.

Since 9/11, CCR has focused its efforts heavily on reining in the US government’s newly implemented anti-terrorism measures, which the Center depicts as having "seriously undermined civil liberties, the checks and balances that are essential to the structure of our democratic government, and indeed, democracy itself."

On January 17, 2006, CCR filed a lawsuit against President George W. Bush, the head of the National Security Agency, and the heads of the other major security agencies, “challenging NSA’s surveillance of persons within the United States.” The NSA program targeted communications between persons in the United States and persons abroad where one party was suspected of having connections to terrorism.

CCR has been a strong supporter of radical attorney Lynne Stewart, who in February 2005 was convicted on charges that she had illegally “facilitated and concealed communications” between her client, the incarcerated “blind sheik” Omar Abdel Rahman, and members of his Egyptian terrorist organization, the Islamic Group, which has ties to al Qaeda. CCR called Stewart’s indictment in 2004 “an attack on attorneys who defend controversial figures, and an attempt to deprive these clients of the zealous representation that may be required.”

In March 2005, CCR joined with the parents of deceased anti-Israel activist Rachel Corrie (the International Solidarity Movement volunteer who was accidentally crushed to death while trying to obstruct the path of a bulldozer that was engaged in anti-terror operations by Israeli Defense Force soldiers in Gaza) in filing a federal lawsuit against Caterpillar Inc., the Illinois-based manufacturer of the bulldozers used for such purposes by the IDF. Arguing that Caterpillar had violated international and state laws by providing the IDF with this machinery, CCR sued the company, marking the first time that American citizens had filed suit against a US corporation for alleged misdeeds in a foreign country.

CCR only defends clients whose political views it supports, among the more notable of whom was Tom Hayden. Other CCR clients have included members of the Black Liberation Movement, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Students for a Democratic Society, Women’s Strike for Peace, the Communist Party, the Black Panther Party, the Chicago Seven, the Catonsville Nine, Leonard Peltier and Tom Hayden.

CCR has argued in court that: the Vietnam War was unconstitutional and criminal; bombing North Vietnam was illegal; the Nuremberg war crimes laws should have been applied to Americans involved in the Vietnam War; the American military should have been restrained from fighting in Cambodia; fighting the Communist onslaught in Vietnam was wrong; and the US Navy should not be permitted to use the Puerto Rican island of Vieques for bombing exercises.

In 2006 CCR produced a book titled Articles of Impeachment Against George W. Bush. This screed accused Bush of “illegally spying on US citizens, lying to the American people about the Iraq war, seizing undue executive power, and sending people to be tortured overseas.”

In November 2006, CCR filed a criminal complaint requesting “an investigation and, ultimately, a criminal prosecution that will look into the responsibility of high-ranking US officials for authorizing war crimes in the context of the so-called ‘War on Terror.'” The defendants in the case included former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, former CIA Director George Tenet, and former Chief White House Counsel and current Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales. The complaint was brought on behalf of 12 Iraqi citizens who were held at Abu Ghraib prison and one Guantánamo detainee — all of whom were, according to CCR, tortured by American authorities.

The CCR provides legal representation for most of the Guantánamo detainees. They have been at the forefront of the legal actions and demonstrations to close down the detention center there.

World Can’t Wait (WCW)

Founded in June 2005 by Charles Clark Kissinger, a longtime leader of the Revolutionary Communist Party, World Can’t Wait (WCW) is a direct action movement seeking to overthrow the “Bush regime.” Advocating the overthrow of our elected government is against the law.

A number of college campuses host WCW chapters, and many of the group’s activities center on student organizing on both the college and high-school levels – exhorting young people to engage in civil disobedience, distribute political literature, and participate in such activities as “walkouts” and “campus shutdowns.”

WCW’s individual and organizational endorsers include the After Downing Street anti-war coalition, the ANSWER coalition of New York City, Aris Anagnos, Ed Asner, Mumia Abu Jamal, Bill Ayers, CodePink, Harry Belafonte, Bob Bossie, Ward Churchill, John Conyers, Michael Eric Dyson, Eve Ensler, Jodie Evans, Gloria Steinem, C. Clark Kissinger, Frances Kissling, Martin Sheen, Jane Fonda, the Islamic Circle of North America, Islamic Association of America, Jesse Jackson, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Michael Lerner, the National Lawyers Guild, Armando Navarro, Not In Our Name, Michael Ratner, Cindy Sheehan, Gore Vidal, Carl Dix of the Revolutionary Communist Party, Alice Walker, Leonard Weinglass, Cornel West, Sean Penn, Harold Pinter, Maxine Waters, Al Sharpton, Susan Sarandon, Progressive Democrats of America, Major Owens, Mark Crispin Miller, and Howard Zinn.

The WCW is directly funded by the Alliance for Global Justice, a 501c3 “charity” that is “focused on human, environmental and worker rights.”

Not In Our Name (NION)

The Not In Our Name (NION) project — a self-described “peace movement” — was initiated on March 23, 2002 by the longtime Maoist activist C. Clark Kissinger, who is a member of the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP), a Marxist-Leninist-Maoist group calling for the overthrow of the US government and its replacement with a Communist dictatorship.

The NION project has produced, most notably, two documents publicly denouncing America’s post-9/11 policies, both foreign and domestic. One of these documents, 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.”

A separate document, the NION “Statement of Conscience,” 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 any other nation — that poses the most “grave dangers to the people of the world.”

At an October 6, 2002 NION rally, two of the specially invited guest speakers were former University of South Florida professor Sami Al-Arian, who is intimately involved with the terrorist organization Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and the radical attorney Lynne Stewart, who was convicted of illegally passing messages on behalf of her incarcerated client Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman — the terrorist mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

NION is a member organization of the United for Peace and Justice and After Downing Street anti-war coalitions. It also maintains a close alliance with the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO), which is a member of International ANSWER’s steering committee.

IFCO, which has federal tax-exempt status, serves as NION’s fiscal sponsor, thereby allowing donations to NION to be tax-exempt.

NION is currently spearheading a “Tax Resistance” drive, wherein they are encouraging citizens to refuse to pay their taxes in protest of the war in Iraq. Again, it is against the law for a 501c3 to encourage illegal activity.

Again, much of what these groups do is in direct violation of the guidelines for 501c3s, according to the Internal Revenue Service:

Political Campaign Activity

Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. Contributions to political campaign funds or public statements of position (verbal or written) made on behalf of the organization in favor of or in opposition to any candidate for public office clearly violate the prohibition against political campaign activity. Violation of this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise tax.


Lobbying Activity

In general, no organization may qualify for section 501(c)(3) status if a substantial part of its activities is attempting to influence legislation (commonly known as lobbying). A 501(c)(3) organization may engage in some lobbying, but too much lobbying activity risks loss of tax-exempt status…

An organization will be regarded as attempting to influence legislation if it contacts, or urges the public to contact, members or employees of a legislative body for the purpose of proposing, supporting, or opposing legislation, or if the organization advocates the adoption or rejection of legislation.

And, as we have noted, 501c3s are also strictly prohibited from engaging in or encouraging illegal activity:


1. Introduction

Exempt purposes may generally be equated with the public good, and violations of law are the antithesis of the public good. Therefore, the conduct of such activities may be a bar to exemption…

2. IRC 501(c)(3) and IRC 501(c)(4) Organizations

Violation of constitutionally valid laws is inconsistent with exemption under IRC 501(c)(3). As a matter of trust law, one of the main sources of the general law of charity, planned activities that violate laws are not in furtherance of a charitable purpose. "A trust cannot be created for a purpose which is illegal. The purpose is illegal … if the trust tends to induce the commission of crime or if the accomplishment of the purpose is otherwise against public policy…. Where a policy is articulated in a statute making certain conduct a criminal offense, then …, a trust is illegal if its performance involves such criminal conduct, or if it tends to encourage such conduct." IV Scott on Trusts Section 377 (3d ed. 1967).

Thus, all charitable trusts (and by implication all charitable organizations, regardless of their form) are subject to the requirement that their purpose may not be illegal or contrary to public policy. Rev. Rul. 71-447, 1971-2 C.B. 230; Restatement (Second) of Trusts, Section 377, Comment c (1959). Moreover by conducting criminal activities, an organization increases the burden of government and thus thwarts a well recognized charitable goal, i.e., relief of the burdens of government…

Therefore, if an organization engages in illegal acts that are a substantial part of its activities, it does not qualify for exemption under IRC 501(c)(3)…

(4) Planning Illegal Acts

Not only is the actual conduct of illegal activities inconsistent with exemption, but the planning and sponsoring of such activities are also incompatible with charity and social welfare. Rev. Rul. 75-384 holds that an organization formed to promote world peace that planned and sponsored protest demonstrations at which members were urged to commit acts of civil disobedience did not qualify for IRC 501(c)(3) or (4) exemption.

G.C.M. 36153, dated January 31, 1975, states that because planning and sponsoring illegal acts are in themselves inconsistent with charity and social welfare it is not necessary to determine whether illegal acts were, in fact, committed in connection with the resulting demonstrations or whether such a determination can be made prior to conviction of an accused. However, it is necessary to establish that the planning and sponsorship are attributable to the organization, if exemption is to be denied or revoked on this ground.

The IRS encourages people to report such violations:

Where Do You Report Suspected Tax Fraud Activity?

If you suspect or know of an individual or company that is not complying with the tax laws, you may report this activity by completing Form 3949-A. You may fill out Form 3949-A online, print it and mail it to:

Internal Revenue Service
Fresno, CA 93888

If you do not wish to use Form 3949-A, you may send a letter to the address above. Please include the following information, if available:

* Name and address of the person you are reporting
* The taxpayer identification number (social security number for an individual or employer identification number for a business)
* A brief description of the alleged violation, including how you became aware of or obtained the information
* The years involved
* The estimated dollar amount of any unreported income
* Your name, address and daytime telephone number

Although you are not required to identify yourself, it is helpful to do so. Your identity can be kept confidential. You may also be entitled to a reward.

Citizens can also voice their concerns to the members of the Senate Finance Committee, who oversee the Internal Revenue Service:

Chairman Max Baucus (L) and ranking member Chuck Grassley (R)

Committee On Finance

219 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-6200

Majority Phone: (202) 224-4515
Minority Phone: (202) 224-5315

Democrat Members

Max Baucus, MT
John D. Rockefeller IV, WV
Kent Conrad, ND
Jeff Bingaman, NM
John F. Kerry, MA
Blanche L. Lincoln, AR
Ron Wyden, OR
Charles E. Schumer, NY
Debbie Stabenow, MI
Maria Cantwell, WA
Ken Salazar, CO

Republican Members

Charles Grassley, IA
Orrin G. Hatch, UT
Trent Lott, MS
Olympia J. Snowe, ME
Jon Kyl, AZ
Craig Thomas, WY
Gordon Smith, OR
Jim Bunning, KY
Mike Crapo, ID
Pat Roberts, KS

Even a casual study of these organizations reveals the incestuous nature of these groups. A small number of professional America-haters have figured out how to get the US taxpayer to support their activities.

They should not be allowed to get away with it.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, April 15th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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