May 15, 2013
The IRS doled out nonprofit status to dozens of leftist organizations while leaving tea party and constitutionalist groups in the dust, according to USA Today.
For more than a year, beginning in February of 2010, the taxation agency refused to approve tea party applications while routinely approving so-called progressive organizations.
USA Today published the following descriptions of the approved liberal groups:
– 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. The group did not return phone calls. “We’re busy fighting to build a more progressive Florida and cannot take your call right now,” the group’s voice mail said.
It’s no secret many liberal organizations and foundations are addicted to globalist and Democrat largess. Progress Florida, for instance, is partnered with ProgressNow, a foundation that receives funding from the Tides Foundation and George Soros’ Foundation to Promote Open Society. ProgressNow belongs to the Democracy Alliance, a Soros funded network founded by a former Clinton Treasury official. It funds a variety of liberal groups including ACORN, Media Matters for America, Center for American Progress and others.
Illegal Obama Foundation Fast-tracked
An organization run by the president’s half brother Abon’go “Roy’ Malik Obama received preferential treatment despite questions about its legitimacy and how it was run.
The National Legal and Policy Center filed a complaint with the IRS after it was discovered that the Barack H. Obama Foundation was soliciting tax-deductible contributions despite the fact it had not bothered to file for an IRS determination, according to the Daily Caller.
The foundation was granted retroactive tax exemption dating back to 2008 following an expedited application and approval process. Lois Lerner, a senior IRS official, signed the group’s approval even though it was in violation of the law. Under federal law, it is illegal to operate for longer than 27 months and solicit tax-deductible contributions without an IRS determination.