IRS revokes conservative group’s tax-exempt status over anti-Clinton statements

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April 22, 2014

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The Internal Revenue Service has revoked the tax-exempt status of a conservative charity for making statements critical of Hillary Rodham Clinton and John Kerry, according to a USA Today report.

The Patrick Henry Center for Individual Liberty, based in Manassas, Va., “has shown a pattern of deliberate and consistent intervention in political campaigns” and made “repeated statements supporting or opposing various candidates by expressing its opinion of the respective candidate’s character and qualifications,” according to a written determination released Friday by the IRS.

The IRS said the center acted as an “action organization” by publishing alerts on its website for columns written by its president, former FBI agent Gary Aldrich, the Washington Free Beacon reported.
The IRS pointed out a column that appeared to be published by Townhall on April 2, 2004, in which Mr. Aldrich wrote, “if John Kerry promises otherwise ill-informed swing-voters lower gas prices at the pump, more than a few greedy, registered ignoramuses will follow him anywhere,” the Free Beacon reported.

Another article cited by the IRS was a 2005 piece titled “Stop Hillary Now!,” which rallied “Clinton haters” to inform voters of Hillary Clinton’s “atrocious conduct,” USA Today reported.
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said in an interview with The Washington Post last week that the IRS and Treasury Department are likely to rewrite controversial draft guidelines to better define “candidate-related political activities.”

  • Ranchman

    Soon, it will begin soon. The American people are sick to death of being bullied by our own govt. We will begin to fight back real soon.

  • dinkerduo

    And the beat goes on!

  • Dr Moon

    I’ve lived through 13 presidents, some totally incompetent like Carter and some crooked like Nixon but never have I see an Administration as incompetent and as dishonest as Obama. Never have I seen a president use government agencies like their own personal thugs. Nixon took a few files from Democratic Headquarters and was forced to resign, Clinton lied to a Jury and was impeached, Obama has lied, cheated and has stolen from the American people like a thief in the night. He’s abused his authority, ignored our laws, ignored the Constitution, attacked and harassed American Citizens, he destroyed our Healthcare system, he’s destroyed our economy, he’s made 9% unemployment the new “full” employment and what angers me worst is Congress is so afraid of being called racists they’ve allowed him to destroy and kill at abandon. Everyday he does something even worse than the time before and not a peep from Congress, It’s disgusting, every Member of Congress except a few should be fired immediately and charged with Treason and fraud. Obama should be charged with Treason for aiding and abetting our enemy. That is an executable offense. The FBI should arrest both him and Holder and throw them to the dogs. I don’t care if the Blacks rioted and burned down the Cities, it wouldn’t be as bad as what Obama has done to this Nation. I’ve lost all faith in Government, America is finished, it’s over, the dream is dead.

    • Ameripat

      I and many others feel the same way, especially the part of aiding and abetting our enemy(ies)! With open borders they are letting our country destroy itself from within…then they will try to claim innocence.

    • dinkerduo

      I’m at about the same age group so I agree with everything you said except that the unemployment rate is really hovering around 17/18 %

      IF THE TRUTH BE TOLD and higher for certain groups.
      I truly believe that F&F sending weapons into Mex. was NOT for the drug cartels (that’s insanity) to track straw buyers ( they didn’t need over 2500 to do that) but to al Qaeda who are already in Mex. or to train drug cartel members to be like al Qaeda. Benghazi was again about sending Qaddafi’s weapons–on ships to Turkey–then down into Syria for the rebels who are al Qaeda! In both cases–that’s treason–plain and simple–treason! Somebody needs to come forward and tell the story of what this ass is really doing–to hell with your job!
      Why have we not heard from the 30ish CIA people who were on the ground during the raid at the compound that didn’t have military security–oh–that’s right–Stevens wanted private security but didn’t get it. Military security would then have known WHAT they were doing there in the first place! With the dirty unconstitutional dealings of the IRS–NSA–EPA and the rest we need to demand that Obozo be impeached BEFORE he can do anymore damage!

  • Tricia Anthone

    Tax-exempt status is a bludgeon being used to control public speech. I think churches should certainly weigh in on public-policy debate and they should do so freely.
    I wish our church would throw off the wet-blanket of tax-exempt status so that it would be free to stand up for public policies that encourage and support individual strength and virtue: Patience, tolerance, prudence, industriousness, generosity and responsibility. When public policy makes a point of encouraging these we get more of them and more people are happier and lead better lives as a result. (Not all – more. Nothing but totalitarianism produces uniform results – we need to stop looking for uniform results and start STANDING for things worthy of our effort.)
    Public policy today encourages and supports self-centeredness, sloth, greed and envy and impulsiveness – all the human traits which make us miserable and lock us into unproductive lives. We offer money rewards to the poor for marital dissolution and out of wedlock birth. Then we wonder why poor is no longer a temporary position but class of people who feel disempowered to change their circumstance.
    So yea, I think the tax-exempt status has diminished the voice of virtue in the public square and I don’t think we’re enriched by that one bit.

    • mort_f

      I fully agree. But I would go a step further, NO tax exempt status for any organization, be they political, religious, or charitable. For providing tax exempt status puts the government, which can be benign or nefarious, in a position of controlling individuals. A total affront to the principal of individual liberty.

      For those who would reference biblical commandments to be charitable, do refer to the Bible which mandates that charitable acts are to be totally anonymous, and given from the heart. Providing that information to the government is therefore sacriligious.

      There are many examples of ‘foundations’, which are, in the main, tax dodges, protecting assets from taxation for the benefit of family, or chosen friends.

      • Tricia Anthone

        we’re on the same page – “exempt status” is favor bestowed by Gov’t. With the strings (or rather steel cables) that Gov’t attaches to it’s “favor” we’d be better off paying the same the same flat rate and accepting no favor.

  • CTH

    Yeah, they will rewrite their guidelines to exempt all left wing political groups.

  • I Seigel

    Good first start. Maybe ALL of these PACs – liberal AND conservative – should lose their tax-exempt status. There’s no good reason for it. They are just another tax dodge for the elite anyway.

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