Right Wing Charity 'Friends of Abe' Seems To Have Conned IRS

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Date Originated: March of 2014
Categories: Republican Party & Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
The Friends of Abe, Inc. (FOA) is a support and networking group for politically conservative members of the Hollywood elite. The organization was formed in 2004 by actor Gary Sinise. As of January 2012 the organization had more than 1800 members. Friends of Abe has spent three years trying to get tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status for their organization. After going an a campaign claiming the IRS was unfairly "targeting" them and playing various victim tactics, the IRS finally approved FOA to nonpartisan charity status. Since the tax status is reserved for organizations that do not engage in any partisan activity, IRS officials have questioned whether the organization's promotion of presidential candidates during its events constituted political campaign support, an activity forbidden for tax-exempt organizations. It seems clear they are quite conservative, just look at their guest speaker lists throughout the years, as well as their member's political views.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friends_of_Abe
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