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Old 05-14-2013, 09:15 AM   #44
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O rly?

http://www.salon.com/2013/05/14/when...eted_liberals/

The well-known church, All Saints Episcopal in Pasadena, became a bit of a cause célèbre on the left after the IRS threatened to revoke the church’s tax-exempt status over an anti-Iraq War sermon the Sunday before the 2004 election. “Jesus [would say], ‘Mr. President, your doctrine of preemptive war is a failed doctrine,’” rector George Regas said from the dais.

The church, which said progressive activism was in its “DNA,” hired a powerful Washington lawyer and enlisted the help of Schiff, who met with the commissioner of the IRS twice and called for a Government Accountability Office investigation, saying the IRS audit violated the First Amendment and was unduly targeting a political opponent of the Bush administration. “My client is very concerned that the close coordination undertaken by the IRS allowed partisan political concerns to direct the course of the All Saints examination,” church attorney Marcus Owens, who is widely considered one of the country’s leading experts on this area of the law, said at the time. In 2007, the IRS closed the case, decreeing that the church violated rules preventing political intervention, but it did not revoke its nonprofit status.
O rly?

Even the Communist Party Organ LA Times said :

" The federal tax code prohibits tax-exempt organizations, including churches, from intervening in political campaigns and elections."

They obviously violated the law, and still they just dropped the investigation and allowed them to keep their tax exempt status.

Where's the controversy?

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Then, in 2006, the Wall Street Journal broke the story of a how a little-known pressure group called Public Interest Watch — which received 97 percent of its funds from Exxon Mobile one year — managed to get the IRS to open an investigation into Greenpeace. Greenpeace had labeled Exxon Mobil the “No. 1 climate criminal.” The IRS acknowledged its audit was initiated by Public Interest Watch and threatened to revoke Greenpeace’s tax-exempt status, but closed the investigation three months later.
So this is a story about the IRS opening an investigation, and then closing it?

THAT'S a scandal?!?!?

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That being said, I'm with you that I'm fed up with this administration. I'm sure that you were raising the alarm back during the Bush administration as well, though!
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