Group Targeted by SPLC Calls on IRS to Remove SPLC’s Tax-Exempt Status

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is over-the-line liberal loony-toons organization posing as a civil rights charity who exists by the motto “If you are a conservative you are a racist or some other type of bigot.” One target of the SPLC has had enough. The Federation for American Immigration Reform, known as FAIR, has filed a formal legal complaint with the IRS claiming that the SPLC was engaging in political activity as opposed to the educational activity allowed per the 501(C)(3) tax exemption rules(complaint embedded below).

“Any honest examination of this record can only lead to the conclusion that the SPLC was engaged in on-going prohibited political activity,” said FAIR President Dan Stein.

According to the complaint, the SPLC violated its non-profit tax status nearly 50 times during the 2016 presidential election cycle. As a 501(C) (3) the SPLC is allowed to advocate for particular issue, but advocating for or against particular candidates is not allowed. The advocacy has to be more than, “that position on an issue is screwed up” an organization has to educate about the issue.

Per the IRS rules:

An organization may be educational even though it advocates a particular position or viewpoint so long as it presents a sufficiently full and fair exposition of the pertinent facts as to permit an individual or the public to form an independent opinion or conclusion. On the other hand, an organization is not educational if its principal function is the mere presentation of unsupported opinion.

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(…)The IRS has identified four factors that lead to the conclusion the method is not educational:

  •  A significant portion of the group’s communications consists of the presentation of viewpoints or positions that are unsupported by facts.
  • Facts that purport to support the viewpoints or positions are distorted.
  • The group’s presentations make substantial use of inflammatory and disparaging terms and express conclusions based more on strong emotional feelings rather than objective evaluation.
  • The presentation’s approach is not aimed at developing the audience’s understanding of the subject matter because it does not consider their background or training.

FAIR’s complaint charges that the SPLC participated  in “communication activities prohibited by the IRS in a ‘flagrant, continued and intentional campaign’ targeting then-Presidential candidate Donald J. Trump and other Republican candidates.” FAIR points out that the SPLC,  made numerous sweeping, opinion-based statements about the current president during his 2016 campaign, accusing him of being “embraced by right-wing extremists,” “helping drive mainstream interest to racist memes” and manufacturing a “climate of fear” which might “ultimately lead[] to hate vi…

Read the rest of the story at Jeff Dunetz’s blog The Lid

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