In the ongoing task of exposing liberal hypocrisy, nonprofits are career mills for activist liberals who demand higher taxes be extracted from citizens while they abuse the nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) status to avoid paying taxes so they can conduct their warped brand of altruism.
The American Friends Service Committee-San Diego branch held many events on the evening of President Trump’s State of the Union and if you were to go by the rules regulating partisanship in order to receive a nonprofit, tax-exempt status, it could be argued a line was crossed.
Noche De Chanclazos
Trump is scheduled to address the 115th Congress with the State of the Union speech on Tuesday, January 30. Join us for a night of chanclazos. Let out your aggression by throwing your chancla at the screen whenever you feel Trump disses you or your community. It will be night of chanclazos, piñata border wall busting, and a good time.
— AFSC-San Diego Facebook event, 1/31/18
The American Friends Service Committee appears benevolent, at least when you read their mission statement.
The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action. Drawing on continuing spiritual insights and working with people of many backgrounds, we nurture the seeds of change and respect for human life that transform social relations and systems.
— afsc.org Mission, Vision, and Values
Hmm… didn’t look like a whole lot of faithful, spiritual Quakers at the San Diego event, then again liberal activists have exploited the church exemption for decades.
According to the IRS’ rules on nonprofits and political activities, they’re quite specific.
Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. Other activities intended to encourage people to participate in the electoral process, such as voter registration and get-out-the-vote drives, would not be prohibited political campaign activity if conducted in a non-partisan manner.
On the other hand, voter education or registration activities with evidence of bias that (a) would favor one candidate over another; (b) oppose a candidate in some manner; or (c) have the effect of favoring a candidate or group of candidates, will constitute prohibited participation or intervention.
— The Restriction of Political Campaign Intervention by Section 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Organizations
The former scandal-plagued IRS Commissioner John Koskinen was replaced by President Trump appointee David Kautter and he needs to initiate a full review of ALL nonprofits to assure the American people that those entities who’ve been granted tax-exempt status have not violated the very clear rules and engaged in blatant partisan politics. Some of these nonprofits have officials who’ve abused the generous donations of the public through vague mission statements, have enriched themselves personally, and their 990 forms should be scrutinized. If they have crossed that partisan politics line, they should have to repay the taxes they were exempted from.
Until then, we’ll have more of the abuse seen above and they’ll make us all pay for it.