Back in October I did a post about my calls to the IRS regarding Moveon.org and various Philadelphia-area churches that were sponsoring Moveon's events. In the comments that day, there were questions raised concerning right-leaning organizations that also look to influence elections when they are 501C(3) charitable/non-profit organizations. Though I don't believe it is as widely or blatantly done --It is also wrong... These organizations are bound to a code of ethics they choose to adhere to when they file their tax status...and they should be held to it.
The NAACP has been the biggest offender in this arena for a long time...but it looks like they may finally have to pay the piper --and more importantly may lose their tax exempt status...
At the NAACP convention in Philadelphia (Sunday, July 11, 2004), Julian Bond made the overtly partisan nature of the NAACP so glaringly obvious the IRS couldn't let it slide anymore.
Some “non-partisan” Bond quotes...
"Republicans appeal to the dark underside of American culture, to that minority of Americans who reject democracy and equality. They preach racial neutrality and practice racial division ... their idea of reparations is to give war criminal Jefferson Davis a pardon. Their idea of equal rights is the American flag and Confederate swastika flying side by side." (source)
"...if Hispanics and blacks vote in that the same rate as they did in 2000, the no-show National Guardsman in the White House and his draft-dodging vice president will lose by 3 million votes." (source)
"Just [this past summer] at the liberal Take Back America conference, Bond caused a stir when he singled out Republicans as "enemies of black Americans" and compared conservatives to the terrorist Taliban who once ruled Afghanistan." (source)
"By playing the race card in election after election, they've appealed to that dark underside of American culture, to that minority of Americans who reject democracy and equality. They preach racial neutrality, and they practice racial division." (source)
Who is playing the race card Julian?! Do the ads in 2000 implying that GWB was the one to drag James Byrd through the streets ring a bell?
Of course, NAACP President and CEO and former DEMOCRATIC congressman, Kweisi Mfume, also weighed in.. "We expect that Democratic candidates who want to influence the African-American vote will be here." (source)
The NAACP is one of 60 organizations currently under investigation by the IRS for improprieties committed throughout the run-up to the 2004 election. (Hopefully Moveon.org is in that list too). IRS protocol prohibits them from releasing the names of organizations that are involved in ongoing investigations --actually, it was the NAACP that announced it was being investigated. Could this be Julian Bond playing the race card once again? Trying to create the illusion that it is only his group that is being targeted?
"The immediate accusation from the [NAACP] was that the timing of the investigation was "suspicious." This was another dishonest statement, and one requiring more than a little brass. The IRS was investigating illegal election activity during an election; sounds reasonable, don't you think? The suspicious timing was all on the part of the NAACP, which made the voluntary revelation that it was being investigated as close to the election as possible, presumably to maximize its value as a political issue to anger its membership against the President." (source)
In addition to Moveon.org, I hope that PETA is also on the list. Go HERE to read why.
Under Bond's leadership, the NAACP has engaged in racial scare tactics, and has publicly used their influence to work to elect Democratic candidates...it's high time he was called on it. Julian Bond is a race-baiter and an arm of the more radical end of the Democratic Party --he and Mfume should step down and return the organization to the noble intentions of its genesis.
(NAACP now says they will start a PAC --admitting they're wrong...?)