Posts Tagged ‘tax exempt’

“Churchgate:” Obama Misused Tax Exempt Church Resources for his Campaign

September 10, 2008

Barack Obama’s campaign has made a point about not taking money from big donors, even though it has received six figure bundled contributions from “little, ordinary people” like Goldman Sachs, Lehman Broters, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Execlon, and Microsoft,* and even though Obama broke his pledge to accept Federal campaign financing and the accompanying spending limits. The Obama campaign’s fundraising ethics also include illegal and possibly rigged lotteries like “Dinner with Barack;” the “Backstage with Barack” lottery was modified to allow entry without a donation under pressure from Minnesota and possibly other law enforcement agencies.

While Barack Obama is at least morally responsible for the behavior of his campaign staff–and he signed his name to at least one of the lottery solicitations even though, as an attorney, he ought to know at least something about lottery laws–he is directly and personally responsible for his deliberate, premeditated, and willful misuse of the United Church of Christ’s tax exempt resources to support his campaign.

* The corporations do not donate the money themselves, they bundle donations from employees and others. This is legal. (more…)

Obama’s Illegal Foreign Contributions and (Possibly Rigged) Lotteries

August 12, 2008

Obama’s Creative Campaign Financing Adds Misuse of Tax Exempt Church Resources

    At a time when money from Washington lobbyists and special interests is polluting the political process more than ever, the question for campaigns isn’t just whether they can compete financially — it’s how they do it.

    Obama campaign manager David Plouffe, E-mail of June 12 2007

We should indeed look at “how they do it” because this E-mail itself may have been an illegal lottery. Furthermore, one of last year’s “Dinner with Barack” lotteries announced a winner before the entry deadline, which suggests that not all participants had an equal chance to win. Meanwhile, Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs reports that Obama’s campaign accepted illegal contributions from foreign sources. We finally have the matter of Obama’s deliberate and willful misuse of the United Church of Christ’s tax exempt resources to promote his candidacy. Yes, Mr. Plouffe, “how they do it” should indeed be foremost in voters’ minds this year. (more…)

Obama’s Sword of Damocles: October Surprise Won’t Surprise Us

May 12, 2008

[Placed in the public domain, copying and widespread circulation are encouraged]
Obama’s Sword of Damocles: October Surprise Won’t Surprise Us
Looming Scandal Will “Toricelli” Barack Obama After Democratic National Convention

The Democratic Party’s superdelegates, even those who have endorsed Barack Obama, need to do some serious reconsideration between now and the convention. Should Obama become the nominee, the Democrats are likely to find themselves in the same situation as they did with Robert Toricelli (D-NJ) in 2002. As described by Wikipedia (more information at the Washington Post),

    In the middle of an increasingly competitive race against Republican Doug Forrester, Torricelli decided not to run for reelection after disclosure of illegal contributions to his campaign by David Chang, a businessman connected to North Korea. In a speech, Torricelli stated that despite his leaving public office in a different way than he planned, he was proud of his service.

The Democratic Party then had to persuade the New Jersey Supreme Court to bypass the deadline for ballot changes to replace Toricelli with Frank Lautenberg. It is more than likely that the Democrats will find themselves in the same situation this year if Obama becomes the nominee, because of Obama’s questionable use of the United Church of Christ’s tax exempt resources to support his campaign. The Internal Revenue Service is currently investigating Obama’s church and, depending on when it announces its findings, it will render Obama unelectable or (should be be elected before the IRS announces its findings), leave him with a crippled and scandal-ridden Presidency. (more…)

Obama’s Alleged Misuse of Church Resources could End Campaign

April 7, 2008

If we were advising the Democrats, we would tell them to get Barack Obama out of the race before he leads his party to a catastrophe in November. In addition to widening revelations about racist and/or anti-Semitic hate speech not only from his pastor, his associates like Al Sharpton, and even bloggers at his official campaign Web site, there are very credible allegations that he misused the tax exempt resources of the United Church of Christ to promote his candidacy: a malicious and self-serving action that may put his own church’s tax-exempt status in jeopardy.

The story centers on Obama’s General Synod speech prompts IRS to investigate UCC’s tax-exempt status, which is posted at the UCC’s own Web site.

The Internal Revenue Service has notified the United Church of Christ’s national offices in Cleveland, Ohio, that the IRS has opened an investigation into U.S. Sen. Barack Obama’s address at the UCC’s 2007 General Synod as the church engaging in “political activities.”

In the IRS letter dated Feb. 20, the IRS said it was initiating a church tax inquiry “because reasonable belief exists that the United Church of Christ has engaged in political activities that could jeopardize its tax-exempt status.”

The “political activities” in question involve Barack Obama’s “A Politics of Conscience,” which he delivered at the UCC’s 50th anniversary General Synod in Hartford, Conn., on June 23, 2007. The UCC says that Obama agreed beforehand that his speech would contain no campaign-related content, but a transcript of “A Politics of Conscience” shows extensive campaign-related content. Furthermore, the speech was apparently pre-written; in other words, Obama did not get carried away in the heat of the moment, forget himself, and talk about his Presidential ambitions. If the UCC’s statements are accurate, Obama chose in advance to break his word to his own church, violate its trust, and get it into trouble with the IRS. (more…)

Obama’s Premeditated Misuse of United Church of Christ Resources

March 6, 2008

We will say up front that we have very little use for the United Church of Christ (UCC) and especially the Trinity United Church of Christ, of which Barack Hussein Obama is a member. The UCC is associated with the unsavory Sabeel Ecuminical Liberation Theology Center and Naim Ateek, who refer to the establishment of Israel as the Nakba (“Catastrophe”). To this may be added the racism of TUCC, whose pastor, Jeremiah Wright, says that “white America” got a “wake up call” on 9/11.

    ADL Troubled by United Church of Christ’s Embrace of Radicalized Palestinian Christian Group
    New York, NY, January 10, 2006 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is troubled by the United Church of Christ’s continuing partnership with the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center, a radicalized Palestinian Christian group whose leaders have openly questioned Israel’s right to exist.

Now that the United Church of Christ is under investigation by the Internal Revenue Service for allegedly allowing Barack Obama to misuse its tax exempt resources to promote his campaign, we could easily indulge in some Schadenfreude, or vicarious enjoyment of an enemy’s troubles. On the other hand, common justice and decency requires us to determine whether our enemy really deserves to be in trouble for something it might not have done. While prosecution for something he didn’t do might be Karmic justice for someone like Mike Nifong, the disgraced and disbarred prosecutor who allegedly withheld exculpatory evidence in the Duke Lacrosse rape case, UCC’s current troubles with the Internal Revenue Service are totally unrelated to its relationship with Sabeel. If people walked away from UCC in disgust over this relationship, the punishment would indeed fit the offense, but jeopardization of UCC’s tax exempt status by Barack Obama’s apparent abuse of the church’s trust would not.

Our question is whether the UCC knowingly and willfully, or even merely recklessly, used its tax exempt resources (in this case its annual meeting, which was held at the Hartford Civic Center) to promote a political figure’s candidacy. Doing so is cause for revocation of the organization’s tax exemption. ”IRS Investigation: A Test Of Church’s Faith?” by UCC minister Davida Foy Crabtree asserts, however, that the church made reasonable efforts to obey the rules, but Barack Obama and his campaign staff misled the church as to their intentions. As shown by the content of Obama’s speech, which helped trigger the IRS investigation, Obama’s actions were not merely mistaken or even reckless, they were a premeditated abuse of the church’s trust and resources. (more…)

Obama Exploited, Betrayed His Own Church (Viral Email)

March 3, 2008

Viral Email placed in the public domain

Subject: Obama Betrayed his Church. How much would his oath of office be worth?

The United Church of Christ, of which Barack Obama is a prominent member, is currently under investigation by the Internal Revenue Service for allegedly allowing its 501(c)(3) tax exempt resources to be used to support Barack Obama’s campaign (http://blog.washingtonpost.com/the-trail/2008/02/26/irs_investigating_obamas_churc_2.html). As shown by “IRS Investigation: A Test Of Church’s Faith?” by Davida Foy Crabtree (http://www.courant.com/news/opinion/editorials/hc-commentarycrabtree0302.artmar02,0,2026115.story) we must conclude that Barack Obama (1) promised the United Church of Christ that no campaign-related activity would take place during the United Church of Christ’s General Synod in June 2007, and then (2) he promptly broke his word by using the 501(c)(3) tax exempt event to promote his Presidential candidacy. If this is how Barack Obama keeps his word to his own church and then, by breaking it, gets the church into trouble with the IRS, we really have to wonder whether any oath of office he takes will be worth the air he speaks it with. Reverend Crabtree asserts,

    Our purpose in inviting Sen. Obama in the spring of 2006 — long before he was a candidate for the presidency — was to ask him to address the connection between his Christian faith and his public service, to speak to us of the challenges for people of faith in the public square today. And he did so with eloquence. As a prominent member of our church, his was a natural invitation, just as the others were.To avoid any hint of endorsement or promotion, our national officers and our denominational attorney established clear understandings with Sen. Obama’s office in Washington. He readily agreed to all of them. We made it clear not only to his campaign staff but also to our own synod delegates and visitors that no advocacy or promotion of his candidacy would be permitted.

The Internal Revenue Service alleges, however, that “Our concerns are based on articles posted on several websites, including the church’s, which state that United States Presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama addressed nearly 10,000 church members gathered at the United Church of Christ’s General Synod at the Hartford Civic Center on June 23, 2007. In addition, 40 Obama volunteers staffed campaign tables outside the center to promote his campaign.” The latter shows that, after promising the United Church of Christ that “no advocacy or promotion of his candidacy would be permitted,” the Obama campaign allegedly proceeded to turn the church’s annual gathering into a campaign event.

Nor was this alleged betrayal confined to people who were working for Obama, who also broke his word to his own church. Here are relevant portions of “A Politics of Conscience,” the speech that Obama delivered to the United Church of Christ (http://www.ucc.org/news/significant-speeches/a-politics-of-conscience.html). (more…)

Who is Barack Obama? (Viral E-mail For Circulation)

March 2, 2008

We have previously shown that viral E-mails (E-mails that people circulate to friends and associates, not E-mails that contain computer viruses) are causing serious problems for the Obama campaign. The following viral e-mail, which we place in the public domain and whose widespread circulation we encourage, tells the absolute truth about this phony smile on top of an empty suit, and all statements in this package can be verified independently through a Google search, or reference to the indicated links. In Netscape E-mail at least, the entire package below pastes into the letter with preservation of highlighting and formatting. COPY, PASTE, AND SEND! (more…)


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