IRS targeting conservative Hollywood group ‘Friends of Abe’

For almost three years, the Internal Revenue Service has scrutinized the conservative Hollywood group “Friends of Abe’s” pursuit of tax exempt status.

The membership list is private, but known members include actors Gary Sinise, Jon Voight and Kelsey Grammer, according to The New York Times. The loosely organized group operates as a nonprofit, and would like donations to be tax deductible.

Fox News’ Trace Gallagher told Megyn Kelly this about the group Thursday:

The group is called ‘Friends of Abe’, named after Abraham Lincoln, and it’s made up of 1,500 conservative members of the entertainment industry. They gather for things like meals, drinks, and to learn about the political process. It is now seeking 501(c)(3) tax exempt status, so that donations could be tax deductible just like some progressive groups. Getting the exemption would prohibit the group from partisan activity. Now, ‘Friends of Abe’ acknowledges having speakers like Karl Rove and Herman Cain, but they deny having a political agenda. ‘Friends of Abe’ says it doesn’t just suspect they were being targeted by the IRS, they say they were told they’re being targeted by the IRS.

The group had been targeted by the IRS, executive director of Friends of Abe and TruthRevolt Managing editor, Jeremy Boreing, told Fox News.

“We understand through our attorneys that our agent at the IRS who was handling our file, specifically said we had been targeted on the BOLO list,” he said. “So I think that probably the reason we’re being targeted is we filed as a conservative educational fellowship.”

Other similar groups have been approved for the same status that the conservative group is seeking, according to The Times, who reported:

People for the American Way, Mr. [Norman] Lear’s group, stands as something of a liberal counterpart to Friends of Abe, though the organization is far larger, with an affiliate that spends millions of dollars a year on issue advocacy in Washington and beyond. But the entertainment industry has been crisscrossed by progressive groups like the Natural Resources Defense Council, which maintains a tax-exempt educational adjunct under the 501(c)(3) provision, and includes the producer Laurie David and the actor Leonardo DiCaprio among its trustees. Another, the American Foundation for Equal Rights, is a nonprofit that supports marriage rights for gay people and counts the producer Bruce Cohen and the writer Dustin Lance Black among its founders.

The IRS has not commented on the proceedings, according to TruthRevolt.

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  • Abunchofbullshit

    I applaud the people who have ‘come out’ in Hollywood as the good guys and suggest the rest of them don’t deny their positions but come out strong with them! It is time for us all to step up and start the beginning of the end of the tyranny in our country…..there won’t be anymore chances folks!

    • Loweezy Smith

      Gary Sinese alone is considered a wonderful man and just received an award for his work with the military.

  • johndubose

    If they are conservative, they must be doing something evil in their meetings. Lets go find it. LOL.

    • mac12sam12

      Get back to work on your GED, troglodyte!

  • J. C. Smith

    IRS = fascist tools. They’ve become the new brownshirts.

    • Loweezy Smith

      And yet they are going to sweep it under the rug in Washington.

    • plewdawg

      I believe we still have a surplus of tar and feathers around.

  • Rabelrouser

    The intimidation arm of this monarchy is weilded to create fear in those who would stand up for the Republic. The “force of law” is being used to negate any form of resistance to the transformation. Threat and intimidation are weapons to silence the opposition.
    The storm clouds are getting darker on the horizion.

  • acers2

    Only one thing will end this nightmare, called, “the IRS” and that is, close it down and lock their doors. Then and only then will America, start a healing path.

    • jai

      Only if we investigate, charge, convict, imprison and DEPORT Obama and lock the door behind him FOREVER.

      • acers2

        Will not have to “lock the door behind him” after he finishes his military trial for treason, jai. All will be left to do is close the lid on the A$$H ole, then lower him six feet.

        • jai

          Acers2, Be careful. Obama’s goons will be knocking on your door and hauling you off for making a threat.
          But then my typing that is their goal also. Just like the Jews under Hitler when the Nazis randomly selected someone from the community to be publicly executed and then passed the word that someone had snitched on them so that no one trusted anyone and soon everyone was paranoid which eliminated communication among groups that could have been a threat to the Nazis had they united. Of course the end of open communication among members of communities was halted only after he had taken control of healthcare and the media just like our mainstream media is now controlled and our healthcare will soon be controlled.
          But Americans are resilient. We are strong in spirit and much stronger in intellect than our so-called leaders. WE WILL REMAIN. WE WILL SURVIVE AND WE WILL OVERCOME.

          • acers2

            Understand about his goons. It will be a Military Tribunal, that finishes the half black off. Military trial is what I mentioned in my second sentence. I still have to believe we have enough fabric left to enforce our constitution. If we don’t, it’s all over, but, for the shouting.

  • Doug

    Isn’t Conservative and Hollywood an oxymoron.

    • Loweezy Smith

      Yes.

    • babbott

      Apparently not as 1500 of them are members of the group being targeted by the IRS.

      • Doug

        Then why do people claim Hollywood is 100% liberal?

        • babbott

          I don’t know why “people claim” anything, but I have never heard that Hollywood is 100% liberal. Why do “people claim” a lot of things? I know there are some conservatives in Hollywood, but they are attacked and ridiculed by the liberals just like in all of society. I was surprised to hear that there were 1500 members of this conservative organization in Hollywood.

        • Dona Hansler-Krumweide

          Because that is what CNN ,NBC,CBS and Jay Carney report

        • flyr

          Because it is 95% liberal and intolerant of anyone who challenges that.

          It reminds me of the author of the great book My Vietcong Memoir, written by the former VC Minister of Justice. Raised in a prominent family, schooled in France he returned to Vietnam a dedicated communist.

          He described his assignment as –
          to create new Communist front organizations with apparently worthwhile missions,

          to infiltrate existing institutions and either turn them to the communist cause or destroy them.

          It’s amazing that the liberals of Hollywood are so devoid of tolerance and belief in freedom of expression should somebody challenge their pet beliefs.

          Perhaps is is their sensitivity to the incredible damage done to our nation’s young through their pursuit of profit and spread of their agenda. The tens of billions made through the production of music, film, video and games extolling drugs, violence, abuse of women and the gangsta lifestyle.

          Having accomplished all of that they feel no pang of conscience while putting on their hand tailored shirt from England, suit from France , shoes from Italy, Swiss watch and climbing in their Mercedes to drive downtown to demand that taxpayers provide them with more subsidies to prevent “runaway production”

          And the end of the VC Minister of Justice story – when the N Vietnam took over he realized he had been used all these years . All the promises were false, the utopia was a sham and the shackles were real. Like so many others he too fled the country in a boat, seeking freedom in America, the country the left loves to hate

  • quillerm

    Hollywood liberals are responsible for the movies and games that teach our children that murder, assault, carnage, and endless violence is entertainment. They are the real cause of violence and teaching serial killingers in America.

    • Memphis Viking

      No, they’re not. Destruction of the family, teaching an entitlement mentality and devaluing life through policies like abortion are the real cause of violence.

      • Raymond Tower

        Agreed

    • Gramps43

      It’s called “the destroy and rebuilt plan”. First you create a lawless, anarchistic society where the few law abiding types live in barricaded areas screaming for help, you have “destroyed” civil society. Then you come in with the military and clean up the anarchists and throw them into internment camps. The law abiding praise you and make you the savior of society aka “The Benevolent Tyrant” and the country is lost

    • Dona Hansler-Krumweide

      You can’t blame Hollywood for this crap. Do you blame Chevy for DUI’S ?

  • tom2

    To minimize past IRS abuses, and there have been many, congress insisted on citizen oversight panels. I believe the tax exempt operation in Cincinnati needs such an independent non-government panel to arbitrate all decisions. And long term, the nation needs to install an alternative method of taking revenue from the people. The “progressive” tax system is harmful to free enterprise and now is being used to “fundamentally transform” our nation to the oppressive political system preferred by the democrat-socialist party. Failure to correct this wrong fans the flames that could incinerate our great nation.

  • VeteranJack48

    I’m very certain that a particular president was going to be impeached before he resigned, and this subject had a lot to do with that factual activity just described.

    • Doug

      I got confused with your hopping from past to present to future.

    • Raymond Tower

      What does Nixon have to do with this? It’s like tying the impeached former president Clinton to this.

  • rhonan

    Yawn, the IRS gives heavy scrutiny to any politically focused group, left or right, that applies for 501(c)3 status. You wing-nuts thought it was perfectly fine when it was progressives complaining under Bush, and were the ones saying everyone faced the same scrutiny. Like most things, you only have a problem with it when a Democrat is in the White house. Better get used to it. The was things are going, we’ll have Democrats in the White House for a while. You folks are doing a great job of turning younger voters into Democrats.

    • rocky63

      Please provide a documented instance of the Bush administration doing this.