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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Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

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Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs, political campaigns and PAC management for nearly 20 years.
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53 thoughts on “IRS targeting conservative Hollywood group ‘Friends of Abe’

  1. Bouncerquinn says:

    Jon Voight has always been out, front and center as a leader of conservative cause. He is in my opinion the absolute finest, male screen and actor alive today. It’s amazing how we always seem th have one in the wings when we lose a great one(Charlton Hesston). He understands politics. How I wish we could get him to lead the RNC!!

    1. Doug says:

      You don’t respect Jim Carrey or Adam Sandler?

      1. Raymond Tower says:

        No. I refuse to watch any movie they are in.

      2. Bouncerquinn says:

        Doug, I’ll give you a break, because I left out a word. I have since edited it. I’ve never thought much of Carrey or Sandler as well as Hanks, because all they seemed to do is goofy sketches. All 3 of them have proven that they can act though. But, I said finest. And also intend say screen and stage actor. How I left out stage I will never know. Now there are a couple of great ones who are liberal, I was just commenting because this article was specifically about conservatives. In fact Kelsey Grammar is a talented comedian and a conservative with a drug problem. It’s not confined to party affiliation.
        So, I’ll name to of the greatest screen and stage actors who happen to lean left. They would be Ernest Borginine and one of my personal all time favorites Vergis Meredith.
        I probably misspelled his first name.

        But I won’t watch Carey, Sandler or Hanks, because aside from being politically ignorant, none of the 3 are actually to bright.
        And none deserved any awards for their acting. The Golden Globes and Oscar’s have become almost as insignificant as the Nobel Prizes!!

        1. Doug says:

          Burgess was outed by McCarthy.

          1. John Campbell says:

            Looks like McCarthy was right again.

      3. Bouncerquinn says:

        Oh Doug, the aforementioned awards are also more insignificant than the WWE’s Championship Belts!!

        1. Doug says:

          Agree completely. But I never miss them because the women look fantastic.

      4. JIm Carrey is a LOONY LIBERAL…

        1. Doug says:

          Don’t forget Sandler is Jewish. That must qualify him for your full measure of hatred.

          1. Dorg..Those are your words…NOT MINE…

          2. John Campbell says:

            No, we leave that part up to leftists. Especially those caught on video by the late Andrew Breitbart. Also the leftists we saw the video of marching for “Occupy’. You know, when the communists and the neo Nazi’s actually came together on something for the first time since the early 1930’s? Obama, the great unifier. :o)

  2. Brandon Johns says:

    Hitler had the NAZIs, Obama has the IRS.

    1. And the EPA…and many other of the Marixist Socialist Communist Agencies…

  3. babbott says:

    I suspected the IRS abuse would continue since Lois Lerner was allowed to retire and walk away after being guilty of allowing it. WHY hasn’t Congress tried to rein in these outlaws?

  4. Raymond Tower says:

    Once again proof that the IRS must be disbanded and the CBO do it’s job and take over.

  5. One of the many parts of the BOY DICTATORS….Private Army to DESTROY THIS NATION….

  6. Breezeyguy says:

    Holder and all the leadership of the IRS need to be impeached.

    Boehner – what are you doing? Impeach Holder et al. NOW

    1. Doug says:

      What happened to the actual topic of this article.

      1. John Campbell says:

        Scroll up and read the article again. Maybe you’ll get it this time?

  7. JeremiahtpoG says:

    The Obama administration is pushing for new regulations that will codify the targeting of conservatives , so much for being outraged and appalled , this is outright tyranny

  8. ron thomasson says:

    This Administration is the Antithesis of “Abe” Lincoln…

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