Wednesday, June 22, 2011

CAIR Loses Tax Exempt Status


About time.

The Muslim Brotherhood front group known as the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)has officially lost its tax exempt status with the IRS.

CAIR had failed to file required annual reports, known as form 990s, detailing their revenues and expenses, for three consecutive years, since the IRS approved a separate tax-exempt CAIR Foundation in 2007.

Both the foundation and CAIR national are on the list of organizations who have lost their tax exempt status, but CAIR's web site continues to solicit donations by touting them as tax deductible two weeks after the IRS issued the list and sent notifications to the groups.

In reality, as my regular readers know, this will only have a limited effect on CAIR's work in America, since much of their primary funding comes from Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

A separate problem for CAIR is that their membership has dwindled since they were named as unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation Hamas money laundering trial. Even with Attorney General Eric Holder covering for them by refusing to prosecute whta amounted to an open and shut case, their brand name has been tarnished to the point that they'll likely do what Islamist front groups usually do...metastasize into another group with a different name.

Making it illegal for foreign countries to fund political lobbying groups and religious institutions here in America would be a good start towards really solving this problem, but that's unlikely considering who's in the White House right now.

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3 comments:

Debbie said...

Woo Hoo! Bout time indeed.

Debbie
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B.Poster said...

If true, the arrogance on the part of CAIR is absolutely breath taking. Every charitable organization that has revenues of 50,000 or more for 2010 (25,000 for prior years) knows they have to file form 990. For those whose revenues are below the above figures, they have to file form
990N.

While it may be possible for a small organization not to be aware of these most basic of requirements, it is inconceivable that CAIR would not be aware of this. CAIR is one of the largest, most powerful, and politically influential oganizations in American history. As such, it will have access to the best tax accountants, tax attorneys, and other professionals the nation and the world have to offer. The chances of them not being aware of this is, I would estimate, 1 in 1,000.000.000.000.000. In other words, they have delibrately and brazenly commited fraud.

If they commit fraud here in such an obvious way, what else might they be doing? I think it is a fair question. Clearly they don't give a whit about the law. This is such an easy requirement to meet!!

This actually highligts the major weakness of America's enemies. Their arrogance is extreme. With arrogance, comes mistakes. If we are alert, we may be able to capitalize. This is really our only way to win. Our enemies are far more powerful than we are. They are arrogant though and they will make mistakes. This is how Ronald Reagan and his team thwarted the Soviets. They were arrogant. They made mistakes and we were able to capitalize.

The influence of CAIR with America's leaders far exceeds that of AIPAC. Yet the media drones on and on about the so called excessive influence of Jews and the AIPAC yet we CAIR gets virtually no scrutiny. Why is this. Shouldn't a group with the influence of CAIR be subjected to intense scrutiny? I think we know the answer to both questions.

I would agree with your assessemnt that this likely does not influence CAIR's actions much, at least in the short to mid term, however, it is a semblence of a larger issues. The failure to comply with the law here, in such a basic manner, indicates an extreme level of arrogance. An alert leaderhsip would be able to capitlaize on this and perhaps defeat or neutralize them.

Also, I should point out an organization of CAIR's size ordinarily would not be able to go three years without filing a form 990. IRS agents would show up demanding that they file these forms and they would charge them penalites for each day the forms are late. To be albe to pull this off, they no doubt have substantial help from inside the US government and probably the IRS.

B.Poster said...

"much of the funding comes from Saudi Arabia and the UAE..." This may be another reason for the disregard of the law. On the form 990, the organization has to detail where their funds came from. If they come from Saudi Arabia, this maight not look good. As such, better for them not to file the form and deal with any reprecussions of that than to actually file the 990. Of course, in all likelyhood, the media will cover for them regardless.