Friday, January 24, 2014
Obama's IRS Still In Action - Against 'Political Enemies'
In spite of IRS-Gate, the hunting season on conservative groups is still open, as two of the latest targets show.
Hollywood is overwhelmingly Leftist and Democrat, at least publicly. That's especially true of th epeopl eon the lower rungs of the ladder or who are not established yet, as it's well known that being a Republican or espousing conservative beliefs is a sure way not to get hired.
But there is a small group in Hollywood known as Friends of Abe, a group for conservatives in the entertainment industry. Aside from people who are already established or outed themselves like actors Gary Sinise, Jon Voight and Kelsey Grammer, or the writer-producer Lionel Chetwynd, most of the membership remains secret for the above reasons.
The group recently applied for 501(c)(3) nonprofit status to the IRS, to assist their fundraising. Big mistake, according to the New York Times.
Not only was their application held up far longer than similar Leftist groups, but the IRS launched a formal investigation of the group, demanding “detailed information about its meetings”, a list of members and “enhanced access to the website" which also would reveal members names and personal details about them.According to the Times, the investigation is due to "guests who speak to the group who tend to be conservative."
Friends of Abe doesn't even permit cameras at its meetings, so you can bet the Obama Administration is salivating at the idea of outing the 1,500 or so members.And it's not just audits from the IRS for 'incorrect thought'.
Here's how it works in real life. Actress Maria Conchita Alonso, best known for her role in “Moscow on the Hudson,” had been hired to appear in a Spanish language version of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” in San Francisco - until she made a campaign ad with a conservative California candidate for governor, Tim Donnelly.
She was immediately fired.
Various pro-Amnestia groups threatened to protest the show if she appeared and complainedabout 'raa-aa-cism' even though Alonso is of Cuban descent and Donnelly is married to a Filipina, with a Mexican daughter-in-law.The producer was quoted as saying “We really cannot have her in the show, unfortunately. Of course she has the right to say whatever she wants. But we’re in the middle of the Mission. Doing what she is doing is against what we believe.”
And this is by no means an isolated incident. For instance, conservative-themed films and documentaries routinely have difficulty getting booked at film festivals.
Meanwhile, far-Left groups with 501(c)(3) groups like producer Norman Lear's People For the American Way received and enjoy tax exempt status even though their programs, fund raising and activities are blatantly political. And then there's the blatantly political offerings of theater companies, performance groups and independent filmmakers who also enjoy 501(c)(3) status..and we haven even discussed NPR or Pacifica yet.
The next time you hear Lefties whining about 'McCarthyism', be sure to laugh in their faces. They're the real practitioners of the blacklist mentality they're describing. We really need a good term to describe how the Left wages jihad against those it disagrees with. I like Left wing Stalinist thought control myself.
But wait, there's more. Another famous conservative who has run afoul of the president's IRS goon squad is none other than James O'Keefe and Project Veritas, who brought down ACORN, exposed NPR and Planned Parenthood, union teachers at play in New Jersey and most recently, Wendy Davis' radical supporters bashing her political opponent for being disabled.
As O'Keefe reports, this is a double team effort by both the IRS and Governor 'We don;t want no conservative here' Cuomo, who has unleashed the state's Labor Department on the organization.
According to O'Keefe, Cuomo has been targeting Project Veritas for months now:
Despite the fact that Project Veritas’s finances are meticulously maintained to the penny, Governor Cuomo and the New York Department of Labor is on a witch-hunt, demanding all documents and financials since our founding.
This is nothing more than meritless, politically-driven targeting. Governor Cuomo said it himself – we don’t belong in New York.
Still, we complied with the government and prepared all the requested documentation for a meeting scheduled on December 13, 2013.
But guess what? The New York Department of Labor’s compliance officers never showed up.
That’s because they know we’ve done nothing wrong. Just like the IRS, they are simply intimidating and targeting us.
Now we are being subpoenaed and I must show up in court with accountants and attorneys to prove we’ve done nothing wrong.
Ah, but doing nothing wrong is no longer a defense. Not in Obama's America.