Thursday, August 31, 2006

Oh give me a friggen break already...

From here

NAACP Cleared on Charges of Partisan Political

By Nathan Burchfiel Staff Writer
August 31, 2006

( - The NAACP on Thursday announced
that the IRS has cleared them of accusations that it engaged in
partisan political activity during its 2004 national convention in
violation of the group's non-profit, tax-exempt status.

The decision, which was given to NAACP officials in a letter
Aug. 9, ends a nearly two-year investigation into a speech NAACP
Chairman Julian Bond delivered at the convention in which he
criticized the Bush administration.

The IRS launched the investigation in October 2004 after
three U.S. senators and four U.S. representatives - all Republicans -
filed complaints about Bond's speech and asked the IRS to consider
revoking the group's tax-exempt status.

Under Internal Revenue Code, a tax-exempt organization like the
NAACP is "prohibited from directly or indirectly participating or
intervening in any political campaign on behalf of, or in opposition
to, any candidate for public office."

During the speech, Bond contrasted the two "widely disparate
views" being put forth in the 2004 presidential election. He said
one view "wants to march us backward through history" while the
other "promises expanded democracy and giving the people, not
the plutocrats, control of the government."

The IRS concluded that "political intervention did not occur"
during the speech, according to a news release from the

"It's disappointing that the IRS took nearly two years to
conclude what we knew from the beginning," NAACP
President and CEO Bruce Gordon said in a statement,
"the NAACP did not violate tax laws and continues to be
politically non-partisan."

Bond called the ruling "good news" but said it was
"bad news for us and other freedom loving Americans ...
that it was initiated for partisan purposes to threaten our
right to free speech." He pledged that the NAACP will
"continue to speak truth to power."

Mychal Massie, national chairman of the conservative
African-American group Project 21, said the decision
was "clearly pandering to a malicious, antiquated,
irrelevant group out of fear."

"Under any reasonable interpretation, the NAACP
overstepped its non-profit tax-exempt status - not only
when they attacked the president during their convention
in 2004, but many times before that and many times since
then," Massie claimed. "And, yet, the IRS finds that they
have in no way overstepped their bounds."

Massie said the decision is evidence that the
NAACP is powerful enough to be "able to influence
even the IRS."

The decision also represents a double standard, Massie

"A church that carries the same tax status will be
threatened with the revocation of their tax-exempt status
if the pastor is found to have mentioned a political party
or referenced a political party," Massie argued, "and yet
an organization which is openly partisan is given a pass."

As Cybercast News Service reported March 31, the
NAACP had paid an estimated $17.65 tax on the expenses
incurred in the preparation and delivery of the speech in
September in case the IRS ruled against the group. The
NAACP release did not say if a refund had been offered
and the group did not respond to requests for comment

Yeah.. the NAACP is non-partisan like the Pope is non-Catholic.