IRS Gave Black Nonprofits Preferential Treatment

Paul Sperry, Investor's Business Daily, September 6, 2013

At the same time the IRS harassed Republican nonprofit groups during the 2012 political campaign, it selectively advised black churches and other Democrat nonprofits on how far they can go in campaigning for President Obama and other Democrats.

This raw exercise in political favoritism has not been reported in the context of the still-smoldering IRS scandal, in which the agency in 2012 audited big GOP donors and blocked Tea Party groups trying to obtain tax-exempt status as part of what House investigators suspect was an effort to re-elect the president.

But that same year, top officials with both the IRS and Justice Department—including the IRS commissioner and attorney general —met in Washington with several dozen prominent black church ministers representing millions of voters to brief them on how to get their flocks out to vote without breaking federal tax laws.

The “summit” on energizing the black vote in houses of worship was hosted by the Democrat-controlled Congressional Black Caucus inside the U.S. Capitol on May 30, 2012.


At the time, many African-Americans were unhappy that Obama came out in support of gay marriage. So Democrats gathered them in Washington for a “pep talk,” which included assurances their tax exemption would be safe if they helped deliver the vote.

It’s not clear if the White House helped organize the unusual event, but two key Cabinet members—Attorney General Eric Holder and IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman—both spoke at length to the black church leaders.

Joining them was senior IRS official Peter Lorenzetti, who runs the agency’s tax-exempt organizations division. He gave a technical briefing in which he advised against endorsing from the pulpit any candidates by name or distributing voter cheat sheets.

Then Lorenzetti hastened to add: “It is important to note, however, that an organization exempt under 501(c)3—in this case the church or a religious organization—can conduct educational election activities,” including holding political debates or even inviting candidates to speak to congregants.

Get-out-the-vote activities also are allowed, including driving church members to polls and knocking on doors to register people to vote.

“There are so many things that you can do and you should do,” stressed Black Caucus member Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C. For example, he instructed pastors, “You are permitted to endorse a candidate in your individual capacity as a citizen. You can appear on a (TV or radio) program away from the church and be presented as the pastor. You can do that.”

He told ministers not to worry that IRS agents “with binoculars” are spying on their churches from across the street. “The IRS does not have the authority to tell a church how it conducts its affairs,” said Butterfield.

In an MSNBC interview prior to the briefing, Cleaver, D-Mo., explained: “We want to let (the pastors) know that there is a theological responsibility to participate in the political process. We’re going to encourage them to encourage their people” to get out the vote.


U.S. tax code prohibits churches and other nonprofits from “participating or intervening in any political campaign on behalf of, or in opposition to, any candidate for public office.”

The ban includes donations, endorsements, fundraising or any other activity “that may be beneficial or detrimental to any particular candidate.” {snip}


Non-black clergy were not afforded the same legal training in campaigning tactics by the Obama administration.


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  • [Guest]

    The U.S. is a black-worshipping nation. Obama is president because he’s black, and his attorney general remains in office despite all the scandals because he’s black. What else is there to say?

    • FormerlyEdNY

      And state sponsored terrorism and discrimination against White people is the law of the land.

    • So CAL Snowman

      I would say that the U.S. does not exist anymore, or at most in name only. So the idea that the U.S. is a black worshipping nation is a bit far fetched. Obama is president because THEY wanted a mulatto, anti-White marxist in charge. Every single state that had Voter ID laws was won by Romney. Every state that was free from Voter ID laws was won by the Ebony Devil. The reason that Holder is still the attorney general has nothing to do with his blackness because the “american people” have no political power. If the U.S. was really a black worshipping nation as you suggest, then WHITE FLIGHT would not exist! Blacks in america are more of a measuring stick to prove you are not racist. If you vote Obama and like rap music and think black people are special, you are the “right” kind person. It’s more of a very strange pseudo-psycho-sexual relationship with blacks more than a serious relationship. They are like the hot crazy girl you bang on the side, but you don’t live with her and you definitely never let her stay the night at your place.

    • A Freespeechzone

      Either that or, like Hollywood, too many are afraid to criticize the black man….that would be ‘racist’.

      Being held accountable and taking criticism to blacks is like Kryptonite, regardless of how friggin stupid or anti-White their opinions and policies are…

      Whites who follow that line are fueling their own genocide—look at South Africa.

  • Funruffian

    The separation of Church and State doesn’t include Blacks. Almost any conceivable advantage, law bending reform is granted toward blacks and nobody else. Welcome to Amerikwa.

  • I am shocked that the same Attorney General who would sweep voter intimidation under the rug – so long as it was blacks doing the intimidating – would also instruct black clergy on how to violate US nonprofit tax laws. Simply shocked.

    • Spartacus

      Sarcasm !

  • What is the Republican Party doing during all of this, besides stroking Cruz and Rubio?
    I swear, I wish a real life Walking Dead, The Stand, or Earth Abides type situation would happen. It would be an improvement over this. I’m debating whether a Mad Max situation would be better.

    • Worse. I happen to think that the Republican establishment was actually complicit in IRSgate. Why? Think: Cui Bono? Who benefits from the political neutering of the Tea Party Movement? Answer: Democrats and establishment Republicans. That the IRS commissioner for most of the timeline of IRSgate was a Bush appointee is not a coincidence and not something to be overlooked. Don’t be surprised if we eventually find the fingerprints of both Karl Roverrated and Willard Mitt Romney on IRSgate. Why Romney, especially since some say that the TPM being hindered in 2012 hurt Romney? (Untrue, because the TPM was never really hot for Romney, and Romney had plenty of money on his own.) Romney’s incentive in keeping the TPM quiet would have been to ensure that he won the nomination, to prevent a TPM-backed challenger to him.

      The first evidence bubbling up to the surface that I’m right came a few months ago with Christine O’Donnell. Her tax records were first illegally extracted on March 9, 2010. Now on that day, he wasn’t a threat to the Democrat that ultimately won the seat, Chris Coons. But she was a threat to Mike Castle, the RINO-establishment Republican who was favored to win his party’s nomination. So think again: Cui Bono? Who would have benefited on March 9, 2010 by smearing Christine O’Donnell? The obvious answer is Castle, not Coons.

      • White Mom in WDC

        The Tea Party is controlled opposition, a dog and pony show engineered by old head commies that wish to preserve their easily made wealth while we log hours on the hamster wheel of hell called the world of the Diverse workforce only to make a pittance. More distraction tactics. Nothing will effect change until white Americans go stealth and stop playing the rigged game that is set up to genocide them.

        • The TPM isn’t “controlled opposition.” No cigar muncher perched on the top floor of a skyscraper swooped down on high and ruined it. Whatever is wrong with the TPM was wrong with it when it first appeared; it came to the game flawed. The TPM is basically warmed over Reganism with a hard baked right-libertarian edge. If you want to say that they’re louder and more militant lamestream conservatives, that would be a nice short easy to grok summary. In a country where ethnonationalism is badly needed, we really didn’t need louder and more militant lamer cons.

          However, the TPM of late has been organizing on both immigration and Syria (on the right side of the issues). I’ll ignore their flaws for now.

  • NorthernWind

    Must be part of that “institutional racism” that is “keeping blacks down”.

  • Spartacus

    Just this :

  • Major

    “Attorney General Eric Holder and IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman—both spoke at length to the black church leaders.”

    Not that I doubt the veracity of this statement…but why isn’t there and video / audio of these events? Surely there must have been one undercover black in attendance and it should have come out by now.

  • Spartacus

    I see Amren deleted my image about how many jews work for the IRS… Wake up, my brothers, wake up ! Do you really think that when SHTF, there’s gonna be anyone protecting you other than people like me ?

  • Dale McNamee

    I am not surprised… anymore by this administration…
    Those who voted for Obama’s election & re-election DESERVE this mistreatment by him & Holder…
    Holder speaks to black clergy for a couple of hours…Where are the “church/state” seperation freaks ?
    I despise the ” Republicraps ” who voted to approve Holder in the first place !
    So much for ” content of character “… These creatures fear that they’ll be found empty of character…
    I also believe in intelligence tests for ALL voters… Those that fail don’t vote !

  • odious liberal

    The negroazation of America must stop. Time for a tax payer revolt.

    • CoweringCoward

      Not that it would help anything. They control the printing presses, and can just print all they want and pass it out to their favored groups, thereby stealing the value from anything the whites hold in “money”. As a study commissioned during the Reagan administration found; Income taxes are not for revenue generation, but to “tighten” the money supply. As long as we are using their debt based currency we are SLAVES.

    • Diversity Awareness Brigade

      The Mexicans will slow it down a bit, but the Muzzies are increasingly N’roid, so let the games begin!


    Black people never hide their favoritism, and neither should we.

  • OlderWoman

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Black churches have nothing to do with Christianity. They are only community organizing groups with special interest clubs such as Prince Hall Freemasonry and Daughters of Isis.

  • IstvanIN

    We are becoming South Africa where whites are banned from the civil service and even charities are banned from non-profit status if they serve or help whites.

  • IKantunderstand

    What we now have in this country is:Jimetrious Crowmartin laws. What is in fact amazing about these new laws, is that the people these laws are directed against, were in fact complicit with their creation, and implementation. When Uncle Remus was reached by scattered chicken bones for a quote on this newest development, he said: “Dem White folks dun lost their minds, Brer Rabbit dun be cooked for sure”. Indeed, where is “our” briar patch? Well, suh, I don’t reckon we got one no more. Hey, White people! We need a briar patch.

  • me

    It will never happen while the non-goy is running the show, and the money supply. The IRS, the Federal Reserve, and the ‘government’ couldn’t be more blatant in the abuse of their White goy ‘cash cows’.

  • John Smith

    Wait, isn’t that illegal?

    • Diversity Awareness Brigade

      Not if it hurts White privilege.