Yahoo News 16 May 2013
People on the right and left are appalled by the IRS’s inappropriate targeting of Tea Party non-profits. The IRS “demanded names of board members, copies of meeting minutes and résumés, details of community organizing efforts,” The Washington Post‘s Josh Hicks and Kimberly Kindy report, not to mention asked some groups for donors and membership lists — which is against IRS rules. Conservatives, in particular, are calling for harsh consequences — Michele Bachmann floated impeachment of President Obama on Thursday, though she wasn’t fully ready to commit. “We can’t reach to conclusion,” she said at a press conference this morning.
IRS Targets pro-life groups
The Internal Revenue Service already has confessed to targeting and trying to injure tea party, Constitution and patriot organizations, by demanding answers to arbitrary questions and delaying their applications for a tax status so they could operate.
Now WND has learned that the IRS also put an organization in its bull’s-eye that wanted to do nothing more than share its pro-life message with churches.
Billy Graham Evangelistic Assn. Targeted by IRS
Red State 17 May 2013
The man known as America’s pastor was among those targeted by the Internal Revenue Service after the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association ran newspaper advertisements promoting traditional marriage and biblical values.
“I am bringing this to your attention because I believe that someone in the Administration was targeting and attempting to intimidate us,” wrote Franklin Graham in a letter to President Obama. “This is morally wrong and unethical – indeed some would call it ‘un-American.’”
Graham is president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association as well as the international charity Samaritan’s Purse. Both organizations received word of audits on the same day – not long after they ran full –page ads supporting North Carolina’s Marriage amendment. The ads encouraged voters to “cast our ballots for candidates who base their decisions on biblical principles and support the nation of Israel.” The ad concluded with the words, “Vote for biblical values this November 6, and pray with me (Billy Graham) that America will remain one nation under God.” Graham said on Sept. 6, 2012 they received notification that the IRS would audit their taxes.“In light of what the IRS admitted to on Friday, May 10, 2013, and subsequent revelations from other sources, I do not believe that the IRS audit of our two organizations last year is a coincidence – or justifiable,” Graham wrote.