Update February 16th: The other side is going berserk over this—yes!
They extend across the whole spectrum of issues of concern to conservatives—non-profit groups who take taxpayer money and use if for political activities that those who are paying oppose! In other words, your money is redistributed (through the tax code) to the Leftist groups which in turn use it to organize against you! There is Planned Parenthood, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, ACORN and all of its spin-offs, a whole host of environmental groups and of course CASA de Maryland.
Frankly, the Left would be neutered if we withdrew all of its government funding.
Now CASA must answer over a thousand pages of complaints filed against them by the immigration watchdog legal group—Immigration Reform Law Institute.
From the Washington Times today (hat tip to the many readers who sent it!):
A public interest group that pushes for immigration controls has asked Maryland to investigate the tax-exempt status of CASA de Maryland, a high-profile immigrant rights group that the Immigration Reform Law Institute says repeatedly engaged in political advocacy, breaking the law governing nonprofits.
In lengthy complaints sent to several Maryland agencies over the past week, IRLI charged that CASA regularly lobbies the state on legislation, endorses political candidates and supports Democrats through get-out-the-vote volunteer efforts, all while taking tax-deductible donations as a nonprofit.
In one instance uncovered by IRLI, CASA is listed as having endorsed Peter V.R. Franchot in one of his campaigns for comptroller of Maryland. As comptroller, Mr. Franchot administers some of the tax breaks for which CASA is eligible. The Office of the Comptroller is one of the offices with which IRLI filed its complaint.
IRLI also sent the complaint to the Internal Revenue Service last year, asking it to rescind CASA’s tax-exempt status at the federal level.
“IRLI wants the IRS and state agencies to cut off CASA’s source of tax-exempt money and state funding, so it can’t use taxpayer money for political purposes,” said Monique A. Miles, a staff attorney for IRLI. “CASA thinks it’s too big and well-connected to fail, like ACORN did, but there are watchdog organizations like IRLI who are looking out for taxpayers’ best interests.”
Read the whole article. CASA denies, denies, denies.
Help! Joey! Help!
At this moment Gustavo Torres is probably calling up Joey Sandler (their lawyer) for help with their latest problem. Sandler you all know by now is CASA’s lawyer who is trying to deny Marylanders an opportunity to vote on whether they want to pay for subsidized college tuition for illegals. (see our Sandler archive here)
But more importantly, Sandler has some experience with the IRS and trying to retain non-profit status for a group that got into political campaigns—namely CAIR Maryland! Seems that CAIR Maryland (which isn’t around any longer because, I assume, Sandler lost the appeal) stuck its nose into the campaign of Del.Don Dwyer (working against Dwyer of course).
Here is Sandler’s response letter to the Dept. of the Treasury (IRS). Again, I can only assume Sandler lost because CAIR Maryland, which I told you about here in a lengthy discussion about former Del. Saqib Ali, subsequently went to Virginia to join forces with CAIR Virginia.
By the way, if you didn’t see it earlier, check out the great point/counterpoint piece that Help Save Maryland has prepared for those of you who will be educating your fellow citizens on the Dream Act