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IRS Does THIS to a Veterans Benefit Group After an Event for Donald Trump

A veterans benefits group has found themselves at the center of controversy after hosting a campaign event for Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump. Citing that the group failed to file tax returns for three years, the IRS has revoked the group’s non-profit tax-exempt status.

According to the Associated Press, the group Veterans for a Strong America received notification of the Internal Revenue Service’s decision on August 10th and has been in the process of appealing. More concerning than the loss of their tax-exempt status are the possible campaign finance law ramifications the group may now being facing.

The group’s chairman, Joel Arends of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, said the organization was appealing the IRS decision.

“We disagree with the IRS determination letter,” Arends told the AP in an interview. He appeared alongside Trump on Tuesday night on the ship.

Regardless of its legal status as a nonprofit, Veterans for a Strong America’s endorsement of Trump on the deck of the USS Iowa may also raise campaign finance questions. Under federal law, corporations are restricted to donating $2,700 either in cash or in-kind contributions to a campaign. But the event, which Veterans for a Strong America paid for, involved 850 attendees, putting the cost at roughly $11,000.

U.S. law also generally prohibits candidates from coordinating their campaign activities with outside groups, and prohibits corporations from spending more than a minimal amount announcing their endorsements.

And,

“As far as we knew, this was a nonprofit that supports veterans, and we were unaware of who their speaker was until after it was booked,” said museum chief executive John Williams. He said the museum relied on such groups’ self-characterization as nonprofit organizations to determine to price.

The AP reached out to the Trump campaign for comment on the matter and has not yet received a response.

What are your thoughts? Should the group have their status removed or is this an attempt by the Obama administration to slow down Trump? Share your comments below and add this to your Twitter/Facebook timeline.

H/T: Associated Press

Wayne Dupree

Wayne is a freelance writer who was named the 2015 American Conservative Union Blogger of the Year and awarded the 2014 Podcast Of the Year; Best in Show. He has over 160K followers on Twitter (@WayneDupreeShow) and over 300K followers on Facebook (@WayneDupreeShow). In 2016, he was named one of the Top 50 Most Influential African-American Republicans by Newsmax.

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  • Treason legal definition of treason

    legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/treason

    2. The constitution of the United States, art. 3, s. 3, defines treason against the United States to consist only in levying war (q.v.) against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid or comfort. This offence is punished with death. Both Hillary Clinton and Obama are gulity of TREASON!

  • They had no problem handing it out to illegals now did they?Over50 billion of our taxpayers money!

  • And you can have the American people behind you on this one all you have to do is get a petition going online!

  • When Obama had claimed there wasn't a 'smidgen' or wrongdoing by the IRS before an independent investigation had been conducted, it was clear he had politicized the IRS as an extention of his party, so clearly this is Obama politics.

  • This was a fraud evidently the only person involved in the Veterans" fund raiser was the lawyer that arranged it! MSNBC reported this event Wednesday on the Rachal Maddow show!
    Their investigation turned up allot more than your reporting! How does Obama have anything remotely to do w/ this?

  • Another lawless move by Obama to slow Trump down. Obama needs to be in prison not the White House. He is a traitor of the US in many ways, endangering the lives of all Americans and it's allies and our Congress and Senate are cowards and sit on their buts while he continue's his tyranny!!

    • Treason legal definition of treason

      legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/treason

      2. The constitution of the United States, art. 3, s. 3, defines treason against the United States to consist only in levying war (q.v.) against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid or comfort. This offence is punished with death.

  • So, this organization rented a venue for its members to hold a meeting and invited an unpaid guest speaker who will potentially influence the welfare of hundreds of thousands of veterans. Did they make a profit? It sounds more like they spent $11K on a program for their members and realized no profit. Did this group pay or make a donation to the Trump campaign, or did they simply provide a forum for the education and enlightenment of their membership? Okay, the IRS regulations require the annual filing of income reports and the group in question hadn't filed reports for three years. If they haven't received taxable income or turned a profit, this is simply a "tempest in a teapot" and appears suspiciously more like political revenge than judicious retribution.

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