This story was originally published by the WND News Center.
A watchdog organization is insisting the Internal Revenue Service investigate the lobbying activities of a liberal nonprofit supported by leftist billionaire George Soros, actions that it is not allowed to do under tax law.
The Washington Examiner explained the watchdog, the National Legal and Policy Center, is insisting in a letter to the IRS that an investigation be done into actions by the “immigration advocacy group Alianza Americas.”
It’s because while Alianza alleged on its 2019 and 2020 Form 990 tax documents it didn’t do lobbying, its tax filing actually disclosed “extensive” lobbying campaigns.
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The NLPC explains that the IRS must investigate Alianza, which holds the status of a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, to determine whether it faces “civil or criminal penalties.”
The NLPC said in its complaint to the IRS, “It seems abundantly clear that Alianza Americas has violated the IRS laws and regulations for failing to report that it engages in lobbying activities as defined by the IRS and failing to file the required Schedule C listing the expenditures for such activities.”
Alianza has created for itself a very high profile, filing a complaint against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis recently over his attempt to distribute illegal aliens to other than border states so that the costs of providing them needs are shared.
DeSantis notably sent illegal aliens to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, an enclave of ultra-wealthy including Barack Obama.
The report confirmed the group took about $1.4 million from the Open Society Foundations, run by Soros, in recent years.
“In its 2019 and 2020 tax filings, Alianza disclosed it partnered with groups to ‘engage’ holders of ‘temporary protected status’ — which lets immigrants stay in the United States if their native country is dealing with extraordinary conditions such as armed conflict,” the Examiner documented. “Alianza brought TPS holders ‘to policymakers in Congress,’ the group disclosed in filings, and held ‘two congressional briefings’ in Washington, D.C., on TPS and other immigration policies. Between June 2017 and September 2019, Alianza made over 200 ‘visits to Congress,’ it said in filings.”
But the Examiner noted despite such admissions of political activity, “Alianza checked ‘no’ on its 2019 and 2020 filings to the question: ‘Did the organization engage in lobbying activities, or have a section 501(h) election in effect during the tax year?'”
The report noted the IRS defines lobbying as organizations that contact or urge “the public to contact, members or employees of a legislative body for the purpose of proposing, supporting, or opposing the legislation.”
The Examiner said the NLPC pointed out that the “public interest” demands a review.
The organization already is the target of audit demands from several members of Congress, including Reps. Chip Roy and Beth Van Duyne, to determine if Alianza “illegally used federal grant money for lobbying.”
It got $8.5 million in federal grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and others, but federal law bans the use of those funds, either directly or indirectly, for anything to influence the government to take a position on a policy.
To the Examiner, Paul Kamenar, a lawyer for NLPC, said, “Not only does it appear that this George Soros-funded group may have violated federal criminal law that bans any lobbying with federal grant money, but they may have also committed perjury by falsely stating on their IRS filings that they do not engage in any lobbying activities when it appears they clearly do.”
Documents regarding the group’s activities in 2020 and 2021 are not yet available.