IRS official Lerner speedily approved exemption for Obama brother’s ‘charity’
Another clear example of the IRS playing politics. The following article points out how the President’s brother received tax exempt status for his organization within a month of filing while the applications of conservative organizations were delayed for years.
By Charles C. Johnson
According to the organization’s filings, Lerner approved the foundation’s tax status within a month of filing, an unprecedented timeline that stands in stark contrast to conservative organizations that have been waiting for more than three years, in some cases, for approval. Lerner also appears to have broken with the norms of tax-exemption approval by granting retroactive tax-exempt status to Malik Obama’s organization.
… The National Legal and Policy Center filed an official complaint with the IRS in May 2011 asking why the foundation was being allowed to solicit tax-deductible contributions when it had not even applied for an IRS determination. In a New York Post article dated May 8, 2011, an officer of the foundation admitted, “We haven’t been able to find someone with the expertise” to apply for tax-exempt status… It is illegal to operate for longer than 27 months without an IRS determination and solicit tax-deductible contributions.
Lerner signed the group’s approval [pdf] on June 26, 2011.