Will IRS Defang Soros-Funded CREW?


Will IRS Defang Soros-Funded CREW?

Republicans Again Dominate Liberal Watchdog’s “Most Corrupt” Report

September 21, 2011

Wilmington, DE—After Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) named ten Republicans and only four Democrats as the “most corrupt” members of Congress, ChristinePAC cited the report as another example of the group’s partisan political approach.

“CREW has once again shown that it launches baseless attacks on Republicans and skews its research in favor of liberal Democrats, even ignoring some of the most egregious scandals that have rocked Congress such as Anthony Weiner,” said Christine O’Donnell. “We have brought this issue to the IRS for review to stop CREW from using the justice system as a political weapon.”

ChristinePAC has led the charge to strip CREW of its tax exempt charitable status for engaging in partisan political activities in violation of federal law. In August, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) notified ChristinePAC that it has referred the group’s complaint against Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) to its Dallas office for further review.

The group filed an official complaint against the organization with the IRS, asking the agency to revoke CREW's tax-exempt status. Acting as a "charitable organization," CREW is barred from intervening in political campaigns ("electioneering") as well as participating in discriminatory activities. Over a period of several election cycles, however, CREW has misused its tax-exempt status by acting on behalf of the Democratic Party as well as establishing a pattern of racially discriminatory activities.

In addition to the IRS complaint, ChristinePAC has asked the U.S. Attorney’s office to pursue criminal charges against CREW’s Executive Director Melanie Sloan for knowingly filing a false federal claim against Ms. O’Donnell, a claim that was later dismissed. Ms. Sloan has worked for some of the most strident liberals in Congress, including Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY). In a pattern of suspicious actions surrounding CREW’s false claim against O’Donnell, Ms. Sloan failed to disclose that she used her own father (Delaware resident and major Biden donor) as the complainant in CREW’s FEC complaint filed only days after O’Donnell won the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in 2010.

ChristinePAC is committed to values that strengthen our country as a whole and to empowering Americans to become more involved in the political process. It seeks to empower Americans through voter education, in which voters learn more about the election process, voter fraud, and how to harness the great responsibility we have as Americans to vote for the leaders of our country.

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