CREW files IRS complaint about Daddy Dobson
Yes! Via PageOne Q, most excellent news about the head of Focus on the Family getting the heat turned on him by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.
The complaint asks for the IRS to investigate activities by the group which may violate IRS regulations and require a revocation of its tax-exempt status.
Although barred from electioneering, Mr. Dobson has endorsed candidates for political office several times. In early April, 2004, Mr. Dobson endorsed Republican Representative Patrick J. Toomey in his race for Senate in Pennsylvania. In addition, it was reported that Mr. Dobson actively campaigned during a rally for Rep. Toomey. Other candidates that Mr. Dobson reportedly endorsed in 2004 include North Carolina Republican candidate Pat Ballantine for Govenor and Oklahoma Republican candidate Tom Coburn for Senate.
“Mr. Dobson’s egregious violations of IRS code demand an investigation into his improper activities that break both the spirit and the letter of IRS law,” Melanie Sloan, executive director of CREW said today.
Recently, the IRS has actively pursued investigations against several perceived liberal groups. The IRS targeted the NAACP’s chairman Julian Bond for a July 2004 speech in which he criticized the Bush administration’s policies on civil rights and the war in Iraq. [See my Blend posts here and here.]
This act is notable because the Bush administration has been threatening the tax-exempt status of a progressive church for simply holding sermons against war.
Additionally, the IRS has threatened to revoke the tax-exempt status of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California because of an antiwar sermon there during the 2004 presidential election. In his sermon “If Jesus Debated Sen. Kerry and President Bush,” the Rector Emeritus of the church, George Regas, never encouraged parishoners to vote for one candidate over another, but only to vote their deepest values.