Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code strictly prohibits charitable organizations from engaging in partisan politics.
Yet, as Breitbart noted in an article on Monday, that hasn’t stopped the IRS from granting non-profit status to an explicitly anti-Trump group.
According to the Good Information Foundation’s website, it is “a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2021 to tackle the growing information crisis in America that is undermining social trust, harming public health, and damaging our democracy.”
However, Breitbart reported that legal commentator Preston Moore says he was contacted by the group and offered $400 to make an overtly anti-Trump video.
“I was just offered $400 to make an anti Trump video” pic.twitter.com/FhinA9nY4p
— Laura Lawrence (@LBoogie1919) September 17, 2022
The assignment description that Moore claims to have been given read:
Say “criminal conspiracy,” not “attempted coup,” “treason,” or “insurrection.” Say “Trump Republicans,” not “Trump and his allies.” Say “January 6th investigation” not “hearing” or “trial” Call this an “attack on our country” or an attack on “America” or on “Americans” and a “criminal conspiracy,” “committed crime.” Talk about “MAGA Republicans” etc. Make clear this is an ongoing and unresolved, not past and done. Show voter agency, turn the anger into defiance.
“It became really clear that … they wanted me to use the most graphic images possible,” Moore was quoted as telling Breitbart News. “They wanted me to use fear to manipulate people into voting blue, or into voting not Trump.”
“And when they’re giving examples of the things they wanted me to say — don’t say ‘Trump and his allies,’ say ‘Trump Republicans’ — it became really clear that this was about putting out information … to impact midterms.”
Tax rules prohibit it
The Good Information Foundation reportedly made this offer despite a warning on the IRS’ website, which bars such activity.
“Contributions to political campaign funds or public statements of position (verbal or written) made on behalf of the organization in favor of or in opposition to any candidate for public office clearly violate the prohibition against political campaign activity,” the warning states.
“Violating this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise taxes,” it adds.