Of Course: Conservative Group of Actors Being Harassed by the IRS

Posted by on Jan 23, 2014 at 8:04 am

Sixty years after the age of McCarthyism the left still obsesses over it. But they haven’t said a peep about a small group of conservatives being harassed by the IRS. Funny, that.

  In a famously left-leaning Hollywood, where Democratic fund-raisers fill the social calendar, Friends of Abe stands out as a conservative group that bucks the prevailing political winds.

A collection of perhaps 1,500 right-leaning players in the entertainment industry, Friends of Abe keeps a low profile and fiercely protects its membership list, to avoid what it presumes would result in a sort of 21st-century blacklist, albeit on the other side of the partisan spectrum.

Now the Internal Revenue Service is reviewing the group’s activities in connection with its application for tax-exempt status. Last week, federal tax authorities presented the group with a 10-point request for detailed information about its meetings with politicians like Paul D. Ryan, Thaddeus McCotter and Herman Cain, among other matters, according to people briefed on the inquiry.

The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the organization’s confidentiality strictures, and to avoid complicating discussions with the I.R.S.

Those people said that the application had been under review for roughly two years, and had at one point included a demand — which was not met — for enhanced access to the group’s security-protected website, which would have revealed member names. Tax experts said that an organization’s membership list is information that would not typically be required. The I.R.S. already had access to the site’s basic levels, a request it considers routine for applications for 501(c)(3) nonprofit status.

Friends of Abe — the name refers to Abraham Lincoln — has strongly discouraged the naming of its members. That policy even prohibits the use of cameras at group events, to avoid the unwilling identification of all but a few associates — the actors Gary Sinise, Jon Voight and Kelsey Grammer, or the writer-producer Lionel Chetwynd, for instance — who have spoken openly about their conservative political views.

Obama’s America: Where conservative Hollywood actors don’t even want to be identified. This is what we’ve come to.

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6 Responses to “Of Course: Conservative Group of Actors Being Harassed by the IRS”

  1. redware on 23/23/14 at 9:15 am

    Don’t try and shoot any movies in New York either.Governor Cuomo says you aren’t welcome there because you are conservatives.Too bad we can’t saw off California and new York and let them float out to sea.

  2. emily on 23/23/14 at 9:43 am

    Conservative groups need to stop trying to follow tax law. Forget it. Find another way. Work around. It can be done.

  3. Kelli on 23/23/14 at 12:38 pm

    Jon Voight just won a Golden Globe, so oo-oo-ooh, spooky blacklist.

    Anyway, I’m more interested in how all of us are commenting in the 23rd month of this year. Can we somehow parlay this future-tripping into massive stock gains?

  4. Brisco_County on 23/23/14 at 12:55 pm

    Friends of Abe should hand over a fake list of names just to see how quickly the IRS leaks it to media or the industry.