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IRS gave Obama foundation fast, retroactive non-profit approval while stalling conservative applications

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By Doug Powers  •  May 18, 2013 04:51 PM

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Before we begin, just to set the mood, click “play” to start the theme song of the IRS’s relationship with liberal organizations:

Conservative groups have reported waiting for the IRS to review or approve their non-profit status applications for many months and even years (as well as receiving ridiculous demands from the IRS).

Other groups didn’t have to wait nearly as long. I wonder why:

When the Barack H. Obama Foundation sought tax-exempt status to raise money for good works in Kenya, the Internal Revenue Service provided quick help.

The IRS approved charitable status for the foundation, which was run by President Obama’s brother and named after his father, in about a month’s time. The IRS also agreed to give the group this important financial status retroactively, back to 2009, when it had begun its fundraising.

Lois Lerner gave this application a fast green-light in June of 2011. The IRS was even nice enough to make the non-profit status retroactive so as to not make liars and lawbreakers out of the Foundation:

In 2009, the Barack H. Obama Foundation was accused by the National Legal and Policy Center of being a scofflaw. The group had been promoting itself as a charity and seeking donations that it said would be tax-deductible, but it lacked the required tax-exempt status.

With that, here’s the graphic of the day:

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