Were the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse organizations targeted by President Obama’s IRS like Tea Party groups and conservative Jews were? Rev. Franklin Graham says “yes”, according to Politico:
The IRS came after Billy Graham, too, his son charged Tuesday in a letter to President Barack Obama.
Franklin Graham, the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the family’s international humanitarian organization Samaritan’s Purse, said that the IRS notified the organizations in September that it was conducting a “review” of their activities for tax year 2010.
With the IRS admitting it gave extra scrutiny to conservative political organizations, Graham says he now believes that the review was part of an Obama administration effort of “targeting and attempting to intimidate us.”
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association urging of voters to back “candidates who base their decisions on biblical principles and support the nation of Israel” during last year’s presidential race was the reason why IRS agents visited the North Carolina offices of both Graham groups, the letter accuses.
“While these audits not only wasted taxpayer money, they wasted money contributed by donors for ministry purposes as we had to spend precious resources servicing the IRS agents in our offices,” Graham wrote in the letter, which was shared with POLITICO. “I believe that someone in the administration was targeting and attempting to intimidate us. This is morally wrong and unethical – indeed some would call it ‘un-American.”
The Graham organizations kept their federal income tax exemptions after the audit — but were not told they’d be able to until after the November election, he wrote.
As they say, the plot thickenz.
In my opinion, Congressional inquiries should also include questions about Franklin Graham’s allegations against Obama’s IRS. Let.the sun.shine in. Let American people find out whether or not the corruptocrats in this administration went after our nation’s favorite pastor and the good work he and his organizations do both here and overseas. If what Franklin is saying turns out to be accurate, the Democrats will – for starters – have a very tough time picking this state up in 2016, and upcoming House and Senate elections could prove more difficult them – especially for incumbent Democrats like Kay Hagan who plan to run again. The Grahams make their home here, and the elder Graham enjoys “favorite son” status …and is practically untouchable. For darned good reason.
Targeting political groups who oppose this administration’s agenda is bad enough, but targeting religious groups on similar grounds – which we learned earlier today happened a few years ago with some Jewish groups who are (shockingly!) pro-Israel, unlike this administration – just adds one more troubling layer to this already deeply disturbing and still-developing story. Add Graham’s allegations into the mix and you’ve got a murky, boiling cauldron of spin and lies that soon will no longer be able to be contained by the likes of poor WH spox Jay Carney, higher ups in the admin, and the rest of the Chicago political circle that surrounds and tries to insulate our celebrity President from scandal.
Related: Politico – KMOV anchor: The IRS is targeting me