The IRS has gotten complaints about two groups involved in a “disinformation” scheme.
The pair of nonprofits, Disinformation Index. Inc., and AN Foundation, both were linked to the Global Disinformation Index, a U.K. entity that covertly blacklisted conservative media in America because they reported facts that disagreed with the entity’s pro-liberal agenda.
The Washington Examiner reported that The National Legal and Policy Center is accusing both groups of violating a long list of federal rules and regulations, and wants the IRS to revoke their tax-exempt status.
The Examiner reported the organizations had cited an obscure federal exemption to provide the Examiner weeks ago with “heavily redacted copies” of 2021 tax forms, forms that are supposed to be available to the public.
“This complaint is based on information regarding the questionable activities of these two organizations by investigative reporter Gabe Kaminsky in a series of recent news stories in the Washington Examiner and information found in their respective Form 990s and other public reports,” the NLPC complaint explained.
“Both the Disinformation Index, Inc. and its related AN Foundation (formerly Disinformation Index Foundation) have violated a number of IRS rules and regulations.”
It charged that among the issues are that “GDI pocketed roughly $960,000 combined between 2020 and 2022 from both the State Department’s Global Engagement Center, an interagency under fire from House Republicans for funding purported disinformation tracking initiatives, and the National Endowment for Democracy, a nonprofit group authorized by the government that is funded almost entirely through congressional appropriations. This revelation has resulted in lawmakers, including House Oversight and Accountability Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY), launching investigations into GDI to uncover government records.”
Last month, the Examiner documented how the two groups failed to disclose, on public records, details like the names of board members, officers, and sources of income.
The groups said the redactions were to avoid “harassment campaigns” but experts told the Examiner the evidence shows those provisions don’t apply.
The NLPC now is alleging the two GDI U.S. groups are failing to meet IRS disclosure requirements also by not listing their relationship to the British group on federal tax forms.
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The organizations also are suspected over overpaying their “president,” at the rate of $1,300 an hour for one hour per week.
“It is hypocritical that a group whose mission is to censor conservative media for alleged ‘disinformation’ is itself guilty of hiding its funding sources and redacting the names of its officers from public view,” explained Paul Kamenar, a lawyer for the NPLC.
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