After Long Struggle, Conservative Group in Hollywood Granted Non-Profit Status by IRS

By John W. Lillpop

It took three long years of scrutiny by the IRS, but the Conservative group Friends of Abe based in Hollywood has finally been granted non-profit status!

As reported at the reference:

Hollywood’s largest fellowship of conservatives and right-of-center independents, Friends of Abe, has been granted 501(c)3 non-profit status by the Internal Revenue Service, about three years after it first sought the designation.

 The organization has operated as a fellowship for conservatives in an industry with a leftward tilt. Launched almost 10 years ago, it has included such figures as Kelsey Grammer, Jon Voight and Gary Sinise among its members, and a roster of speakers that has included Paul Ryan, Herman Cain, Eric Cantor and, most recently, Ted Cruz.

“We feel validated that the IRS agreed with our assessment that the nature of our organization is that it is not a political organization,” a spokesman said.

Friends of Abe faced an extended period of scrutiny as it sought the status, a delay that raised suspicions that it had gotten caught up in the same type of IRS review of organizations, including Tea Party groups, that had sought 501(c)4 status, which are allowed some limited political and lobbying activity. The revelations that the IRS put greater scrutiny on applicants based on their names or political affiliation drew considerable furor last year.

“We feel the outcome is the right outcome, but after three years it is hard to be really enthusiastic. It is just a relief,” a spokesperson said. “There are a lot of other organizations that are probably in a similar situation.”

No doubt Obama’s brain-washed spin meisters will see this as validation of  The One’s claim that there was not a “smidgen of corruption” at the IRS, while continuing to slam the public hearings chaired by Darrell Issa (R-CA) of the House Oversight Committee.

Bottom Line: Lois Lerner plead the fifth in two appearances before Congress.  If there is “not a smidgen of corruption” why won't Lerner answer questions?