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Bill Donohue Boasts Of Breaking The Law

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 9, 2007

Bill “Hollywood is controlled by secular Jews who hate Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular. It‘s not a secret, OK?” Donohue, in his latest attack on John Edwards, made a slight “oopsie”. See if you can spot it here (if you’d rather not give his site any clicks, go here):

“Edwards said today that ‘We’re beginning a great debate about the future of our country, and we can’t let it be hijacked.’ I have news for him—the Catholic League—not Edwards—will decide what the debate will be about, and it won’t be about the nation.

Hmmm. Here’s what Jeffrey Feldman pointed out the other day:


According to United States law governing the behavior of 501(c)(3) organizations, it seems highly likely that William Donohue–President of the Catholic League, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization–may have broken the law by attempting to intervene in a political campaign.

Hey, Nedra Pickler! Over HERE! Lookit!

UPDATE: From PFAW by way of Atrios, here’s another example:

I’m going to try to do my job to intimidate the Senate Judiciary Committee so they do their job more carefully.

Remember, as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, the Catholic League shouldn’t be doing this. Donohue is breaking the law.

UPDATE 2: Looks like we could work to get the IRS to take away his tax-exempt status — or we could get the New York State Attorney General’s office to shut him down completely. (The complaint form for this is found here.) I say we try to do both.

UPDATE 3: More evidence, from his appearance on Tucker Carlson’s MSNBC show, that Donohue, speaking in his capacity as head of a 501(c)(3), has repeatedly broken the law by trying to force the firings of staffers in various other Democratic campaigns:(h/t to DDay)

TUCKER: Heading up the campaign to get the women fired from the Edwards campaign is Bill Donohue. He‘s president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, and he joins us now.


DONOHUE: I‘m getting reports all day that the Edwards campaign is in a state of disarray. There‘s an unconfirmed report that they were fired. I can tell you this much, it doesn‘t surprise me Tucker. If these were veteran people, they would have taken the fall for the big guy. They would have done the right thing, but these are two little brats, who obviously have been getting away with this for a long time.

DONOHUE: Well, (INAUDIBLE{actually it was Mara Vanderslice}) in 2004 worked for the Kerry/Edwards campaign. I found about her background and they had to silence her. Then they got Brenda Bartel Peterson (ph) to quit or be fired because of her background.

4 Responses to “Bill Donohue Boasts Of Breaking The Law”

  1. sirius said

    Here’s a link to the IRS that talks about how to file a complaint against a tax-exempt organization.

  2. MEC said

    Given the recent track record of the IRS — going after churches where the minister gives an antiwar sermon, but giving a pass to churches that served as Republican campaign offices — I’d say complaining to the New York attorney general is a more effective use of our time.

  3. Though the IRS is taking out Mac Hammond, MEC, so they do occasionally do the right thing.

  4. Oh this is so sweet! I am SOOOO filling out both the IRS complaint for AND the NY complaint form. Yea baby!

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