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Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 13, 2007

Donohue’s minions think they’re being so cute by DoSing Pandagon so nobody can access the IRS form template Auguste so thoughtfully provided to nail Donohue.

They reckoned without me.

Here’s what you do:

Download Form 3949-A from www.IRS.gov.  (Here’s the direct link.  Thanks, Adam!)  Fill out with the pertinent info on Donahue’s org under #2 (the “business name” side). (Put “N/A” in the individual-name fields under #1.) Here’s the info:

2. Business Name: Catholic League
2a-b. Address: 450 Seventh Avenue, 34th Floor, New York, NY 10123

2c. Emp. ID Num: 23-7279981

2d. Principal Bus. Act.: Non-Profit Political Advocacy

Skip to 4. Check off “Other”.

5a.(Describe violation)

“In his role as President of the Catholic League, a 501(c)(3) organization, William Donohue made national television appearances calling for the firing by the John Edwards for President campaign of two campaign employees. The Catholic League has issued press releases on Feb. 9 (http://tinyurl.com/2dx4h4) and Feb. 12 (http//tinyurl.com/ywrcr5) of 2007 specifically pressuring the Edwards campaign to fire these two employees, thus violating TITLE 26, Subtitle F, CHAPTER 76, Subchapter A, Sec. 7409 (a)(2)(i), which instructs 501(c)(3) groups not to intervene in political campaigns.  Donohue’s group should have been especially aware as the IRS has issued a recent fact sheet, FS-2006-17, to remind 501(c)(3) groups that they are not to intervene in political campaigns.  Donohue’s group has also done similar interventions against John Kerry’s political campaign in 2004; On Feb. 7, 2007, Donohue boasted to Tucker Carlson of MSNBC that he caused two Kerry campaign employees to be fired (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17049495/). Again, this violates TITLE 26, Subtitle F, CHAPTER 76, Subchapter A, Sec. 7409 (a)(2)(i).”

5e — Provide cites.

Then finish w/your name/address/etc. at the bottom.

UPDATE: Looks like “Fidelis”, a quasi-religious but in reality GOP-based hydra-headed group with ties to RedState.org and a 501(c)(3) arm, is rushing to Bill The Anti-Semite Donohue’s aid. Now they seem to be a touch smarter than Donohue — the fact that they split themselves into four separate groups to keep their tax-exempt religious group status while still engaging in political mischief shows that — but groups like this often have the problem of not putting up nice thick walls between one part of the enterprise and the other. So let’s see what we can do about them, too:

2. Business Name(s): Fidelis (filed for recognition by the IRS as a 501(c)4 organization; may not yet have it, and we can perhaps block it), Fidelis America (Political Action Committee), Fidelis Center for Law and Policy (501(c)3 legal advocacy arm, though they haven’t filed any Form 990s yet, which they need to do as a 501(c)(3)), and the Fidelis Media Fund (Section 527 organization)

2a-b. Address for all four entities: PO BOX 277, Chelsea, MI 48118; 734-433-1329. (Heh, the same P.O. Box for all four entities? This must be run out of somebody’s basement. Not smart, if they really want to claim that all four groups are separate from one another.)

2c. Emp. ID Num: unknown

2d. Principal Bus. Act.: Non-Profit Political Advocacy

Skip to 4. Check off “Other”.

5a.(Describe violation) See above, and add your own information. Happy hunting!

UPDATE #2:  This would have been done sooner, but Akismet’s anti-spam device was just a tad overzealous, and so I didn’t catch these comments until I checked the spam filter.   The narrative information for 5a for the pertinent IRS reg has been corrected thanks to Ian W. Hill in the comments.   Also, thanks to Adam Rakunas for the direct link to the form!

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