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Gerry Clinchy
09-06-2013, 11:34 PM
http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials-viewpoint/090613-670166-irs-holder-advised-black-nonprofits-tax-law.htm?p=full
Just when you think you might have heard the worst about the IRS and the DOJ ... there's even more.


But that same year, top officials with both the IRS and Justice Department including the IRS commissioner and attorney general met in Washington with several dozen prominent black church ministers representing millions of voters to brief them on how to get their flocks out to vote without breaking federal tax laws.


The "summit" on energizing the black vote in houses of worship was hosted by the Democrat-controlled Congressional Black Caucus inside the U.S. Capitol on May 30, 2012.


The day before the special IRS training session, then-Black Caucus Chairman Rep. Emanuel Cleaver predicted Obama would get 95% of the African-American vote but only if black pastors "encourage" them to get to the polls. (He ended up getting over 93% of the black vote.)


It's not clear if the White House helped organize the unusual event, but two key Cabinet members Attorney General Eric Holder and IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman both spoke at length to the black church leaders.

Joining them was senior IRS official Peter Lorenzetti, who runs the agency's tax-exempt organizations division. He gave a technical briefing in which he advised against endorsing from the pulpit any candidates by name or distributing voter cheat sheets.


Then Lorenzetti hastened to add: "It is important to note, however, that an organization exempt under 501(c)3 in this case the church or a religious organization can conduct educational election activities," including holding political debates or even inviting candidates to speak to congregants.


Get-out-the-vote activities also are allowed, including driving church members to polls and knocking on doors to register people to vote.

I cannot make myself believe that Obama did not know about this. I also question how these fellas could do this electioneering while on the taxpayer's timeclock.