President Obama (in)famously claimed there was not a “smidgen of corruption” in the IRS – but I’m sure anyone who has undergone an audit would challenge that assertion – as would numerous conservative organizations seeking non-profit status, who were forced to undergo their own invasive exams. Such is the case with the Friends of Abe, as we reported earlier.However, this story does indeed have a happy ending, as Variety reports the FOA has been granted 501(c)3 non-profit status three years after applying.
FOA is Hollywood’s largest fellowship of conservative and right of center independents – an oasis of conservatism in an industry that tilts decidedly left. As Variety reports, the Hollywood conservative group, launched nearly 10 years ago 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, Ted Cruz – and yours truly. I had the distinct honor of addressing FOA and will never forget leading them in singing the theme to “Beverly Hillbillies.” But I digress…
FOA’s mission is to provide an intellectual exchange of current policy issues and solutions as a conservative educational fellowship, and it sought non-profit status as its membership grew to the point where they needed to pay for office overhead.
But even stylish Hollywood types are not exempt from the nefarious actions and intimidation of the Obama administration and the IRS. At one point, the IRS asked for access to a password-protected portion of the Friends of Abe website that included a list of members. The group said no, but then faced a substantial delay in obtaining the status as the IRS sent queries about its events and activities.I am quite certain when George Clooney and Matt Damon and all the other far left liberal Hollywood lap dogs get together no one asks for their membership roster.
“We feel the outcome is the right outcome, but after three years it is hard to be really enthusiastic. It is just a relief,” Jeremy Boreing, FOA Executive Director said. “There are a lot of other organizations that are probably in a similar situation.” Yes, there are, Jeremy.
Congratulations to FOA and all my friends out there in Hollywood for persevering over these three years and not wilting under pressure.