President Bush is more than miffed because somebody in Russia is supplying
weapons to our enemies in Iraq and Russian President Vladimir Putin is forestalling
the inevitable mea culpa.
Putin probably wants his cut of the arms deals, in cash, before he shuts
them down. Aidan White, general secretary of the International Federation
of Journalists, has his panties in a twist because a U.S. bomb and missile
attack on Iraqi television was an "attempt at censorship and may have breached
the Geneva Conventions." He doesn’t want to miss the next episode of "Let’s
Execute Allied POW’s" on "Survivor: The Baghdad Chronicles". And the U.S.
taxpayer, while being gored between the double beasts of terrorism and terminal
taxation, is directly subsidizing government-sanctioned sedition.
Ramsey Clark, that darling poster child for the Hate-America crowd, and his
organization (spelled "front"), the International Action Center (IAC) should
be the immediate focus of an Internal Revenue Service audit and possibly
a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) investigation.
More precisely, the 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, the People’s Rights
Fund, Inc. (PRF) that the IAC uses as a bank for its far-flung network of
protest organizations is the bull’s-eye in a seditious pyramid scheme.
The IAC, with an address at 39 W 14th St, Manhattan, NY lists a telephone
number of 212-633-6646. An AnyWho (AT&T) search of that address and phone
number returns the following: International A.N.S.W.E.R., Coalition To Stop
US Intervention In The Middle East, Haiti Support Network, International
Action Center, Iraq Sanctions Challenge, Millions For Mumia, Mumia Mobilization,
National Peoples Campaign, Peace For Cuba, People’s Rights Fund, US Out Of
Korea, Workfainess and Support Network For The Armed Forces (S.N.A.F.U.).
Don’t worry…it only gets more deceptive.
Think of the IAC as, in gangster terminology, a Front for a plethora of protest
organizations or cells. From the IAC website, links are provided to the commonly
funded above organizations. In one or more of several ways, the resources
of the PRF supply funding to a network of cells.
The organizations comprising this purported coalition of interests are, in
actuality, nothing more than interlocked cells for the same gaggle of malcontents.
S.N.A.F.U., despite its misleading name, is a cell that encourages US military
personnel to "resist and to contact SNAFU" for coaching on resistance methods.
In essence, S.N.A.F.U. is inciting sedition.
Another of IAC’s links, presently its feature link, is to the Vote To Impeach
organization. You guessed it…another pseudo-anonymous website collecting
e-ballots for the impeachment of the President. Whether one agrees with the
present war or not, the President is acting in accord with the War Powers
Act and the blessing of the Congress. To make incendiary and baseless allegations
against a President, especially when, in a time of war, they are linked to
other resistance movements with no disclosure of their interlocked natures,
is seditious. Donations, linked from the IAC website, go to the same Washington,
D.C. address as that listed for VoteNoWar.org.
VoteNoWar.org is, in its own words, "a project of International A.N.S.W.E.R.
(IA)". This cell is collecting e-signatures for its ballot to stop the war
in Iraq. More significantly, it is a portal soliciting volunteers and donations
for the anti-war movement. It also credits its parent IA for organizing the
national and often-seditious anti-war rallies throughout the nation. Bingo,
right again, all donations are funneled to the PRF.
The financial cleaning -- I mean clearing house -- for all of these cells
is the People’s Rights Fund of 39 W 14th St, Manhattan, NY. To the point…this
is not about the war with Iraq…it is about a cesspool of non-profit entities
that consistently fly under the IRS’s radar screen of questionable compliance.
The People’s Rights Fund, as a non-profit corporation operates under IRS
code 501(c)(3). To comply with the regulations, the PRF must annually file
a form 990 that is the non-profit equivalent of an individual’s form 1040.
The PRF must have been the early victim of a WMD attack because in each of
the archived years from 1997 to 2001 a request was made for a filing extension,
"Bookkeeper has been ill and unable to compile the necessary information
in time to file return." Nothing like the dog eating the homework for 5 consecutive
From 1997 to 1999, the PRF stated "the organization’s primary exempt purpose"
as "Educational Research, Publications" in Part III of form 990. For the
years 2000 to 2001, it left that space blank. Maybe a proverbial case of
searching for a purpose in life or perhaps, the PRS just won’t kiss and tell.
They represent, in lines a and b of Part III, that the bulk of the PRS expenditures
are for "Grants to educational organizations resulting in publication of
educational brochures, books, studies and/or videos of contemporary problems
and events" and "educational conferences each attended by over 1000 participants
and observers which examined contemporary issues and events." Damned funny
way of describing violent protests, property damage and arrests. In 2001,
they spent $293,286.00 on these events.
The PRF must be the most efficient organization in America…a model of capitalism.
In 2001, its president declared a workweek of 1 hour compared to ½
per week for both its vice-president and secretary-treasurer. It’s hard to
understand how an organization that received total tax-free revenue of $350,105.00
gets by with a total contribution of 2 hours per week cumulatively from its
top 3 officers.
In response to the question (Part III of form 990), "During the year, has
the organization attempted to influence national, state, or local legislation
including any attempt to influence public opinion on a legislative matter
or referendum?" the PRF checked NO. A quick reading of the goals put forth
by the affiliate organizations funneling dollars to the PRF and probably
receiving some back makes this negative response a real leap of faith.
Part VII, line 51 of Form 990 asks, "Did the reporting organization directly
or indirectly engage in any of the following with any other organization
described in section 501(c) of the Code (other than section 501(c)(3) organizations)
or section 527, relating to political organizations? a. Transfers from the
reporting organization to a noncharitable exempt organization of (i) cash
(ii) other assets. c. Sharing of facilities, equipment, mailing lists, other
assets or paid employees". The People’s Rights Fund answered NO to all the
A search of both IRS 527 (political organizations) records and 990 records
showed no registration or filing for International A.N.S.W.E.R. or many other
links on the A.N.S.W.E.R. and IAC websites, yet these other organizations
funnel their donations into PRF and are listed as having the same office
addresses and telephone numbers as the PRF. Additionally, they are obviously
using IAC websites for the furtherance of their agendas.
If PRF-supported organizations like A.N.S.W.E.R. are either 527 or 501(c)
qualified, why are they not listed as having filed any compliance forms and/or
disclose their legal names? If they are not exempt, why isn’t the PRF declaring
that it has transferred and/or shared cash, other assets or facilities with
them? Once again this has created a grey area of credibility that any legitimate
non-profit would clarify.
For the 2001 Form 990, the PRF declares revenue of $350,105.00. Of this amount
$347,309.00 is itemized as "Direct public support," $1396.00 is itemized
as "dividends and interest from securities" and $1400 is "Gross rents." On
Schedule B of Form 990, the PRF itemizes four individual contributions of
$14,000.00, $28,500.00, $7000.00 and $8000.00 for a total of $57,500.00.
This leaves an un-itemized $289,809.00 from "Direct public support." Although
this method of reporting may well fall within present IRS guidelines, the
taxpayer directly subsidizes it because the PRF is tax exempt and the donors
are allowed deductions for their contributions. This type of non-disclosed
money trail should be reviewed by the Congress and revised. The taxpayer
has a right to know what they are paying for.
As an organization that states its purpose as "Educational Research", the
PRF, in order to comply with the code, must adhere to IRS Revenue Procedure
86-43, 1986-2 C.B. 729. This is to insure that the organization is pursing
allowable education and not prohibited propaganda. The Public Interest Watch organization clearly explains this:
· They provide that the presence of any of the following factors in
presentations made by an organization is indicative that the organization
is not educational:
1. The presentation of viewpoints unsupported by facts is a significant portion of the organization's communications.
2. The facts that purport to support the viewpoints are distorted.
3. The organization's
presentations make substantial use of inflammatory and disparaging terms
and express conclusions more on the basis of strong emotional feelings than
of objective evaluations.
4. The approach used in
the organization's presentations is not aimed at developing an understanding
on the part of the intended audience or readership because it does not consider
their background or training in the subject matter.
In a fundraising message dated July 20, 2001, the PRF’s main operational
entity, the IAC, stated the following, "President Bush, in an attempt to
win support for his anti-people political program is bribing us with his
new $300 plus tax return." They proceed to state that; "At the International
Action Center we have formed a committee of 200 to help fund the September
29th mass demonstration." Under IRS Revenue Procedure 86-43, 1986-2 C.B.
729, this does not appear to qualify as non-propagandistic education.
Further, it is an admission to organizing and funding a mass demonstration
whose purpose was, "to protest Bush, the IMF, the World Bank and their policies."
Would not the party responsible for organizing and funding an event also
be responsible for the conduct of that event? If a continuing pattern of
violence and/or sedition was conspired or even tolerated through a web of
organizational fronts, would that not start to look like RICO domain? At
the minimum, would not the organizing and funding entity be liable for any
damages to public and/or private property resulting from the event?
The PRF, through the IAC, has a history of propagating action cells or fronts
with the fertility of a gerbil. The donations raised by any of these cells
are funneled back for further disbursement to the PRF. With the bald face
of innocence will the PRF funded IAC protest that it has no pattern of organizing
and funding inflammatory and biased demonstrations that usually result in
mass arrests? These are issues that mandate both IRS oversight and Justice
Over the last decade, about 30,000 new non-profit entities have been created
annually. The non-profit sector in America is estimated to represent from
6% to 12% of the nine trillion dollar U.S. economy. How non-profits conduct
their business and account for their dollars is serious business for the
American taxpayer. It is, after all, the American taxpayer who is subsidizing
Perhaps the PRF could claim more autonomy from oversight for its conduct
if the taxpayer wasn’t subsidizing its activities but that is not the case.
The People’s Rights Fund, Inc. is a tax-exempt non-profit supported by the
subsidization of America’s taxpayers and the public should know the full
nature of what they are paying for.
Email Daniel Sargis
this Article to a Friend