Cruz pushes IRS to probe anti-Bibi activists

 From: wnd.com, by: Bob Unruh, on: March 8, 2015, see the article HERE.

Note that red emphasis in the following is Garnet92’s.

Ted Cruz in DCU.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is telling the Internal Revenue Service to follow the money in an investigation into the tax-exempt PeaceWorks Network Foundation, also known by the name OneVoice, after reports that the group was trying to influence the coming Israeli election.

WND reported OneVoice, a U.S.-U.K. non-profit, had partnered with another group, V15, in a get-out-the-vote organizing drive aimed at replacing Benjamin Netanyahu’s government with a center-left coalition.

OneVoice bills itself as an “international grassroots movement that amplifies the voice of mainstream Israelis and Palestinians.”

OneVoice is sponsored by scores of nonprofits and received two grants in the past year from the U.S. State Department. The State Department is also listed as a partner of OneVoice on the group’s website.

In a letter sent this week to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, Cruz and Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., asked for information regarding the organization.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran is pursuing the deadliest weapons on the planet, and there can be no doubt that their first target will be Israel, followed by the United States,” Cruz said. “Yet the Obama administration seems much more interested in regime change in Jerusalem than in Tehran. In January, Rep. Zeldin and I sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry asking for information about whether the United States government is funding overtly political action in Israel designed to influence the upcoming election. While we still don’t have complete answers from Secretary Kerry, OneVoice’s actions raise significant questions about whether it has violated its tax-exempt status as a 501(c)(3) organization.”

Added Zeldin: “It’s abundantly clear that OneVoice, a U.S. taxpayer funded 501(c)(3), is fully engaged in political activities to oust the Israeli prime minister. It is important for IRS Commissioner Koskinen to assist with our efforts to hold OneVoice responsible for any possible violation of its tax exempt status. U.S. law must always be consistently enforced, and the IRS commissioner must not make any special exception for OneVoice.”

The letter explains a recent article in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz “reports that a U.S. taxpayer-funded non-profit organization called OneVoice is actively working with a campaign operation called Victory 2015 (V15) in an effort to influence the upcoming elections in Israel on March 17, 2015.”

“Other media reports indicate that OneVoice ‘helped build the social network group [V15] into a proper campaign organization,’ and that ‘OneVoice has and still supports, according to statements it has also issued on its own behalf, the V15 campaign intended to topple Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, openly and declaratively,’” the letter says. “Another source has reported that one of the founders of V15 confirmed in an interview that V15 receives financial support from OneVoice.”

But the members of Congress tell Koskinen: “The Internal Revenue Code clearly states that organizations that are exempt from the collection of income tax under Section 501(c)(3) may ‘not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office.’ This is an absolute prohibition, and the tax-exempt status of any organization that violates it is subject to revocation.”

They are asking for the IRS to preserve all documents and records of the PeaceWorks Network Foundation and OneVoice so they are available for the investigation. And they want to know what, if any, steps the IRS is doing to investigate.

“Of course, private American citizens are free to engage in political activities according to their inclinations. It is not the role of the IRS to limit the free speech protections of the First Amendment or target organizations for their political beliefs. But in this case, OneVoice has not only received State Department grant funding for its activities, but is also potentially using its grant funding to directly impact a foreign election, and that, on its face, violates its status with the IRS.”

WND has reported several times on the dispute, including just weeks ago when it was alleged that another U.S.-funded group, the Abraham Fund, was engaging in partisan activities.

Spokesman Amnon Beeri-Sulitzeanu told WND that was not the case. But the Fund works to encourage Arab participation in Israeli life, and following the country’s most recent parliamentary election in 2013, Arab lawmakers complained that a higher Arab voter turnout could have tipped the election toward the left and defeated Netanyahu.

In 2010, the State Department provided the Abraham Fund a $999,715 three-year grant for an education initiative in cooperation with Israel’s Ministry of Education. Another part of the grant was designated to a project with the Israeli security services aimed at fostering closer Arab-Jewish ties.

WND also has reported on the Victory 2015 organization, or V15, which caught U.S. attention when it hired 270 Strategies, a consulting firm.

WND reported V15 is composed almost entirely of former staffers of President Obama’s re-election campaign.

The anti-Netanyahu movement and its links to the White House were reported as Obama snubbed Netanyahu by refusing to meet with him during his trip to Washington to speak to Congress.

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And if that wasn’t enough, here’s a little more from powerlineblog.com. This was published on January 27, 2015. The “John” referred to is John Hinderaker (one of the principal owners of the blog). Read the article HERE.

As John noted, the organization “One Voice” wants to help take down Netanyahu’s party in the March 2015 Knesset elections that will ultimately determine the next Israeli Prime Minister. “One Voice” claims to be non-partisan, but it is working with V-15, an Israeli group dedicated to defeating Netanyahu. And “One Voice” itself admits that it is teaming up with V15 because Israel “need[s] a prime minister and a government who will be responsive to the people.”

I think we know the identity of the Prime Minister “One Voice” doesn’t mean. If not, here’s a hint: the son of Mahmoud Abbas reportedly sits on its advisory board.

“One Voice” is sufficiently well-financed to pay a crack team of five American campaign experts that includes Jeremy Bird, the Obama campaign’s national field director. But who is financing “One Voice”? According to Seth Mandel of Commentary, citing Alana Goodman, “One Voice” has been receiving money from John Kerry’s State Department. In fact, says Mandel, it obtained two State Department grants in the past year.

Confronted about this, “One Voice” didn’t deny the allegation. Instead, it claimed that the money it’s using in the campaign didn’t come from the State Department. A spokesperson stated, “No government funding has gone toward any of the activities we’re doing right now whatsoever.”

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It isn’t bad enough that Obama is doing his damnest to dethrone the United States from world preeminence, he feels the need to damage Israel by ousting Prime Minister Netanyahu from office as well. Part of that is, no doubt, pure jealousy at the warm reception that Netanyahu received when he spoke to our Congress. When many Americans compare Netanyahu to Obama, Obama loses. Obama knows that and is just vindictive enough to want his revenge on Israel’s Prime Minister.

These reports indicate that Obama and sub-puppet John Kerry (who served in Viet Nam) are attempting to replace Netanyahu with someone more like them (inept, spineless, and controllable). 

And finally this from Discover the Networks: One Voice is funded by a host of individuals, foundations, corporations, and governments—Israeli, Palestinian, and international. Among these funders—or “partners,” as One Voice calls them—are the Association of British Muslims, British Muslims for a Secular Democracy, the Christian Muslim Forum, the Ford Foundation, Google, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the New Israel Fund, the Righteous Persons Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the U.S. State Department, and the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Garnet92

 

 

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15 Responses to Cruz pushes IRS to probe anti-Bibi activists

  1. captbogus2 says:

    I doubt Obama’s attempts to dethrone Netanyahu will bear much fruit.
    While the Jews in this country have the freedom to be able to play with their freedoms and vote for uber-leftists, I believe the Israelis have a little better grip on the realities of the real world… Or “Realville,” as Rush says.

    • Garnet92 says:

      Agreed capt. I used to have neighbors across the street who moved here from Israel. They were in constant confusion about the way that Jews in this country voted, never could understand it. The Israel people have a realistic view of the dangers their country faces – they have to.

    • upaces88 says:

      Obama is a petty B….h…Putin has been getting a LOT of praise on his actions against the NWO.

  2. Kathy says:

    The IRS works for O so I doubt they’ll pay much attention to Cruz’s request. They probably had a good laugh over it and got back to the business of harassing tea party type organizations.

    Not satisfied to limit their dirty election tactics and voter fraud to the US, they take their vendetta to Israel. One of the organizations funding this caught my attention – The Christian Muslim Forum. How did that coalition come about? I see research in my future.

    • Kathy says:

      Research shows this as a couple of their objectives:

      “Weave a web of open, honest and committed personal relationships between Christians and Muslims;

      Develop channels of communication to help Christians and Muslims together to respond to events which test our relationship.”

      Looks like they left off ‘support anti-Semite efforts to hijack elections’.

      • Garnet92 says:

        I’m sure that you didn’t expect anything but flowery, positive goals to be publicized on their web site – that’s the last place that they’d be honest about their true intent.

        I started to dig deeper, trying to follow the money, but didn’t have time to follow all of the tentacles related to the One Voice funding, but they’re all leftist groups – including the Ford Foundation and the State Department and all Palestine supporters.

  3. Uriel says:

    GREAT PIECE Garnet. I read an article a bit back from a European news reporter that highlighted MBN here in US and funding for it by our government. w castigated the group as working against our interests. It also “suggested” strong ties to OneVoice which worked For Islamic interests.

    MBN Television in USA http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alhurra#Organization_and_funding

    I really don’t like Mother Jones but this is a very interesting “slanted” article on Kerry. http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/01/watch-government-funded-israeli-groups-parody-john-kerry

    I say Go Cruz!! The US has apparently been funding many “shadow” groups via O’s manipulations for Years to help his bruthers. It’s past time to cut the chains these asps are welding in the US. Money is the only thing that gets their attention.

    • Garnet92 says:

      Thanks Uriel. As so often is said, “follow the money” and it’s true here as well. This is just another example of Cruz standing up when others won’t to condemn our meddling in Israel’s affairs. Even though it’s not unusual for the U.S. to try and influence other country’s elections (when they have them), to try an oust Bibi is just plain stupid on Obama’s part – I hope it comes back to bite him. I believe that their elections are today. We’ll know late today or tomorrow how successful he was.

  4. propblast says:

    U.S. Sen. Cruz and U.S. Rep. Zelden`s letter to the IRS, most assuredly is of a different tone than the letter sent to the IRS by Sen Levin(D.MI) The “burn the teabaggers” letter.

    Of note is the reference to State Dept. Kerry. “served in the nam….” Well folks, lest we forget, jonny-boy, whom threw “someone elses” medals over the white house fence, was Dishonorably Discharged from the US Navy for “Conduct unbecoming an Officer”! He did go to Paris where he met with the commies to become a more efficient agitator. Or as I believe, their agent
    .
    The hapless jimmy Carter pardoned the bastard. That blanket pardon for all of the cowards. At least Cassius Clay (aka M. Ali.) had the internal fortitude to stay and serve time in jail. Did he receive a pardon? NO, he had his day in court. Which overturned the conviction.

    The short of this ‘diatribe” is Comrade zero, et ail, wish to ‘fundamentally change” this nation, by any means possible.

    us army 1971-1974
    Airborne, Ranger(class 2-72) Combat Engineer
    resident; “Great Lakes State”

    • Garnet92 says:

      Yep, a MUCH different tone than Levins.

      You mention the reference to Kerry “serving in Viet Nam.” That is actually a tongue-in-cheek reference to Rush Limbaugh’s characterization of John Kerry’s incessant reference to his time in Nam during his presidential run.

      Remember when he showed up at the democrat convention and, saluting, informed the delegates that he was “ready for duty”?

      Rush never mentions Kerry’s name without saying “who served in Viet Nam” and I’ve adopted that as well. I did it as recently as a week or two ago. Every time I mention Kerry, I’ll note that he “served in Viet Nam.”

      It’s a dig at Kerry’s “service.” I was writing a lot during the Swift Boat and John Kerry accusations back then and you can plant me firmly in the camp of the Swifties. In fact, I still have a bunch of posts that I wrote in 2004 in Microsoft Word. They were all critical of Kerry’s three Purple Hearts, throwing away “his” medals, etc. I still believe the accounts of the Swifties rather than Kerry’s accounts.

  5. Clyde says:

    Good piece, Garnet. What with the abject politicization of the IRS by these leftists, I agree nothing will come from the IRS about it. No question Kerry (who served in Vietnam) is acting at Obama’s behest. And also NO question of their animus towards Israel in general, and Netanyahu in particular.

    • Garnet92 says:

      Thanks Clyde. I agree that Holder isn’t going to move that issue forward, neither will Lynch, but I don’t think that Sharyl Attkisson or Judicial Watch are going to let it rest either. It may take another POTUS to make it happen, but I don’t think that it’s dead, just bed-ridden.

  6. Hardnox says:

    I am pleased that Cruz has asked for this investigation but it will be summarily ignored for the next two years.

    • Garnet92 says:

      Just one more check mark for Cruz, but you’re right, probably nothing happens until a Republican conservative is in the White House.

  7. CW says:

    Senator Cruz should be getting his audit notification any time now.