From: wnd.com, by: Bob Unruh, on: March 8, 2015, see the article HERE.
Note that red emphasis in the following is Garnet92’s.
U.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.
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.”
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.