Report: Organizers of Iran rally threatened with loss of tax-exempt status if they invited Palin

posted at 10:49 am on September 20, 2008 by Allahpundit

Name ‘em and shame ‘em. Seriously. Fox News and the Journal should be all over this. Judging from the number of Democrats quoted in the piece as being upset about it, there’s no shortage of people willing to leak. Let’s find out who, precisely, decided that inviting a prominent Republican to a nonpartisan rally might warrant a visit from the IRS.

And then, in the words of a famous cult leader, let’s get in their faces.

Sources tell CBS 2 HD that a decision to disinvite Palin from the high profile rally after Clinton pulled out in a huff came as the result of intense pressure from Democrats.

“This is insulting. This is embarrassing, especially to Gov. Palin, to me and I think it should be to every single New Yorker,” Assemblyman Dov Hikind, D-Brooklyn, told CBS 2 HD.

Sources say the axes were out for Palin as soon as Sen. Clinton pulled out because she did not want to attend the same event as the Republican vice presidential candidate…

The groups sponsoring the rally against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaking at the UN were reportedly told, “it could jeopardize their tax exempt status” if they had Palin and not Clinton or Democratic VP candidate Joe Biden on hand…

“It’s an absolute shame that this has happened,” Hikind said. “To threaten organizations … to threaten the Conference of Presidents that if you don’t withdraw the invitation to Gov. Palin we’re going to look into your tax exempt status … that’s McCarthyism.”…

“I’m absolutely appalled at the behavior of the Democrats,” said Bob Kunst of Defenders.net. “I’m a Democrat and for the first time in my life I’m going to vote Republican. I can’t take it anymore.”

NBC wrote about the tax-exemption issue two days ago but they made it sound like something the organizers had taken up of their own accord. Quote from an unnamed official involved: “The IRS is very clear, Hillary Clinton does not equal Sarah Palin… You have to have equal representation of candidates.” You do? Here’s the speaker list from last year’s anti-Iran rally at the UN. Scott Garrett is a Republican congressman; as far as I know, every other pol on the list is a Democrat. As for the Obama camp’s role in this, John Batchelor, who’s pals with rally organizer Malcolm Hoenlein, hints here that they weren’t directly involved in the nastiness because, as usual, they had surrogates willing to do their dirty work for them. Fine. As I say: Let’s find out which Democratic lawyers, precisely, arrived at the very novel legal conclusion that inviting both parties to a rally to which only one party RSVPs amounts to politicking in breach of one’s tax exemption. And then let’s ask St. Barack why he couldn’t find one person on his side — apart from the guy who called Palin a Nazi sympathizer a few weeks ago, of course — willing to speak at this rally to “balance” the ticket.

Exit question: Isn’t there something oddly familiar about all this? Exit answer: Yes there is.


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This really is scary. I hope this story can get some legs. Maybe Michelle can help push it?

Esthier on September 20, 2008 at 4:28 PM

clnurnberg, One problem is that our press tends to translate Arabic and Persian uses of the word “Jews” into “Israelis”.

So, an Iranian or Arab leader says something about it being the duty of every Muslim to destroy the Jews and western news translates it to “destroy the Israelis”. I find both statements abhorrent, but it leaves people that want to stick their head in the sand with room to say that the problem is entirely with Israel and has nothing to do with an intense hatred of Jews wherever they might be.

It seems many of them have sold Israel out with the thought that they’ll be left alone as long as they’re somewhere else.

JadeNYU on September 20, 2008 at 4:48 PM

BTW, would it be racist to threaten black churches used by democrats across the country as campaign stops with losing their tax exempt status unless they invited McCain/Palin to every event attended by Obama/Biden?

just askin’

in_awe on September 20, 2008 at 5:06 PM

Looking down the road, is there a possibility of red states breaking off and seceding from the union? – Sapwolf on September 20, 2008 at 4:23 PM

Secession is a serious thing, not to be considered lightly. The Confederate states attempted it over 130 years ago and the result was devastation and 600,000 dead Americans.

Having said that, I would be remiss if I did not point out that America is more divided now along partisan lines than it was during the War Between the States; in those days Yankees and Rebels still shared a similar world view.

These days the fissure extends through every partisan issue and in each case – abortion, gun control, taxes, health care to name just a few – the red state people and blue state people are on opposite sides of the issue. The fissure even extends through the media and into entertainment: there is the Drive-By media, which is essentially an arm of the Democrat Party and the alternate media. There is old, liberal Hollywood and the newly emerging conservative Hollywood.

To answer your question: Yes. As the federal government increases in size and socialistic propensity, so likewise does the probability of secession and civil war.

ManlyRash on September 20, 2008 at 5:14 PM

Unbelievable.

mindhacker on September 20, 2008 at 5:14 PM

BTW, would it be racist to threaten black churches used by democrats across the country as campaign stops with losing their tax exempt status unless they invited McCain/Palin to every event attended by Obama/Biden? – in_awe on September 20, 2008 at 5:06 PM

Yes. Next question.

ManlyRash on September 20, 2008 at 5:15 PM

Why don’t McCain and Palin write an editorial expressing their solidarity with the organizers of the rally and their objections to Ahmadinejad’s use of a bully pulpit at the UN to verbally attack the US and Israel? If the NYT won’t run it, try the WSJ.

onlineanalyst on September 20, 2008 at 5:39 PM

Lock and Load!

Bambi on September 20, 2008 at 5:40 PM

Saul Alinsky, Rest in Hell, would be proud of his undead creation, the Obamanation. However, there are probably alot of dems who have been disinvited, and who have a hunger for these photo ops who might not feel the same way. Well, that’s the way the crooked crumble.
If I were McCain, I’d be on the other side of the street, for a ‘non partisan’ rally against Iran. See which side then got the bigger numbers at the end of the day.

eaglewingz08 on September 20, 2008 at 5:41 PM

This is really interesting now. If the emerging principle is that if no Democrat shows up for a balanced conversation then the Republican may not speak either.

When the Democrat’s Fairness Doctrine is put in place, this will likely be the continuing standard. Thus, if the Democrats boycott a station, or talk radio or Fox, then those venues will be prevented from airing the Republican view as well.

The Fairness Doctrine will not be about the miseries of balancing two voices on every broadcast but rather about shutting down all speech in the affected markets.

And once it’s accepted that Democrats can rate the comparative value of speakers, such as deciding that VP pick Biden or Sen. Clinton must balance VP pick Palin, then the Dems will have successfully appropriated control of every debate and stacked the deck in their own favor.

flicker on September 20, 2008 at 5:57 PM

There’s a lot of pressure now to not make comparisons to Hitler, Nazis, etc., because it’s considered a cheap demonization of opponents and often is just that.

However, when you have Jesus Obama running a cult of personality like Hugo Chavez and Benito Mussolini, making appeals to race to secure power like Adolf Hitler, and gangs of supporters attacking critics to silence them as has been happening at WGN radio in Chicago, the comparisons are creepily accurate. A poster here (Big Old Dog? – something like that) had a good running list of similarities.

The new Democratic Party and the Obama goons haven’t had their Kristallnacht against Republicans yet but they are adopting all the other trappings of a fascist movement. It CAN happen here, folks.

Django on September 20, 2008 at 6:05 PM

To answer your question: Yes. As the federal government increases in size and socialistic propensity, so likewise does the probability of secession and civil war. ManlyRash on September 20, 2008 at 5:14 PM

Not gonna happen but interesting to ponder. The libs wouldn’t fight, they’d just negotiate so the Mid-west, and South would get everything they wanted along with secession. Our military soul is the South and Flyover America.

Maybe Joe Biden could think of a way to divide America into three countries like he tried to do with Iraq.

Mojave Mark on September 20, 2008 at 6:06 PM

Smells like the Clintons

Wade on September 20, 2008 at 6:06 PM

flicker on September 20, 2008 at 5:57 PM

Yep. If Obama is elected and they pass the Fairness Doctrine, the donks will be able to frame all public discussion as they wish. As you state, they can do it simply by refusing to appear, thus denying the pubbies the right to be heard. Obama winning and screwing up the country won’t lead back to GOP victory in 4 years because the message won’t get out. 2008 is do or die, folks, you won’t get a second chance.

a capella on September 20, 2008 at 6:08 PM

a capella – It already works that way here in California. As you may know, Cali is a one party state. The Dems run everything and the media already self-censors to frame things strictly in terms friendly to the Dems.

When Boxer or Feinstein are up for re-election there is a news blackout on their Republican opponents. Very few people would be able to tell you who’s running against the Dem incumbents because the media refuse to even utter their names.

Django on September 20, 2008 at 6:25 PM

And this is surprising how? Play political trivia pursuit –

For cheese
1) Which party was all over the media screaming about Gov. Palin wanting to ban books and then a couple of weeks later wanted WGN in Chicago to halt plans for an interview with an author who is critical of TheOne?

Too easy?

2) Which party is always ranting and raving when women and children are accidentally killed during military operations but believe a woman has a “right” to abortions?

The left is morally bankrupt. Their sense of decency is long gone never to be seen again.

SPIFF1669 on September 20, 2008 at 6:29 PM

Not gonna happen but interesting to ponder. The libs wouldn’t fight, they’d just negotiate so the Mid-west, and South would get everything they wanted along with secession. Our military soul is the South and Flyover America. – Mojave Mark on September 20, 2008 at 6:06 PM

Interesting take on that, Mark. I have sometimes wondered what would happen in this scenario. Let’s tease this out a little, if you have the time and patience.

Here’s the scenario: the Bush 2004 states form a political compact and issue a declaration of independence. President Obama puts on a stovepipe hat and issues a decree outlawing the secession. He summons the U.S. military at the same time the state governors issue orders to their militias to defend the new nation.

Questions:

What is the status of U.S. military property in secession states? Assuming Virginia joins the secession, what happens to Norfolk – our primary naval base?

What is the status of all the military bases in secession states? Every one becomes Fort Sumter.

Will the leaders of our military – sworn as they are to defend the Constitution and obey the orders of the president do so? Or will may of them resign – as Lee did – and return to their home states?

What about our naval vessels – particularly our ballistic missile submarines?

Would Rusia, China or a rogue terror nation use the distraction caused by the secession to launch an attack?

ManlyRash on September 20, 2008 at 6:49 PM

This is scary stuff sounds like Germany in 1938.If the Dems get total control ( GOD help us all)

thmcbb on September 20, 2008 at 7:01 PM

Organizers of the Iran Rally,

whats the problem,

with Governor Sarah Palin,

is it because she on the right,

Sarah,is the Commander of the

Alaskan National Guard,Sarah

is an American Patriot,so whats,

the problem!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on September 20, 2008 at 8:22 PM

Democrats: WE AIN’T GONNA FOLLOW NO STINKIN’ FAIRNESS DOCTRINE!

SouthernGent on September 20, 2008 at 8:24 PM

I hope it smells like the Clinton’s! I am very invested in the idea that the Clintons have a diabolical plot to derail Obama! Please! I’ll take our chances against Hillary in 2012; If McCain can’t get it done in 4 years, he’s on his own-

anniekc on September 20, 2008 at 8:37 PM

“Sources tell..”
“Sources say…”

Come on pundit, sounds imaginary. Put the pedal to the metal and find out if this is just another ‘New Republic’ rag story, or if it is real.

percysunshine on September 20, 2008 at 8:39 PM

SPIFF: why don’t we look at the states that the dems run.
Illinois, Michigan, New York, California, – well you get the picture. Pretty scary!

Bambi on September 20, 2008 at 9:14 PM

Would Rusia, China or a rogue terror nation use the distraction caused by the secession to launch an attack? ManlyRash on September 20, 2008 at 6:49 PM

Thanks for playing.

Oh yah, they would. There would be some tense battalion level meeting. I think the military would initially hang together to fight foreign threats that would pop up. After your field grade level officers (who know more about honor the Obama ever will) have time to absorb all the ramifications of succession they would most likely join the new confederacy and have a wildly successful nation after a few decades of adjustment. There would be no Civil War II. Libs can’t fight.

America is not mentioned in the Bible for the fight of the last days. Either too many key people are raptured away or our nation implodes somehow. Or both.

There’s a novel here somewhere.

Mojave Mark on September 20, 2008 at 10:58 PM

If the press and the jewish groups cave so easily when O is not Pres, just think how scared they’l be when he has the power to muzzle and silence them…or grabs it anyway

clnurnberg on September 21, 2008 at 12:34 AM

Ok, I went to that “news” link… not much news there.

Why would they simply allow a provably false claim like the IRS would care about this as they claim?

Any churches that only invited one party to speak, or only had one candidate show up? Do they have their tax exempt status?

Didn’t Bush in 2004 choose not to speak at the NAACP during the election (and Kerry did)… did they lose their tax exempt status?

I can continue, but I don’t feel like spending time coming up with dozens of examples that clearly disprove this. I’ve never heard of this before, and inviting Obama/Biden (which they did) is more that many have done and clearly preserves their “neutrality”.

Why doesn’t that reporter bother to report that facts? Oh sorry, I’m still thinking of reporters that do journalism and reporting and write factual information… damn I feel old.

gekkobear on September 21, 2008 at 4:00 AM

Bleh, I was curious enough to look up the NAACP stuff, let for a clear example.

Kerry went, Bush didn’t.
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9F03E4D6143AF935A25754C0A9629C8B63

Bond’s statements (not Kerry’s presence) did trigger an IRS check on their status; and they kept it.
http://www.naacp.org/legal/news/2006-08-31/index.htm

So, if the NAACP can go further and keep their tax exempt status; why is this group worried? And why do neither of the news stories bother to do the 5 minutes of googling I did to prove this?

I dunno, maybe they really suck at reporting and researching and stuff. That or they don’t want to get distracted by facts…

gekkobear on September 21, 2008 at 4:30 AM

There’s a novel here somewhere. – Mojave Mark on September 20, 2008 at 10:58 PM

No thanks. I’m struggling with writer’s block on one novel already…I don’t need the agita.

ManlyRash on September 21, 2008 at 7:23 AM

This whole Hillary dropping out, Palin disinvitation (and the disinvitation of all the rest of the pols previously invited) was thoroughly Obama in action. Obama’s chief financial backer, the Hyatt doyenne, is giving a dinner IN HONOR of Pres Amamadjihadi in Manhattan, NYC this week.
It is likely that Mr. Jihadi told her that he didn’t want a legitimate anti Iran protest in NYC to darken his visit or else he wouldn’t attend. The finance chief went back to Obama with the news, so how to get Hillary out of attendance? Blame it on Gov Palin’s appearance. The organizers are lib democrat hacks so that part was easy, sic the Obama’s lawyers on them falsely asserting that the organization would lose its tax exempt status for not having politicians from BOTH sides of EQUAL status. The organizers then jettisoned EVERY politician from the protest, making the protest now a laughingstock, and giving Ahmamadjihadi and Obama a free pass now to become buddies.
As for the lawyer angle to this, in case you’re inclined not to believe that Obama’s lawyers would distort the law to extort others to fall in line, just remember the two letters written by Obama’s lawyes to the US Attorney General to prosecute a conservative group that dared to attack the Obamanation. This is Chicago politics mixed with Kremlin tactics. For shame on the organizers, for shame on Obama.
I will not be protesting tomorrow and urge anyone who planned to do so, not to do so. Don’t reward the organizers for their reprehensible conduct. If you want to protest, protest the dinnder at the Grand Hyatt later this week.

eaglewingz08 on September 21, 2008 at 9:08 AM

Guess what people? Republicans and conservatives are so irrelevant that the Democrats do not care what you do anymore….you will never be able to use this to your advantage and you are owned by liberals and Democrats.

Here we have a case of liberal New York Jews threatening the existence of conservative New York Jews and absolutely nothing is happening about it. Two of the biggest players in this story, Chuck Schumer and Michael Bloomberg, are actually appearing this very minute on Fox News and on NBC respectively and NOTHING is being said, NO questions are being asked.

Good luck with your rage, weaklings. You haven’t even been able to get anybody arrested for breaking into Palin’s e-mail yet. ROFL @ political nothings.

jay12 on September 21, 2008 at 9:33 AM

Democrats: THE PARTY OF FREEDOM

originalpechanga on September 21, 2008 at 11:04 AM

Wow. Just wow. These people are the most unprincipled and shameless group ever. If the dems get the WH and hold congress it really will be disaster.

muggedbyreality on September 21, 2008 at 11:11 AM

Wow. Just wow. These people are the most unprincipled and shameless group ever. If the dems get the WH and hold congress it really will be disaster.

No, it’ll be a lot worse than that. Nobody’s emails will be safe. Freedom of speech will be a memory, as will freedom to bear arms. Talk radio will be stifled (well, at least conservative talk). The web will be heavily regulated. And for all these wonderful things, we’ll be paying the highest tax rate ever in this country’s history.

I still can’t believe this many idiots people will vote for an outright communist.

ErinF on September 21, 2008 at 5:10 PM

We all need to work our best to get out the McCain vote. If anyone here has friends or acquaintances who are still on the fence about voting for Maverick, make sure they are brought up to speed. Everyone’s freedoms are at stake, and that’s no understatement.

There are a million different ways Maverick will be a better president than the communist/terrorist appeaser.

ErinF on September 21, 2008 at 5:14 PM

Dave Gibson — American Chronicle — Beverly Hills sc
The US is being overthrown by our own corrupt politicians
A silent but all-reaching coup has been taking place within the United States. This coup is not being directed by bomb-laden terrorists, nor will it ever be meaningfully covered by the mainstream media. The seditious act is being carried out by our very own elected officials, with President Bush leading the insurrection…

DfDeportation on September 21, 2008 at 5:53 PM

You haven’t even been able to get anybody arrested for breaking into Palin’s e-mail yet. ROFL @ political nothings.

jay12 on September 21, 2008 at 9:33 AM

“We” don’t get people arrested you clueless POS, “we” believe in and uphold the rule of law unlike the vile scum you represent. I look forward to the upcoming civil discourse, wear a helmet, you’ll need it moron!

dmann on September 21, 2008 at 10:32 PM

Frankly, I have only a modest increase in respect for Republicans over Democrats. I am not fond of the direction that the Republican controlled Congress took this country. They showed that when they had the purse strings, they are just as corrupt with our money.

My dad had a saying…

“If you put all those people in Washington in a big bag and hit it with a baseball bat, you would hit the right one every time.”

Sadly, there is a large amount of truth to this statement. The politicians/bureaucrats in Washington that are there to help the American people are few and far between. They will all spin and lie to say they do, but mostly they are out for themselves and for power.

In this election however, the choice is clearer than it usually is. Only one campaign has a candidate from outside the Washington network. Only one campaign has candidates with a record of reform instead of just talk. That is McCain and Plain.

Obama is the absolute worst example of a man that say and do anything to gain power. He has purposely worked to further drive a wedge between white and black Americans. That in itself is enough to disqualify him in my opinion. The man will do more harm to this country than good, especially with his race baiting.

Hawthorne on September 21, 2008 at 10:44 PM

Sarah Smile.

Travis1 on September 22, 2008 at 12:24 AM

Would Rusia, China or a rogue terror nation use the distraction caused by the secession to launch an attack?

ManlyRash on September 20, 2008 at 6:49 PM

Obama will cause what JFK caused. Within months of meeting Russia, the Berlin wall went up.
Obama will usher in a whole new agenda for Russia. They will basically be able to march into any country they feel and take what they want.
We would stop them in Cuba like JFK because it would be political suicide for the Dems, that’s a no brainer, and a no brainer for JFK (let’s not forget the wonderful job he did at the Bay of Pigs). But other then that..out of sight out of mind, and eastern Europe, Africa, is out of sight.

right2bright on September 22, 2008 at 1:34 AM

I am sitting out the rally today. I asked several of these organizations to remove my name from their lists.

Never Again is just a fund raising slogan, when it’s time to stand up they support the party who has a reception for today’s Haman. There are no Mordechai’s today. The Maccabees have no descendants in NYC.

clnurnberg on September 22, 2008 at 11:18 AM

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