Trump is giving a speech to the Remembrance Project to cheering members of the audience (one just said “I love you”). These are family members of those killed by non-documented immigrants/
Here’s the rub.
The Remembrance Project is a non-partisan educational foundation which is barred by Internal Revenue Service rules from endorsing any candidate for political office, or participating in any candidate’s campaign. The appearance of individual Remembrance Project victim’s family members, or group of such members, at any candidate’s political event to educate the public and draw attention to the entirely preventable and heartbreaking loss of their loved ones due to the illegal presence of criminal aliens in our country, DOES NOT constitute an endorsement of that candidate by the Remembrance Project or any of its affiliated organizations.
~ Maria Espinoza, National Director
This speeches being carried, apparently in full, on TV. The only news here is that this group is violating there tax exempt status.
Share this on Facebook. Tweet it out. Let’s see if we can get the IRS to take some action.
Since writing this some commenters, including a lawyer, have pointed out that strictly speaking this organization is within the IRS rules as long as they don’t endorse a candidate or only invite one candidate to speak. It seems clear that if the organization wasn’t formed in order to support Trump it certainly has leaped at the chance to give a tacit endorsement by appearing at his rallies even before the event today. They are probably doing “a Trump” by using an IRS loophole — but we’ll never know since Trump will never release his tax records.
I still think we should do what we can to call them out for using their tax exempt status in a cynical and, if not illegal, untoward sleazy way. I’d also know where the donated money they get goes. Does it go for travel to Trump events? If it does, would that be a violation?