In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review May 23, 2013/ 14 Sivan 5773

The IRS audit from hell

By Dick Morris

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | From prominent election lawyer Cleta Mitchell comes the disgusting detail with which the Internal Revenue Service hounded conservative groups — they demanded so much information it constituted a deliberately crippling workload.

Mitchell noted that prior to 2010, the scrutiny of (c)(3) and (c)(4) applications was brief and non-intrusive. She reprinted a typical questionnaire to one of her clients in 2009, asking for little more than an update on its articles of incorporation. Mitchell says that before 2010, applications for (c)(3)s took 3-12 months, and for (c)(4)s, usually only 3-6 months.

Then, in 2010, it all changed.

To show how impossible compliance with the document requests was — and is — for would-be (c)(4)s and (c)(3)s, she submitted actual questionnaires sent to her clients during 2011 and 2012 as they sought tax exempt status, for comparison.

The IRS asked one client seeking a (c)(4) designation 124 separate questions. This client first applied in September 2010, and its application is still pending. Just some of the information the IRS requests includes the client's planned activities for the coming year, and the nature and extent of its lobbying and staff time, and copies of brochures, pamphlets, newsletters, fliers, advertisements and any literature it's issued; whether it will conduct rallies for or against any public legislation or candidates, including the time and location of each rally, a copy of each handout involved, the names of people in the organization involved and their compensation for and time spent on the rallies, as well as the percent of the organization's time will be spent on the events and the total expense; whether it will offer classes, workshops or lectures, and if so, the topics, including a sample of materials used, and information on how fees will be determined, how many staff will be allocated, and whether honoraria will be paid.

The list continues: The IRS wants to know who selects materials for the client's website, on what criteria, whether it is free, whether it is copyrighted, who controls the data, whether the site sells ads or products online, its annual gross receipts, all in detail; whether the client has worked with any other groups, with relevant details on costs, staffing, and percent of time involved; whether any candidates have addressed the client, including who, when, with what materials, and asks for video or audio recordings if available; it asks the group conducts voter registration or get out the vote drives, including the time and location of events, on whose behalf, the percent of time, staff and funds will the client will spend on it, along with any printed materials.

And that's not all — it further inquires as to whether the client would use an officer's personal residence for its business, and the cost of doing so, along with all leases, contracts, rentals, loans and financing agreements; it wants to know how it solicits funds, with copies of all solicitations and brochures, and its fundraising costs, including the percent of staff and budget used on fundraising; for this client it asks for financial statements from 2007-2011, with a breakdown of all income and spending, information about its employees such as title, duties and pay, along with the resumes of all directors and officers; it wants to know any and all involvement in litigation, in great detail.

And Mitchell would bid us bear in mind as we read the questions that a (c)(4) can spend 100 percent of its time lobbying. Advocacy is totally permissible for all exempt organizations. A (c)(4) can spend money on partisan campaign intervention, as long as it is less than half of its work. So why the intrusive questions?

Reading over the questionnaire, one is reminded of Southern literacy tests designed to keep blacks from registering by demanding an inordinate level of detail and specific answers.

This IRS questionnaire, and the hundreds like it sent to conservative groups, had no purpose other than to stop their political activity and force them to spend their time filling out endless forms. Talk about a chilling effect on free speech!

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