Ben Carson just made a huge move to help protect America.
When terror front group the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) called for Ben Carson to withdraw from the race after he made statements on “Meet the Press” a little over two weeks ago saying he would not support a Muslim president, they probably figured it was a slam dunk.
And it was. Only…the joke was on them.
In the 36 hours following his remarks, not only did Carson raise $700,000 and experience a bump in the polls, but now Carson’s supporters might also force the government to revoke CAIR’s tax-exempt status.
“Over the past week, I’ve come under attack from the media, the Left and even some of my Republican peers for saying that many parts of Shariah law are incompatible with the U.S. Constitution, and that I couldn’t advocate a Muslim candidate for president unless these tenets were fully renounced,” Carson told supporters in an email, according to Breitbart.
“Here’s the catch — CAIR is a tax-exempt nonprofit, and IRS rules explicitly prohibit such groups from intervening in political campaigns on behalf of — or in opposition to — a candidate,” he continued.
“This is not the first time that CAIR has disrespected U.S. laws or America. It previously lost its tax-exempt status by failing to file federal taxes three years in a row. It’s also been named by federal prosecutors as an unindicted co-conspirator in a criminal conspiracy to funnel money to Hamas, a terrorist organization.”
“Under the Obama Administration, the IRS has systematically targeted conservative nonprofit groups for politically motivated audits and harassment,” Carson continued. “The agency should now do its job properly and punish the real violators of American laws and regulations.”
Section 501(c)(3) of the tax code, which governs non-profits like CAIR, says that such organizations “are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office.”
It’s worth pointing out that CAIR invited fellow tax scofflaw, Al Sharpton, to be the keynote speaker at its 20th annual banquet last year in Washington. Things that make you go, “hmmmm…”