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CREW Files IRS Complaint Against Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform

by Pamela Leavey

This seems like a bit of just desserts for the man who wants to do away with taxes… Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) announced today they have filed an IRS complaint against Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), and American for Tax Reform Foundation (ATR Foundation), the conservative, non-profit organizations led by right-wing activist Grover Norquist.

The complaint asks the IRS to investigate activities by the groups which may violate IRS regulations and require a revocation of their tax-exempt status.

The complaint alleges that Norquist used either or both ATR and ATR Foundation as commercial enterprises by laundering money derived from Indian casino clients of former lobbyist and convicted felon Jack Abramoff. The casinos made contributions to ATR, which then skimmed a fee off the top before passing the money on to former Christian activist Ralph Reed and other anti-gambling activists. In this way, Norquist, Reed and Abramoff were able to disguise the fact that the money used to fund anti-gambling activities was generated through Indian gambling. The point of the anti-gambling campaigns was to prevent competition to the Indian casinos.

A PDF copy of the complaint is available here.

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