Holder Coached Black Ministers on Avoiding IRS Scrutiny

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Attorney General Eric Holder and IRS officials reportedly coached black  ministers on how to engage in political activity without jeopardizing their  tax-exempt status during the 2012 election.

Holder, then-IRS  commissioner Douglas Shulman, and Peter Lorenzetti, a senior official in the  IRS’s exempt organizations division, participated in a May 2012 training session  for ministers from the Conference of National Black Churches at the Capitol  hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus.

Holder’s speaking engagement  at the event was “highly problematic,” one legal expert said.

“[The CBC]  had the IRS members there specifically to advise them on how far to go  campaigning without violating their tax-exempt status,” George Washington  University law professor Jonathan Turley told the Daily Caller.

“I viewed the  meeting as highly problematic. Eric Holder heads the agency that prosecutes  organizations who give false information to the government. The Justice  Department coordinates with the IRS on actions taken against  not-for-profits.

“These ministries are given not-for-profit status on  the basis that they are not engaging in any political activities. Here, the  Obama administration was clearly encouraging them to maximize their efforts by  showing them where the lines were drawn in federal case law.”

The Daily  Caller noted Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, a Democrat from Missouri who headed the  Congressional Black Caucus at the time, was clear on the purpose of the session  and who would attend.

“We’re going to, first of all, equip them with the  information they need to know about what they can say and what they cannot say  in the church that would violate their 501(c)(3) status with the IRS,” he said.

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