Feminist Frequency is Violating IRS Regulations For Charities by Advocating Against Trump

Feminist Frequency is Violating IRS Regulations For Charities by Advocating Against Trump

Anita Sarkeesian

I’m about to go out to eat with Nora, then we’re going to hit up the bowling alley. Luckily for her, I absolutely suck at bowling. Still, I’m hoping for a big win tonight. Before I left, I wanted to come and write-up at least one full story. It concerns our old friend Anita Sarkeesian and her possible violation of charity law through her advocacy of Hillary Clinton’s campaign for president.

Now, the thing is, there’s nothing wrong with Anita herself promoting Hillary. But her use of the official Feminist Frequency Twitter account to promote Clinton might be another story altogether. Someone sent me this information in a email last night:

Attached please find a partial copy of a portion of my IRS Form 13909 complaint and supporting documentation.  All of the supporting documentation can be viewed directly, either through the references section of the 13909 document, or is available on government websites (FEC, CA business search, IRS).
Here’s a tweet that was spread by the Fem Freq account…
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And the rule itself…
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Along with the tax document showing Feminist Frequency to be one of these organizations…

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Here’s a good summary of this issue, sent to me in the same email (it’s actually a summary of the complaint this anon filed against Feminist Frequency, by the way):

 

Donald Trump is currently a candidate for elective public office at the federal level: Revenue Ruling 2007-41 defines a candidate for public office “as an individual who offers himself, or is proposed by others, as a contestant for an elective public office, whether such office be national, State, or local.”

The individual “Donald J. Trump” announced his candidacy for president of the United States in June of 2015.

Trump is currently recognized as the Republican Party candidate for President of the United States for the 2016 election year by the Federal Election Commission (“FEC”)

Feminist Frequency has received exemption from income tax and currently operates as a tax-exempt public charity organization: As of October 1st, 2016 Feminist Frequency is listed as an active business entity incorporated in the State of California.

Feminist Frequency has an Employment Identification Number (EIN) of: 46-3408143 as stated in the IRS Form 990 (“Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax”) for the 2014 taxable year provided by Feminist Frequency

As of October 19th, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service’s “Exempt Organization Select Check Search Tool” shows that an organization with a matching name and EIN is listed as a Public Charity organization eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions.

Specific terms and definitions in reference to Twitter: The following terms are taken from the “Twitter Glossary” at URL: https://support.twitter.com/articles/166337

URL, URLs “A URL (Uniform Resource Locator) is a web address that points to a unique page on the internet.”

Twitter is “An information network made up of 140-character messages (including photos, videos and links) from all over the world.”

Verification is “A process whereby a Twitter account receives a blue check icon to indicate that the creator of these Tweets is a legitimate source. Verified users include public figures and those who may have experienced identity confusion on Twitter.”

Profile “Your profile displays information you choose to share publicly, as well as all of the Tweets you’ve posted. Your profile along with your @username identify you on Twitter.”

@username “A username is how you’re identified on Twitter, and is always preceded immediately by the @ symbol. For instance, Katy Perry is @katyperry.”

follow “Subscribing to a Twitter account is called ‘following’.”

Follower “A follower is another Twitter user who has followed you to receive your Tweets in their Home stream.”

Tweet (n.) “A Tweet may contain photos, videos, links and up to 140 characters of text.”

protected Tweets “Tweets are public by default. Choosing to protect your Tweets means that your Tweets will only be seen by your followers.”

Retweet (n.), RT “A Tweet that you forward to your followers is known as a Retweet. Often used to pass along news or other valuable discoveries on Twitter, Retweets always retain original attribution.”

Retweet (v.) “The act of sharing another user’s Tweet to all of your followers by clicking on the Retweet button.”

Timeline “A timeline is a real-time stream of Tweets. Your Home stream, for instance, is where you see all the Tweets shared by your friends and other people you follow.”

Feminist Frequency uses the internet as a significant part of its activities: From the Feminist Frequency Form 990 Part I “Summary”, item 1 “Feminist Frequency is a not- for-profit, educational organization that provides comprehensive analyses of modern media and advocates for the just treatment of all people online.”

The Feminist Frequency organization currently operates a public, verified account on the Twitter service (http://www.twitter.com), under the username @femfreq.

The Feminist Frequency profile is viewable at http://www.twitter.com/femfreq.

There are currently approximately 700,000 accounts following @femfreq

Tweets originating from or distributed by @femfreq will contain the URL: http://www.twitter.com/femfreq/status/[series of numbers identifying the tweet]

Bitch Media and Feminist Frequency did publish and/or distribute a statement over the internet. On or around October 12th, 2016 the public, verified twitter account “@BitchMedia” operated by a separate not-for-profit entity “Bitch Media” (URL: http://www.twitter.com/BitchMedia) did publically publish and distribute a written and pictorial statement at the following URL: https://twitter.com/BitchMedia/status/786242329833111552. (the “statement”)

The written text portion of the statement is as follows “ http://bit.ly/2dWx5tS

This URL is referred to as a “shortened link” reducing the amount of characters needed to refer to a specific URL. In this case the shortened link redirects a web browser to the following URL: https://bitchmedia.org/article/our-radar—feminist-news-roundup/anything-jay-z-can-do-i-can-do. Titled “Feminist News Roundup”

The pictorial portion of the statement contains the text:

“Trump’s language, which he and others have tried to minimize as ‘locker room banter,’ is predatory and hostile. To excuse it as that or as youthful indiscretion or overzealous romantic interest normalizes male sexual violence. – Anita Hill

On the “Feminist New Roundup” The first URL on the webpage displays the text “Anita Hill wrote an op-ed on Donald Trump and sexual harassment”, which links to the following Boston Globe article: http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2016/10/10/what-can-still-learn-from- sexual-harassment/jCF5rxYbFMgE3bOKR984pI/story.html “What we can still learn from sexual harassment”

Subsequent to the @BitchMedia statement, @femfreq did publish and/or distribute the same statement as @BitchMedia, by retweeting @BitchMedia at the following URL: https://twitter.com/femfreq/status/786368250619699200.

The webpage http://www.archive.is/ describes itself as “Archive.is is a time capsule for web pages! It takes a ‘snapshot’ of a webpage that will always be online even if the original page

disappears. It saves a text and a graphical copy of the page for better accuracy and provides a short and reliable link to an unalterable record of any web page”

Just as http://archive.is/mIEn1 shows that the shortened link http://bit.ly/2dWx5tS redirects to https://bitchmedia.org/article/our-radar—feminist-news-roundup/anything-jay-z-can-do-i-can-do the link http://archive.is/Kz5eb will show that the statement at https://twitter.com/femfreq/status/786368250619699200

redirects to https://twitter.com/BitchMedia/status/786242329833111552

@femfreq did publish and/or distribute the same statement

The statement published and distributed by Bitch Media and Feminist Frequency is in violation of the prohibition against political campaign intervention as stated in 26 U.S. Code §501(c) 26 U.S. Code §501(c)3 “Exemption from tax on corporations, certain trusts, etc.” states:

Corporations, and any community chest, fund, or foundation, organized and operated exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, testing for public safety, literary, or educational purposes… and which does not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office.

Rev. Rul. 2007-41 provides the following guidance for determining whether an organization is engaging in issue advocacy vs political campaign intervention:

Section 501(c)(3) organizations may take positions on public policy issues, including issues that divide candidates in an election for public office. However, section 501(c)(3) organizations must avoid any issue advocacy that functions as political campaign intervention. Even if a statement does not expressly tell an audience to vote for or against a specific candidate, an organization delivering the statement is at risk of violating the political campaign intervention prohibition if there is any message favoring or opposing a candidate. A statement can identify a candidate not only by stating the candidate’s name but also by other means such as showing a picture of the candidate, referring to political party affiliations, or other distinctive features of a candidate’s platform or biography. All the facts and circumstances need to be considered to determine if the advocacy is political campaign intervention.

Key factors in determining whether a communication results in political campaign intervention include the following:

  • Whether the statement identifies one or more candidates for a given public office;

. This shows that @BitchMedia and

  • Whether the statement expresses approval or disapproval for one or more candidates’ positions and/or actions;
  • Whether the statement is delivered close in time to the election;
  • Whether the statement makes reference to voting or an election;
  • Whether the issue addressed in the communication has been raised as an issue distinguishing candidates for a given office;
  • Whether the communication is part of an ongoing series of communications by the organization on the same issue that are made independent of the timing of any election; and
  • Whether the timing of the communication and identification of the candidate are related to a non-electoral event such as a scheduled vote on specific legislation by an officeholder who also happens to be a candidate for public office.

A communication is particularly at risk of political campaign intervention when it makes reference to candidates or voting in a specific upcoming election. Nevertheless, the communication must still be considered in context before arriving at any conclusions.

References: Archive links:

Showing retweet of communication: http://archive.is/Kz5eb Showing redirect from shortened URL to webpage: http://archive.is/mIEn1 showing content of article: http://archive.is/KotdJ

IRS Links:

Avoid Political campaign intervention: https://www.irs.gov/PUP/charities/charitable/Avoid%20Political%20Campaign%20Intervention.pdf Publication 4221 “Compliance guide for 501(c)3 public charities: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p4221pc.pdf Revenue Ruling 2007-41: https://www.irs.gov/irb/2007-25_IRB/ar09.html The Restriction of Political Campaign Intervention by Section 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Organizations:

https://www.irs.gov/charities-non-profits/charitable-organizations/the-restriction-of-political- campaign-intervention-by-section-501-c-3-tax-exempt-organizations

Twitter Glossary:

https://support.twitter.com/articles/166337

I’ll be following up on this topic very soon. For now, the bowling alley is calling my name.

Ethan Ralph

Founder, Owner, & Editor-in-Chief of TheRalphRetort.com. Political fiend, gamer, & anti-bullshit.

  • Emil Åslund

    While I politically disagree with Trump, I sincerely want him to win, if only because Hilllary is much worse and it would be fun to watch all the SJWs combust.

    • DisneyVillain

      Same I may not be a Trump fan but if he wins, I’ll be on Social media all day with a big bag of popcorn listening to SJWs bitching about it.

  • GodBowser

    If that cuck she use to hang around with knew about this I’m sure he would have tried to report her by now

    • Willie Christianson

      I think he would have reported her to the police and told everything to them and Milo Yiannopoulos.

  • Mr0303

    Awesome catch to whoever did it. Unfortunately Anita is part of the Trust and Safety council and will make all relevant evidence disappear. Plus her feminist card puts her above the law. Good thing that the Internet never forgets.

    • Toastrider

      Iffy. Making evidence ‘disappear’ is also called ‘spoilation’ and can have all sorts of entertaining consequences if you get pulled into court over it.

      Still, with the weaponization of the IRS against nonleftists, it’s unlikely they’ll take any action.

    • DisneyVillain

      This is why we need vigilante justice.

  • fnd

    I would argue that the name itself “feminist frequency” would violate IRS regulation for charities by being partisan left wing in nature.

  • As usual nothing will be done because vagina and feminism.

    • DisneyVillain

      This is why Trump must win. Then this bitch will be in jail.

      • Unfortunately he won’t, there’s simply far too much going against him

        • DisneyVillain

          From what I’ve heard though only about 6% of people trust the MSM.

          • Yeah I’ve seen that stat as well, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that the people who distrust the media will vote for Trump.

            Some of them will be voting for a 3rd party (which is also a mistake because it basically helps Clinton).

            Some of them will vote Hillary anyway because you know, gynocentrism and UHMERIKA’S FIRST WOMAN PREZIDENT!!!!!!!!

    • GodBowser

      Oh that would explain why Nut Job Wu has to lie about being born a woman because she would not want any feminazis to know that she’s been fraudulently using the vagina pass

      I wonder if it’s true about feminazis being hostile towards transsexuals

  • Lost Question

    but she’s a feminist and Hilary supporter therefor the rules don’t apply.

    • Willie Christianson

      Expert being exposed by Wikileaks.

  • lancesackless

    WALNUT CA?!? Oh god. She’s closer to me than I thought.

    I need a shower. I feel dirty.

  • Kellen Joel

    Goddammit, I was hoping she’d be done talking shit. Guess I was wrong. But, y’know what they say, there ain’t no rest for the wicked.

    • DisneyVillain

      Same I thought she was close to losing relevancy as well. Also it’s “There ain’t no rest for the triggered.

  • MrSonicAdvance

    Grifters gonna grift, it’s in their nature.

  • Willie Christianson

    Something tells me when Trump wins, Hillary, Obama, and Anita would face criminal court and possible prison.