If President Joe Biden taught us anything recently, it is that you should get your own house in order before criticizing others.
A George Soros-backed group targeting Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis may soon get this lesson.
The conservative website Western Journal reported on Monday that a leftist group that sued DeSantis over shipping illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard last summer faces an IRS ethics complaint.
The website, citing a report by The Washington Examiner, noted that Alianza Americas, a nonprofit funded by Soros’ Open Society Foundations, was accused of failing to disclose political lobbying on its IRS 990 tax forms for two years.
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The conservative National Legal and Policy Center, or NLPC, a watchdog group, argued that Alianza representatives made more than 200 “visits to Congress” between 2017 and 2019, in addition to attending congressional briefings to advocate for legal privileges for illegal immigrants.
Yet it failed to note any of them on IRS tax records.
Nonprofit organizations can lobby lawmakers but must disclose such activity. The Western Journal reported that some of Alianza’s critics have found that its listed office address is a vacant building.
Republican operatives in Chicago twice went to Alianza’s building and found no one.
“I guess it’s not surprising that they operate like a shadow organization when it would seem that they are repeatedly disregarding the rules, evading investigation, while likely breaching a series of laws designed to maintain the sovereignty of the United States,” Jeff Fielder, a GOP spokesman in Chicago, said.
Western Journal added that the NLPC is calling for Alianza to face “civil or criminal penalties” for its such as the loss of its tax-exempt status.
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Alianza could be fined up to $10,000 a day, Fox News recently reported.
The group had sued DeSantis in September for targeting “non-white” illegal immigrants, and argued the airline trips to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts were an “illegal and fraudulent scheme.”
Yet the residents of that sanctuary city didn’t want the immigrants either, as within 48 hours, they were shipped from Martha’s Vineyard to a military base on Cape Cod.
Alianza, which received $1.7 million from Soros, has also received $8.5 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
House Republicans are questioning whether that funding was used to facilitate the group’s lobbying for open borders and lax enforcement of immigration laws.