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Saturday, September 16, 2006


This is just unbelievable. The IRS is suddenly ramping up its investigation of whether All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena violated its tax-exempt status with an anti-war sermon just before the 2004 elections.

On Friday an IRS investigator served a summons on the current rector, Rev. Ed Bacon, ordering the church to turn over all documents and e-mails it produced during the 2004 election year that referred to political candidates:

After nearly a year without communication with the agency, Bacon said he was "quite surprised" Friday when an IRS agent handed him the summons at his church.

In addition to seeking electronic communications, the summons requests "a copy of all oral communications identifying candidates for public office delivered at All Saints Church or at events sponsored by All Saints Church between Jan. 1, 2004, and Nov. 2, 2004."

The summons also asks for various financial records.

The church has until September 29 to produce the documents, and Bacon has been summoned to testify on October 11. For frame of reference, Election Day is November 7.

So the IRS holds its fire in an investigation of allegedly improper political activites just before the 2004 elections until just before the 2006 elections. How about an investigation of that?

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thanks go out to "Talking Points Memo"


Michelle said...

Muse, I recalled the warning from the IRS a year or so ago, so I looked for some information on this story and I thought you would find this interesting.

Churches, Elections, and the IRS

I also recall a few churchs that were in the news around election time that were very discriminating against democrats. I do not know if any actions were taken against them, but it makes me wonder how the IRS can get away with this.

Democrats voted out of church because of their politics, members say

Facetious Muse said...

Thank you Michelle, I remember about the democrats being oust, but I don't think I saw the warnng from the IRS. Thank you, I will be takng a look at those links you posted. :>)