ANOTHER GOVERNMENT FAILURE



THE DEAN OF CORRUPTION IN OUR SENATE 

And speaking of scumbirds how can we not mention White was among a number of televangelists who were examined after Republican Senator “ Up-Chuck Grassley”  launched a dubious 2007 investigation into the finances of ministries that solicit millions of dollars in donations.  

Paula White, refused to comply with the investigation.  Up-chuck Grassley wasted four years and found nothing wrong?  Who stopped the inquisition? Who paid him off ?  Was there a collision with collusion ?  Lots of minds want to know....

But shenanigans might have occurred because Grassley found nothing.  We think It was a setup from the beginning.  However, the report, published in 2011, did not draw any firm conclusions of wrongdoing since Grassley probably realized the folks who support those Fake ministries are in the GOP base. 

At that point Sen. Grassley went to the tops of the scumbag list and is now known as Smiling Up-Chuck Grassley and when he passes, flags will fly at half mast after being washed three times to get the dirt off them with him in office.


SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE INVESTIGATION

For six years, the Trinity Foundation worked with the Senate Finance Committee in their investigation of religious non-profit organizations.  On Jan. 6, 2011, the committee issued its final report, with no penalties for the pastors who refused to cooperate and no definitive findings of wrongdoing.

Ole Anthony, president of Trinity Foundation, told Sarah Posner of Religion Dispatches he is “disappointed” with Sen. Charles Grassley’s recommendation that the Evangelical Council on Financial Accountability form a commission to study the issues raised by the probe. The ECFA, he said, has no “teeth” to compel the televangelists into greater accountability and transparency.

Grassley’s staff reported they found instances of fear and intimidation by some of the ministries toward members of their own staffs who wanted to talk to the investigators.

•  Insiders in Kenneth Copeland Ministries in Fort Worth, Texas, said they were intimidated from speaking with committee staff, with one former employee saying they were told “God will blight our finances” if they talked.

•  Georgia pastor Creflo Dollar’s ministry was called the “least cooperative,” with staffers unable to determine the names of board members.

•  The majority of questions asked by Grassley staffers of Bishop Eddie Long’s megachurch in Lithonia, Ga., remained unanswered, including the amount of his salary.

•  Several former staffers at Paula White’s megachurch in Tampa, Fla., wanted to speak with staffers but “were afraid of being sued by the church,” and at least one was reminded by a church lawyer of a previously signed confidentiality agreement.

•  Americans United for Separation of Church and State criticized the report’s recommendation of repealing the prohibition of church electioneering.

•  Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United, told Religion News Service: “If these multimillion-dollar ministries are already misusing their donations for personal gain, imagine how much more dangerous they would be operating in the world of partisan politics.”


GRASSLEY RELEASES REVIEW OF TAX ISSUES RAISED BY MEDIA-BASED MINISTRIES

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Chuck Grassley, ranking member of the Committee on Finance, today released a staff review of the activities and practices of six media-based ministries and reports concerning other churches and religious organizations referred to the committee. He pursued this review as part of an ongoing effort to strengthen the tax-exempt sector.  The review contains a summary of findings and identifies key issues for discussion by stakeholders. 

“The tax-exempt sector is so big that from time to time, certain practices draw public concern,” Grassley said.  “My goal is to help improve accountability and good governance so tax-exempt groups maintain public confidence in their operations.”

Grassley said tax-exempt policy involving churches and religious organizations is an areaCongress hasn’t looked at in decades.  Then-Senator Mark Hatfield’s 1977 request to evangelical groups to be more transparent caused the formation of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).  Joining this organization has become like a Good Housekeeping seal of approval for those in the evangelical community. 

According to the ECFA, Hatfield issued his request in response to legislation introduced by Rep. Charlie Wilson that would have required certain disclosures by organizations soliciting funds. Similarly, Grassley expects that the issues raised as part of the staff review will generate discussion about increasing accountability among all types of churches and religious organizations, not just evangelical groups. “The staff review sets the stage for a comprehensive discussion among churches and religious organizations.  I look forward to helping facilitate this dialogue and fostering an environment for self-reform within the community,” Grassley said.

Grassley wrote to six media-based ministries in November 2007, based on requests for review from members of the public who wrote to him because of his previous tax-exempt oversight work.  In addition, these ministries had received media coverage and attention from watchdog groups.  

One of the six ministries, Joyce Meyer Ministries, responded fully to Grassley’s inquiry and joined the ECFA in March 2009.  Benny Hinn of World Healing Center Church also provided complete answers to all questions.  

Both ministries wrote to Grassley to explain they have undertaken significant internal governance reforms.  “I appreciate these efforts,” Grassley said.  “Self-correction can be more effective than government action.  It’s something that’s worked with other entities I’ve looked at, such as the Nature Conservancy and the Smithsonian Institution and some top colleges that were amassing large endowments without increasing student aid.”


FOUR MINISTRIES DID NOT PROVIDE ANY OR COMPLETE INFORMATION

Randy and Paula White of Without Walls International Church
Eddie Long of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church/Eddie L. Long Ministries
Kenneth and Gloria Copeland of Kenneth Copeland Ministries
Creflo and Taffi Dollar of World Changers Church International/ Creflo Dollar Ministries declined to provide any of the requested information. 

Grassley has formally asked the ECFA to consider the issues raised by staff and spearhead a discussion about how to address those issues. Grassley said the precedent for this review is his work with the Independent Sector, an umbrella organization for tax-exempt groups, which responded to Grassley staff recommendations for charitable reform released in 2004 by convening the Panel on the Nonprofit Sector to vet the proposals and develop others.  

Some of the proposals became law.  Others were addressed through increased transparency resulting from the IRS’ revision of the Form 990, which tax-exempt organizations other than places of worship must file.  Yet others were adopted by the nonprofit community as best practices.

“The challenge is to encourage good governance and best practices and so preserve confidence in the tax-exempt sector without imposing regulations that inhibit religious freedom or are functionally ineffective,” Grassley said.  “I look forward to working with the ECFA and other organizations in a productive way.”

Grassley has been chairman or ranking member of the Finance Committee for the past 10 years.  The committee has exclusive Senate jurisdiction over tax policy, including tax-exempt policy.  In his leadership capacity, he has reviewed issues of concern regarding specific organizations such as the Red Cross, the Nature Conservancy and the Smithsonian Institution and general areas of the tax-exempt sector, such as tax-exempt hospitals and college endowments.

Grassley’s tenure as ranking member of the Finance Committee is ending because of Republican term limits.  He will remain a senior member of the Finance Committee and will become ranking member of the Judiciary Committee.  He will continue oversight of the tax-exempt sector in these capacities.  
THATS THE PROBLEM in a NUTSHELL


BACKGROUND:
In November 2007 Sen. Charles Grassley sent letters to six televangelist ministries seeking to determine if they were abusing their non-profit tax status.

Sen. Grassley’s office asked us to furnish information on televangelists’ activities relating to two specific areas of the tax code– conversion (using donor funds to benefit for-profit activities) and inurement (excessive compensation and/or lifestyle).  We’ve documented an increasing trend of abuse in those areas through our investigations over the past 20 years. 

Others have confirmed our opinion. Deborah Bortner, former president of the North American Securities Administrators Association, told the committee, “I’ve been a securities regulator for 20 years, and I’ve seen more money stolen in the name of God than in any other way.”

Mark W. Everson, the IRS Commissioner, in a letter to Grassley’s committee, admitted even the IRS has not been able to properly confront the problem.  For comparatively small organizations like the televangelists, he said, “the problem is compounded because we have little ability to monitor their operations against diversion of assets.”  

ED: In other words they hide all the shit under different areas and conventional accounting doesn’t work, it’s a scam.

By virtue of our long interest in this arena, the Trinity Foundation of Dallas Texas, a watchdog site has been able to provide a valuable service in exposing many of these practices.  

Benny Hinn  ( Longtime faker of healings and bullshit, nice dresser and loves Bentleys) 
Eddie Long  (Died from an aggressive form of Cancer )
Creflo and Taffi Dollar  ( Bought and paid for 65 million dollar airplane)  Real abuser
David and Joyce Meyer   (Spent 35,000 dollars on Furniture)
Kenneth and Gloria Copeland  ( Spent over 57 million on Airplane and Runway for his airport)  Real Abuser and Fake
Randy and Paula White    ( Divorced, Paula on her own just banging around with the President) 

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