Richard Spencer’s white nationalist think tank broke Virginia nonprofit laws by failing to register in the state and by not telling prospective donors it had lost its tax-exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service, according to an investigation by state regulators.
…Since Spencer took over the National Policy Institute in 2011, the group has been plagued by administrative problems. Spencer didn’t file federal tax returns for three years, leading the IRS to retroactively strip the National Policy Institute of its 501(c)3 tax-exempt status in mid-March.
The agency also said the National Policy Institute broke state law by not telling prospective donors on its website that the group had lost its tax-exempt status, potentially misinforming donors that they would be able to claim tax deductions with the IRS.
“NPI is aware of their 501c3 status being revoked … yet continues to claim 501c3 status on their donation pages,” an investigator noted in a summary of the review of Spencer’s group.
Oh, man, that’s like failing Grifting 101. Even Mike Huckabee knows you keep that tax-exempt status safe to keep the sweet, sweet Ameros flowing into your pockets, er, whatevs.
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