NRA’s Tax Fraud

December 30, 2012

NRA's Tax Fraud

The NRA is a non profit 501C-3 with tax exempt status granted by the IRS. The tax exempt status is predicated on the NRA promising never to endorse a candidate or lobby a public official. Carole Rafael Davis exposes the litany of IRS violations committed by the NRA. Also Eddie Pepitone gets cheap Freudian analysis.

About Carole R. Davis

Carole Raphaelle Davis was born in London on February 17th in 1958 to a French mother and American father. She is tri-lingual and a citizen of the US and the EU. She grew up in England, Scotland, Hawaii, France, Italy and Thailand and moved to New York City as a teenager. Carole went to City University of New York and majored in Chinese Studies and Political Science. After University she attended the two-year program at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute. Carole modeled for Playboy Magazine, was Pet of the month in 1980 (under the name Tamara) and Pet of the Year runner-up for Penthouse Magazine in 1981. During that time, Carole sang in nightclubs and was a lingerie and bathing suit model for LaPerla and Playtex bras. Carole modeled for hundreds of covers of romance novels as well as appearing and singing for commercials for Pepsi and Miller Beer. As a singer/song-writer and recording artist, Carole was signed to Warner Brother records in 1989. Her record "Heart of Gold" was produced by Nile Rodgers. Her single "Serious Money" was a Dance hit and the video was number one on BET. She toured Europe and Asia and performed in clubs throughout the US. Carole wrote the song "Slow Love" for Prince on his Grammy Award winning album Sign O' the Times." She recorded her own version of the song for Warner Brothers records. She subsequently left Warners in 1993 and moved to Atlantic Records, where she self-produced and wrote the album "I'm No Angel." As a song-writer, Carole made a publishing deal, signing with MCA. She was signed to Sony France for Europe. Davis is also a writer. Her script "Amnesia of the Heart" was bought by DreamWorks. She also co-wrote animated series for Klasky-Scupo "Mean Girls." Carole wrote a series of articles on anti-Semitism in Europe for The Jewish Journal. As a novelist, she is the author of critically acclaimed "The Diary of Jinky, Dog of a Hollywood Wife," a non-fiction humor book about Hollywood excess and human status anxiety written from the point of view of a death-row dog. She is an investigative journalist for American Dog Magazine for which she has written a series of articles about cruelty in the pet trade. She is a contributor to Animal Wellness Magazine, FetchDog.com, Fido Friendly Magazine and has appeared numerous times on CNN as an animal welfare contributor. Carole has an animal welfare column on Newsvine.com and is the author of a popular Hollywood Dog blog. Carole is the West coast Director of the Companion Animal Protection Society, a national non-profit organization that investigates puppy mills and pet stores. She leads the anti-puppy mill movement in Los Angeles.

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5 Responses to NRA’s Tax Fraud

  1. Apoca Lisa Now December 31, 2012 at 3:40 am

    Loved this interveiw – Thanx so much I resposted and I hope lots of people use the 13909 form to protest!

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  2. Stephen Clermont December 31, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Good show, but the description of the tax status and rules governing the NRA is more complicated.

    The NRA has multiple organizations. They have a 501c3, but they also have a 501c4 and PAC. The activities they do when they endorse candidates is not with the 501c3. That organization can take tax free money but are limited in what they can do in terms of electoral advocacy and lobbying. They can do issue campaigns about gun control. They can also do “grassroots lobbying” but only 20% of their budget.

    Their 501c4, however, is what you sign up for with membership. 501c4s can do unlimited electoral advocacy to their members. And they can do electoral advocacy as long as it is not their “primary purpose”. They can do unlimited lobbying. This is their main political arm.

    Their PAC can give money directly to candidates and say who to vote for and vote against. Many organizations like the NRA have multiple tax statuses that do different things and spend a ton of money on election lawyers to keep it all straight.

    I would recommend interviewing the Alliance for Justice which gives this type of guidance to progressive organizations. http://www.afj.org/

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  3. diogenes.of.sinope December 31, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Poor Eddie. He needs a new bathrobe. Maybe one with velcro?

    Stephen has it right. The tax codes provide lots of opportunities for bad people to do bad. Unfortunately, though the killer profiteers that run the NRA may be morally bankrupt, their lawyers aren’t stupid.

    Tax exempt status was once granted to public charities because they (the charity) could demonstrate that were they not to do their “good works”, government, using tax dollars, would have to perform that same service.

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  4. Sergio January 9, 2013 at 12:15 am

    Even without the lawyers, the politicians will always be in the back pocket of the NRA. They are laughing all the way to the bank thanks to their support and all the gun maniacs who buy their products.

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  5. Bob April 27, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Pleas put this on your front page so that more people have easy access to the interview.

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