The IRS targeted my organization: Column
11:54 a.m. EDT May 24, 2013
My name is Kevin Kookogey. I am president and founder of Linchpins of Liberty. Our motto is “to challenge the imagination of the rising generation.” So what does that mean?
Well, we mentor high school and college students in conservative political philosophy by engaging them with the great books and teaching them about America’s moral and constitutional order. …
In order to raise money, I filed an application with the IRS in January 2011, seeking to obtain 501©(3) status as an educational organization. The IRS processes more than 60,000 non-profit applications annually and it typically takes two or three months for an organization such as mine to be granted status as a public charity.
I have been waiting for 27 months.
In the interim, I lost a $30,000 grant, multiple thousands of my own money and had to cease any further activity for fear the IRS would target me for harassment.
Yes, harassment. While seemingly reluctant to grant my non-profit status, the IRS has been quick to wield all the intimidating power of a federal agency, demanding answers to an invasive, 95-point inquisition, including, for example, that I provide a list of my members and donors and that I state for the IRS my political position on virtually every issue of importance to me. Where does one begin? For good measure, I was asked to identify those whom I train and that I inform the federal government, in detail, about what I am teaching my students.
This is going to have some folks in the WH reaching for their gallon jug of Tums! Not only are the MSM doing stories about this at the general level, but they are starting to put human faces to those stories, showing that the targets of IRS abuse are ordinary guy-down-the-street people.