Foundation behind network pushing election and coronavirus conspiracies had its tax-exempt status revoked. It still solicits donations

Foundation behind network pushing election and coronavirus conspiracies had its tax-exempt status revoked. It still solicits donations

Jan 10, 2022 by CNN.com - RSS Channel - Politics

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  • (CNN)An online media network that promotes election and coronavirus-related conspiracy theories is soliciting donations and telling donors their contributions will be tax-deductible -- even though its foundation's tax-exempt status has been revoked by the IRS.
  • "It's wrong for a charity to claim the contribution is deductible when it isn't," said Philip Hackney, a former IRS lawyer and a University of Pittsburgh law professor who specializes in nonprofit law.
  • HOW WORLDVIEW WEEKEND SPREADS FALSEHOODS The experts said that the IRS is unlikely to impose penalties or fines against Worldview Weekend for claiming its donations are tax-deductible.
  • The foundation could possibly face legal action from state attorneys general in states where it is soliciting donations, or donors who feel misled by its solicitations -- but neither is likely to be an issue for the organization if it is successful in getting its status retroactively reinstated, the experts said.

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