Conservative watchdog group, the National Legal and Policy Center, has filed an IRS complaint against Alianza Americas, an immigration charity backed by George Soros, accusing it of unlawfully failing to disclose its lobbying activities.
Attorneys specializing in charity law suggest that the organization may have violated federal regulations by falsely claiming on tax forms that it had not engaged in lobbying, despite evidence suggesting otherwise.
Based on the Washington Examiner’s article, the complaint calls for a thorough investigation and audit by the IRS into Alianza Americas’ apparent lobbying efforts in 2021. The conservative watchdog urges the IRS to impose fines and revoke the charity’s tax-exempt status. The group’s counsel, Paul Kamenar, stated that Alianza Americas has seemingly failed to disclose its lobbying activities over the past three years, potentially making it a repeat offender.
This development follows earlier allegations made in mid-June, where lawyers claimed that Alianza Americas, which received over $1.6 million in funding from Soros’ Open Society Foundations grantmaking network between 2016 and 2021, may have skirted federal rules by denying any lobbying on its 2021 financial disclosures. The charity’s involvement in discussions with lawmakers regarding Temporary Protected Status (TPS) led to suspicions of lobbying activities.
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Tax records revealed that Alianza Americas admitted to partnering with other groups to engage TPS holders and bring them to policymakers in Congress in 2019 and 2020. Additionally, the organization held congressional briefings on TPS and made over 200 visits to Congress from June 2017 to September 2019. These admissions prompted calls for an investigation from Republican Representatives Chip Roy and Beth Van Duyne, as well as Texas state Representative Brian Harrison.
Alianza Americas received $8.5 million in grants from the Department of Health and Human Services in 2021, which raises concerns about potential violations of federal law that prohibits using grants to influence government positions on policy or law.
Alianza Americas and the IRS have not responded to requests for comment regarding the allegations.