Time for Conservatives to Stop Financing the Left

Monday, 13 Apr 2009 02:15 PM

By Richard Viguerie

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Many liberals despise us conservatives, but they sure love our money.

How is it that they get our money? Well, many liberal and supposedly non-ideological nonprofits receive taxpayer funding. In return, they support big government, and oppose conservative values and policies.

Many charities are based in Washington, and are part of the Washington establishment that is anathema to conservatives.

Taxpayer-financed charities have become sycophants for corrupt politicians and the big-government machine that give them our taxpayer dollars. But it’s more than a matter of politics.

Nearly every week we find a story about corrupt politicians funneling taxpayer money to nonprofits they created. That’s legal theft.

Most Republicans in Congress seem oblivious to how Democrats are making this a one-party country by giving taxpayer money to nonprofits advocating and lobbying for the liberal agenda. The ones who understand the problem and who try to do something are too few to make a difference just yet.

Conservatives can do two things to buck this: (1) stop contributing to charities that receive taxpayer money, and (2) stop contributing to big-government Republicans who fail to halt the flow of our tax dollars to liberal nonprofits.

Conservatives should instead give money to those who support our interests.

We now have a liberal community organizer and disciple of radical leftist Saul Alinsky in the White House who knows how to do one thing perhaps better than anything else: spread socialism using conservatives’ money.

President Obama plans to accelerate what Democrats have tried in past decades, which is using taxpayer money to make this a one-party country. And he’ll rely in great part on nonprofits to move that agenda.

Many conservatives understand the problem, and have stopped contributing to any nonprofit that receives taxpayer funding.

It’s easy to spot openly left-wing nonprofits such ACORN and Planned Parenthood. But supposedly non-ideological charities have become mouthpieces for liberalism, even socialism.

For example, American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, Catholic Charities, and others recently slapped their conservative donors in the face by praising the highly partisan stimulus bill.

Many taxpayer-funded charities and their lobbyists advocate against conservative positions outside the scope of their principal missions, such as appealing for higher income taxes or to lobby against the death tax.

The biggest problem is how to identify which nonprofits are on the taxpayer dole, and which supposedly non-ideological charities advocate against conservative principles.

Understanding that liberal nonprofits use taxpayer money to influence policy, and the many other downsides of taxpayer-financed charities such as corruption and political patronage, some conservatives have tried for decades to stop the flow of taxpayer money to liberal nonprofits advocating against conservative values.

That effort, called “defund the left,” never materialized into success.

If Republicans don’t stop the flow of taxpayer money to liberal nonprofits, conservatives can at least withhold our voluntary contributions from charities that receive taxpayer financing.

Almost to the one, they undermine or oppose conservative values. And you may be surprised which charities they are.

There is no central database showing which charities get taxpayer financing. Before contributing to any charity, though, conservatives can and should do some research.

David Horowitz’s DiscoverTheNetworks.org does a good job identifying some of the more notorious left-wing organizations.

The task of discerning taxpayer-funded nonprofits, though, is not an easy one. There are approximately 1.2 million charities. In North Carolina alone, 8,700 nonprofits received state money according to one study.

Charities file a tax return called IRS Form 990, which conservatives should review before making contributions.

Part I on the first page of Form 990 is where charities report how much government money they receive as part of their contributions (the IRS has buried that information in Part VIII for 990s beginning 2008).

You can request the 990 from any charity, or go to GuideStar.com, which posts 990s of many nonprofits.

Charities advertise and appeal for funds for what may be their well-meaning primary purposes. Conservatives, though, shouldn’t rely on just the e-mails, letters, Web sites or advertisements, but should go online to search engines, and see what these charities and their principals say or do.

You may find that in addition to their friendly, non-ideological appeal for contributions, these charities advocate for positions you oppose, or oppose positions you support.

Conservatives are more generous donors than liberals, but we are being used and abused. Supposedly non-ideological charities may continue being activists or cheerleaders for the left, but conservatives should stop funding them with our contributions.

Conservatives need to create Web sites so other conservatives can learn about which charities hurt the conservative cause or have become sycophants for corrupt politicians and big government, perhaps along the lines of the British site, FakeCharities.org.

As for any charity financed with taxpayer dollars, conservatives might want to tell them what we now tell them when they ask for our contributions: Sorry — you’ve already taken our money and our grandchildren’s.

Richard A. Viguerie is chairman of ConservativeHQ.com, Inc. Mark Fitzgibbons is president of Corporate and Legal Affairs at American Target Advertising, Inc.

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