Infamous white nationalist and Trump supporter Richard Spencer’s organization just went from a nonprofit to a profit organization, and not by choice. The IRS was investigating Spencer’s National Policy Institute and discovered some damning information.
Spencer thinks immigration is threatening America’s white population. He wants the U.S. to become “a renewed Roman Empire” and dictatorship. He told Mother Jones:
‘You cannot view another white person as your enemy.’
Nonprofits are prevented from either supporting or opposing any political candidates. Spencer’s institute lost its tax-exempt status, because the organization failed to file its federal tax returns. The LA Times discovered that the institute did not prepare the proper paperwork to qualify for raising funds in its home state of Virginia.
Spencer, who is an advocate of an all-white nation, told the LA Times:
‘I don’t know what to say. I don’t want to make a comment because I don’t understand this stuff. It’s a bit embarrassing, but it’s not good. We’ll figure it out.’
The 501(c)(3) has run into problems with the IRS ever since Spencer took over in 2011. It’s purpose stated on its website is:
‘Dedicated to the heritage, identity, and future of people of European descent in the United States, and around the world.’
National Policy Institute’s supporters made tax-deductible donations for his conferences and publications. In November at a D.C. conference, the Times reported that Spencer told his Nazi-saluting audience:
‘Hail Trump! Hail our people! Hail victory!’
Law professor at Louisiana State University and former IRS employee Philip T. Hackney told the Times:
‘They should have known that they should have been filing. It’s very clear under the law that if you don’t file for three years, you lose your status.’
By law, nonprofits cannot support nor criticize one political party over another either at functions or in their official publications.
The Times reported Chuck McLean, senior fellow at Guidestar commented:
‘I would say that the fundraising pitch on the website and the conference that they held where he made those comments, I think that those both definitely are infractions.’
Hackney said that Spencer’s rhetoric is a problem, according to the Times:
‘As a technical matter, they can’t have violated the provision, because they weren’t a charity anyway.’
Check out this video of Spencer at his best worst:
Donald Trump backer Richard Spencer defends 'Nazi language' at rally pic.twitter.com/Jfb89sQTyW
— Sky News Tonight (@SkyNewsTonight) February 21, 2017
Featured Image: National Policy Institute Twitter Page.