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White nationalist Richard Spencer's non-profit loses tax exempt status

White nationalist Richard Spencer's non-profit loses tax exempt status

"I don't want to make a comment because I don't understand this stuff", he said, as quoted in the report.

The National Policy Institute's website says it is "dedicated to the heritage, identity, and future of people of European descent in the United States, and around the world". "Hail our people! Hail victory!", receiving Nazi salutes in response.

The Washington Post reported in December that Spencer's think tank, the National Policy Institute, had been allowed by the federal government to operate in financial secrecy since 2013.

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The IRS apparently misclassified the National Policy Institute for years, according to the Los Angeles Times, and listed it as exempt from that filing requirement until it corrected that error in February.

The IRS revokes tax-exempt status from organizations that do not file for three consecutive years. "It's a bit embarrassing, but it's not good", said Spencer during a phone interview.

"They should have known that they should have been filing", Philip T. Hackney, a law professor at Louisiana State University who formerly worked for the IRS specializing in nonprofits, told the Los Angeles Times. "We'll figure it out".

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An Associated Press review of tax records in December found that the National Policy Institute and three other groups at the forefront of the white nationalist movement have registered as charities and raised more than $7.8 million in tax-deductible donations over the past decade.

Before this year's presidential campaign, Spencer and his fellow alt-right members had promoted their pro-white ideals mostly in online obscurity.

"It's not uncommon for someone to start a registration, not give us enough information and we never hear from them again", she said.

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The Times also inquired whether Spencer's repeated endorsements of President Donald Trump and solicitation of funds to "fight against Hillary Clinton" would have violated 501 (c)(3) nonprofit rules prohibiting partisan speech "in official organization publications or at official functions of the organization". In September of previous year, for instance, Spencer wrote, "I invite you to join us in the fight against Hillary Clinton, and the liberal agenda that's haunted our country for generations". But, as Hackney points out, at that time, the group wasn't a charity anyway.


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