NLPC Files IRS Complaint Against Pro-Censorship Group

National Legal and Policy Center has filed an 11-page complaint with the IRS against the Disinformation Index, Inc., a public nonprofit charity. The Complaint also names the AN Foundation (formerly the Disinformation Index Foundation), a private nonprofit charity. The Complaint details a multitude of blatant violations of IRS disclosure rules regarding their respective Form 990 annual disclosure reports filed over several years. Violations cited in the Complaint include a failure to disclose funding sources, hiding officers’ identities, and paying excessive executive compensation to its president.

Both U.S.-based groups are related to the London-based Global Disinformation Index (GDI) whose mission is to get advertisers to stop placing ads on conservative websites by sending them a blacklist of websites they deem to contain disinformation.  The top-ten hit list includes the New York Post, the Federalist, the American Conservative, One America News, and the Washington Examiner, which did a recent series of hard-hitting stories exposing the censorship activities of GDI.

Members of Congress have launched an investigation of the group after learning that their funding also comes from the National Endowment of Democracy, which in turn receives funding from the State Department.

“It is outrageous and hypocritical that a group whose mission is transparency is itself engaging in disinformation about its own operations,” said Paul Kamenar, counsel to NLPC, who drafted the IRS complaint.

“NLPC will continue to fight attempt to silence or cancel voices that certain people don’t like,” said Peter Flaherty, NLPC Chairman.

Click here for a pdf of the Complaint.




Tags: censorship, Global Disinformation Index, IRS