U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has gone Hollywood, literally.
Hoping to find support in the liberal capital of America, the senator announced plans Wednesday to meet with “Friends of Abe," the infamous conservative organization targeted by the IRS. He will address "McCarthyite" (referring to the 'Hollywood Ten' blacklist of the 50’s) and the pressure the tax-free charities face in the America that leans right.
Cruz said, "The U.S. Supreme Court has already ruled that Americans have freedom of association, and that groups should not be forced to reveal the names of members because that information could be abused for political gain," he told The Reporter.
“Friends of Abe” founder, actor Gary Sinise, runs the organization consisting of 200 right-leaning Hollywood celebrities including Pat Boone, Kelsey Grammer and Jon Voight.
Cruz claims the group was targeted as part of a government effort to intimidate those critical of President Barack Obama. He further brought up the arrests of Dinesh D'Souza, who made the documentary "2016: Obama's America," and charged with violating campaign finance laws.
He also cited Nakoula Nakoula, whose "Innocence of Muslims" was initially blamed by Secretary of State Hillary, President Obama and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice as the primary cause for the Benghazi attack that left Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans dead.
"Authorities have been remarkably selective in prosecuting D'Souza; the IRS's treatment of FOA is consistent with what this administration has done to Tea Party and conservative groups. "And with Benghazi, which we now know was a terrorist attack, the administration's first instinct was to blame a filmmaker. This administration locked him up. That should be very troubling to the filmmaking community," Cruz told The Reporter
The New York Times article said the IRS has been probing "Friends of Abe," named after Abraham Lincoln, for two years and has had access to its security-protected website containing all the members' names.
“Friends of Abe” hope to gain approval from the IRS for a status allowing members to claim a tax deduction as long as they do not take part in any partisan political activity.
The organization has held lecture events including such notables as House Speaker John Boehner, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, Karl Rove, Frank Luntz and conservative commentators Ann Coulter and Mark Levin.
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