In an email sent to supporters Saturday, retired neurosurgeon and GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson said the pro-Islam advocacy group Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) violated the law when it demanded he drop out of the 2016 race for the White House. As we reported late last month, CAIR demanded Carson quit after he said he would not advocate supporting a candidate who wanted to impose a theocracy on the United States.
“The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) held a public press conference demanding that I withdraw from the presidential race,” he said. “Here’s the catch – CAIR is a tax-exempt nonprofit, and the IRS rules explicitly prohibit such groups from intervening in political campaigns on behalf of – or in opposition to – a candidate.”
“This is not the first time that CAIR has disrespected U.S. laws or America,” Carson added. “It’s also been named by federal prosecutors as an unindicted co-conspirator in a criminal conspiracy to funnel money to Hamas, a terrorist organization.”
“The IRS should immediately revoke CAIR’s tax-exempt status. Under the Obama administration, the IRS has systematically targeted conservative nonprofit groups for politically motivated audits and harassment,” he added in a petition on his website. “The agency should now properly do its job and punish the real violators of America’s laws and regulations.”
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