File: Feb. 2014: A plantation margin in Los Banos, California.REUTERS
Several nonprofits that have small to do with tillage or are in bad station with their internal governments have been receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in plantation subsidies over a past decade, sovereign annals show.
They embody an Islamic gift tied to Nation of Islam personality Louis Farrakhan, a Midwestern organisation clinging to waterfowl habitat, and a vital charge organisation with few farms to a name.
The organisation tied to Farrakhan, called a Three Year Economic Saving Program, has perceived scarcely $160,000 in plantation subsidies given 2002. The module was incorporated on Sept. 12, 2001, and is listed as “Not in Good Standing” by Illinois’s secretary of state.
The module has no record of ever being a gift with a Illinois Attorney General Office, that oversees a state’s 501(c)(3) nonprofits. The module though saved an operation called Muhammad Farms, purchased by Farrakhan in 1995. While Muhammad Farms consists of about 1,500 acres in Georgia, a plantation subsidies are perceived during Farrakhan’s Chicago home.
The Savings Program’s goal, according to a website, is “to yield during slightest one dish per day, according to a teachings of a Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad for a 40 million black people in America.”
Adam Andrzejewski, owner of OpenTheBooks.com and former Republican claimant for administrator of Illinois, questioned a subsidies.
“’Not in good standing’ doesn’t seem to difficulty a Cincinnati bureau of a IRS,” he said. “Why is Farrakhan’s gift authorised to accept sovereign money? This is no longer about plantation policy, it’s merely a send resource from one set of Americans who compensate taxes to another set who know how to diversion a system.”
OpenTheBooks.com displays taxpayer dollars given to a gift given 2008, and FoxNews.com reviewed tender information given 1995 in a database run by Andrzejewski’s group.
The Savings Program has been listed as “Not in Good Standing” given Sep of final year. According to a Office of a Illinois Secretary of State, a nonprofit was “involuntarily” dissolved by a State of Illinois on Feb. 1 following a disaster to record an annual news within 6 months of a due date. “Sooner or later, a [Illinois] Department of Revenue will locate adult with them during taxation time,” pronounced an worker of a Illinois Secretary of State’s Business Services office, who commented on a condition of anonymity. The worker could not criticism on a legality of a program’s continued acceptance of donations underneath a auspices of being a 501(c)(3).
As with other nonprofits usurpation subsidies, they evidently advantage from their supervision standing in dual ways – both by receiving a subsidies and by enjoying tax-exempt status.
The Muhammad Farms website says supporters can present “tax deductible contributions” to a Three Year Economic Saving Program. Yet a IRS’s open database of 990 forms (which can infer a nonprofit’s tax-exempt status) shows no such inventory for possibly Muhammad Farms, a Nation of Islam or a Three Year Program. Some eremite organizations are free from filing 990 forms, that might concede a Three Year Economic Program to hedge disclosing a assets. Through a Freedom of Information Act, nonprofits are compulsory to yield a past 3 years’ 990 forms on request, and a Nation of Islam has not returned calls requesting a forms or comment.
The Southern Poverty Law Center calls a Nation of Islam a “black separatist group” and Farrakhan’s tongue “deeply racist, anti-Semitic and anti-gay,” saying that a Nation of Islam’s divinity includes “innate black supremacy over whites.”
About $3.4 million in taxpayer supports have left to foundations formed in Chicago that find to preserve waterfowl during a Putnam County, Ill., Dixon Waterfowl Refuge. Since 2001, 7 waterfowl medium foundations have perceived roughly $50,000 per year. Each substructure is an arm of a Wetlands Initiative, a module that, according to a website, is “dedicated to restoring a wetland resources of a Midwest.”
Each of a 7 apart foundations is run out of a same downtown Chicago high-rise office, has a same agent, shares a same IRS 990 filer and receives subsidies from a same USDA county office. Subsidies upsurge from a Putnam USDA bureau given a income goes to a waterfowl retreat overseen by a Wetlands Initiative in a same county.
The 7 foundations are any dedicated in name to a Pintail, Ringbill, Blue-Wing Teal, Green-Wing Teal, Wood, Mallard and Gadwall ducks— nothing of that are endangered. Each of these ducks’ situations is labeled “of a slightest concern” by a International Union for Conservation of Nature. Only dual of these ducks are in a Midwest year-round; a other 5 quit quickly by a Midwest or are there for one deteriorate annually during most.
According a financial manager of a Wetlands Initiative, a 7 foundations are named for ducks seen during Hennepin’s Dixon Waterfowl Reservation, that is owned scarcely wholly by a 7 foundations, and their subsidies are set to end in Oct 2015. The Ringbill Habitat Foundation, according to a manager, has a many resources as it owns a many land. The financial manager did not respond to questions per because there are 7 foundations, and not one.
Group Compensated for Lamb Slaughter, Tobacco Loss
The National Audubon Society, a conservation-focused nonprofit headquartered in downtown Manhattan, has pulled in hundreds of thousands of dollars over a years in sovereign payments.
The multitude is a largest target of plantation subsidies in New York’s SoHo neighborhood, carrying collected roughly $763,000 over a final decade.
The group’s remuneration recipients camber 8 states. Since 1995, about 90 percent of a foundation’s $932,801 in plantation funding payments have left to conservation, while about $114,000 was dedicated to stand and stock payments.
The National Audubon Society’s advantages embody stand payments for corn, barley, oats, sorghum, soybeans, cotton, wheat, oilseed, burley and sunflowers. The substructure perceived a $30 lamb beef massacre funding in 2003 and has perceived $576 for tobacco detriment assistance given 1995. The tobacco detriment assistance module was introduced to assistance farmers recover income mislaid due to slashed U.S. tobacco quotas and acreage.
In a 8 states a payments upsurge to, only one plantation dependent with a multitude could be found during a examination by FoxNews.com. Dayton, Ohio’s, Aullwood Farm has perceived no some-more than $3,224 of a $114,000 in payments given 1995. The plantation does lift lamb, that could explain a lamb massacre subsidy. The plantation also raises weed crops, that could cover some, though not all, of a payments a National Audubon Society has received.
The Minnesota section of a Society has perceived over $6,000 in several payments over a final decade, though a National Audubon site does not list any centers or sanctuaries in a state.
According to a 990 form, a foundation’s 26 “key employees” are collectively compensated with some-more than $8 million any year. The society’s boss earns a income of over $460,000.
The National Audubon Society did not lapse requests for comment.