Saturday, July 25, 2009

Birds Of A Feather, Part Two

Via Memeorandum

Yesterday I wrote about President Obama’s long standing affection for surrounding himself with shady characters. It appears there is a new entry in the rogue’s gallery of Obama’s long standing friends: Henry Louise “Skip” Gates, Jr. Dan Riehl:

A Gatesgate At Henry Gates' "Bogus" Charity?

Henry Louis Gates, Jr controls a tax-exempt, non-profit charity, Inkwell Foundation, Inc, that managed to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars in direct support in one year, yet only gave out $27,500 in grants, the bulk of which went to Gates' employees and Harvard colleagues. Also, as recently as September 2008, the Boston Globe reported that Gates' charity was not in compliance with the law for failing to register the proper paperwork, despite the charity existing since 2005. The charge at the time was that it was "bogus," as you'll see below. In fact, the state Attorney General's office told the Globe the charity was likely either inactive, or dissolved. Yet, documents below show the charity is healthy, wealthy and active.

Is it possible that Henry Louis Gates, Jr. was acting strange when law enforcement showed up at his door because he didn't want the story below to come out? It may take a tax lawyer to answer that question, but based on this research, it can't be ruled out. We know the press has questioned Gates about the charity in the past and gotten no response.

Hmm, a tax-exempt, non-profit charity setup for the sole financial benefit of the man who controls it? Is that legal?

The last thing I would do is have a beer with a man who called me a racist or with someone who said I had behaved stupidly. In fact, I would be insulted by the mere suggestion which smacks of a man giving his wife flowers thinking it makes up for his spending the afternoon in a hotel room with a hooker. Sgt. Crowley as every right to tell Obama to stick his invite where the sun don’t shine. Barring that, Crowley could use the opportunity to ask the President why, as someone who favors using taxation to re-distribute wealth, he surrounds himself with tax cheats.

Others blogging this story:
The Other McCain
No Sheeples Here
Big Hollywood
Pajamas Media
The Corner
The Daley Gator

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