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Experts suggest that a immigration charity supported by Soros may have unlawfully neglected to disclose its lobbying activities.

EXCLUSIVE: Left-Wing Immigration Charity Accused of Violating Federal Law

A left-wing immigration charity funded by George Soros, Alianza Americas, is facing accusations of violating federal law by failing to disclose its lobbying activities. Experts suggest that the organization may have skirted IRS rules by declaring on its financial disclosures that it did not engage in lobbying in 2021, despite evidence to the contrary.

“We’re prepared to amend our original complaint that we filed with the IRS on Alianza failing to disclose lobbying activities on their prior reports and note they did not do so on their 2021 report,” said Paul Kamenar, counsel to the National Legal and Policy Center.

Alianza Americas has come under scrutiny for its advocacy efforts in recent years, including its push for reduced immigration regulations. The organization received over $1.7 million in funding from the Soros-backed Open Society Foundations grantmaking network between 2016 and 2021. In September 2022, Alianza filed a lawsuit against Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) over his transportation of illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.

In January 2021, Alianza met with Rep. Darren Soto (D-FL) and Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) to discuss the expansion of Temporary Protected Status. Despite these activities, Alianza claimed on its 2021 financial disclosures that it did not engage in lobbying. Attorneys specializing in charity law argue that this raises concerns about the organization’s compliance with IRS regulations.

Furthermore, Alianza’s 2021 tax forms indicated that it had not made significant changes in how it conducts its program services, suggesting that it continued to lobby without reporting its activities. The IRS defines lobbying as contacting or urging the public to contact legislative members or employees for the purpose of proposing, supporting, or opposing legislation.

“It is important for donors to understand how their money is being spent and for the IRS to ensure tax-exempt 501(c)(3)’s are complying with the requirements,” said Gary Lawkowski, counsel to Dhillon Law Group.

Tax experts anticipate that Alianza will likely report lobbying activities on its upcoming disclosures for 2021 and 2022. The organization has already posted images on Twitter of meetings with lawmakers, advocating for the defunding of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Republicans, including Texas state House member Brian Harrison and Reps. Chip Roy (R-TX) and Beth Van Duyne (R-TX), have raised concerns about Alianza’s possible lobbying. They called on the Department of Health and Human Services to investigate whether the organization illegally used federal funds for lobbying purposes, as Alianza has received at least $8.5 million in HHS grants.

Laurie Styron, executive director of CharityWatch, emphasized the importance of transparency and compliance with IRS regulations for charities. Failure to disclose lobbying activities can have significant financial consequences and undermines public trust in the organization.

Alianza Americas, as well as spokespeople for Sen. Dick Durbin and Rep. Darren Soto, did not respond to requests for comment.

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