8190 Beechmont Avenue #101
Cincinnati, Ohio 45255-6117
September 12, 2016
Director, E.O. Examinations
Internal Revenue Service
1100 Commerce St. MC 4910 DAL
Dallas, Texas 75242-1198
Re: E.O. Violation
International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee (ILPDC)
P.O. Box 24, Hillsboro, OR 97123
Dear E.O. Director:
Please find attached IRS complaint form #13909 to bring to your attention—once again, that Leonard Peltier is engaging in deceptive practices and violating Exempt Organizations regulations involving fraudulent, allegedly “tax deductible” activities.
Please reference my many previous communications dating back to August 2000 (former reference number 4426 12-2009) regarding Leonard Peltier’s and the ILPDC’s efforts to circumvent IRS laws.
Leonard Peltier is serving consecutive life sentences for the brutal murder of two FBI agents in 1975, had undergone over a dozen appeals and his conviction and sentence has never been altered.
Prior complaints to your office have likely resulted in actions against Peltier’s fraudulent fund raising activities, because they have, several times, removed references to “tax- deductible donations,” however, Peltier has systematically reverted to repeated similar tactics, again, as in this instance.
The ILPDC states publicly:
“Please make a tax deductible donation of $5.00 (or more) at (website[i]). If you prefer, send a check or money order made payable to the ILPDC to PO Box 24, Hillsboro, OR 97123.”
The below footnoted website states:
“Please make a tax-deductible donation. No amount is too small…The ILPDC is a project of the Indigenous Rights Center, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.”
The ‘director’ information for the Indigenous Rights Center, 202 Harvard Dr., SE #5, Albuquerque, NM, 87114 reveals the following:
Delaney Bruce, Peter Clark, Kari A. Boushee and Chauncey Peltier.
Bruce, Clark and Boushee are longtime Peltier supporters, and Chauncey Peltier is Leonard Peltier’s son.
Essentially the same people who operate the ILPDC are operating the Indigenous Rights Center under the guise of a “project,” when in fact it is a mechanism to raise money on behalf, and for the benefit of, a convicted felon by deceiving people into believing their donations are indeed, tax deductible.
The Indigenous Rights center displayed the following copyright, which clearly linked the two organizations and Leonard Peltier:
©2016 ILPDC/Indigenous Rights Center LLC, 202 Harvard SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106[ii]
IRS regulations are very clear concerning tax-deductible donations;
“A section 501(c)(3) must not be organized or operated for the benefit of private interests, such as the creator or the creator’s family, shareholders of the organization, other designated individuals, or persons controlled directly or indirectly by such private interests. No part of the net earnings of the section 501(c)(3) organization may inure to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual. A private shareholder or individual is a person having a personal and private interest in the activities of the organization.”
Clearly, the directors of the Indigenous Rights Center (IRC), that include a family member, Chauncey Peltier and Leonard Peltier himself, have a vested personal and private interest in raising money by any means necessary by burying the reality of their claims to unsuspecting donors through deceptive layering of their fund raising.
The unrepentant, convicted double-murderer, Leonard Peltier, is not a charity case and it is evident that the IRC, its directors, including a Peltier family member, are once again, circumventing the law.
[i] http://www.plumfund.com/charity-fundraising/2016-Peltier-Week-DC (last accessed 9/15/16)
[ii] This copyright, however, has been removed since it was publically noted; please see the following for additional background: http://wwwnoparolepeltiercom-justice.blogspot.com/2016_04_01_archive.html