David Lane

David Lane is participating in an illegal money laundering scheme. In the way of background, Lane is a dangerous and  secretive GOP operative whose mission is to facilitate putting conservative Christian pastors into public office to effect a theocracy in America. Lane’s organization, American Renewal Project (ARP), is clearly a political operation.

In November I wrote about Lane’s funding. The Heavenly Father’s Foundation (founded by Dan Wilks) donates money to American Family Association which, in turn, provides it to the American Renewal Project. I failed to consider a very simple question: Why doesn’t Wilks simply give the money to Lane’s group?

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An excerpt from Heavenly Father’s Foundation’s 2105 tax return showing a Donor Directed Contribution

Everyone involved in this transaction is participating in tax fraud. A foundation is prohibited from making a donation for political purposes so Wilks is laundering the contribution through American Family Association. AFA is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization. It, too, is prohibited from making political contributions. Yet that is precisely what they are doing.

Furthermore, the way that the donation is described suggests that Pastors and Pews is a 501(c)3. It is not. In fact, while ARP is registered in Mississippi as a nonprofit entity, Pastors and Pews doesn’t seem to even exist.

One again, the self-righteous, holier-than-thou set presupposes that conservative Christians are exempt from the laws that everyone else must follow. I have made a referral to the Internal Revenue Service. Whether or not that is going to accomplish anything is another matter.

In November I asked the question of whether or not Wilks understands what he is sponsoring. Clearly he does and he is risking serious consequences for doing so. I left a message for someone known only a Pete at the Wilks organization. The call has not been returned.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.