Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH) has been relegated to the fringes of the fringe; the margins of the margins. However his website is instructive in one regard.
It is possible that residents of Illinois might be able to deduct the donation from state income taxes. No one can deduct a donation to AFTAH from their federal taxes.
The self-righteous Christian and supposed patriot does not advise donors of that fact. It’s really quite cynical. Peter LaBarbera does not disclose this information because he wants people to assume that their gifts are tax-deductible.
Porno Pete believes that he will receive more money without the disclaimer. If that is true then it means that people are taking deductions that they are not entitled to. Can you guess who pays?
On Thursday, Mr. LaBarbera was on a third-rate Christian radio show. One of his conclusions: “An excerpt of a LGBT pride parade song (sung by a “drag queen”) from the TV series, Blues Clues, celebrates aberrant, un-biblical family models.”
“Peter LaBarbera can wave an American flag with one hand while thumping a Bible in the other hand. At the end of the day, he has been a lying, law-defying tax cheat.”
Aside from the obvious crackpottery, how many biblical “values” is Mr. LaBarbera violating? I am no biblical scholar but, just for starters:
- LaBarbera’s behavior amounts to stealing from the American people.
- Mr. LaBarbera is lying to donors.
- Then there is that “render unto Caesar” thingie.
Things have improved a tad. The upstanding, moral, patriotic Peter LaBarbera claimed that donations were tax deductible for over a year after AFTAH’s tax-exempt status was revoked.
Moreover, consider this. The reason that AFTAH is no longer tax exempt is that Mr. LaBarbera was too disorganized to file an annual tax return. AFTAH was revoked in 2010 as well but subsequently had its status restored with a very sloppy, inaccurate, hand-written form 990 having been filed a year later.
Under IRS regulations LaBarbera has been self-employed these past six years. Does he file quarterly 1040-ES which is required along with payment of the estimated income tax for the quarter?
Peter LaBarbera can wave an American flag with one hand while thumping a Bible in the other hand. At the end of the day, he has been a lying, law-defying tax cheat. Mr. LaBarbera is still a lying tax cheat. He is not alone. There are many non-exempt organizations that do not provide a tax-deductibility disclaimer.
I am certain that it is a colossal waste of my time. However, I have been trying to get Mastercard and Visa to alter their merchant rules to require a tax-deduction statement. I seriously doubt that I will be successful. I have had no success whatsoever with the complicit processors like the self-righteous Cornerstone Payment Systems.
AFTAH’s credit card processor is at SecureDonors.com which does not have a page at the web root and for which no information is available. They are the processor for the QAnon convention and that nutty group of doctors pushing hydroxychloroquine. Porno Pete is in good company.