Birthers Taking It Up A Notch With Infomercial in South

You’d figure that by now they’d admit that they are wrong.  That’s not how the right works.  They’ll continue to beat a dead horse until the tide turns their way.

We’ve been hearing the nonsense that President Obama was not actually born in this country since the primaries last year.  Seeing the copy of his certificate of live birth didn’t stop the insanity nor did non-partisan sites like Fact Check who verified that POTUS was in fact born in Hawaii.

We’ve seen borderline tactics used by Congressional representatives who said things like ‘I have no reason to believe that Obama wasn’t born in this country but …’

People who call themselves journalists, like Lou Dobbs, continue to press the non-issue.

We have now been hit with the next wave.

Bill Keller from LivePrayer.com has posted a video entitled ‘Where Was President Obama Born’ complete with creepy music and a guest – Attorney and executive director of United States Justice Foundation Gary Kreep.  This infomercial is also running on some network affiliates in the south.

The video follows along with the Birthers claim that President Obama was actually born in Kenya as ‘his paternal grandmother’ says.

They say that the certificate of live birth that we have seen repeatedly ‘does not prove anything.’

Three times we are subjected to a commercial on what to do in order to help.  They provide a telephone number that they ask the viewer to call.  A $30 donation will land you a ‘Got a birth certificate’ bumper sticker.

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Gary Kreep (ironically named) started the United States Justice Foundation 30 years ago.  The USJF helps create ‘conservative, pro-family organizations to help preserve traditional family values in this nation.’

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Gary Kreep

As such, he has worked tirelessly to make sure that the president produces a birth certificate.  What type of traditional family values is he hoping to create here?

Kreep pointed out that you don’t hear about this on the news.  What news is he watching?  I had been bombarded with these birther claims on and off since the primaries.  He said only Rush Limbaugh has referred to this when he joked that God and President Obama are alike because neither have a birth certificate.

What about the Fox Noise machine?  Lou Dobbs?  It is a ridiculous accusation and any viewer that believes this nonsense is a mindless drone incapable of absorbing facts from various points of time and reaching a logical, intelligent conclusion – exactly the type of viewer they are attempting to reach.

Rather than waste time addressing this tired old matter again – feel free to go to the following sites:

Snopes:

Fact Check:

PolitiFact:

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This is from the usjd.net website which Kreep states is a non-profit organization.

USJF shall not, directly or indirectly, intervene, or participate, in a political campaign on behalf of, or in opposition to, any candidate for public office.

USJF shall not endorse any candidate or contribute money to any candidate for political office.

USJF shall not provide goods or services to a candidate’s campaign, raise funds from others in support of or in opposition to a candidate, distribute statements for or in opposition to a candidate, or conduct any other activity that favors or opposes a candidate for political office.

Of course, Kreep forgot about these 3 statements while he was filing lawsuits regarding the birther movement during the 2008 presidential election.

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Bill Keller started the Live Prayer website in 1999.

Directly from LivePrayer:

Liveprayer.Com was founded for the sole purpose of having a site on the internet where people can go 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for prayer. The whole mission of Liveprayer.Com is to give those who are hurting…HOPE. The common bond all men and women share regardless where they live in the world or their economic standing, is the trials and tribulations of life.

On the website, they also state that they are a 501(c)(3) organization – in other words tax exempt.

From the IRS (Exemption Requirements)

To be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, an organization must be organized and operated exclusively for exempt purposes set forth in section 501(c)(3), and none of its earnings may inure to any private shareholder or individual. In addition, it may not be an action organization, i.e., it may not attempt to influence legislation as a substantial part of its activities and it may not participate in any campaign activity for or against political candidates.

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Section 501(c)(3) organizations are restricted in how much political and legislative (lobbying) activities they may conduct. For a detailed discussion, see Political and Lobbying Activities. For more information about lobbying activities by charities, see the article Lobbying Issues; for more information about political activities of charities, see the FY-2002 CPE topic Election Year Issues.

For more information on the restrictions of political campaign intervention by Section 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Organizations:

Now of course, it does refer mostly to political campaigns but should apply due to the below highlighted items.

Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. Contributions to political campaign funds or public statements of position (verbal or written) made on behalf of the organization in favor of or in opposition to any candidate for public office clearly violate the prohibition against political campaign activity.  Violating this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise taxes.

Certain activities or expenditures may not be prohibited depending on the facts and circumstances.  For example, certain voter education activities (including presenting public forums and publishing voter education guides) conducted in a non-partisan manner do not constitute prohibited political campaign activity. In addition, other activities intended to encourage people to participate in the electoral process, such as voter registration and get-out-the-vote drives, would not be prohibited political campaign activity if conducted in a non-partisan manner.

On the other hand, voter education or registration activities with evidence of bias that (a) would favor one candidate over another; (b) oppose a candidate in some manner; or (c) have the effect of favoring a candidate or group of candidates, will constitute prohibited participation or intervention.

‘. . . voter education . . . with evidence of bias that . . . b) oppose a candidate in some manner . . . will constitute prohibited participation . . .’.

The fact is that this politically charged video on the Live Prayer website violates the restrictions of tax-exempt organizations and as such the IRS should revoke the tax-exempt status of both Live Prayer (Bill Keller) and United States Justice Foundation (Gary Kreep).

At the very least, Kreep – representing the USJF – is guilty of violating the tax-exempt status during the 2008 presidential campaign when President Obama was a candidate.

Watch Video from LivePrayer website or you can watch the videos here.  The YouTube page for LivePrayer misspells President Obama’s name as ‘Barrack.’

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3 responses to “Birthers Taking It Up A Notch With Infomercial in South

  1. bill keller is currently under investigation by the i.r.s. for illegal campaigning

    http://www.tampabay.com/news/religion/article978568.ece

  2. Thanks for the link. That’s one long investigation.
    How stupid to give the IRS more ammo by producing this informercial.