In 2012 the IRS openly apologized for unfairly targeting Tea Party groups by improperly delaying and scrutinizing their applications for non-profit status.
A week ago a federal judge threw out several lawsuits against the IRS brought by those same Conservative and Tea Party groups explaining that because their non-profit status has now been granted there is no point to the litigation even though some applications have been improperly delayed for as many as three years.
Representative Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) responded to the court’s ruling by stating:
“You get targeted and harassed for three years but, oh, because you finally get [tax-exempt status], the three years of harassment doesn’t mean anything?” asked Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who heads a congressional subpanel investigating the controversy. “I find that argument lacking tremendously in light of what these people went through.”
While the Tea Party has been handled unfairly by the IRS, more radical groups seem to have had no problems in achieving their 501(c)3, non-profit status.
On October 27th, 2014 a newly formed 501(c)3 organization named The St. Louis Workers’ Education Society purchased it’s headquarters in South St. Louis.
Who happens to be members of the St. Louis Workers’ Education Society?
Don Giljum and Tony Pecinovsky became well known in 2011 for using former Professor Giljum’s Labor Studies Class at the University of Missouri St. Louis as a way to spread their radical Communist ideals and suggestively violent labor tactics.
But it would seem that their association with The St. Louis Workers’ Education Society hasn’t had a negative impact on the group as far as the IRS is concerned considering that according to an article written by Tony Pecinovsky on the CPUSA News, People’s World, it took the St. Louis Workers’ Education Society just under ONE YEAR to organize and raise enough money to purchase their headquarters:
“ST. LOUIS – After nearly a year of organizing, fundraising and coalition building, the St. Louis Workers’ Education Society, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to initiating and facilitating community-labor coalition building and pro-union education curricula, recently purchased its new headquarters – a historic, beautiful, 10,000 square-foot union hall located in south St. Louis City.”
The St. Louis Workers’ Education Society is so new in fact that their website, as of the posting of this article, isn’t even up yet. As can be seen by this screenshot:
The article goes on to state that St. Louis Workers’ Education Society Board Member, Don GilJum, explained that he was humbled by the amount of support they have been receiving:
“Don Giljum, a Workers’ Education Society board member and retired business manager of IUOE Local 148, told the People’s World, “We’ve officially owned this property for about one month. The amount of support we’ve received is truly humbling. Our entire rehab has been volunteer driven. Not only have our supporters put their money where their mouths are, they have quite literally put their bodies – their time, sweat and energy – where their money is, the St. Louis Workers’ Education Society.”
While it seems that Tony Pecinovsky not only serves as head cheerleader for the group, by writing articles promoting their activities, but according to the article he is also the contact man for the Society:
“If you would like to learn more about the St. Louis Workers’ Education Society please contact Tony Pecinovsky ([email protected]….”
What exactly does The St. Louis Workers’ Education Society do you ask?
“…offer(s) educational curriculum focused on “Workers’ Rights” and “Understanding and Advancing Democracy.”
Specifically, we partner with local unions to offer on-site apprenticeship application assistance and classes on understanding a union contract, shop stewards trainings and a brief history of the St. Louis labor movement.
Our apprenticeship application assistance program and labor education curriculum focuses on building union membership among women, Latinos and African Americans – a large and growing part of the workforce unfortunately often denied the benefits of union membership. Additionally, we initiate voter registration and constituent meeting facilitation.”
While the subject matter may differ, the Tea Party groups who were forced to wait three years, and the St. Louis Workers’ Education Association who appear to have been able to form their non-profit in less than one year, are both doing the same thing: Educating the public while helping people register to vote. The only real difference between the two is that one wants to teach the public about Individual Liberty while the other is pushing Collectivism.
I would think so.
On a side note. Karl Marx was associated with the first German Workers’ Education Society in London during the 1840’s.
But I’m sure the similarity between the name of the Society in St. Louis and the one in London are purely coincidental…Right?