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Dirty Half-Dozen

A non-profit watchgroup, Public Interest Watch, has named the dirty half-dozen, 6 non-profits who openly flout IRS tax laws by filing their tax returns as tax-exempt educational organizations, a 501(c)3 status which entitles a group to solicit tax-deductible contributions. Federal tax laws and the IRS' own regulations make it very clear that propaganda campaigns or efforts to force social action do not qualify as education. These six non-profits aim to change public policy, not educate the public. The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) is named as one of the dirty half-dozen:

The 2000 tax return filed by FAIR (IRS Form 990, page 24):
"FAIR's primary exempt purpose is to educate the public about the economic, sociological, environmental, demographic, and other effects of mass immigration to the United States."
What FAIR tells prospective supporters (FAIR website):
"The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) is a national, nonprofit, public- interest, membership organization of concerned citizens who share a common belief that our nation's immigration policies must be reformed to serve the national interest…FAIR advocates a temporary moratorium on all immigration except spouses and minor children of U.S. citizens and a limited number of refugees...Since it was founded in 1979, FAIR has been leading the call for immigration reform."

The actions of FAIR, an anti-immigration organization should not be underestimated. Total contributions received in 2000 by FAIR were $3.2 million.

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