President Obama's half-brother, who runs a foundation that collects funds in the United States, was able to get approval of a tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service in an unheard-of time period of only a month, records reveal.
Barack Obama's half-brother Abongo Malik Obama, also known as "Roy" Obama, appears to have received the sudden IRS approval to operate as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization in only 30 days. The result was made retroactive for three years.
TheBarack H. Obama Foundation,which runs out of a commercial mail drop in Arlington, Va., has solicited tax-deductible contributions on the Internet since 2008.
But it first submitted an application for its tax exemption in May and was granted the status in June, according to records.
Abongo Malik Obama continues to serve as the founder and president of the Barack H. Obama Foundation, which, since it was set up in 2008, has asked for tax-deductible contributions on the Internet, listing addresses and telephone numbers both in the U.S. and Kenya, but without disclosing the group lacked an IRS determination letter.
This week, the IRS confirmed to WND that the Barack H. Obama Foundation received a determination letter in June, awarding the group tax-exempt 501(c)3 status, retroactively to 2008.
When did the foundation file with the IRS?
Yet, as recently as last May, Alton Ray Baysden, a former State Department employee and director of the Barack H. Obama Foundation, at whose home the charity was founded in 2008, told the New York Post that the foundation had neglected to apply for tax-exempt status with the IRS.
"We haven't been able to find someone with the expertise to do this," Baysden toldNew York Post reporters Isabel Vincent and Melissa Klein for a story published May 8.
"We are scouting for an executive director, someone who knows how to register the charity," he said.
The New York Post also reported that the foundation was not registered in Virginia at the time the article was written in May, despite a Virginia legal requirement that an organization register before soliciting donations in that state.
"Since one of the Obama Foundation's founders and directors, Mr. Alton R. Baysden, stated publicly in May 2011 that the foundation had not even applied for tax-exempt status, it is inconceivable that the IRS can now claim that the status was granted in June 2011, retroactive to 2008," Ken Boehm, the head of the National Legal and Policy Center, told WND.
In May, Boehm's group, also a 501(c)3 organization,filed an official complaint with the IRSasking for an investigation of why the Barack H. Obama Foundation was being allowed to solicit tax-deductible contributions from the public even though the foundation had not applied for or received an IRS determination.
"This appears to be political favoritism to the president's brother," Boehm told WND. "It cries out for an investigation."