May 03/05 - On the unmasking of a paid apologist: Boyd vs. Gollinger
PMBComment: the following is well worth a read to understand the “integrity” of Chavez’s lobby apparatus in the U.S. Alek Boyd, from www.vcrisis.com exposes the regime’s chief apologist in the
Eva Golinger's fraudulent claims
By Aleksander Boyd, Editor, VCrisis.com
I do have a non-profit organization, established legally under the laws of
The following claim appears in the Venezuelafoia.info website:
This site is funded by the
One can also read in the Venezuelafoia.info website how the VSC urges American people to help Venezuela by engaging in the following activities :
- Receive e-mail updates and Action Alerts
- Write an article, op-ed, or letter to the editor
- Write a letter to my U.S. Representative or Senator
- Organize a presentation or film screening in my community
- Become a member of the National Venezuela Solidarity Network ($25.00 donation is tax deductible, make a $50-100 donation and receive video documentary about the April 2002 coup)
- Join a delegation going to Venezuela
The Department of the Treasury of the Inland Revenue Service (IRS) has strict regulations as to the lobbying and political activities that are permitted to 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations. Please read the following excerpts in that respect :
If any of the activities (whether or not substantial) of your organization consist of participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office, your organization will not qualify for tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3). Such participation or intervention includes the publishing or distributing of statements.
It can be argued that urging the public to write Senators and Congressmen to put pressure on foreign policy making and disseminating official propaganda –such as the film “The Revolution will not be televised”- may not, under any circumstances, be perceived as normal activities of a non-profit organization created with the aim of “providing accurate information about the social and political developments in Venezuela” [sic] given the notorious pro-Chavez character of its director. Furthermore Golinger did write open letters in favour of Hugo Chavez to presidential candidate John Kerry  .
Not to be confused by what a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization means the IRS provides tax information for charitable, religious, scientific, literary, and other organizations exempt under Internal Revenue Code ("IRC") section 501(c)(3) . The IRS website also has this information about Publication 78 :
Cumulative List of Organizations described in Section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, is a list of organizations eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions. You may consult the paper version of this Publication, which is available for sale from the Government Printing Office or available for viewing at many public libraries. This online version is offered to help you conduct a more efficient search of these organizations. Please note that some organizations eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions may not be listed in this publication. In addition to the paper and online versions of Publication 78, you may verify an organization's tax-exempt status and eligibility to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions by requesting to see an organization's IRS letter recognizing it as tax-exempt or directly calling the IRS (toll-free) at 1-877-829-5500.
A search in the cumulative list of organizations for the claimed 501(c)(3) "Venezuela Solidarity Committee" or the "National Venezuela Solidarity Network" in the registry of the IRS returns no records , so a trusted Vcrisis collaborator called the IRS office to find out whether or not contributions given to Golinger's "Venezuela Solidarity Committee" were tax-exempt and also whether or not it was registered as a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. The IRS answered negatively to both queries. He then requested the IRS, in writing, for a copy of a Determination Letter recognizing Golinger's organization's tax-exempt status. The result of this query produced this letter:
In the introduction of IRS' Publication 557  one can read the following information:
this publication discusses the rules and procedures for organizations that seek to obtain recognition of exemption from federal income tax under section 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC). It explains the procedures you must follow to obtain an appropriate ruling or determination letter recognizing your organization's exemption, as well as certain other information that applies generally to all exempt organizations. To qualify for exemption under the IRC, your organization must be organized for one or more of the purposes designated in the IRC. Organizations that are exempt under section 501(a) of the IRC include those organizations described in section 501(c). Section 501(c) organizations are covered in this publication.
To conclude, Golinger was remunerated once by the Chavez administration via the Venezuela Information Office for certain legal work, even though at the time of receipt of payment no records of her existed in the NY's BAR database nor in that of