Washington, D.C. — Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) today filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) against the 60 Plus Association Inc. (60 Plus) and its president, Amy Noone Frederick, for violating federal law by intentionally failing to disclose more than $11 million the group spent on political activity in 2010 and 2012.
“60 Plus is taking outrageous liberties with the truth. Out of one side of its mouth, the group told the Federal Election Commission it spent millions on political advertisements explicitly urging votes for or against candidates, and out of the other side of its mouth it told the IRS it spent almost nothing on political campaigns. Lance Armstrong would be pleased,” CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan said.
In reports Ms. Frederick signed under penalty of perjury, 60 Plus told the FEC it spent $6,719,111 on independent expenditures in 2010, and another $4,615,957 on independent expenditures in 2012. Most of these funds were spent on producing and airing television advertisements advocating for the election of Mitt Romney for president or the defeat of Democratic candidates for Congress.
Despite the FEC reports and the content of the ads, the group’s IRS tax returns omitted almost all of this political spending. 60 Plus’s initial tax filing with the IRS for the period covering the 2010 election claimed it spent $7,238,845 on political activity. A year-and-a-half later, however, the group amended their return to claim it spent only $103,136 on political activity during this period. Its tax return covering the 2012 election disclosed even less political spending – just $35,000. Ms. Frederick signed each form, including the revisions, under penalty of perjury.
“This appears to be an open-and-shut case of intentionally lying on tax returns. If the IRS has a shred of backbone left – and I’m skeptical it does – it should investigate this immediately,” Ms. Sloan added.
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