An application for charity status by Friends of Abe, an organization of conservatives in the entertainment industry, has been under Internal Revenue Service review for some two years, with tax authorities seeking information on the group's political associations, according to The New York Times.
People briefed on the IRS inquiry tell the Times that the agency last week sought details from Friends of Abe about its meetings with Republican politicians such as Herman Cain and Rep. Paul D. Ryan. The organization is seeking 501(c)(3) status, which prohibits any partisan activity.
Save for a few participants who have been open about their conservatism, such as actors Jon Voight and Kelsey Grammer, Friends of Abe keeps its membership list closely guarded for fear of employment repercussions in generally left-leaning Hollywood. Executive director Jeremy Boreing declined to discus the IRS review but said the group "has absolutely no political agenda. It exists to create fellowship among like-minded individuals."