by Ryan Kierman, CNS News:
IRS Chief Counsel William Wilkins, one of two Obama political appointees at the agency and whose office reviewed certain Tea Party tax-exemption applications starting in early 2010, is a lawyer who defended Obama’s denomination, the United Church of Christ (UCC), when the IRS questioned its tax-exempt status following a speech by then-Senator Barack Obama in 2007.
“We were so interested in the case we offered to do it pro bono,” said Wilkins.
Senator Obama spoke at the UCC General Synod held in Hartford, Conn., on June 23, 2007 and it was his remarks about running for president that triggered the IRS action. His pastor from Chicago, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, gave a videotaped introduction of Obama at the event.
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