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Anti-Gay Military Wingnut Elaine Donnelly's Group Exposed for Misleading IRS, LAX Oversight

Elaine Donnelly (with her group 'Center for Military Readiness') has for years been one of the leading crusaders against repealing the military's ban on gays in the military. She has attended numerous hearings to speak out against it and placed herself on the news as a talking head, as well as gathered thousands of signatures of retired, anti-gay military officials to try to prove that opinion is against repeal of the ban.

Donnelly Now, it appears, she's in a bit of hot water:

The leading opponent of repealing the Pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell" policy and a decades-long critic of expanded opportunities for military women runs a nonprofit organization that watchdog groups say has filed inaccurate and misleading reports to the IRS, lacks a credibly independent board and is operating uncomfortably close to the line that separates education from lobbying.


An examination of a decade's worth of CMR's 990 tax forms and interviews with several nonprofit experts reveal a mom-and-pop operation that has repeatedly failed to comply with standard rules required of 501(c)3 groups like CMR.

"It seems very loosey goosey, not best-practice," said Ken Berger, president of Charity Navigator, which rates nonprofits. "They need to tighten up the way they're operating."

Andrea Stone's HuffPost piece goes on to expose the flaws in the group's governance, oversight, and advocacy. Everyone should give it a read.

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  1. What an astounding article! Everyone should read the entire HuffPo piece. Mrs Donnelly's "organization" is really just a penny-ante two man unit (she and her husband) scamming contributors, spreading lies, distortions and hatred. She's a total scam artist and deserves to be exposed as such. What a foul person she is.

    Posted by: Abel | Jul 21, 2011 8:41:26 AM

  2. I always figured this group and others like it were just scams, raking in donations from the gullible, with the owners living on the proceeds. And how despicable that they are given credence and called to testify in front of Congress, when they are just money-making cons.

    Posted by: prophet | Jul 21, 2011 9:37:24 AM

  3. And what of the hundreds of GOP politicians who have pandered to her "expertise", calling her as a witness, using her "research" to prop up their arguments against women and gay people serving?

    And what of the hundreds of Dem politicians who, never once during any of that testimony, asked her to describe the SIZE of her organization and its credibility?

    I swear, things like this make we wonder what's really going on...

    Posted by: BobN | Jul 21, 2011 4:24:23 PM

  4. "And how despicable that they are given credence and called to testify in front of Congress, when they are just money-making cons."

    What do you think Congress is?

    Posted by: JJ | Jul 21, 2011 7:03:49 PM

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