Friday, July 25, 2014
Posted By Chuck Ross
A Texas-based organization that has been awarded hundreds of millions of dollars in federal contracts by the Obama administration to house illegal immigrant children not only lobbied the federal government, but also failed to properly disclose the activity.
After The Daily Caller inquired about its lobbying disclosures, BCFS, a San Antonio-based nonprofit, now says it may correct its tax forms to properly disclose its lobbying expenditures.
The Obama administration, through the Department of Health and Human Services, has tapped BCFS, formerly known as Baptist Child & Family Services, to provide security and other services to unaccompanied children at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, and Ft. Sill army base near Lawton, Okla.
BCFS has become the largest provider of such services for the child immigrants, who are part of a massive influx of mostly Central Americans that has put the Obama administration on its heels. (RELATED: Obama Evades Murrieta Protests Over Border Breakdown)
The administration expects 90,000 unaccompanied children to be apprehended at the U.S. border by the end of the fiscal year, more than triple last year’s total. (RELATED: Obama Offers Mini-Amnesty To 200,000 Kids By 2016)
HHS has given BCFS $280 million in federal contracts for its services so far this year. Nearly all of that — $270 million — has been given for services for unaccompanied children. HHS has given BCFS $458 million in total, according to the Tracking Accountability in Government Grants System.
According to the Senate lobbying database, BCFS is the only organization that provides residential services directly for unaccompanied children that has spent money on lobbying.
Since 2006, BCFS has spent $210,000, according to a database maintained by the Center for Responsive Politics.
In 2008, Congress passed an anti-trafficking law that requires the Department of Homeland Security to turn unaccompanied children from countries that do not border the U.S. over to the care of HHS. HHS then houses the children until they can be placed with relatives or sponsors while awaiting deportation proceedings.
In 2011, BCFS paid Madison Policy Group $20,000 to “advocate the continued appropriation levels for child welfare programs under HHS — Administration for Children & Families, including the Unaccompanied Alien Children account.”
BCFS paid Washington D.C. lobbying powerhouse Williams & Jensen $190,000 in total in 2006, 2007 and 2009, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
The lobbying was split between Congress and various agencies, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS and HHS.
“BCFS has contracted with outside government relations firms; like many non-profits do,” BCFS spokeswoman Krista Piferrer told TheDC.
But a deeper analysis conducted by TheDC found inconsistencies in BCFS’s lobby expenditure reporting on its tax forms.
In response to the primary section of BCFS’s IRS 990 forms which asks whether organizations spent money on lobbying, the organization checked “No” in every year in which it lobbied.
Piferrer — a former spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Perry — explained, saying that the lobbying expenses were instead reported in the statement of functional expenses. The claim was partially true. The organization did not report some of the lobbying expenses in that section during the years they were incurred. But on its 2011 and 2012 tax forms, it reported around $190,000 in lobbying expenditures even though records show it did not spend that amount on lobbying during those years.
Piferrer said that in previous years, BCFS reported lobbying expenses under the “professional fees” line-item. However, such fees usually include legal fees and not lobbying expenses.
Pressed on the issue, Piferrer said, “We’re going to reach out to our private tax firm to review and consider amending [the tax form].”
TheDC’s request to further discuss BCFS’s finances with the organization’s financial department was not answered.
BCFS has emerged as the leading non-governmental organization working on the child immigration crisis. Kevin Dinnin, its CEO, recently met with President Obama, Gov. Perry, and other officials to discuss “faith-based” approaches to handling the crisis.
BCFS — when it was known as Baptist Child & Family Services — provided services in a number of emergency efforts, including following the aftermath of an earthquake in Haiti and the relocation of 555 members of a West Texas polygamist compound in 2008.
The organization first came to national attention during the latest immigration wave earlier this month when Fox News reported that the BCFS’s security personnel were threatening to arrest medical staff if they discussed the contagion threat at Lackland Air Force Base. BCFS personnel were also reportedly calling themselves “Brown Shirts” because of the tan T-shirts they wear.
The organization also decided to withdraw from a plan to spend $50 million to renovate a south Texas hotel to use as housing for unaccompanied children.
BCFS has benefited greatly from HHS programs to aid unaccompanied children. In fiscal year 2008, BCFS received $1.8 million in HHS funds. By 2009, HHS gave BCFS $7.8 million, mostly for new shelter programs for unaccompanied children.
The organization received $64 million from HHS in 2012, $61 million in 2013 and $280 million so far in 2014.
Dinnin’s income has increased along the way. In the 2006 tax year — which ended in Aug. 2007 — Dinnin was paid $184,000. In 2012 he was paid $397,000.
Palestinians cynical use of the term civilian casualties should be taken as propaganda. See the photos of these so called civilians shooting at the IDF.
Ceasefire aim as Gaza deaths top 800
Follow link to see photos of Palestinians shooting at IDF. What do you notice? That the Palestinians are not uniformed and when they are killed they will be called civilian casualties by those who hate Israel.
US official says terror plot failed because bomber did not change his undergarments for two weeks and soiled the explosives.
Militant group ISIS blew up Iraq's tomb of the Prophet Jonah in Mosul on Thursday, civil defense officials told CNN.
The holy site, located inside a Sunni mosque, is supposed to be the burial place of the prophet, a key figure in Islamic and Judeo-Christian traditions. ISIS, which has been claiming cities across Iraq and Syria, has threatened to destroy any shrine it deems un-Islamic.
An amateur video of the explosion below has appeared on YouTube:
According to a report from the Agence France Press, ISIS detonated the explosion remotely, taking an hour to to rig the shrine with explosives after ushering locals away and closing the roads leading to the site. "They first stopped people from praying in it, they fixed explosive charges around and inside it and then blew it up in front of a large gathering of people," an anonymous witness told the AFP.
ISIS has been tearing down holy sites throughout the past month, including several other Sunni holy sites in Mosul and seven Shiite ones in the city of Tal Afar, reported Human Rights Watch.
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The same day the tomb of Jonah fell, meanwhile, Iraqi lawmakers elected Fuad Masum to be the country's new president, a selection the U.S. praised and said would move the country in the right direction amid the conflict.
"They agreed on the importance of forming a new Iraqi government as quickly as possible and working to arrive at an agreed-upon road map for governance," the White House said in a statement on Vice President Joe Biden's congratulatory call to Masum. "President Masum expressed the importance of restoring trust and confidence among all of Iraq's communities and continuing to rebuild Iraq's relations in the region."
'Bucket full of heads any1 in aus want some organs please dont be shy to ask': Smirking Australian terrorist poses with decapitated heads in sickening pictures posted online
- Khaled Sharrouf posted the pictures on Twitter on Friday
- His friend Mohamed Elomar is seen holding up severed heads
- Both men fled Australia for Syria in December last year
- They are fighting for terror group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)
- Sharrouf has been taunting Australian police on social media
With sunglasses tucked into his shirt, an Australian terrorist smiles as he holds up two decapitated heads for the camera in Syria.
Sydney born boxer Mohamed Elomar casually poses with the severed heads in photos posted on Twitter by his friend, convicted terrorist Khaled Sharrouf.
Another image, uploaded on Friday, shows the heads of alleged Syrian solders being impaled on metal railings.
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Disgusting: Mohamed Elomar, who is believed to have left Australia last year to fight in Syria, is shown holding up the decapitated heads of two men
Like something out of the 18th century, the heads were left on show in a sickening display that aims to cause terror and fear.
The photos were uploaded by terrorist Khaled Sharrouf, alongside disgusting tweets such as 'bucket full of heads any1 in aus want some organs please dont be shy to ask I would love to assist u with body parts [sic]'.
His disturbing rant continued 'few more heads how lovely bludy amazing stuff abuhafs u keep cutting those infidel throats but the last 1 is mine! [sic]'
First lady Michelle Obama on Thursday night urged Democrats to “dig deep” into their pockets and “write a big fat check” before the midterm elections, but minutes later complained of too much in politics.
Speaking at a party fundraiser in Chicago, Mrs. Obama said Democrats must triumph in the November contests if President Obama is to make progress on his agenda during the final two years of his term.
She also blasted special interest groups that funnel money to Republicans.
“So, yeah, there’s too much money in politics. There’s special interests that have too much influence. But they had all that money and all that influence back in 2008 and 2012 and we still won those elections,” she said.
Mrs. Obama then urged fellow Democrats to add even more money to the political system.
“There is something you can do right now today to make a difference, and that is to write a big, fat check. I kid you not,” she said. “I’m going to be honest with you. That’s what we need you to do right now. We need you to write the biggest, fattest check that you can possibly write.”