Franciscan University sociology professor and frequent
Catholic World Report contributor Anne Hendershott believes she may have been
part of the
growing scandal over the IRS and its targeting conservative groups.
Hendershott told the conservative website The Blaze that during an audit in
2010 the IRS demanded to know who was paying her for her freelance journalism
work and “what their politics were.”
Hendershott noted it was particularly
surprising that she, alone, was audited. Her husband, who brings in the vast
majority of the family’s income, was not included in the IRS’s inquiry even
though the Hendershotts always [file] jointly. …
While asking about the deposits, the agent wanted to know if the monies
came from groups and, if so, what the organizations’ politics were.
The mention of groups, Hendershott
notes, is particularly interesting, as she had been writing for numerous
Catholic outlets and organizations at the time. In addition to Catholic World
Report and the Catholic Advocate, she also penned op-eds for the Wall Street
Journal. Many of these writings were critical of President Barack Obama and his
The Blaze article notes that Hendershott wrote several pieces critical
of the liberal group Catholics United and its founder, Chris Korzen. Two such
articles appeared in the print edition of Catholic
World Report, “The
Big Con” (August/September 2009) and “The
Big Con Continues” (November 2010). Those pieces highlighted efforts of
Korzen and the various Catholic organizations with which he was affiliated in
the 2008 election and in the push to pass the Affordable Care Act. A follow-up
Catholic Con Continues,” was published on the CWR website in August 2012
and detailed the funding and politicking of liberal Catholic organizations ahead
of that year’s presidential election.
From The Blaze:
Hendershott can’t help but wonder if
her writings against progressive groups played a role in her audit. It’s
obvious that before she was notified by the IRS she was commenting regularly
about matters of faith and politics and, in particular, Obamacare. While she
doesn’t have proof that the IRS investigation was political in
nature, she has strong suspicions that it was.
“I started writing articles like crazy
saying these are fake Catholic groups,” she said of
the aforementioned organizations, noting that Korzen would often
target her work and rail against her assertions.
Hendershott noted that the progressive
leader once called into a radio show she appeared on to challenge
her contention that he had accepted Soros money.
“I had the tax return in front of me
and read off the amounts that Chris Korzen was getting paid from Catholics in
Alliance for the Common Good a Soros supported fake Catholic group,” she told
TheBlaze, noting that, through Catholics in Alliance, he had received $85,000.
While Korzen denied this on the air,
Hendershott read from the 990 form in an effort to prove he wasn’t telling the
truth. This, she believes, may have sparked or played a role in spawning
the IRS audit.