Lenin was reported to have said that "Capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them." I got that feeling reading this story in the Daily Caller about another NPR executive saying something outrageous.
This time, Betsy Liley, a senior vice president for Institutional Giving promised a fictitious front group for the Muslim Brotherhood that NPR could shield their $5 million donation from a government audit, thus making the donation invisible:
When a man posing as Ibrahim Kasaam asked, "It sounded like you were saying NPR would be able to shield us from a government audit, is that correct?" NPR's senior director of institutional giving, Betsy Liley, responded, "I think that is the case, especially if you are anonymous. I can inquire about that." According to conservative James O'Keefe, whose Project Veritas organization conducted the NPR sting organization, the man posing as Kasaam made two follow-up phone calls to Liley after their lunch.
Liley said a $5 million donation would amount to about "10 years of support."
Kasaam follows up by asking: "The fact that NPR is not only a tax-exempt organization, but also receives direct contributions from the government - does that invite some sort of government oversight or government examination of contributions, et cetera?"
Liley answered: "They have audited our programs at times and, I think, as part of that, they can look at our audited financials. If you are concerned in any way about that, that's one reason you might want to be an anonymous donor. And, we would certainly, if that was your interest, want to shield you from that."
Liley mentioned a precedent at NPR - in more than $80 million in donations from universities.
NPR released a statement saying that Liley was not following procedure and that the organization didn't work this way. I call baloney on that. They obviously don't have a clue how their senior executives raise money or if they shield it from the prying eyes of government.
Maybe someone should look into taking away their tax payer subsidy. Oh, wait...