NAACP gets backing from Rep. Rangel


The NAACP received support in its fight against an Internal Revenue Service investigation yesterday from Sen. Charles B. Rangel.

A longtime defender of the Baltimore-based civil rights organization, Rangel, a New York Democrat, sent a letter to Floyd Williams, director of congressional affairs for the IRS, demanding that the federal agency respond to NAACP requests for information concerning its October 2004 audit.

The agency is investigating whether the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People engaged in political activism and violated its tax-exempt status.

FOR THE RECORD - An article in yesterday's Maryland section about the Internal Revenue Service audit of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People incorrectly identified Rep. Charles B. Rangel as a U.S. senator. He is a Democratic congressman from New York.
The Sun regrets the error.

The letter comes a week after the NAACP released 523 pages of documents received from the IRS revealing that as far back as 2000, Republican members of Congress - including now-Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. - asked the IRS to respond to constituent complaints that the organization had become too political.

Last week, NAACP attorneys complained that the IRS has not responded to the group's requests for information.

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