SIPOC Threatens to Pursue Prosecution of Amnesty over Soros Abortion Campaign Funding

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The Standards in Public Office Commission have ordered Amnesty Ireland to return €137,000 it received from the George Soros group Open Society Foundation to campaign for repeal of the 8th Amendment in Ireland.

SIPOC claims that Amnesty are in breach of the Electoral Act 1997 (amended in 2001) which places restrictions and reporting obligations on individuals or groups beyond political parties or election candidates, called “third parties”. A “third party” means any individual or group who accepts donation for “political purposes” exceeding the value of €100. The definition of “political purposes” includes “any campaign conducted with a view to promoting or procuring a particular outcome in relation to a policy or policies or functions of the Government or any public authority”. According to this law, organisations deemed a “third party” cannot accept a donation from a foreign source.

Amnesty have been informed that they will be reported to the Gardaí and prosecuted if they fail to return the money. The penalty on conviction could be up to 3 years imprisonment.

Amnesty claim that because their work is for human rights, that the law does not apply to them and they are campaigning to have it changed.

They also said that they will not be returning the Soros funding.

See their full statement here: https://www.amnesty.ie/civil-society-organisations-under-threat/?utm_content=buffer7895d&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer#BraveIreland
 


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Campaigning to repeal the 8th, isn't political. The constitution is owned by the people.
 

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The Standards in Public Office Commission have ordered Amnesty Ireland to return €137,000 it received from the George Soros group Open Society Foundation to campaign for repeal of the 8th Amendment in Ireland.

SIPOC claims that Amnesty are in breach of the Electoral Act 1997 (amended in 2001) which places restrictions and reporting obligations on individuals or groups beyond political parties or election candidates, called “third parties”. A “third party” means any individual or group who accepts donation for “political purposes” exceeding the value of €100. The definition of “political purposes” includes “any campaign conducted with a view to promoting or procuring a particular outcome in relation to a policy or policies or functions of the Government or any public authority”. According to this law, organisations deemed a “third party” cannot accept a donation from a foreign source.

Amnesty have been informed that they will be reported to the Gardaí and prosecuted if they fail to return the money. The penalty on conviction could be up to 3 years imprisonment.

Amnesty claim that because their work is for human rights, that the law does not apply to them and they are campaigning to have it changed.

They also said that they will not be returning the Soros funding.

See their full statement here: https://www.amnesty.ie/civil-society-organisations-under-threat/?utm_content=buffer7895d&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer#BraveIreland
" ... the Government or public authority" sound to me like elected bodies such as the Dail, cabinet, government departments or county councils".

I think Amnesty have a good case, and are probably following their lawyers' advice. It might be as well to sequester the money for now, though.

We should also be looking at the contributions the SPUC and Pro-Lifers have been receiving from the US, which go back to before this legislation. But if Amnesty can be accused of influencing the political process, so can they. Justice is fairness, after all.
 

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At least they're registered and their funding is open to scrutiny.
 

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Amnesty have been informed that they will be reported to the Gardaí and prosecuted if they fail to return the money. The penalty on conviction could be up to 3 years imprisonment.
This might go all the way to seeing these people in Amnesty imprisoned for these breaches of the legislation. Wonder if the Muslim Brotherhood will return the favour and send a delegation from Egypt to get the Irish government to release them?

The next stage will probably be the trawl to see if the other side has received illegal foreign aid.
 

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" ... the Government or public authority" sound to me like elected bodies such as the Dail, cabinet, government departments or county councils".

I think Amnesty have a good case, and are probably following their lawyers' advice. It might be as well to sequester the money for now, though.

We should also be looking at the contributions the SPUC and Pro-Lifers have been receiving from the US, which go back to before this legislation. But if Amnesty can be accused of influencing the political process, so can they. Justice is fairness, after all.
The idea that pro life campaigners aren't getting funding from outside Ireland is risible.
 

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" ... the Government or public authority" sound to me like elected bodies such as the Dail, cabinet, government departments or county councils".

I think Amnesty have a good case, and are probably following their lawyers' advice. It might be as well to sequester the money for now, though.

We should also be looking at the contributions the SPUC and Pro-Lifers have been receiving from the US, which go back to before this legislation. But if Amnesty can be accused of influencing the political process, so can they. Justice is fairness, after all.
+1
 

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The idea that pro life campaigners aren't getting funding from outside Ireland is risible.
It is not what you think that matters but rather what can be proven in court. And there still is a conservative element in Ireland that would be willing to see the people from Amnesty jailed while turning a blind eye to other financial aid.
 

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This might go all the way to seeing these people in Amnesty imprisoned for these breaches of the legislation. Wonder if the Muslim Brotherhood will return the favour and send a delegation from Egypt to get the Irish government to release them?

The next stage will probably be the trawl to see if the other side has received illegal foreign aid.
Yes, I can really see a hugely tolerant, progressive and secular moving country like Ireland jailing members of Amnesty
I can really see that
 

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Yes, I can really see a hugely tolerant, progressive and secular moving country like Ireland jailing members of Amnesty
I can really see that
Virtue signalling non-elected entity challeges elected power led by roight-on, image conscious leader. How do you think that this will work out? Which one will have to back down?
 

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George Soros isn't a citizen though.
But seeking to change the constitution is not

"any campaign conducted with a view to promoting or procuring a particular outcome in relation to a policy or policies or functions of the Government or any public authority"

Amendments to the constitution are not a function of the government
 

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The idea that pro life campaigners aren't getting funding from outside Ireland is risible.
Jumbotrons, uniform posters and balloons don't come cheap. There's videos of Ronan Mullah, Caroline Simons etc begging for the yankee dollar to fund them.
 

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But seeking to change the constitution is not

"any campaign conducted with a view to promoting or procuring a particular outcome in relation to a policy or policies or functions of the Government or any public authority"

Amendments to the constitution are not a function of the government
I refer my honourable friend to the Dredd. J response. :)
 


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