Blog: Scientology's billion-dollar slush fund, its slick operators, and how it gets around regulation - 2015-07-06

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F0.png Scientology's billion-dollar slush fund, its slick operators, and how it gets around regulation July 6, 2015, Jeffrey Augustine, Scientology Money Project

(Authored by Jeffrey Augustine, this essay was originally published by Tony Ortega at the Underground Bunker and is reprinted here for archival purposes)

As discussed previously, the International Association of Scientologists (IAS) is not a church; it is an unincorporated membership organization. Per its charter, the IAS functions autonomously from the so-called "Mother Church" i.e. the Church of Scientology International (CSI):

In the classic Scientology game of evasion, the Church of Scientology International (CSI) told the IRS that it does not have access to IAS membership records: Although the Church of Scientology International itself does not have the IAS membership list, CSI nevertheless blindly voted to allow the IAS to become the sole membership organization for Scientologists; this as it told the IRS: