Organization that paid for Mayor Bob Filner's France trip was not nonprofit

IRS confirms OAIC is not a 501(c)(3)

SAN DIEGO - Team 10 has confirmed Mayor Bob Filner's trip to France was not paid by a nonprofit organization, as his office claimed in a news release sent out after 9:00 p.m. Thursday.

Filner went to France last month, and the news release said he was "invited to speak at the Organization of Iranian-American Communities (“OIAC”)."

The release stated, "Under the California Fair Political Practices Act, OIAC’s payment of the Mayor’s expenses are exempt from all gift limits because OIAC is an IRC §501(c)(3) non-profit organization and the expenses were incurred for a legitimate governmental purpose."

But a discussion with an IRS spokesperson revealed the Organization of Iranian-American Communities is not registered as a nonprofit.

The group's website shows it has a local Southern California chapter.

Team 10 first broke the story of the junket in late June. At the time, the mayor refused to name the organization that paid for his trip, saying he didn't want to be a word or two off and give the wrong name.

Team 10 also broke the story on how much it cost for the mayor's security detail, and officers missed the flight to France.

While in France, Mayor Filner stood before a crowd and said women will "set us free."

Before breaking the France junket, Team 10 first reported details of a developer's donation as a quid pro quo, which the mayor denied.

Team 10 also broke the news that the Justice Department was investigating Filner's return of that donation.

Receipts of the trip have been requested through a public records requests weeks ago, and Team 10 still is waiting for the return of those records.

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