by Dave Blount | February 14, 2014 2:03 pm
Not only are Democrats doubling down on their use of the IRS as a political weapon, they aren’t even bothering to try to make it look good by scapegoating a few token left-wing outfits. An astonishingly arrogant 100% of 501(c)(4) groups targeted for audit are conservative, according to House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI):
“We now know that the IRS targeted not only right-leaning applicants, but also right-leaning groups that were already operating as 501(c)(4)s,” Mr. Camp said in a statement. “At Washington, DC’s direction, dozens of groups operating as 501(c)(4)s were flagged for IRS surveillance, including monitoring of the groups’ activities, websites and any other publicly available information. Of these groups, 83% were right-leaning. And of the groups the IRS selected for audit, 100% were right-leaning.”
Mr. Camp spoke at a meeting where the committee was expected to vote to delay implementation of Obama administration rules that GOP lawmakers say would unfairly restrict political activity by conservative groups. The Democratic-run Senate appears unlikely to go along.
But Senate Dems will go along eagerly with Obama’s use of the IRS to shatter the opposition’s kneecaps:
Senate Democrats facing tough elections this year want the Internal Revenue Service to play a more aggressive role in regulating outside groups expected to spend millions of dollars on their races.
Sen. Mark Pryor (Ark.), the most vulnerable Democratic incumbent, said the IRS has jurisdiction over 501(c)(4) groups, as well as charities, which fall under section 501(c)(3) of the tax code and sometimes engage in quasi-political activity.
Dems are eager for the IRS to take out Americans for Prosperity. By a remarkable coincidence,
This month, Americans for Prosperity launched a three-week advertising campaign targeting Pryor.
Guess who else is eager to use the IRS to silence opponents?
Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), the Senate Democrats’ chief political strategist, called for the IRS to curb political spending by outside groups during a major speech on how to blunt the impact of conservative donors such as the Koch brothers.
“The Tea Party elites gained extraordinary influence by being able to funnel millions of dollars into campaigns with ads that distort the truth and attack government,” he said in remarks at the Center for American Progress Action Fund.
“There are many things that can be done administratively by the IRS and other government agencies – we must redouble those efforts immediately,” he added.
The power to tax is the power to silence.
On tips from Bill T, JusttheTipHQ, and Jester. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.
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