Friday, February 14, 2014

That's Quite a Coincidence

It seems the IRS has been doing much more than just targeting conservative groups seeking a tax-exempt status. According to a report published Tuesday at the Wall Street Journal, 100 percent of 501(c)(4) groups audited by the IRS were established conservative organizations, said House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich.

“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,” he said in his opening 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,” he added.
“Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action.” — Auric Goldfinger

Meanwhile, Democratic Senators are desperately begging the IRS to clamp down further on conservatives.
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.

In the wake of the IRS targeting scandal, the Democrats are publicly prodding the agency instead of lobbying them directly. They are also careful to say the IRS should treat conservative and liberal groups equally, but they’re concerned about an impending tidal wave of attack ads funded by GOP-allied organizations. Much of the funding for those groups is secret, in contrast to the donations lawmakers collect, which must be reported publicly.
And of course, they claim they want equal scrutiny of both sides, but they only seem concerned with Koch and not Soros, the Tea Party and not the Tides Foundation.

Have we achieved peak government thugishness yet?

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