Scandal Could Leave IRS 'Gun Shy' With Political Groups

, The National Law Journal

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A growing controversy in Washington involving the Internal Revenue Service could mean big changes in the way the agency regulates the political activity of tax-exempt organizations, according to election law experts.

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  • Darren McKinney

    The only rats, Mr. Mondello, are those among our nation's increasingly radical and intolerant left. For it was from President Obama's regular campaign attacks on various "greedy millionaires and billionaires," those who'd audaciously contributed to the Romney campaign or conservative PACs, that his minions within the White House and throughout the executive branch took their Nixonian cues. Seeking his approval and big government-preserving reelection, they did the boss's dirty work even if he now purports to find that work "outrageous."

    Like the IRS, the EPA has allegedly shown political bias in connection with permit processes, too, and I suspect that media shoe is likely to drop very soon. Truth-telling whistleblowers, suddenly emboldened with knowledge that the Emperor has neither any clothes nor respect for the Constitution, our laws or political traditions are likely to start flowing from the woodwork like roaches at night. Lord knows, there's a lot they can talk about:

    Unilaterally deciding the Senate is in recess when it says it's in session in order to install unconfirmable apparatchiks, refusing to uphold disfavored laws, leaving U.S. personnel in Libya unprotected and lying about it for electoral gain, using the IRS to silence critics of redistribution, divisively stirring up racial animus with nonsense criticism of voter ID requirements as Jim Crow revisited, and now tapping the media's phones -- these are just a few examples of what this administration has done in an effort to silence and threaten those who disagree with it.

    And as the mainstream media finally come to realize their love for and desire to protect this president were misplaced, they'll actually start reporting the stories of his victims and the bureaucrats who acted as his enforcers. This reportage will make clear that the radical left doesn't believe in matching political speech with more political speech, as Justice Louis Brandeis suggested.

    No, the American left, like Russia's Putin, wants to silence disagreeable speech by any means necessary. And when beatings administered by union goons, orchestrated boycotts of businesses and shareholder revolts fall short, well, no worries -- there's always the IRS.

  • Corey Mondello, Boston MA

    (In other words, this all works out very well for those who also appreciate Citizens United. I smell a fish, or a rat most likely.) - Scandal Could Leave IRS 'Gun Shy' With Political Groups

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