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The House Ways and Means Committee has revealed that its investigation into the IRS targeting scandal has unearth yet another layer of the culture of corruption at the Obama Administration’s IRS.
As the Wall Street Journal reports:
“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.”
That’s right, every single 501(c)(4) organization selected for an audit by the IRS was a conservative group. We are well past the realm of coincidences and baseless accusations. The IRS unquestionably targeted conservatives. One would think the fact that the IRS initially apologized for doing just that would be a clue that this was no “phony” scandal.
The facts continue to lead to the unmistakable conclusion that this is more than some “boneheaded decision.” There is far more than a “smidgen of corruption.”
The IRS has had it out for conservatives. They targeted new applications. They held them up for three years and counting. They bombarded these groups with unconscionable questions about donor lists and personal information about their members and the content of their speech, even their prayers. They developed new regulations to change the rules in the middle of the game so that after holding groups up for three years they could then deny them under new unconstitutionally restrictive rules. And now we learn that they used the immensely coercive power of the IRS audit to further squelch their mission, their speech, and tie them up in enough red tape that even Houdini would have nowhere to go.
So, there’s “not even a smidgen of corruption” just like “if you like your health care plan, you can keep it”? The American people won’t fall for the political posturing devoid of any semblance of fact again. We won’t stand for it.
At the ACLJ, we’re standing up to the IRS in federal court. The expansively coercive power of the federal government should never be used to demonize and demolish the President’s political opponents.
Matthew Clark is Associate Counsel for Government Affairs and Media Advocacy with the ACLJ. A lifelong citizen of the Commonwealth of Virginia, he lives with his wife and three boys in Northern Virginia. Follow Matthew Clark: @_MatthewClark.