Democrat Asks IRS to Step Up to Stop Conservative Political Groups
Have Democrats been living in a cave for the last nine months? Have they not heard about the IRS scandal in which the IRS specifically targeted and harassed conservative non-profits?
Well, if they have heard about the scandal, it’s obviously not of much concern to them. The Hill reports:
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.
One of the most powerful groups is Americans for Prosperity, funded by the billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch. It has already spent close to $30 million on ads attacking Democrats this election cycle.
“If they’re claiming the tax relief, the tax benefit to be a nonprofit for social relief or social justice, then that’s what they should be doing,” said Sen. Mark Begich (D), who faces a competitive race in Alaska. “If it’s to give them cover so they can do political activity, that’s abusing the tax code.”
Democrats are vulnerable. They’re worried about losing big-time in November. So they’re asking the IRS to provide additional scrutiny of conservative non-profits.
Didn’t the IRS just get in trouble for this very activity?
But the law has never meant much to Democrats. In their minds, the law only applies until it’s inconvenient to their purposes. Then the law becomes nothing more than a suggestion. Obama has made that very clear.