The exciting news from yesterday came out of Wisconsin....
....prosecutors laid out what they call an extensive "criminal scheme" to bypass state election laws by (GOP Gov. Scott) Walker, his campaign and two top Republican political operatives — R.J. Johnson and Deborah Jordahl. No one has been charged, but this marks the prosecutors' most detailed account of the investigation yet.
The governor and his close confidants helped raise money and control spending through 12 conservative groups during the recall election campaigns, according to the prosecutors' filings.
The documents include an excerpt from an email in which Walker tells Karl Rove, former top adviser to President George W. Bush, that Johnson would lead the coordination campaign. Johnson also is Walker's longtime campaign strategist and the chief adviser to Wisconsin Club for Growth, a prominent conservative group.
"Bottom-line: R.J. helps keep in place a team that is wildly successful in Wisconsin. We are running 9 recall elections and it will be like 9 congressional markets in every market in the state (and Twin Cities)," Walker wrote to Rove on May 4, 2011. Rove runs American Crossroads, which backs Republican congressional and presidential candidates.
It is a felony violation for political campaigns to coordinate with outside political advocacy groups.
Scott Walker is often touted by El Rushbo, the far right, and many Village Idiots as a possible GOP presidential candidate in 2016. Limbaugh thinks Walker's leadership in Wisconsin should be a template for all Republicans. But then Rush makes millions lying to the malcontents who listen to his daily bile-spewing.
Admittedly, Walker's case will be difficult for prosecutors to win.....but the political fallout for Walker could damage the governor's re-election chances this fall.
Notice that Walker prosecutors claimed the governor was the ringleader of a "criminal scheme." I suggest to you today that the primary reason why Republicans are pretending so loudly that there is an IRS scandal which unfairly targeted conservative political groups.....is for the purpose of covering up a nationwide GOP "criminal scheme" to violate federal campaign funding laws.
The idea here is that if conservatives make enough noise over a pretend scandal at the IRS....and by god it has been deafening.....accusing Obama, Lois Lerner, and anybody who is not a Republican of politically targeting Tea and Patriot political activist groups.....then the genuine "criminal scheme" orchestrated by Republicans to openly and blatantly violate 501 (c)(3) tax exempt-status laws will go unnoticed.
Think of it this way. Firefighters sometimes have to start a fire in order to put one out. That's what the IRS "scandal" is. A white hot fire of faux outrage started by Republicans to extinguish any potential backdraft fire that would surely come if the public found out about the massive "criminal scheme" by Republicans and conservative groups to violate IRS tax exempt status laws. So, what Republicans have been really running with their giant, Issa and Fox-fueled, IRS faux-rage performance is a false flag operation. 'Look over here, but not there.'
Naturally, in the case of Scott Walker, the Koch Brothers Club For Growth was involved in the "criminal scheme." And it is primarily the Koch Brothers who have helped to supply would be "community welfare" groups with funding with which those groups could openly violate the terms of their (c)(3) status.....while those flush donors remained anonymous.
Make no mistake here. The IRS violated no laws when they gave extra-scrutiny to some 300 (c)(3) applicant groups, less than a third of which were conservative groups. That is exactly what the IRS is supposed to do.....make sure applicants aren't trying to cheat. The huge number of new Tea groups requesting tax exempt status after 2010 was no accident.....it was part and parcel of the "scheme"...to cheat.
Time for the no-more-mister-nice-guy part. What we have here is a giant conspiracy from the conservative side of things to violate federal campaign laws. These conspirators know that 501 (c)(3) status prohibits a group from making political advocacy their "primary" activity. Republicans don't want to abide by that restriction....so they have conspired together first, to overwhelm the IRS with bogus (c)(3) applicants whose only intentions were to advocate for conservative political candidates and policies...and second, to start a backdraft, false-flag operation blaming the Obama administration and the IRS for doing something wrong by examining those applications, to keep the spotlight away from their own conspiratorial lawlessness.
The truth is..... Walker, et.al. should be charged using the RICO laws meant to fight organized crime. Sure, the Teas and the Patriots and most Republicans would have a shite-fit....and the Village would wring their hands raw while trying to keep from fainting dead away.....but let's be honest....who gives a damn how those posers react?
Conservatives are as proud as peacocks when they preen-on about their eternal love and respect for the "rule of law"......for example, when Obama allegedly violated a law requiring the president to inform Congress about prisoner exchanges. My god, that Obama is a lawbreaker worthy of impeachment.
But when conservatives and Republicans come across a law they don't like.....they don't just passively comply with that law.....they conspire together to circumvent that law and then blame Obama and the IRS through a ginned up faux-rage fire of misdirection....so that few will pay attention to their law-breaking conspiracy.
Like The Joker said...."They're all schemers."
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