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How To Properly Age A GOP Whine: IRS Vintage

By The Reverend Published: February 7, 2014

The reason the alleged IRS scandal never led to anything is because there was no IRS scandal. If you still believe that the IRS specifically and exclusively targeted conservative groups seeking 501(c)(4) tax exempt status in some self-victimizing, acid-trip-enhanced conspiracy by Obama and his socialist henchman to punish conservatives......you have been suckered big time.

Two months of investigation by Congress and the I.R.S. has produced new documents that have clouded much of the controversy’s narrative. In the more complicated picture now emerging, many organizations other than conservative groups were singled out: “progressive” organizations, medical marijuana purveyors, organizations formed to carry out President Obama’s health care law, and open source software developers who create software tools for computer code writers and distribute them free of charge.

Key facts: Between 2010 and 2012, (Lois) Lerner said, the number of 501(c)(4) applications leapt from 1,500 to more than 3,400.

The IRS gave extra scrutiny to 298 groups applying for tax-exempt status, the Washington Post reported. Seventy-two of those groups had "tea party" in their title, 13 had "patriots," and 11 had "9/12," shorthand for the 9/12 movement started by conservative TV host Glenn Beck.

Those numbers were what originally led The Reverend to call bullshite on the right's over-the-top whine-assery immediately after the IRS information broke. Of 298 groups applying, only 96 right wing groups with "tea party", "patriots" and "9/12" in their group titles were picked for extra scrutiny. Which can only mean that two thirds of groups given extra scrutiny.....a total of 202....were not singled out because they were "obviously" conservative.

The problem facing the IRS in the wake of the tragic Citizens United 2010 ruling was trying to keep the process of approving tax exempt 501(c)(4) groups honest. Donors to (c)(4) groups can remain anonymous. But (c)(4) groups, by IRS rules, are not supposed to be active in partisan politics as the bulk of their "work." One prime example of (c)(4) status abuse has been Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS. In 2012, Crossroads spent at least $85.7 million on political activities.

I think it is easy to see what is going on here. Conservatives are gaming, and cheating, the 501(c)(4) tax exempt system.....and are getting away with it....at the same time that these same conservatives are bitching about being victimized by "Obama's" IRS.

The larger picture is also clear. Billionaire donors are funneling millions of dollars, anonymously dontchaknow, into smaller "grassroots", "social welfare" conservative groups, who, then, use that money in violation of the non-political activities stipulations dictated under the tax exempt rules of the IRS.

In short....it's a scam masquerading as a bunch of "real Americans" doing good in their quaint "real America" communities.

Though still alive in the beat-the-dead-horses Foxian dystopia......the IRS "scandal", like most conservative 'we-are-being-victimized' scandals, has faded away. Tea groups were not uniquely targeted for extra scrutiny. Further, there is no evidence that has been forthcoming...none...which implicates the Obama administration in such a pissant faux-scandal.

But none of the above matters to dishonest Republican leaders. Republican leaders don't do reality very well.....so now, Republican leaders are attempting to thuggishly intimidate the IRS from doing their job. In a letter to the IRS signed by Boehner, Cornyn, McConnell, Thune, Hatch, Cantor, McCarthy, McMorris-Rodgers, Shelby, Camp and Hal Rogers.....Republicans warned the IRS against making conservative tax exempt, social welfare (c)(4) groups play by the rules. Yes, that's what they stated in the letter.

"It is our view that finalizing this proposed rule would make intimidation and harassment of the administration's political opponents the official policy of the IRS and would allow the Obama Administration to use your agency as a partisan tool," the lawmakers wrote in the letter signed by nine other colleagues.

What Republicans are complaining about is the IRS's insistence that social welfare, tax exempt (c)(4) groups....the groups who don't have to report their donors.....would limit spending by those groups on political activities. Political activities which have nothing to do with "social welfare."

The new IRS rules would prevent 501(c)(4) tax-exempt groups from running television ads, organizing get-out-the-vote efforts and voter registration drives, and handing out literature on political issues.

As it should be.

The proof that all this is but another GOP gaming of the system?

The groups spent more than $310 million over the two-year 2012 election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks campaign finance. Some $265 million of that -- about 85 percent -- was from organizations that align with Republicans, according to the watchdog group.

Social welfare....my hiney.

The argument, if one could call it that, by Republicans amounts to this: 'We want our billionaire backers to be able to funnel huge amounts of money to, ostensibly, community and social welfare groups whose donors stay anonymous, so that those alleged social welfare groups can politically promote the GOP and it's candidates and issues.'

There is no IRS scandal. The IRS was caught doing it's job, trying to keep the system from being hijacked by schemers. Republicans, on the other hand, are continuing to intimidate and bully the IRS into simply giving the schemers and cheaters what they really want......free reign to do whatever they want to advance the GOP.
 

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