The IRS War Against The Tea Parties Spreads
In my last post, I revealed that the IRS war against the certain Tea Parties has taken the form of foot-dragging on tax-exemption applications. Both the Richmond, Virginia Tea Party and the Ohio Liberty Council have released communications from the Internal Revenue Service that include extensive questionnaires that go far beyond previous fact-finding by the service.
Officials from tea party groups in Hawaii, Texas, California and Kentucky have come forward with documents that are similar to those received by the organizations in Virginia and Ohio.
At least 80 conservative/constitutionalist groups, including 9/12 Project groups around the country have reportedly received these letters. The IRS letters all come from a single office of the IRS in Cincinnati, Ohio.
As the spreading IRS war spreads, so to has the publicity and the facts surrounding it. We now know that six senators sent a formal request to IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman that “requests that the commissioner investigate 501(c)(4) groups to determine whether they are engaging in substantial campaign activity, including opposition to any candidate.
Who signed this letter? Senators Charles Schumer (NY), Al Franken (MN), Mark Udall (C), Jeanne Shaheen (NH) , Sheldon Whitehouse (RI), Jeff Merkley (OR) and Michael Bennet (CO). They all have one thing in common, they’re all Democrats.
It appears that the Cincinnati, Ohio office has been designated by the IRS Commissioner as the point office for these reprehensible fishing expeditions by the tax service.
They are continuing to send out letters to groups that have requested tax exempt status under section 501 (c) (4) of the federal tax code. This section grants tax-exempt status to certain groups as long as they are not primarily involved in activity that could influence an election, a determination that is up to the IRS.
It appears that the size and the scope of the information sought by the IRS is designed to stymie these groups from achieving the tax-exempt status that the are seeking. “It’s intimidation,” said Tom Zawistowski, president of the Ohio Liberty Council, a coalition of tea party groups in the state. “Stop doing what you’re doing, or we’ll make your life miserable.”
The intimidation of political enemies is not new. Richard Nixon had his enemies list of political groups and individuals. Nixon’s list included well-known individuals, such as Paul Newman and Rep. John Conyers.
It now appears that the Obama administration and their allies in the Congress have adopted the “Chicago Way” of political intimidation and revenge against those who they perceive are their enemies. They have settled on using the IRS and political-appointee commissioner as there primary weapons in this political war.