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Don't Blame Citizens United for the IRS Scandal

Three reasons that story doesn't fly.

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David Freddoso makes some sharp points about the unfolding IRS scandal:

Take this form and shove it.

Democrats on the Ways and Means Committee focused like a laser on the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision as the true culprit for this targeting. But there are a few problems with this explanation.

First of all, this excuse blames the victims and turns the perpetrator–the IRS–into some kind of victim of their constitutional rights. It's one thing if Democrats don't like what the law or the Constitution or the Supreme Court has to say about free speech–they are welcome to attempt to change it. But that doesn't justify the singling out of conservative groups, who were not given any special status above and beyond their liberal peers. At best, it's a separate issue.

Second, the data show that there was no surge in 501c(4) applications by Spring 2010, around which time the IRS decided to target conservative applicants–in fact, the number of applications declined sharply between fiscal 2009 and 2010. So the idea that a sudden surge of Citizens United-inspired non-profit applications created the need for this extra scrutiny is a completely false one….

Third, the groups that were targeted mostly do not even remotely fit the profile [of] huge "dark money" actors that Democrats associate with Citizens United. The Associated Press studied tax returns for 93 of them only to find that they had little money and were genuinely grassroots groups–their median income (mostly from fundraising) was $16,700 per year, and their median expenses were just $12,770–not even enough for a typical campaign ad buy.

Only a very small number of big players have used 501c(4) money for mass-scale electioneering, and none of them seem to have been targeted.

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  1. Only a very small number of big players have used 501c(4) money for mass-scale electioneering, and none of them seem to have been targeted.

    Including, ahem, Organizing of Action, Barack Obama’s campaign wing.

    1. That doesn’t sound quite right…

      1. Isn’t it amazing how a politician’s campaign organization can easily turn into a 501(c)(4), but the IRS is so very suspicious of Tea Party groups because they might, in the future, do something improper, like… endorse a candidate.

  2. Which amendment do Dems hate more, the 1st or the 2nd?

    1. Probably the 1st since it enables groups to pool money to defend the 2nd and other causes they hate.

      1. They clearly love the 1st. All the administration was doing is redressing its grievances.

    2. Which amendment do Dems hate more, the 1st or the 2nd?

      The 2nd. The first selectively applies in some very narrow cases. The 2nd doesn’t apply to anyone.

      1. Don’t be silly. They think the 2nd means the government is allowed to own guns. This is needed to protect us all from the dangerous people who believe the 2nd applies to everyone.

  3. First of all, this excuse blames the victims and turns the perpetrator–the IRS–into some kind of victim…

    During Obama’s tenure, the Democrats haven’t been able to defend their fort without this kind of obfuscation of facts. Here, the Tea Party was painted up like a whore and therefore was asking for it.

  4. It’s appalling the lengths partisans will go to excuse the most disturbing abuses of power. I don’t care if Obama is your biological father–this crap should disturb you at least enough to demand an independent investigation.

    1. The IRS has the ability to pry into every crevice of our lives, and shown the willingness to do so.
      Scrap it and replace it with consumption taxes.

      1. Scrapping it is very high on my to-do list.

        1. How much would a one way ticket for the IRS cost?

          1. Nothing. We’d pay for it with donations.

            1. What would you do with all the leftover money?

              1. Make a missile defense shield out of the bills. In orbit.

            2. Can’t you even do one thing pro bono?

              1. That’s lawyering, not rocket science, dude.

                1. Sorry pro lib, I don’t do pro bono work.

      2. ^This, and only This.

  5. How dare you confuse the narrative with facts!

  6. “If you could make God bleed, people would cease to believe in him.”

    1. I ain’t got time to bleed!

    2. “Behold a god who bleeds!”

    3. Uh….ever see a crucifix?

  7. “Don’t Blame Citizens United for the IRS Scandal”
    The claim that the corruption had anything to do with CU was a red herring and remains so.
    It’s Team Blue bots hoping to misdirect attention from the guy with the responsibility.

  8. http://www.rawstory.com/rs/201…..-tax-code/

    Charlie Rangel: “The Tea Party groups were asking for it by wearing those short skirts.”

    1. Also, revealing quotes:

      “The applications for this type of corporation increased dramatically, did it not?” Rangel asked acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller at a House Committee on Ways and Means hearing.

      “They did double,” Miller agreed.

      1. Objection: Leading the witness.

        1. Objection overruled,

          Charlie Rangel making a fool out of himself is way too good to pass over.

      2. “We were so overwhelmed that our only recourse was to ask for a lot more paperwork to increase our workload. Oh, and for stress relief, we asked Christian groups for the content of their prayers. We thought it might be good for some yucks around the office.”

    2. Charlie Rangel!

      ahem, oh wait.. hang on.

    3. Charlie Rangel!

  9. After the devastation of the 2010 elections they had to destroy the Tea Party before 2012. And they succeeded.
    Or you believe in a series of coincidences that lined up for Obama.

  10. First of all, this excuse blames the victims and turns the perpetrator–the IRS–into some kind of victim of their constitutional rights.

    Those groups were asking for it, strutting around in their tight, 501c(4) shorty-shorts with PATRIOT on the ass.

  11. their median income (mostly from fundraising) was $16,700 per year, and their median expenses were just $12,770

    $5,000 may not sound like a lot to Kochtopus fat cats, but that figure far exceeds Solyndra’s profits.

    1. OOOOHH! Good one!!

  12. This bit about Citizens United being the culprit was nothing more than a “hey look, a squirrel!” move by the Democrats.

    1. Wait! I don’t see a squirrel.

      …..

      Ooooooooooooh…..

    2. They’ve even deployed a pic of Marco Rubio’s water bottle. I love the smell of desperation in the morning. It smells like … victory.

  13. A good timeline of this scandal would be quite damning. Roughly:

    Obama jokes about auditing enemies.

    Obama critics and GOP donors get audited.

    Democrat politicians call for IRS investigation of Tea Party groups.

    Tea Party groups “profiled” and asked to jump through hoops for years. Meanwhile, liberal groups have few problems.

    Profiling is “discovered” by higher-ups in Sept. 2012, but suppressed until the election is long past.

    Profiling in publicly acknowledged, claimed to have been done by just a few people in one office. This is swiftly proven to be untrue.

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