WASHINGTON, March 24, 2016 — “In 2010, the IRS began to pay unusual attention to 501(c) applications from groups with certain political affiliations,” wrote Judge Raymond Kethledge for the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. “As found by the Inspector General, the IRS ‘developed and used inappropriate criteria to identify applications from organizations with ‘Tea Party’ in their names.’”
At issue was the IRS’ claim that turning over internal documents to attorneys representing Tea Party organizations wanting to sue the tax agency for harassment violates laws shielding private tax information from public disclosure.
Judge Kethledge would have none of it, “We hold that the names, addresses, and taxpayer-identification numbers of applicants for tax-exempt status are not [tax] ‘return information’… [and] does not entitle the IRS to keep secret (in the name of ‘taxpayer privacy,’ no less) every internal IRS document that reveals IRS mistreatment of a taxpayer or applicant organization – in this case or future ones.”
The judge added that the provisions cited by the IRS were “enacted to protect taxpayers from the IRS, not the IRS from taxpayers.”
The ruling clears the way for the NorCal Tea Party to go forward with what the organization’s website describes as “the only class action lawsuit against the federal government.”
Back in 2011, then head of the IRS’ tax-exempt unit, Lois Lerner, felt no moral or legal qualms when handing private tax-payer information to Justice Department and Federal Election Commission minions concerning those she considered “very dangerous” – the Tea Party.
The Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling “overturning the ban on corporate spending applies to tax exempt rules,” a worried Lerner wrote in an email to underlings.
The Tea Party trouncing of liberal Democrats and moderate Republicans in the midterm elections of 2010 terrified Lerner. “Citizens United is by far the worst thing that has ever happened to this country… We are witnessing the end of America… money can buy the Congress and the Presidency… money packs the [Supreme Court]. And the court usually backs the money.”
Ironically, Crossroads GPS, a political action committee established by Karl Rove, a former Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff in the administration of George W. Bush, was among the organizations whose tax-exempt status was initially delayed by Lerner’s department. In fact, emails reveal that IRS officials considered slapping Rove’s super PAC with a hefty gift tax.
The dialectical materialists of the left are so fixated on money (primarily other people’s) they forget it can’t buy much when there are no sellers.
The Center for Responsive Politics estimates that excluding Donald Trump, the GOP field of presidential hopefuls has thus far burned through $314,020,780 of donor contributions on their failed political campaigns.
Trump has a mere $25.5 million in his campaign war chest – $17.7 million of it is his own scratch… or around 0.3 percent of his net worth.
Back in 2012, American Crossroads, another Karl Rove super PAC, spent $103 million on attack ads against the political opponents of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and down-ticket GOP candidates.
American Crossroads had a success rate of 1 percent.
In the end, President Obama, Democratic members of Congress, the IRS and Lois Lerner wasted a lot of taxpayer money and resources targeting Tea Party and conservative donors for harassment.
The superstitious notion – once advanced by Lois Lerner and continued by Bernie Sanders and his benighted followers – that the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling gave “the wealthiest people in this country,” who “already own much of the American economy, the opportunity to purchase the U.S. Government, the White House, the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House, Governors’ seats, legislatures, and State judicial branches,” is easily dispelled by the likes of billionaire Republican contributors Sheldon Adelson, Foster Friess, Paul Singer, Robert Mercer, Woody Johnson, Norman Braman, Ken Langone, Joe Ricketts, Peter Thiel and their paid-and-bought-for candidates Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina, Bobby Jindal, Lindsey Graham, Jim Gilmore, Rick Santorum, Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee, George Pataki, Scott Walker, Rick Perry…