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    Norm Ornstein, no democrat, deals out more reality:

    If the IRS or the White House were intent on going after Republicans and conservatives who were using 501(c)4 status to influence elections, why would they leave American Crossroads GPS and the American Action Network alone, each organizations that made no bones about their use of the status simply to hide their donors? The idea that these organizations had or have anything to do with "social welfare" is almost farcical, and that is why every major campaign finance reform group and many others pushed the IRS hard to apply its own regulations to them and other groups-- now including the Obama campaign adjunct Organizing for America-- not because of their political coloration but because they openly flouted the intent and clear language of the law and were ignored by a complacent and disorganized IRS, one that at its leadership level was probably cowed by the likelihood that doing its job against these organizations would be met by fierce criticism from Mitch McConnell, the Wall Street Journal editorial page and many others.

    The IRS brass, from its Bush-appointed head on down to its top career officials like Lois Lerner, wanted no part of a major political fight that would get the agency caught in a partisan crossfire, and so put their collective heads in the sand about the real abuses of the tax law going on around them.

    The problem is the nature of 501c4 [and a post CU world], not the IRS.

    "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

    by Greg Dworkin on Thu May 16, 2013 at 02:37:42 PM PDT

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    •  Oh yeah? Yeah. Oh Yeah? Yeah! (0+ / 0-)

      LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

      by dinotrac on Thu May 16, 2013 at 03:26:43 PM PDT

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      •  benghazi has burned out (0+ / 0-)

        Weather Channel has downgraded IRS to "controversy" down from "scandal"

        AP can't be seen on doppler radar.

        "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

        by Greg Dworkin on Fri May 17, 2013 at 06:33:30 AM PDT

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