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  •  Of course someone was instructing them (5+ / 0-)

    We don't yet know who, but all these local TP groups didn't suddenly come up with the same strategy independently just by reading the tax code and Citizens United. Neither did the liberal ones, of course.

    What is most important is to keep emphasizing that the principle of screening "social welfare organization" applications to make sure they weren't really political organizing committees under the mask wasn't illegal, unconstitutional, infringement of everyone's rights, etc. etc. -- it was the IRS's job, under the express wording of statutes that Congress enacted. If they had decided to do a thorough extra-special screening of ALL 501c4 applications, using the same questionaire, there would be no problem.  The ONLY legitimate issue is whether the IRS improperly used certain code words in an organization's name or description as triggers for special scrutiny.

    And don't get me started on the double standard where the FBI, NYPD, Homeland Security, etc. etc. applied a completely different standard to anything with the word "Occupy" in it, and no one in Congress or the media feels the need to investigate that (or rant about it).  

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