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Another stab in the back

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From page A4 | January 22, 2014 | 19 Comments

In the 2012 presidential election the IRS managed to stifle a whole raft of Tea Party groups throughout the country by stalling on their application for 501(c)(4) status. The IRS would ask endless bizarre questions and then never deny their application so they could not appeal. No decision, no appeal.

When this hit the news after President Obama was reelected he said he was shocked, yes, shocked that there was political gamesmanship going on at the IRS. Democrat senators weren’t shocked. They had asked the IRS to stop giving nonprofit status to Tea Party groups.

Now the 2014 mid-term elections are coming up and the Obama administration, through its Treasury Department, is going to codify what the IRS did allegedly on its own during the 2012 election. It made the announcement during the Thanksgiving weekend when most were watching football games or in a tryptophan-induced stupor. In other words, nobody was paying attention.

The deadline to comment on the new rules is Feb. 27.

The original law for 501(c)(4) groups was created in 1959 for civic leagues and social welfare groups. Existing rules say the groups can qualify for social welfare status and donor anonymity if they are “primarily engaged in promoting in some way the common good of the people of a community.”

We don’t see the IRS or the U.S. Treasury as capable of regulating free speech, let along deciding what is “the common good of the people of the community.” In fact, they shouldn’t be doing it at all. It’s bad enough that there are clearly those whose taxes are audited for political purposes. And the IRS is supposed to figure out how to fine those who don’t buy Obamacare. Now the IRS wants to regulate political speech, though it’s clear it already did that in 2012 by stonewalling Tea Party-style groups or any groups that appeared conservative.

These groups have as much of a right to educate the public about issues and the size and reach of the federal government as the Sierra Club or the unions.

As noted in a Washington Post analysis Nov. 29 by Matea Gold, “‘Treasury and the IRS drew a very deep and troubling line in the sand,’ the Alliance for Justice, an association of more than 100 nonprofit groups on the left, said in a statement. ‘Though the new definitions attempt to clarify existing rules, they also create a danger to citizen participation in our democracy.’”

That is an exception, though. Generally Republicans in Congress are opposed, especially while they are still investigating the IRS scandal of target Tea Party-style groups, but Democrats in Congress support new rules.

Among some of the proposed rules are outlawing voters guides and voter registration by social welfare groups. The voter guides couldn’t mention political candidates, even if the guides only discussed their voting record, something any number of nonprofit groups do now, saying how well they vote on environmental issues or how well they vote on business issues.

Among the rules proposed is the following, which would be a proscribed activity: “Holding an event within 60 days of a general election (or within 30 days of a primary election) at which a candidate appears as part of the program.”

God forbid that somebody with a 501(c)(4) organization should sponsor a candidate forum to inform the public within two months of a general election.

“This is part of ongoing efforts within the IRS that are improving our work in the tax-exempt area,” said IRS Acting Commissioner Danny Werfel, according to the IRS’s Website on this issue. “Once final, this proposed guidance will continue moving us forward and provide clarity for this important segment of exempt organizations.”

“Improving our work in the tax exempt area?” That means improving their ability to stab the American public in the back.

Mountain Democrat

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Discussion | 19 comments

  • James E.January 21, 2014 - 10:26 am

    Stab the American public in the back? More than a tad dramatic. And to say that the Tea Party is promoting the public good is a real stretch.

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  • cookie65January 22, 2014 - 5:50 am

    92 million people out of the workforce (real unemployment 37.2%) and another 49 million on foodstamps plus we now have more uninsured than before ocommycare was passed. Misery index worst in 40 years. Strange is James' yardstick for promoting the public good. http://washingtonexaminer.com/wall-street-advisor-actual-unemployment-is-37.2-misery-index-worst-in-40-years/article/2542604

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  • George LowryJanuary 23, 2014 - 7:32 am

    "Stab in the Back" A bloody shirt waved by oppressed white majorities across history. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stab-in-the-back_myth

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  • residentJanuary 22, 2014 - 6:12 am

    Blame the Tea Party? The democratic party is running the show. It appears Mr E. approves of the process of silencing political opposition.

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  • 1036-FrankJanuary 22, 2014 - 8:35 am

    The real story is the scandal after scandal being covered up and how much money is being handed out to friends of the Ali-Bummer's and their ever multiplying forty thieves. Taking out nearly 100 million from the work force and shifting them to social welfare programs to hide unemployment numbers is an obvious, yet well covered up, fact as is the doubling of those on welfare yet the story never appears in major network media. Add the IRS scandal where not one person was fired to the AG and Clinton still not held accountable for anything and planning a run for President. And then there have been the full on multi-million dollar never ending vacations and golf trips and the "celebrity" shows going on in the White House with the usual suspects and guest lists that should be on the front page of every newspaper for a real wake-up call of who and what is going on behind the scenes as the party continues and the numbers put into poverty rises daily.

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  • James E.January 22, 2014 - 9:04 am

    The Tea Party should get the tax exemption because they are promoting the public good, as in shutting down the government and advocating that the U.S. default on the public debt. Yes, indeed, the Tea Party really promotes the public good.

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  • cookie65January 22, 2014 - 9:42 am

    You cannot change facts James, We were a thriving and prosperous country long before we had all this government. Where does it end James? How much government is enough? Are there any responsibilities should be left to the free citizens? Take your thinking to its logical conclusion and what do we have? Tyranny.

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  • James E.January 22, 2014 - 9:07 am

    Actually, their performance was the high water mark, and we will now see the Tea Party fade away as the Republican Party acknowledges the harm the Tea Party has done to their possible success in 2014 and 2016.

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  • cookie65January 22, 2014 - 9:52 am

    You sure are obsessed with a tiny minority of racist, bigot, hatemongers that no one takes seriously. What would be the reason the establishment big government republicans would be afraid of the tea party? And what would cause you to side with the establishment big government republicans? How are you and the establishment BIG government republicans threatened by the tea party? Reality is a tireless pursuer. What ever happened to chief spreading bulls brainchild known as the occupy parasites? Have you exposed yourself to any of the onion being peeled back on the butcher of Benghazi or are you still worshiping her thru the alter of pmsmbc?

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  • James E.January 22, 2014 - 10:06 am

    Butcher of Benghazi -- hahahahahahahaha. Good one Cookie.

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  • James E.January 22, 2014 - 10:12 am

    Cookie you sure are obsessed with calling Hillary the Butcher of Benghazi.

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  • James E.January 22, 2014 - 10:16 am

    Cookie, I'm not sure I would agree that we were a thriving and prosperous country long before we had all this government. Our economy surged after WWII, but other periods had the same starts and stops that we seem to experience today.

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  • WhattheheckJanuary 22, 2014 - 1:52 pm

    How funny that this article appears with no name on the article.......could it be that the person(s) do not want other people to know that they support the dinosaur called Tea Party and that they are so far to the right to be called a looney-bin? This article is a joke and continues to support the theory that this newspaper is operated and owned by the right-wing nuts of EDC..........

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  • Dink LaneJanuary 22, 2014 - 4:37 pm

    POINT: 501(c)(4) status.... EXEMPTS the "non-profit" from paying TAXES.... The "Tea-Party" can still spread their propaganda...... but they DIDN'T want to pay TAXES on the $$$$$ they were collecting.... If what the Tea-Party had to say was so IMPORTANT..... then do it.... but PAY YOUR TAXES on your profits...

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  • kggJanuary 22, 2014 - 7:47 pm

    "Democrat senators weren’t shocked. They had asked the IRS to stop giving nonprofit status to Tea Party groups." kgg writes: how ridiculous - it has been proven that just as many progressive or liberal non profits were challanged as well. doesn't the mt. dem read the news?

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  • WhattheheckJanuary 22, 2014 - 8:16 pm

    KGG.......you have it exactly right, but facts confuse the right.......just take a look at faux nooze.........

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  • cookie65January 23, 2014 - 4:29 am

    http://www.ijreview.com/2014/01/110234-majority-say-obama-administration-incompetent-president-obama-even-paying-attention/

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  • cookie65January 23, 2014 - 4:57 am

    whatthe, faux nooze is nearly as far behind as you. Here is an example. They are reporting that the regime is concerned that ocommycare is so flawed it may bankrupt insurance companies. You see they are every bit as duped as you. The entire motive of ocommycare is to bankrupt insurance companies. To blame them for your ignorance is a stretch because they share your ignorance. Still though, I find it fascinating how you lemmings are obsessed over a couple of drops of pseudo conservatism in an ocean of leftism. What a perfect example of the tolerance and openmindedness of leftists. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/01/22/administration-fears-part-health-care-system-so-flawed-it-could-bankrupt/#

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  • cookie65January 23, 2014 - 4:34 am

    kgg, I guess you can't site your claim. What we know. The person in charge took the 5th. The lie about it being rouge agents at a Cincinnati office has been debunked. This is slimy, stinking leftist corruption of the worst kind and you twits all know it. This is true voter suppression, not the make believe B.S. the left whines about.

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