Did IRS anti-tea party activities sway 2012 election?
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)
A public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption says the IRS has become a "rogue agency" that wants to kill the conservative movement with paperwork and regulation.
In a letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Judicial Watch has requested that office to direct the Treasury Department to withdraw a new Internal Revenue Service proposal to redefine "political activity" in a way that could be a substantial recordkeeping and collection of information burden on more than 100,000 non-profit organizations.
Judicial Watch spokesman Chris Farrell says the Obama IRS wants to kill the conservative movement with paperwork and regulation. "It's a non-stop onslaught by essentially a rogue agency. They are completely out of control," he tells OneNewswNow.
"They've already found themselves in a position where they've been clearly politicized and used as a tool to go after organizations and people that the current administration doesn't like [and] that they want to punish in some way."
Farrell suggests that the IRS actions suppressed tea party organizations in a way that may have affected the outcome of the 2012 election.
"The whole election turned on probably anywhere between 300,000 and 500,000 votes, if you look at it on an electoral map," he observes. "So if various groups had been able to be active and aggressively making their point, could that sway that many votes? Who knows for sure."
Farrell says while he appreciates the efforts of Republican Senators Jeff Flake (Arizona) and Pat Roberts (Kansas) to introduce legislation aimed at reining in the IRS targeting of conservatives, he's skeptical it will pass the Democratic-controlled Senate.
J. Christian Adams, a former Justice Department attorney who now serves as legal editor for PJ Media, agrees. "This is never going to become law," he says of the Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act. "It will never pass the Senate and will certainly never be signed by the president, whose IRS is in charge of this mischief."
The legislation, which is co-sponsored by 37 additional senators, would restore the IRS 501(c)(4) standards and definitions that were in place before the agency began harassing conservative groups in 2010 (see Sen. Flake's remarks below).
Adams believes a better solution lies with the Republican-controlled House, which is in charge of funding.
"They would defund the jobs at the Exempt Organizations branch of the IRS and they'd put these people who are responsible out of work," he suggests. "But that's not how they are apparently used to playing ball. [It seems] they're more interested ... in theater than they are results."
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