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The Slow Death of Irony Continues in Colorado

Posted by ColoradoPatriot at 7:32 pm - May 23, 2013.
Filed under: Colorado,IRS/Tea Party Scandal,Liberal Hypocrisy

Remember this?

That old corny 80s PSA* came to mind today as I noticed that one of the two gentlemen Tim Gill my state sent to the Senate is suddenly in high dudgeon over the IRS criminal activity scandal that everybody seems to be recognizing as exactly what happens when too much authority is given to the Leviathan state find so fascinating these days.

Among Senator Bennet’s questions: “I don’t know how we get to the bottom of it, but I think somebody needs to be able to answer that. It doesn’t seem like it’s asking too much.” The “that” he’s referring to is who directed the illegal and unconstitutional decision to target Tea Party and other conservative groups for extra scrutiny.

Here’s a hint: It was you, Senator.

Perhaps he doesn’t recall, but Senator Bennet was one of seven luminaries who signed a letter to then-commissioner of the IRS Douglas Shulman in February last year demanding higher scrutiny of 501(c)(4) organizations.

Oh, but he didn’t stop there. While dislocating his arm patting himself on the back, Senator Bennet made perfectly clear just which sort of 501(c)(4) organizations had his hackles up. From the press release posted back then on his official Senate (yes, the one we as federal taxpayers fund) website:

For instance, long-time partisan operative Karl Rove is a senior official behind a 501(c)(4) “social welfare” charity, yet it’s common knowledge that his organization exists to elect and defeat specific political candidates. Elections operations such as Mr. Rove’s should not be allowed to masquerade as charities to take advantage of their tax exempt status and hide their donors from the public. It’s the IRS’s job to enforce the tax code and make sure that “social welfare” organizations are what they say they are.

(Italics mine.)

Funny he couldn’t think of any leftist, statist 501(c)(4) organizations. Considering the circles in which he travels (he’s now the DSCC chairman), that seems pretty unlikely. That he chose Karl Rove to target isn’t surprising whatsoever. That he is now feigning offense that the IRS followed his lead and did his bidding is also not surprising (he’s a politician, after all).

What would be much more sad than surprising would be if he gets away with it. I suppose that’s up to my fellow Coloradans.

*Perhaps someone who’s much more savvy with video/etc. than I am can reshoot this with the tagline changed from “Parents who use drugs have children who use drugs.” to something like “Senators who direct Federal employees to use their authority to target their political opponents have Federal employees who use their authority to target their political opponents.”

-Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from HHQ)

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14 Comments

  1. “Funny he couldn’t think of any leftist, statist 501(c)(4) organizations.”

    Yet leftie orgs were also targeted.
    http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-05-14/irs-sent-same-letter-to-democrats-that-fed-tea-party-row-taxes

    This is exactly like when conservatives railed against NGO’s and their non profit status and then organizations like Greenpeace were targeted in a blanket sweep.

    The difference in this case is the IRS decided to organize by political affiliation and that is the problem. If they would have looked at all groups to see if they had the privileged of Tax Free donations in the same manner, it would be just fine. Its hard to say this is dem led program when we can see Several liberal groups denied in the same sweep, and I have seen no evidence that says this was a White House Led initiative.

    Comment by mike — May 24, 2013 @ 12:46 am - May 24, 2013

  2. Lame. The bootlicker’s link only cites that three leftist groups… compared to dozens perhaps hundreds… of Tea Party groups were scrutinized, it provides no evidence that left-wing groups were subject to the opposition research type questions Tea Party groups were (send us all your Facebook and Twitter posts including personal ones, tell us what books you read, tell us what you pray about), and ignores that unlike their left-wing counterparts, Tea Party members who filed for 501 status were subject to harassment by the FBI, the ATF, the OSHA, and other Federal agencies.

    Meanwhile, MMFA, a clearly partisan group that, like the bootlicker, simply echoes the admistration’s talking points, never has its tax exempt status question.

    Comment by V the K — May 24, 2013 @ 8:20 am - May 24, 2013

  3. Wasn’t there testimony this week that during the period conservative groups’ applications were being slow-walking and denied, that no liberal group’s application was subjected to the same delay or denial? Were liberal groups subject to a review? Sure. Were any subject to the “special review” to the same degree as conservative groups? No.

    Comment by in_awe — May 24, 2013 @ 12:02 pm - May 24, 2013

  4. I love how the Mugabe bootlicker mike tries pushing a lie that is so obviously one, when you consider that Barack Obama’s political organization and Barack Obama’s brother’s shady charity both clearly had no questioning whatsoever.

    Don’t worry, mike; again, we know you won’t answer. You aren’t mentally or morally capable of admitting that your Barack Obama, your Barack Obama Party, and your unionized Federal workforce that overwhelmingly discriminates against and harasses conservatives did anything wrong.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — May 24, 2013 @ 12:48 pm - May 24, 2013

  5. It requires a HUGE suspension of disbelief to accept that the people who benefited directly from the IRS Investigation of the Tea Party had absolutely nothing to do with it. Especially when it fits a pattern of political corruption that goes back to the 2008 campaign.

    The Mugabe Regime may well be the most corrupt presidential administration in US history.

    Comment by V the K — May 24, 2013 @ 5:36 pm - May 24, 2013

  6. #2 V you are incorrect:
    “As with the Tea Party groups, the IRS sought copies of promotional materials, backgrounds of officers, meeting minutes and specifics about activities, such as get-out-the-vote drives, that the organization said it would conduct. ”

    So if their main organizational drive is FB, then yes they would go to FB.

    And here is an example where they did go after a liberal church (because of their sermons not prayers, but close!):
    http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-allsaints9-16-06,0,7778020.story

    It looks like they make delving into the background of offered quite standard in their approach. Again, their scrutiny of the these groups was not the problem.
    Each group deserves to be looked at when applying for Tax Free privileges.

    The problem is the manner in-which they politically profiled Tea Party groups.

    Comment by mike — May 24, 2013 @ 8:14 pm - May 24, 2013

  7. Ooops, the Mugabe bootlicker’s lies just imploded again.

    As general counsel to the Obama re-election campaign, Mr. Bauer used the same tactics on pro-Romney groups. The Obama campaign targeted private citizens who had donated to Romney groups. Democratic senators demanded that the IRS investigate these organizations.

    So come on, mike, lick some more boots for us. Show us how you can defend everything Barack Mugabe does. We don’t expect you to be anything other than a sniveling syncophant; after all, Mugabe-supporting bigots like yourself DEMANDED the Tea Party and others be targeted.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — May 24, 2013 @ 8:35 pm - May 24, 2013

  8. The IRS already admitted they were especially targeting Tea Party groups. So, it’s kinda pointless to deny it.

    Comment by V the K — May 24, 2013 @ 11:53 pm - May 24, 2013

  9. It makes good talking points though. And no record of going after the leftist groups families or restricting their rights of speech and assembly.

    Fail, again.

    Comment by The_Livewire — May 25, 2013 @ 11:24 am - May 25, 2013

  10. IRS Admits to it. Lerner signed the paperwork. And you can show the difference between 2010 and 2012 but yet there are still deniers… amazing.

    Comment by rthuba — May 25, 2013 @ 3:48 pm - May 25, 2013

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  12. this Morning on Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace read a portion of a letter to the IRS by Senator Durbin also to investigate Karl Rove¨s Crossroads Group. His defense was the the fact that Rove was bragging about how much money they have collected. I was surprised the neither Chris nor Senator Graham didn´t counter with the question; did anybody in 2004 request the IRS

    Comment by Roberto — May 26, 2013 @ 7:40 pm - May 26, 2013

  13. (continued, sometimes the space bar enters.) request the IRS look into the organizations financed by George Soros, for his boast of spending 4 billion to defeat the reelection of George W. Bush? That sounded more partisan that Rove´s comment.

    Comment by Roberto — May 26, 2013 @ 7:46 pm - May 26, 2013

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