Fox & Henhouse: Obama Admin Proposes Campaign Restrictions On Tax-Exempt Orgs

I have to wonder: Is “Obama” a Swahili expression for the English word, “shameless.”

The Administration is proposing new laws restricting tax exempt organizations from political campaigns. Marketwatch reports:

The Treasury Department and the IRS on Tuesday proposed limiting the political activities of tax-exempt organizations, including campaign advertising and “get-out-the-vote” drives.

The Obama administration expects its so-called “guidance” will draw a large number of comments “given the significant public interest in these and related issues” – a reference to tea-party groups who have said they were singled out by the IRS for scrutiny during the last election.

If the proposals are finalized, a group registering voters or spending on advertising could lose its tax exemption.

The rules don’t really matter. What matters is how they are enforced. We already know, from their own “on the record” statements, that the IRS used its power to hamper and obstruct the formation of tax-exempt organizations that seemed Conservative. No one in the Obama Administration, least of all Obama himself, feels any obligation to act in an even-handed way in enforcing the law. The new restrictions will be invoked to spread false accusations against conservative groups in order to paralyse them during the next elections. Meanwhile, accusations or suspicions about liberal groups will be ignored.

If Marketwatch is correct in their interpretation, they even allude to the IRS crimes against conservatives in their proposal.

The proposal applies to groups organized under section 501(c)(4) of the tax code. The largest such group is Crossroads GPS, partly run by Republican strategist Karl Rove. The liberal group Priorities USA was formed by supporters of President Barack Obama, despite his criticism of outside entities. Those groups in recent campaigns raised millions of dollars from donors who were permitted to remain anonymous under tax rules.

If you think Crossroads GPS is going to be treated by the same standard as Priorities USA you are very naïve.

Notice that none of this is proposed legislation to go to Congress. The Treasury Department announcement is part of their procedure for imposing their own laws, just like the EPA has done for carbon dioxide.

Actually, I may be wrong that Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS would be singled out. Nothing would be better for Hillary than if she could run against a fellow warmonger like Peter King or Jeb Bush. So maybe the IRS is going to try to destroy the organizations that would support Rand Paul or Ted Cruz.