IRS as Big Brother: Social Security Numbers

Many times this blog has covered how the state and federal governments try to spy on, harass, and intimidate conservatives by forcing conservative organizations to turn in information about their donors. Now, The Daily Signal reports, “The IRS Wants Organizations to Collect Donors’ Social Security Numbers. This Tea Party Group Is Fighting Back.”

A Tea Party organization is mobilizing its supporters nationwide in an attempt to stymie a proposed regulation from the Internal Revenue Service regarding the disclosures of donor information.

Tea Party Patriots is launching an email and social media campaign—using #IRSPowerGrab—today, encouraging supporters and conservative leaders nationwide to push back against a rule proposed by the Internal Revenue Service that would give nonprofits the option to collect the Social Security numbers of donors who contribute $250 or more to an organization.

“They don’t need to be collecting Social Security numbers. Donations to nonprofits are allowed to be kept confidential,” Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, told The Daily Signal. “Having gone through the [IRS] targeting [of conservative groups] because our name is Tea Party Patriots, I’m very sensitive to anything that expands the IRS’ reach into nonprofits and who their donors are.”

The group’s campaign will push the grassroots to post comments opposing the proposed rule to the public record. Tea Party Patriots will also be launching its own page where visitors and supporters can express their opposition to the regulation.

The IRS proposed the rule in September, and the agency will accept comments from the public until Dec. 16.

“We’ve seen that the IRS has successfully targeted organizations, and employees of the IRS have abused the power of the agency against people they perceive as political opponents,” Martin said. “Having more information about who supports those organizations would give them the potential to continue the abuse of power and hurt the individuals, not just the groups. That’s the danger of it.”

How bad can the IRS treat people? It wouldn’t even have to do anything itself. They could simply inform another agency to target the person.

Remember this women’s testimony about how starting a conservative non-profit got her attacked by several agencies at once.

You can read about this woman here.

In her case, the IRS was obviously colluding–though they kept plausible deniability. But if the IRS will do such evil openly, imagine what they will do secretly.

Mark Horne was right: The IRS should be abolished on First and Fourth Amendment grounds.