Last year, the IRS scandal shocked the nation when it became apparent that the Obama administration had weaponized the IRS to target its political enemies. According to some analysts, the political suppression of tea party groups from 2010 through 2012, easily cost Mitt Romney the election.
What the Regime was caught doing, last year, they’ve now codified into law.
The Internal Revenue Service has quietly announced a new rule that strictly limits the ability of 501(c)(4), tax-exempt organizations from working on their core missions in the months leading up to federal, state, and local elections. The proposed regulations would prohibit these organizations from engaging in candidate-related political activity, which, by the proposed rule’s definition, includes any mention of a candidate’s name or political party even if presented in a non-political context. Further, organizations would have to ensure that any references to candidates in past communications are not publicly available, including online, during the pre-election window. These regulations would, in effect, prohibit organizations from providing the public with candidate comparisons and voting records, engaging in get-out-the-vote activities, or encouraging informed civic participation, among other activities. They would severely limit both the organizations’ First Amendment free speech and the public’s ability to hold elected officials accountable for their actions.
Cleta Mitchell, a partner in the Washington-based law firm Foley & Lardner LLP, has produced a YouTube video to explain that the goal of the IRS is to limit the free speech of conservative groups:
“This is a real assault on the First Amendment rights of American citizens, and we need to do everything we can to stop the IRS from implementing these new rules,” Mitchell says.
The proposed rule change does not apply to labor unions or trade associations because as Cleta notes, “the Obama administration is not looking for ways to restrain labor unions from using member dues to conduct similar activities.”
The establishment GOP and the tea party must stand together in fighting this latest abuse of power.
Cleta Mitchell is urging conservatives groups and individuals to file comments with the IRS right away, arguing it is “impractical, burdensome and unacceptable for the IRS to interject itself into the workings of every citizens group in the country.”
The legally constituted function of the IRS, Mitchell argues, is to collect tax revenues, “not to snoop and trample on First Amendment rights of the citizens.”
At stake this November is the possibility conservative tax-exempt groups campaigning for conservative Republican candidates for Congress might increase the Republican majority in the House and grab enough seats in the Senate to topple the current Democratic Party majority, she explains.
The Democrats in Congress appear this year to be particularly vulnerable given the debacle witnessed by the nation in the Obamacare implementation plus increasing economic data that shows job growth slowing, with historic numbers of Americans dropping out of the labor force.
How to file comments opposing IRS proposed rule
Conservative groups or individuals may submit comments electronically opposing the proposed rule changes at Regulations.gov, searching for the citation IRS REG-134417-13, an Internet search that yields a page entitled “Guidance for Tax-Exempt Social Welfare Organization on Candidate-Related Political Activities.”
The proposed rules can be found published in the Federal Register here, again under the title “Guidance for Tax-Exempt Social Welfare Organization on Candidate-Related Political Activities,” dated Nov. 29, 2013.
In a fact sheet Mitchell is distributing to conservatives, Mitchell is advising clients to file comments before the deadline on Feb. 27, 2014, to a series of new regulations the IRS proposes to implement with the goal of making sure conservative organizations with 501(c)4 status are prohibited before the upcoming mid-term elections in November 2014 from any activity associated with supporting a political candidate or influencing the outcome of an election.
“Conservative groups that do not submit comments to the IRS opposing these rule changes before the Feb. 27 deadline will not have standing to participate in the final rule-determination process required by law before the rules are implemented,” Mitchell explained.
Obama has a track record of this type of political thuggery.
In May of 2011, I wrote, Obama Still Poised To Silence Critics:
Very early in Obama’s presidency, on February 19, 2009 to be exact, I wrote a post about how this thin skinned president was poised to silence critics of his regime.
We already knew about Obama’s history of intimidation, and character assassination. We knew how he had tried to destroy his political enemies – at least regular readers of this site know, because I covered it while it was happening, here, and here, and here. While projecting an outward appearance of near messianic magnanimity, his underlings, lawyers, and political allies were always working feverishly to steamroll over critics, (and plaintiffs).
Mark Hyman of The American Spectator wrote about Obama’s Chicago brand of hardball politics, recently in an article entitled, Obama’s Enemies List. As many of us feared, the “Chicago way” has found a home in The White House:
In only his third full day as the 44th president Obama personally went on the offensive against a media personality. On January 23rd, Obama warned Congressional Republicans against listening to Rush Limbaugh. The man who offered to sit down with Holocaust denier and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad without any preconditions whatsoever views an American radio talk show host as a dangerous threat.
In precedent-setting action, Obama moved his director of political affairs, a highly partisan post, from the Old Executive Office Building into the West Wing. Political operative Patrick Gaspard was given White House access not experienced by his predecessors. Obama official Shauna Daly, a non-lawyer and career opposition researcher described as a “partisan dirt-digger,” was assigned to the White House counsel office. The move signals not only a new low in partisan activities, but suggests the office assignment may be intended to hide Daly’s political activities under the guise of the counsel’s attorney-client privileges.
Fast forward over two years later, and nobody even bats an eye at White House enemies lists, lies, threats, intimidation,bullying, corruption, and opposition research of anyone who looks like a threat to His Highness.
This is the new normal.
Let’s not put up with “the new normal”, folks.
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Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer criticizes the Obama administration for using government agencies as political tools on Monday’s Laura Ingraham radio show:
“I mean, the politicization of these agencies, particularly Justice, is truly a scandal,” Krauthammer said. “Again the press isn’t that interested. It gets slightly upset when the Department of Justice is reading AP’s emails because it’s about them. But the minute it’s not about them – it’s about IRS or conservatives or Tea Party, they have a day of interest and then it’s gone.”