Friday, March 16, 2012
Following up on yesterday's post, Dems, GOP Spar Over IRS Investigation Into § 501(c)(4) Groups: Washington Examiner, Why Is The IRS Asking Tea Party Groups If They Know Me?, by Justin Binik-Thomas:
In a 2009 commencement speech at Arizona State, the president joked about using the IRS as an enforcement agent for dissenters. Little did I know that less than three years later the IRS would be asking groups about their association with . . . me.
The American Center for Law and Justice has reported that the IRS is targeting the nonprofit tax status of Tea Party and liberty groups across the nation. These conservative groups are now experiencing the targeted enforcement the President “joked” about.
The IRS questionnaires are quite detailed containing pages of multi-step questions. ... Some of the questions are baffling. ... Still others are overreaching, such as whether officers serve on other organizations or have any plans to run for political office. ... A recent IRS request of one of the liberty groups in the Cincinnati region moved into new and dangerous territory by asking about family members and specific individuals. Well, one individual: Me. The question asked:”Provide details regarding your relationship with Justin Binik-Thomas.” ...
Why ask about me? ... A caseworker assigned to me by my congresswoman said that I am the first individual she has seen listed in an IRS query during her decade-long career. I'm not sure I want this "first" attached to me. ...Does it relate to communications work I’ve done? Is it because I am Jewish Conservative? ... I am an active conservative and conservatism is a common thread between me and each of the organizations.
I again wonder how I tie in exactly. Am I so successful in my roles so as to be a threat to this administration? Am I so well known to be a valuable target? Or am I a pawn in a witch-hunt in the pursuit of another group or individual? How high does this go? Perhaps it is time for Congress to ask some pointed questions of the IRS.
(Hat Tip: Glenn Reynolds.)