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Sunday, December 13, 2015

The IRS Scandal, Day 948

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Considering the Obama Administration’s well-documented willingness to use the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as a political weapon to intimidate, silence and bankrupt organizations and individuals who oppose the president, a proposed IRS rule to force charities, churches and nonprofits to report the Social Security numbers of donors to the IRS could dry up donations and run them out of business.

In response to the proposed rule, the Tea Party Patriots – a target of the IRS in the past – has launched a nationwide email and social media campaign encouraging supporters and conservative leaders to kill the proposed a rule before it is finalized and becomes law. ...

In an interview with The Daily Signal, Hans von Spakovsky, a senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation cited recent revelations that the IRS leaked confidential donor information filed by conservative groups, to the news media and political opposition groups. “Just think if they had leaked not only the names of the donors, but Social Security numbers,” von Spakovsky said. “I don’t trust the government to have that information, and there’s no reason for them to have that information.”

In the aftermath of leaks by the IRS of confidential donor information submitted by conservative groups by law, donors came under withering attack in the media and radical left groups seeking to dry up financial donations to targeted groups.

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Comments

The easiest way to begin to get a handle on this is to decertify all Government Employee unions. Until we're ready to re-write the tax code, so we can put the IRS into the small group of federal employees.

Obama has successfully politicized all government agencies until his authority and, in order to clean them up, we're going to have to clean house, firing many who had their fingers into the harassment of conservative groups. Get rid of the employee unions first so there are no protected jobs.

Posted by: bflat879 | Dec 13, 2015 2:15:08 PM

Trust in all institutions of the federal government and the Fourth Estate are at lows that i cannot recollect in my 55 years. Where the federal government has shown its proclivity to exercise its authority against those of differing thought of the current administration (and the current is not the only one) and we've watched the militarization of what were once considered the most benign of agencies (ex., Social Security Administration), I cannot imagine ceding any further authority or information.

Posted by: Tom N. | Dec 13, 2015 4:38:36 PM

Federal unions have nothing to do with federal job protections. The federal civil service protections are sourced in federal civil service law. As usual, the anti-government, righty conspiracy theorists know not of what they write.

Posted by: Publius Novus | Dec 13, 2015 5:08:52 PM