When CVFC, a conservative veterans’ group in California, applied for tax-exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service, its biggest expenditure that year was several thousand dollars in radio ads backing a Republican candidate for Congress.
The Wetumpka Tea Party, from Alabama, sponsored training for a get-out-the-vote initiative dedicated to the “defeat of President Barack Obama” while the I.R.S. was weighing its application.
And the head of the Ohio Liberty Coalition, whose application languished with the I.R.S. for more than two years, sent out e-mails to members about Mitt Romney campaign events and organized members to distribute Mr. Romney’s presidential campaign literature.
Representatives of these organizations have cried foul in recent weeks about their treatment by the I.R.S., saying they were among dozens of conservative groups unfairly targeted by the agency, harassed with inappropriate questionnaires and put off for months or years as the agency delayed decisions on their applications.
But a close examination of these groups and others reveals an array of election activities that tax experts and former I.R.S. officials said would provide a legitimate basis for flagging them for closer review.
“Money is not the only thing that matters,” said Donald B. Tobin, a former lawyer with the Justice Department’s tax division who is a law professor at Ohio State University. “While some of the I.R.S. questions may have been overbroad, you can look at some of these groups and understand why these questions were being asked.”” —
The New York Times, “Groups Targeted by IRS Tested Rules on Politics.”
Things that make you go hmmmmm.(via inothernews)
Listen, I realize everyone has their own ways to deal with tragedy. I’m definitely not one to say “this is not time to politicize.” Everything is political and everything that happens within our government has an impact on how we live with our every day lives. For example, it is most definitely OK to make the relevant observation that the federal government will thankfully provide aid and relief to the poor victims of today’s massive tornadoes in Oklahoma meanwhile Oklahoma US Senators Tom Coburn and Jim Inhofe had voted against federal relief and aid for Hurricane Sandy victims.
I’m also not one who gets up in arms when people crack a wise ass remark. However, it takes a special kind of asshole to see that children are among the casualties and then somehow compare an unpreventable natural disaster to, say, a school shooting…
To those who may not understand what they’re getting at, it’s OK. Because they know exactly who to suck up to to get a pat on their head and a “good boy!”
And sometimes we’ll even be blessed with this sort of intellectual observation from pundits like Fox News contributor Erick Erickson!
Because a “scandal” in which the IRS looked into Tea Party groups to see if they fit the criteria for tax exemption is totally at the same level as a national disaster with a death toll still rising.
I don’t even understand how a tornado hitting is even remotely close to gun control, talking about gun control, about bills, or any of that.
God damn, do people just get dumber by the day or what
Hahaha, children are dead, just like that other national tragedy, what an opportune moment to make a wisecrack!
Not the time.
I’m sure it’s ‘not the time’ but we could always increase taxes to their pre-Reagan levels so we can afford the bare necessities like disaster relief.
There’s this guy I like but I can’t date him because he doesn’t have a job or a car. And there’s this other guy I like who has a job and a car but he’s kind of stupid and I can’t date dumb guys any more. Then there’s a guy who likes me and he’s unbelievably kind (and he works!) but he’s also kinda stupid.
- post limit gets changed to 150 posts a day
- you can’t google tumblr anymore you must yahoo it
- no more selfies allowed
- blogs with less than 300 followers will be deleted
- heroin will be legalized
- george bush will become president again
- stock market will crash
- korea will blow the US up
- world war 3