They just can’t handle the fact that conservative groups are spending money to counter the relentless onslaught of shady Soros-type groups that number in the thousands. Freedom of speech is great with these people as long as the right shuts up.
The Obama administration launched an attempt Tuesday to rein in the same class of politically active non-profit groups the IRS was accused of targeting last summer.
Under the proposed new rules, organizations that fall under the tax-exempt 501(c)(4) umbrella would also be more clearly identified during campaigns. The new guidance would curtail activities such as running ads, distributing campaign literature and other get-out-the-vote initiatives.
This is an assault on free speech, plain and simple, and they will lose in court. They clearly understand the 2014 midterms will be a disaster for them so they simply want to distract by claiming it’s big money that did them in rather than their failed policies and the nationwide revulsion at ObamaCare.
The groups in question are able to raise millions of dollars to influence elections.
Smaller organizations that are similarly classified were the subject of unfair targeting practices earlier this year by IRS employees, leading to the eventual resignations of several senior IRS officials.
However, it could be several years before any regulations are finalized, meaning the groups could likely still raise millions before next year’s elections.
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., says he’s skeptical about the administration’s move.
“There continues to be an ongoing investigation, with many documents yet to be uncovered, into how the IRS systematically targeted and abused conservative-leaning groups,” he said in a written statement. “This smacks of the administration trying to shut down potential critics.”
The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which is representing 41 organizations in a federal lawsuit challenging the IRS, says the proposed regulation change puts free speech rights of Americans at risk.
“This is a feeble attempt by the Obama Administration to justify its own wrong-doing with the IRS targeting of conservative and Tea Party groups,” attorney Jay Sekulow said in a written statement. “Instead of holding those responsible for the unlawful targeting scheme accountable for their actions, the Obama Administration is determined to further limit the free speech of Americans by attempting to change constitutional practices that are decades old.”
We still have not had justice after the criminal behavior by this gang in going after tea party groups, and we’re to believe this is on the up and up? Please.