After three months of ignoring Obama’s massive IRS scandal that targeted innocent Americans, the low-rated hack Lawrence O’Donnell trotted out pasty-faced Democrat hack Chris Van Hollen Tuesday night to discuss the so-called “real IRS scandal” that nobody is aware of. O’Donnell’s seven viewers must have wondered what the “fake IRS scandal” is since nobody at MSNBC has mentioned it before.
Rep. Chris Van Hollen is preparing to file a lawsuit in federal district court challenging the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service over the agency’s interpretation of the 501(c)(4) law that determines tax-exempt status for social welfare organizations.
Hoping to force the agency to clarify its rules, the ranking member of the House Budget Committee said Tuesday that he will serve as lead plaintiff in the lawsuit, which will address one of the primary concerns with the recent IRS targeting controversy: differences between federal law and the IRS rules on eligibility for 501(c)(4) status. The lawsuit, also filed by three campaign-finance watchdog groups—Democracy 21, the Campaign Legal Center and Public Citizen—challenges IRS regulations adopted in 1959 that govern eligibility for tax-exempt status under 501(c)(4).
“What we’re asking the court to do is to instruct the IRS to apply the law as it was written,” the Maryland congressman said on MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell. “The way the law was written – it was never intended that the IRS would be in the business of trying to determine whether an organization that was seeking this special 501(c)(4) tax-exempt status, whether it’s primarily engaged in political activities or primarily engaged in social welfare activities.”
Maybe they should start by asking why Obama’s campaign apparatchiks at OFA and his hitmen at Media Matters enjoy 501(c)(4) status. Since O’Donnell has such a pitifully small audience, in the spirit of giving we thought we’d share this silliness with a larger audience: