Faced with the quite realistic prospect of losing control of the Senate this year, Senate Democrats, led by the odious Chuckie Schumer, are doubling down on efforts to limit free speech. What are they so afraid of, people knowing the truth?
A group of Democratic senators on Thursday called on the Obama administration to limit the political activities of organizations claiming tax-exempt status, asking to cap the amount at 5 to 15 percent of the groups’ overall efforts.
The 15 senators, in public comments on proposed regulations developed by the Obama administration in the wake of the IRS targeting scandal, said the rules need to ensure that tax-exempt groups can’t use their status to go around campaign finance rules, The Hill reported.
“You will undoubtedly receive complaints from certain corners that these proposed rules will infringe on First Amendment speech rights,” Sens. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and other senators told the Treasury Department and the IRS.
“Such complaints are without merit: these rules would not restrict anyone’s right to speak, or to spend money to influence elections,” the senators wrote. “If implemented properly, the rules will only close a loophole that has until now allowed donors to evade campaign finance law disclosure requirements.”
In November, Treasury and the IRS issued draft regulations that would limit the political activities of such groups that fall under section 501(c)4 of the tax code. The proposed regulations have attracted more than 98,000 public comments — a record, according to the IRS.
Republicans accused the Obama administration of trying to legalize the targeting of conservative groups. The GOP-led House on Wednesday voted in favor of a bill that would “put a hold” on the proposed rules until Congress and the Treasury Department’s inspector general complete their investigations of the IRS targeting scandal.
This is rich coming from Schumer, the guy who was the largest recipient of shady money from convicted Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff. Meanwhile, these same Democrats are silent when a certain tax-exempt group announces they’re planning to unleash the largest spending campaign ever. Can you say hypocrisy, boys and girls?
Anti-abortion lawmakers, beware. Planned Parenthood’s political operations are planning their largest-ever campaign blitz for this year’s midterm and gubernatorial elections, poised to pour millions into key races that could determine who controls Congress.
The group’s political arm has in the past bought up gobs of campaign-season airtime to attack social conservatives as “extreme.” Their track record is mixed, but the abortion provider played at least some role in the defeat last year of Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli in Virginia.
Counting what Planned Parenthood spent in that race, the organization is planning to spend more than $18 million this cycle.
The spending largely would come from Planned Parenthood Action Fund and Planned Parenthood Votes, a super PAC. The sum would easily make them among the highest-spending outside Democratic players in this year’s elections.
Don’t expect anyone in the media to point out the obvious double standard at play here.