Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
The IRS has apologized for treating Conservative groups differently from Liberal groups.
It’s not enough. The IRS under the Obama Administration intentionally engaged in viewpoint discrimination based on political affiliation. That’s the most fundamental of all First Amendment violations, and it was done by agents of the government while performing their official duties. That’s a violation of 42 United States Code 1983 and entitles the aggrieved person to damages plus attorney’s fees for bringing the action.
Who’s the aggrieved person? Mitt Romney in specific and the nation in general. What are the damages? Trillions.
Campaign Finance law says an individual can only donate so much to a political campaign but a non-profit corporation set up to “educate” the public can spend more and, if the corporation qualifies under Section 501(c)3 of the tax code, donations are tax-deductible although the corporation’s activities must be limited to retain the deduction. Set up a dozen such corporations, raise millions of dollars, spend it on advertising to “educate” the public and thereby influence the voters.
When the IRS subjected Conservative groups to more rigorous scrutiny than Liberal groups before awarding 501(c)3 status, the IRS deprived Conservative groups of a meaningful opportunity to raise funds to get out their message, to educate the public on their side of the issues, to inform the voters of the Conservative alternative. It deprived Conservatives of political speech at the most crucial time – right before the election. This is banana-republic voter suppression and Obama’s IRS completely got away with it. Nobody was fired. Nobody was jailed. Nobody cares.
Pretend the IRS had done it to groups organized by Blacks, or Muslims, and imagine the outrage. An apology years later, from a different administration, wouldn’t be good enough for them. It’s not good enough for me.
The only groups the Feds have been more dilatory about apologizing to have been slaves and Indians.
Which should tell you something.