Remember the IRS scandal that erupted after last year’s elections? The IRS had intentionally targeted Tea Party, patriotic, Christian and other conservative groups applying for non-profit tax status. They delayed the applications for as much as three years and tried to demand information that was not pertinent to the application process, even though Obama’s brother’s non-profit got his non-profit status in just over 30 days after being in violation of acting as a non-profit for over 2 years.
Many people felt that IRS targeting was dictated by Obama who met with the director of the IRS more than any another member of his cabinet. Some conservatives believed that Obama should have resigned over the scandal, but after stealing the presidency, nothing is going to stop Obama from taking over the country.
In another dictatorial move to squelch any and all opposition to his socialist dictatorship, President Obama’s administration has ordered the IRS to take action against all non-profits classified as social welfare 501(c)4 groups involved in political activities. This move appears to be targeting conservative groups and PACs such as Crossroads GPS and Priorities USA, both of which have been very vocal in their opposition to Obama and his policies.
On Tuesday, the IRS and Treasury Department offered up a new set of rules that would forbid non-profit organizations from being involved in any ‘candidate-related political activity.’ The banned activities would include registering voters, distributing campaign literature and running campaign related advertisements.
According to Mark Mazur, Assistant Treasury Secretary for Tax Policy:
“This proposed guidance is a first critical step toward creating clear-cut definitions of political activity by tax-exempt social welfare organizations. We are committed to getting this right before issuing final guidance that may affect a broad group of organizations.”
“It will take time to work through the regulatory process and carefully consider all public feedback as we strive to ensure that the standards for tax-exemption are clear and can be applied consistently.”
Not everyone thinks this move to politically gag non-profits is a good nonpartisan idea. Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) is representing over three dozen organizations that have filed a lawsuit against the IRS told the New York Times:
“This is a feeble attempt by the Obama administration to justify its own wrongdoing with the IRS targeting of conservative and tea party groups.”
Nick Ryan, who founded the Iowa based 501(c)4 non-profit group The American Future Fund, also told the New York Times:
“Unfortunately, it appears that the same bureaucrats that attempted to suppress the speech of conservative groups in recent years has now put together new rules that apply to (c)4 groups but do not apply to liberal groups like labor unions.”
“I wish I could say I am surprised, but I am not.”
Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, commented about the new proposals, saying:
“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. This smacks of the administration trying to shut down potential critics.”
One way or another, Obama is bound and determined to stop as many of his critics as possible, legally or illegally. He doesn’t believe in the First Amendment rights of free speech and religion. The Constitution and laws mean nothing to him or his cronies. They will trample anything and anyone that gets in their way from accomplishing their socialist agenda.