After Tea Party / IRS Debacle, Republicans Call for Debbie Wasserman Schultz to Return Campaign Donation

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In case you missed it, Tea Partiers around the country are mad at the IRS.

Long story short: the IRS isn't supposed to let any old group be exempt from paying taxes. Agency rules dictate that it is only supposed to grant 501 (c)(4) status to "social welfare" groups -- ones that don't make politics their "primary activity." So some IRS workers who were reviewing applications flagged groups that had "tea party" and "patriots" in their names, often requesting additional information from them before determining whether or not to grant the tax-exempt status.

If you thought this was logical, or thought that Tea Partiers -- whose rallying issue is fiscal responsibility in government -- would be glad that IRS agents were doing due diligence and making sure that the Treasury doesn't get scammed, think again.

Tea Partiers felt like there was a witch hunt for them, and complained. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration spent two years investigating (because Big Government). Last Tuesday, the IG issued its report , and while it found that none of the flagged tea party groups were ultimately denied tax-exempt status, it conceded that IRS employees had used "inappropriate criteria" in deciding which applications to flag.

Though one White House adviser dared to suggest that the whole matter was not "an actual real scandal", for the most part, even liberal news organizations are bowing to the Tea Party, saying the IRS committed an "egregious violation." President Obama said he was "angry" about it, and two top IRS officials lost their jobs. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell hollered, "This is runaway government at its worst. Who knows who they'll target next?"

Now the right wing is taking its huffy outrage a step further, demanding that Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz return $4,500 she received in campaign contributions from the National Treasury Employees Union, which represents about 150,000 employees in 31 federal agencies, including the IRS.

A press release from the National Republican Congressional Committee read: "The IRS has been embroiled in controversy all week for improperly investigating conservative groups. But as the agency was targeting these organizations, Debbie Wasserman Schultz was gleefully cashing checks from the IRS's union and the National Republican Congressional Committee is ready to hold her accountable for her hypocrisy."

"No wonder Debbie Wasserman Schultz wants higher taxes - her campaign is funded by the IRS," said NRCC Communications Director Andrea Bozek. "She should be ashamed of herself. It's time for her to come clean and return the contributions immediately."

To paraphrase Alice in Wonderland, it's getting ridiculouser and ridiculouser. Whatever. As long as the government doesn't start picking on journalists!

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This is another vague attempt at creating a scandal over nothing.  Yes, these groups were being checked out, as were ALL groups that rushed in to get tax exempt status.  You can thank Citizens United for the rush.  Most were granted the status though I have no idea why.  These are not social welfare groups, rather they are purely political.  The real scandal here is why they were granted such a status when they do not fit the definition of a group that deserves it.

As for everyone saying that the GOP has never went after groups tax exempt status, you forget about them routinely going after the NAACP and ALWAYS calling to go after Planned Parenthood and the like, groups that actually fit the definition.

This is all a bunch of tea bagger idiocy.


the problem here is spin control.  and what to actually believe. 

While the Washington Post claims the obama administration, it is really the justice department (head appointed by BO....

 and  while the Tea party had a lot of  grass roots orgs, there were also plenty of progressive parties too.

Charlie Rangel get the prize for most spin... on this week with GS.  

Claiming the law is at fault, when its congress's responsibility to change / create laws.    in effect he is claiming we  (congress) is the problem.

Again, switch president's names, and think how much different the media spin would be....



shocking (well maybe not), you don't get this.

if the party in power can encourage the IRS to investigate their opponents, you can kiss freedom and democracy good bye.

change obama to bush admin, and tea to progressive,  then how would you feel?

-same for the AP wiretaps.  if this were bush how much difference would there be? 


bengazi gets a pass, since it turns out that was a CIA mission, but state still didn't want terrorism  in any talking points.

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@Dogma  I agree!  I am sure if it were progressives targeted under Bush. we'd be hearing it too! 

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@Dogma I fully get it -- and do believe that if there were liberal political groups making waves in politics and applying for non profit status like the tea party is (think eco terrorists in the 90s) that the IRS would have flagged them as well.  But those leftist groups are pretty dormant now -- or can't be heard over Tea Party's constant "outrage." 

But this is a an overreaction. All of those Tea Party groups got their tax deductions. And it's pretty rich for Tea Partiers of all people to be mad that the IRS is being careful about treasury dollars.  

I'm not blind to the administration's over-reach. Not psyched about them going after reporters.

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