As hard as they have tried, Republicans have been completely unable to find a bona-fide scandal to use against the Obama Administration and the Democratic Party. In the absence of anything authentic they have embarked on a series of pseudo-scandals. To make them appear legitimate, the Republican House leadership has withheld key information from the House and the public. One key example is the IRS scandal. The real scandal, once again, is how Republicans distorted the law to enable election theft. Finally a Democrat is doing something about it.
A key House Democrat plans to file a lawsuit Wednesday challenging the Internal Revenue Service’s interpretation of a law that governs tax-exemption eligibility for social welfare groups.
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), the ranking member of the House Budget Committee whose office announced the action, will serve as lead plaintiff in the case, joining campaign-finance watchdogs Democracy 21, the Campaign Legal Center and Public Citizen.
The lawsuit will address one of the main concerns that surfaced with the recent IRS targeting controversy: Differences between federal law and the IRS rules on eligibility for 501(c)(4) candidates.
Current law says the organizations must engage “exclusively” in so-called “social welfare” activities, while IRS regulations require that their “primary” purpose fall into that category… [emphasis added]
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To the best of my knowledge, nobody other than me covered the fact that Republicans twisted the IRS regulation contrary to the law in 1959, before Lawrence O’Donnell did so. Here is his coverage of this story with Chris Van Hollen.
Note that only Democratic leaning organizations, not Republican, were actually denied exempt status, contrary the Republican lies that made this a scandal.
The reason this is so important to Republicans is that, under their crooked interpretation of the law, the 0.1% billionaires, who own the Republican Party, can pour untold millions into elections, while pretending to be someone else. If Chris wins, and I think he will, at least they will have to give their names when they flood campaigns with money, as Citizens United allows. When they do, I’ll be here to call them out on it.