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Campaign Finance Law Enables IRS Harassment of Conservatives
Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 15 Feb 2014 | John Semmens

Posted on 02/16/2014 9:49:21 AM PST by John Semmens

The impetus behind the passage of federal laws to regulate contributions to political campaigns was the idea that this would prevent the surreptitious influence of big money in elections. By requiring donors identities to be disclosed to the Federal Elections Commission voters would be able to find out who was backing a candidate or a cause. That the government might use this information to punish dissent was overlooked.

Anonymity has long been a method by which persons critical of the government have protected themselves from retaliation. Pamphleteers of the American Revolutionary Era often used pseudonyms for this purpose. The failure of proponents of the campaign finance laws to consider why this was done has had pernicious effects.

Cleta Mitchell, member of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Election Law, says that “many donors to conservative causes and candidates are showing up as targets of IRS audits. The increased frequency of this type of thing is disturbing. The message that is going to be taken from this is that daring to assist an opponent of the Democratic Party is an invitation to increased harassment.”

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen rebuffed GOP complaints saying that “there is nothing in the statutes that guarantees an equal distribution of audits among persons of various political leanings. If these GOP donors have done nothing wrong they have nothing to worry about.”

Mitchell wasn’t reassured, however. “An IRS audit is a grueling ordeal even when the taxpayer has totally complied with the complex tax code,” she observed. “By itself an audit is viewed as a punishment by the person undergoing the scrutiny. In the absence of probable cause one would hope that the selection of audit targets would be done in a random manner. That political factors might be used is abusive and tyrannical.”

if you missed any of this week's other semi-news/semi-satire posts you can find them at...

http://constitutionclub.org/2014/02/15/semi-news-a-satire-of-recent-news-75/


TOPICS: Humor
KEYWORDS: campaignfinance; irs; satire; tyranny

1 posted on 02/16/2014 9:49:21 AM PST by John Semmens
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To: John Semmens

Semi-satire, yes, but this is how all fascist countries work. And THIS is what this country has become. More and more of the low to no info crowd are asking, “What’s wrong with communism anyway?” That’s what you get when you replace history in school with learning how to put condoms on cucumbers.


2 posted on 02/16/2014 9:59:27 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (As government expands, liberty contracts. - President Ronald W. Reagan)
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To: John Semmens

There you have more examples of betrayal from GOP “e”

I’ll bet they intended this to work against their party by design.


3 posted on 02/16/2014 10:00:34 AM PST by Bayard
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To: John Semmens

‘IRS Commissioner John Koskinen rebuffed GOP complaints saying that “there is nothing in the statutes that guarantees an equal distribution of audits among persons of various political leanings. If these GOP donors have done nothing wrong they have nothing to worry about.”’

Sounds like something a liberal would actually say.


4 posted on 02/16/2014 6:59:00 PM PST by ReformationFan
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