IRS changing RULES to target Tea Party groups LEGALLY, but not Unions…

Remember the outrageous targeting of Tea Party groups by the Obama administration? Well thanks to a rule change by the Treasury and the IRS, that targeting will now be ‘legal’. According to Kimberly Strassel with the WSJ, much of what 501(c)(4) groups do that’s educational will be reclassified as ‘political’:

What the rule in fact does is recategorize as “political” all manner of educational activities that 501(c)(4) social-welfare organizations currently engage in.

It’s IRS targeting all over again, only this time by administration design and with the raw political goal — as House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R., Mich.) notes — of putting “tea party groups out of business.”

Isn’t that just swell. So instead of making sure this never happens again, our Thug-in-Chief makes this an everyday practice at the IRS. Sure, it will apply to all 501(c)(4) groups on the right and the left, but as John McCormick told Greta last night, it’s the small Tea Party groups that will really get hurt by this:

I talked to one republican operative and his point was that the guys at the top, the big heavy hitters on both the right and the left, they have the rich lawyers and can figure this out. They’re going to get around it. People who really might get hurt by this is the small Tea Party groups who don’t exactly know how they are going to reorganize. If they’re not 501(c)(4), can they become a 501(c)(6)? The tax code is riddled with different loopholes and organizations.

But what’s worse is that unions aren’t touched by this new rule, as Strassel points out, so they can continue their political activities without worrying about losing their tax-exempt status:

And an IRS rule that purports to—as Mr. Werfel explained—”improve our work in the tax-exempt area” completely ignores the biggest of political players in the tax-exempt area: unions. The guidance is directed only at 501(c)(4) social-welfare groups—the tax category that has of late been flooded by conservative groups. Mr. Obama’s union foot soldiers—which file under 501(c)(5)—can continue playing in politics.

Of course. Thugs protect their thug organizations while taking out their opposition.

Republicans tried to put this rule on hold in the Omnibus spending bill, but the rule was so important for the Obama administration and the Democrats that they wouldn’t budge on it even if it meant losing their other priorities:

Congressional sources tell me that House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R., Ky.) had two priorities in the omnibus negotiations. One was getting in protection for groups that morally oppose ObamaCare’s contraception-coverage requirement. The other was language that would put a hold on the IRS rule.

The White House and Senate Democrats had their own wish list, including an increase in funding for the International Monetary Fund, the president’s prekindergarten program and more ObamaCare dollars.

Yet my sources say that throughout the negotiations Democrats went all in on keeping the IRS rule, even though it meant losing their own priorities. In the final hours before the omnibus was introduced Monday night, the administration made a last push for IMF money. Asked to negotiate that demand in the context of new IRS language, it refused.

Amazing. This administration claims they had no idea that the targeting of Tea Party groups was going on, but yet they’ll fight tooth and nail to keep Republicans from stopping a new rule that makes it administratively ‘legal’ for the IRS to target Tea Party groups? Yeah, sure. We’re that gullible.

I recommend you read Strassel’s full article here.

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  • BearNJ

    I’m amazed how the GOP never calls the Left bluff. Boehner is a pansy and its obvious from the fact he ‘s never created select commitees over the Obama scandals. Its also obvious that the Rove crowd wants to target the Tea Party as much as the Left.

    • Patriot077

      This is why the GOPe is mute on this topic. I would expect more on the left to be up in arms about this as well. If they can do it to one group, they can do it to whomever they wish.
      Kind of like the NSA.

    • Poptoy1949

      The Speaker is more than just a pansy. You are being entirely to kind. There is another word for what he really is but you can’t write down here. In fact their are several…..I wish I could string them all together and print them right here. But I can’t.

  • Greg Halvorson

    Where in the HELL are the Republicans on this? … AWOL — that’s where, hiding in the corner and sucking their thumbs!

    • Watchman74

      The RINO’s probably want it. They hate true conservatives just as much as the democrats.

    • Judges718

      Heck…they probably helped to craft it.

      The GOPe loath Constitutional Conservatives. Their beliefs are more congruous with those of the Marxist/Democrats. Both crave more authoritarian centralized federal power and the accumulation of personal wealth at the expense of the people.

      It is we, the Tea Party, who challenge their power, not the Democrats.

  • frank a

    Just change the rules so that they apply to only certain groups, and to make the illegal legal. Only in this administration. The repub’s ought to be over this every day, but the media probably won’t cover it.

  • Nukeman60

    Just keep it up. The day will come when We the People will take no more.

    The British tried their thuggery ways, too, in order to suppress those pesky colonials. The day is fast approaching when we dump our own version of tea into the Obama harbor.

  • Sentinel

    I got dinged last time I suggested this, so I’ll try to wordsmith my sentiment a little more carefully. The Article 5 process is our best hope at this point – that side-steps a poisonous and lawless Washington D.C. and achieves Constitutionality again. Hopefully that and some strategic voting/elections will also undo ALL of this evil that this criminal regime is doing. Otherwise, we’ll need to resort to 1773-like tactics all over again. Freedom isn’t free.

    • $12112543

      I’ll only ding you a little. You say Article V process, as if there are other processes in other articles. The states amending is the only thing that is going to tame the leviathan.

      • OneThinDime

        The 14th Amendment is also an option and I pray someone is pursuing it.

      • Sentinel

        I accept that ding. 🙂 I was too lazy to look up the proper term. Good catch.

    • warpmine

      Your best hope is to file hundreds of thousands of pure fictional 1040 forms with bogus SS numbers or just quit filing the damn pesky unconstitutional intrusions upon your civil rights until they begin to panic or you can load the weapons up and storm the Bastille.

      Remember, the money you pay the govt pays for all this nonsense so all of us are in fact part of the problem.

      • Sentinel

        I catch your drift… but I think the problem lies with what THEY do with it. I’ve heard folks suggest that we all stop paying taxes one year in protest. With your revelation, that previous suggestion by other folks becomes more attractive. 🙂

        • warpmine

          Wasn’t mine, it was Ann Barnhardt and she’s an authority on why a tax strike should be made. This entire govt is one of immorality and the longer we continue to file 1040 or even leaving our deductions on W-4 the same, the longer we subsidize this immoral govt. Your deduction number on your W-4 should be no less than 10. If you allow them to take your money and use it as an interest free loan until April 15, you are f***iing yourself and everything people are dying for.

          • Sentinel

            That’s interesting and appreciated. I’ll look into it. Thank you!

    • OneThinDime

      Even Levin says this could take 20 years. That doesn’t mean it isn’t pursued but it may take decades. And honestly, I don’t trust the states given the federal funding they receive.

      • Sentinel

        Good point. I’m part of that ‘instant gratification generation’ and I’d like things to be ‘normal’ again… if you catch my drift. I’ll just have to be patient – you’re right.

  • Watchman74

    Nothing less than the mark of a fascist regime.

  • Judges718


  • Jose

    Tea Party groups should ignore these rules and dare the IRS to come after them.

    a worthy act of civil disobedience

    • Patriot077

      They need to file as an LLC and forget the exempt status. They will never be treated fairly by the IRS and we need to be able to focus on doing what needs doing.
      If we don’t succeed in 2014 there won’t be another chance. How many of us really care about our donations being exempt? Even large donors know how serious it is to get a win now.

      • yallcomebacknow

        I agree, the Tea Party needs to do whatever is necessary. 2014 is critical and Im so excited but also so dreading the election period. We have large population locations (the big fancy cities) that are controlling ridiculous amounts of political leverage, and will vote themselves “benefits” and big govt nanny care anyday before becoming self sufficient and a bonus to society. I see more and more people moving to the South and to the Midwest to get away from Norther politics and voters.

        • Patriot077

          I hope they leave their current states’ socialist mindsets behind. 🙂

      • ApplePie101

        I never claim for donations anyway. Why would I want the IRS knowing to whom I gave money?

        • Patriot077

          Yup. If it’s on a credit card I think they can find it if they want to.

      • OneThinDime

        Best way is to spend 100% of what is taken in, thus no tax consequences.

  • Patriot077

    I don’t care if my donations are tax deductible or not. I hope everyone who values freedom will encourage their favored organizations to not even bother with tax exempt status. Just file as an LLC and pay the income tax on whatever little income remains once they have conducted all the candidate vetting, education, registration and election activities they have a mind to pursue. There should be very little income left, after expenses, to tax.
    Forget about this corruption and don’t waste any more efforts on securing equal treatment while this administration calls the shots.
    We must not fail this year. When we win, we can begin to right the wrongs these corruptocrats have designed to thwart liberty.

    • Laurel

      Totally agree. Most of the money I give now isn’t tax deductible anyway. I have become a tad jaded on charities and I was taught one doesn’t give just for the deduction.

      • Same here. It always bothered me to get an itemized form for tax deductions when I donate. First time I saw that, I was confused- because I never donated to get tax deductions.

      • Patriot077

        Same here. I try to support those I believe share my interests and values. Any of the political contributions I make are specifically directed to those I think will help clean up the garbage gov’t that wants to tax my every breath.

  • Thug politics. CFP won’t bother with tax exemption when we grow big enough. Thankfully for now we’re below the jackboot’s radar.

    • Laurel

      And just where are the Republicans on this?

      So much for the ‘loyal opposition’….

      • I really need to learn how to spell the noise I seem to make a lot these days.
        Where are the republicans? probably partying it up with the dear leader and Michelleantoinette for her birthday bash. R’s, Ds = Progressive Party.

  • Laurel

    And complacent people thought it could never happen here.

    • yallcomebacknow

      thought it would never happen??? they still dont see what is happening!! It wont be until their property is confiscated by the business end of a gun by the government that they will wake up. Then it will be too late. We are seeing the slow, intentional takeover by the globalist new world order neo marxists in the UN.

      • tinlizzieowner

        “The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of “liberalism,” they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.”
        “I no longer need to run as a Presidential Candidate for the Socialist Party. The Democratic Party has adopted our platform.”
        Norman Thomas, 6 time Presidential candidate for the Socialist Party of America, (circa, late 1940’s)

  • PNWShan

    I posted Strassel’s column on my fb page today, in the hopes that some of my ‘non-political’ friends would be awakened a little. This won’t get any play in the LSM, so we need to use the social media.

  • Wigglesworth

    The GOP establishment will pay lip service to opposing this, but privately they are happy to see the TEA Party under attack.

  • Army_Pilot1967

    No wonder so many Americans have such a low opinion of Congress and the establishment entrenched in D.C. They twist laws/regulations to fit their various special interests and whims. And it’s not going to get any better in the near term, I fear.

  • Darrell Griffin

    This is what oligarchies do. They get caught infringing your rights, they change the law to make it legal to impede your rights.

    • physicsnut

      “none dare call it Treason”

    • Poptoy1949

      So very well simply said. And this Bunch in Washington does not stop doing….it is like they are in full attack mode 24/7 and they do not miss any and every opportunity to blur the lines and get their way all at the same time.

  • I’m just sad and pissed!

  • edsmanedup

    These Neo communist Progressives are a dangerous bunch…they are killers…as long as the street level moron listens to them there is enormous danger coming not too far down the road…stock up and…be very afraid…

  • axethecouncil

    RINOs are having a party tonite. Their lib brethren are doing their dirty work.

  • Poptoy1949

    Hopefully someone will file a Law suit and Correct this and other one sided laws on the books. If anybody is waiting for John Boehner to do something…..well, you will have to wait forever. Boehner has proved he is ineffective and therefore USELESS. We need a NEW SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE.

    • PNWShan

      An attorney for several of these groups has requested documents relating to the formation of this rule.However, the IRS won’t give the docs until late April – but the deadline for comments is in February!

      Just like they used stalling to stop these 501(c)(4)s, now they’re using stalling to hold off any appeal.

    • Dr. Strangelove

      And if the lawsuit makes it to SCOTUS, a new chief justice.

      • Poptoy1949

        Amen to that one. What the hell went wrong with Roberts? Is he the New Earl Warren?

        • Dr. Strangelove

          The scuttlebutt is that Roberts is being blackmailed because of some irregularity in the adoption of his children from Ireland. Everything you hear on the interwebz is true, right?

          • OneThinDime

            Wish the Irish Parliament would investigate Roberts’ adoption. This woman should lead the charge!

            • Poptoy1949

              Ya got a very good point there now…..

            • Dr. Strangelove

              We could use a few like her in congress. A couple dozen.

          • Chester Simms

            As a father of an adopted child, all one has to do is sign up with an accredited agency (there’s hundreds in the U.S.) and go through a pain-in-the-butt, but not difficult process.

            There are thousands upon thousands of adoptive parents going through this process now (as I am, in my second adoption) at this time.

            The notion that the Roberts’ did something wrong during the adoption process, which then caused him to be blackmailed into a politically-driven decision which is destroying this country just boggles the mind!

            • Dr. Strangelove

              Who really knows? It appears he was compromised in some way.

          • Poptoy1949

            I have heard the very same thing. Read it right here on the web. I have told people about what I read. Do I believe it? Not really. A Supreme Court Justice involved in an illegal adaption? Could be, but very doubtful. I have absolutely no clue. But then again had you told me that obama would be President ( Twice Elected ) I would have told you that there is no way the American People are that dumb. So…..with everything that goes on today and every week something new, that is not good, coming out of Washington….who in the Hell knows. I will say this…never in my life have I ever seen the likes of what goes on today. I am still hoping I wake up from a very big bad nightmare.

            • Dr. Strangelove

              The way the left opposed Robert’s confirmation you would have thought he would have gone the other way. Who knows?

  • Let ‘s hope Jim Demint and His organization provide the Conservative groups with direction to go around this travesty

    • OneThinDime

      Be wary of Heritage, it’s interesting to see who they support, amnesty Rand Paul for one.

  • Dr. Strangelove

    The bloodless coup continues.

    • badbadlibs

      Exactly. They are finding little opposition and no consequences to their actions, so the blood will come later.

      • OneThinDime

        Their actions are being rewarded by the GOP. Notice what Ryan did in HIS budget deal, he FUNDED the illegal tax credits to illegal aliens and stripped our military of their benefits. More legalization of illegal behavior.

  • ApplePie101

    At one point during the war for Independence, the American army in the south was decimated, and all that existed opposing the British were small bands of guerilla fighters like Francis ‘Swamp Fox’ Marion. The Tea party is currently in its ‘Swamp Fox’ stage, a multitude of decentralized and independently operating small groups. The more we can do as individuals and small, unregistered groups, the more difficult it is for the federal government to infringe upon our rights, because they can’t see us. They can only see our impact.

    Yes, we are dangerous, very dangerous to those in Washington DC who use their political position to impose discriminatory, oppresive laws and divert taxpayer’s money into their own pockets. They have reason to be afraid of us.

  • Yazz55

    Now the libfag lamestream media can report that the IRS phoney scandal was just that. Now that the IRS “corrected” the definition, they will report that the IRS functionaries were only doing the right job all along.

  • The Tea Party is hated equally by the Democrats and Republicans. They see it as an attempt to change the rules of the extortion racket they are running.

    • tinlizzieowner

      Bingo! 😉

    • And the Establishment RINO and Dems are still going to get beat by them.

  • sjmom

    Can’t depend on the GOP to do this because they’re as guilty as Obama and the Dems in persecuting the Tea Party but hopefully someone somewhere will have a way. I smell lawsuits coming.

    • Chester Simms

      We badly need an atlernative to the RNC.

      And term limits. These guys are badly in love with the power that D.C. brings.

  • badbadlibs

    Welcome to the final steps in the “fundamental change” the con man had in mind for America.
    He spent the first four years testing the waters, got reelected and hasn’t had problem one in establishing a tyranny.
    We don’t have the “trains” just yet, but in the meantime he will use the IRS as his weapon of choice to silence his critics. The trains come next.

    • OneThinDime

      His “trains” are denial of medical care through Obamacare. It’s begun and he is following in Adolf’s footsteps. No wonder Mein Kampf is seeing record sales.

      • Conservator1

        There have been a number of times were I posted Obama was a social fascist. I believe most thought I was just joking, but I wasn’t and thus, I wholeheartedly agree.

      • badbadlibs

        Dare I hope the record sales are by people who are going to be able to draw a parallel between the modern day democrats and hitler?

  • Liberals_are_idiots

    We BETTER get a strong conservative in office to CHANGE all these rules and regs.

  • This is one reason I fully support the Article Five convention process.

    It’s not just the tyranny that we need to push back against, it’s actions like this that are a direct push to see if someone on the right finally breaks and makes this a physical confrontation. It’s the left’s constant push to make war more likely, not less.

    Make no mistake: they seek exactly such a confrontation. All their will is bent upon it. They salivate over such a possibility because they think it would legitimize their Tiananmen Square-style response.

    THIS is why we must use the tools the Framers gave us. A lawful, peaceful, undeniable way to restore the balance of power so we can dial back this monstrous federal leviathan.

  • imatellau

    One word…. Lawlessness!

  • Dan Defoe

    The names change, but the corruption continues.

  • Jazzee

    where is the dumb GOP????????????? Rubio, Paul, Cruz, LEe
    where the hell is everyone????????????????????? all turned brain dead because the old boys said so??
    where are the rest of the freshmen class of brave (?) men/women
    brain dead too?????????????????????????????
    disgusting………the GOP is worthless

  • friskyness

    and no one fights this?