The Obama administration was just shocked to hear that the IRS targeted Tea Party and conservative groups for extra scrutiny when applying for non-profit status, as well as extra and intrusive audits. The White House vowed to get to the bottom of who initiated the political targeting, and Eric Holder’s DOJ even said they wouldn’t obstruct justice! How nice of them.
But it has been 28 weeks and not one of the ACLJ’s 41 clients have been contacted by the FBI, or the IRS departments that are said to be investigating the political intimidation of particular conservative groups. According to the Daily Caller, ACLJ chief counsel Jay Sekulow had this to say:
What we do know is the continual release of documents and emails by Congressional investigators clearly show that this scheme was well orchestrated, extremely broad, and politically motivated. Our lawsuit continues to move forward and we urge Congress to continue its investigation to determine the depth and scope of this scheme that violated the constitutional rights of our clients.
It is sad to live in a world where the government can target individuals of a particular political ideology and harass and intimidate them through an agency as powerful as the IRS. An agency which scrutinizes the finances of individuals and groups is arguably one of the most powerful in the federal government, since the financial security of the targets is at stake. This could cause people to no longer associate with conservative groups for fear of IRS backlash. This could cause individuals to be unfairly burdened by the costs and stress of IRS auditing. This comes down to thuggish political tactics by our government to suppress political involvement on the rights, and harass those who are most opposed to government expansion.