The Center for American Progress and the Abuse of 501(c)(3) Status

As part of its organizational bio, the Center for American Progress (CAP) describes itself thusly: The Center for American Progress is an independent nonpartisan educational institute dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through progressive ideas and action. . . . [. . .] The Center for American Progress is an independent nonpartisan educational institute under section 501(c)(3) of …

The Dirty Little Non-Secret about the IRS Scandal

Bradley Smith points out that for anyone wondering about the genesis of the IRS scandal--and yes, it is a scandal--wonder no more; the scandal is easy to understand when you remember that Henry II had a lot to do with it taking place. When you have a host of Democratic politicians--including the president of the United …

Striking a Blow for Economic Liberty

This is very good news: “The IRS may not unilaterally expand its authority through such an expansive, atextual, and ahistorical reading of” the law. The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit used these words in a Feb. 11 ruling that struck down an Obama administration regulation on tax preparers. Federal judges should copy this phrase and be …

In Shocking News, the IRS Is Targeting Conservatives

In related news, water is wet: In a famously left-leaning Hollywood, where Democratic fund-raisers fill the social calendar, Friends of Abe stands out as a conservative group that bucks the prevailing political winds. A collection of perhaps 1,500 right-leaning players in the entertainment industry, Friends of Abe keeps a low profile and fiercely protects its …

It’s Time for a Big, Giant Health Care Reform Roundup

I have been neglectful in posting about the continuing travails of Obamacare; real life demands mean less time for blogging. There is a lot of news to cover, and the news does remain bad for Obamacare fans. Let's start with what might be the next big problem for Obamacare: Obamacare’s rollout dented the Department of …

An Absolute Coincidence, I’m Sure

There is no way--none whatsoever--that there could be any kind of low political cunning behind this: The new U.S. Treasury/Internal Revenue Service rules aimed at clarifying what constitutes political activity for tax-exempt "social welfare" organizations are likely to give more heartburn to conservative groups than their liberal counterparts. In 2012, conservatives pumped nearly eight times …

Lois Lerner : Civil Servant Professionalism :: Obamacare : Health Care Policy

I really hope for Lois Lerner's sake that she has a good lawyer: The Internal Revenue Service shared highly confidential tax information of several Tea Party groups in the IRS scandal with the Federal Election Commission, a clear violation of federal law, according to newly obtained emails. The public watchdog group Judicial Watch told Secrets Thursday that it was …

Introducing the IRS’s New Slogan

"Better Late than Never!" One of the groups at the center of the IRS scandal has finally received its tax-exempt status after a three-year delay prompted by a politically driven move to block Tea Party and other conservative groups, many that slammed the president during his re-election, from winning the special status. TheTeaParty.net, one of the nation's …