The letter here:
Dated Feb 16, 2012.
Update: Took down the question mark at the end of the title. We can pretty well see this for what it is in light of the IRS data from the last few days.
Like the saying goes: “once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, and three times is enemy action”.
Update 2: From nonprofit group Independent Sector, their context for the letter:
- Democratic Senators letters to the IRS
- On March 12, 2012 a group of seven Democratic senators sent a letter to the IRS calling on the agency to adopt a bright line test to define a purpose “primarily” related to social welfare activities, as well as require 501(c)(4) organizations to document social welfare activity on Form 990s. The letter was a follow up to their February 16 letter to the IRS, which urged the agency to investigate abuse of the tax code by 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations.
That first part is this letter.
These two parts are the lead-up events to it, as Republicans asked about selective enforcement, and Democrats complained about the Citizens United decision in order to target conservative groups – which we’ve had verified over and over for the last few days.
- Senate Democrats convene task force to craft response to impact of Citizens United
- A group of seven Democratic senators, led by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), announced on March 13, 2012 that they are convening a taskforce to craft a new legislative response to what they see as the harmful impact of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. The taskforce said it intends to pursue all available legislative and administrative means to disclose to the public who is influencing American elections.
- Senate Republican letter to the IRS
- On March 14, 2012 a group of Senate Republicans sent a letter to the IRS questioning recent allegations of selective enforcement on tax-exempt organizations and requested a detailed analysis of the agency’s process for the approval and renewal of a tax-exempt designation under tax code Section 501(c)(4). The group is led by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee and Senator Rob Portman (R-OH).
Smoke, fire, all that.
Wonder if any of these fine senators were leaning on the IRS?
Boehner’s now wondering who should go to jail. He’s got a whole new group of people to look at.