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IRS Complaints Part of Wisconsin Left's Playbook

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Kevin Binversie brings us a local angle to the growing IRS scandal.


[G]oing to the IRS has been in the playbook of the new Left for much of the past decade. If some state Democratic party or so-called "good government group" finds a new, up-and-comer is getting too good at foiling their plans – BAMM!! – out comes the merit-less IRS complaint.

In the future, this tactic may well be used against churches and other religious organizations, because they too qualify as tax-exempt organizations. Go on any liberal comment thread these days and it is a standard idea being tossed around when it comes how they’d deal with pro-life groups and opponents of gay marriage. 

The IRS has been the main weapon in the Left’s attacks on the Koch Brothers. In August of 2010, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) filed an IRS complaint against Americans for Prosperity (AFP) for a series of ads they ran in Michigan, Missouri and Kansas. At the heart of the DCCC’s demand in their complaint, was the intended elimination of AFP’s tax-exemption.

During the failed recall of Gov. Scott Walker last year, the Left tried a two-prong approach.  In their preparations for political war, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin filed a complaint to the Government Accountability Board (with a copy forwarded to the IRS) in the middle of February.  They made clear their intent was to go after the tax-exempt status of AFP-Wisconsin and the MacIver Institute.

Read the rest of this fascinating and relevant piece that connects the dots, here.

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