KNIGHT: Collecting taxes and conservative scalps, IRS-style

The IRS becomes a cruel weapon in Democrats’ hands

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Frank L. VanderSloot, co-chairman of Mitt Romney’s campaign-finance committee, was subjected to two audits (in addition to a Labor Department audit) after the Obama campaign in 2012 described him as one of eight “wealthy individuals with less-than-reputable records.”

There’s much more, but let’s conclude with a brief reference to Democracy 21, which helped trigger the IRS‘ jihad against conservatives. It’s headed by Fred Wertheimer, a former Common Cause executive who was a major force behind the McCain-Feingold campaign-finance statute. That 2002 law barred nonprofits from running broadcast ads about candidates within 30 days of a primary or caucus and 60 days before a general election.

Sold as a “good government” measure, McCain-Feingold was aimed at preventing groups such as the National Rifle Association or right-to-life organizations from informing the public about candidates’ records when it matters most — just before elections. In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the law in Citizens United v FEC.

Mr. Wertheimer is not happy about the court’s latest First Amendment-friendly ruling on April 2 in the McCutcheon case, which struck down more campaign-finance restrictions. Here’s his take for the Scotusblog:

“The five Justices who make up a majority on the Supreme Court are imposing their ideology and politics on the country. In the process, they are issuing radical, not conservative, opinions.”

That depends on what you’re trying to conserve.

Robert Knight is senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a columnist for The Washington Times.

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