COMMENTARY | According to the Washington Examiner, Campaign for Liberty, a Ron Paul organization, has decided to defy an IRS demand that it hand over its donor list. It may even refuse to pay fines that the tax agency is levying as a result.
The United Liberty newsletter suggests that this demand is part of an ongoing IRS campaign to intimidate and shut down conservative, tea party, and libertarian groups. It points out that outing donors would leave them open to harassment. It cited a number of examples.
“That concern is valid. Corporate donors to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a conservative think tank, were pressured by leftist activists to cease their giving. The Obama campaign used FEC disclosures to intimidate Romney donors.
“And more recently, Brendan Eich was pressured to resign his post as Mozilla’s CEO because he gave to the organizers of Proposition 8, California’s 2008 anti-gay marriage campaign.”
Paul, a libertarian minded former congressman and former candidate for president of the United States, has been a critic of the IRS and its campaign to harass and intimidate conservative and tea party groups. As has a number of other politicians, he has called for the abolishment of the income tax and the taxing agency.
It seems fantastic that with the activities of Lois Lerner having been outed and ongoing investigations of the IRS proceeding in a number of venues, that the tax agency is still persisting in going after groups like Campaign for Liberty. It suggests not only a lack of shame, but also a sense that no one is going to stop it from these kinds of activities.
It also suggests that Congress needs to press forward in its investigation of the IRS and ferret out the truth of the extent of the campaign, especially how high up the matter goes. The tax agency is the most feared government entity in the United States, so the idea that it is still be used as a political weapon should be bone chilling to all lovers of freedom.