Liberty Counsel Action
From the Desk of Mat Staver, Chairman

IRS reignites war on conservative groups

April 23, 2014

Barack Obama’s enforcement squad, the IRS, has reignited the war on conservative organizations by revoking the tax-exempt status of a popular group because of alleged “electoral politics.” The rationale the IRS applied is extremely subjective.

We knew this was coming. It was just a matter of time. The Internal Revenue Service announced that they have revoked the status of a popular conservative organization. 

According to the IRS, the Patrick Henry Center for Individual Liberty has shown a “pattern of deliberate and consistent intervention in political campaigns” and made “repeated statements supporting or opposing various candidates by expressing its opinion of the respective candidate’s character and qualifications,” according to their written determination released Friday afternoon while Congress is in recess.

Cited by the IRS were two examples of the organization’s critique of Hillary Clinton and John Kerry dating back to 2004! The organization is headed by former FBI official and longtime Clinton critic, Gary Aldrich. The Center published ‘alerts’ on its website by Aldrich deemed by the IRS to be “electoral politics.”

It should be noted that the Center has lost a 501(c)(3) determination, not the 501(c)(4) status for which the IRS has proposed new, restricted regulations.

As reported by the Washington Free Beacon

“In one column cited by the IRS that appeared to be published by Townhall on April 2, 2004, Aldrich wrote, ‘if John Kerry promises otherwise ill-informed swing-voters lower gas prices at the pump, more than a few greedy, registered ignoramuses will follow him anywhere.’

The IRS also took issue with what it said was a Patrick Henry Center fundraising letter, which appeared to draw from an April 13, 2005 Townhall column written by Aldrich entitled ‘Stop Hillary now!’…

‘There may not be a South Lawn barbecue party for Conservative political activists who work to keep Hillary from power – but they will march forth with a passion because they know the country will be better off without Hillary in the White House,’ said the column.’”

USA Today cites additional affiliations as problematic for the organization…

“In recent years, it’s become aligned with the Tea Party movement, contributing to at least one of the groups targeted for extra scrutiny by the IRS beginning in 2010.  Also in 2010, the Patrick Henry Center merged with Liberty Central, an advocacy group headed by Virginia Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese serves on the center’s board.”

As Liberty Counsel Action has warned many times before, the IRS has sole authority, without scrutiny or review, to determine what is and isn’t “political activity” by non-profit organizations.

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told the Washington Post last week that they are rewriting controversial draft guidelines to better define “candidate-related political activities.” This announcement comes on the heels of Koskinen announcing just two weeks ago that new IRS regulations would not “likely” be placed into effect until after the elections.

One wonders if President Obama issued a new timetable for Koskinen to follow!

We cannot sit idly by and watch as President Obama and other lawless leaders use the IRS and other federal agencies as their enforcement squads to destroy political adversaries!

The United States Senate must join the House in taking action to force the IRS to stop targeting conservatives!

We are now calling on the Senate to pass S.2011, the Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act. The bill is locked away in the Democrat-controlled Senate Committee on Finance: Taxation and IRS Oversight.

I am asking America’s patriots to rise to this challenge. Please, fax the Senate and demand that they take action to stop the implementation of new IRS regulations!

We will hold the faxes until Congress reconvenes in a few more days, which means their offices will be flooded with tens of thousands of messages when they return!  

In appreciation of your gift of $20, Liberty Counsel Action’s Fax Barrage will hold – then deliver with thousands of others – your faxes to your two senators, your representative, as well as the 15 members of the Senate Committee on Finance: Taxation and IRS Oversight (up to 18 faxes in all).

Go here to leverage your personal impact in this crucial battle.

New IRS chief is a seasoned, “progressive” operative!

The appointment of John Koskinen to head the IRS was railroaded through Harry Reid’s “nuclear” Senate.  Koskinen is a savvy operative who many observers believe was nominated simply because he is so experienced at protecting President Obama’s political interests.

After overseeing the federal takeover of the entire American mortgage industry at Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac, Koskinen is the kind of thick-skinned, cynical executive who can continue the political corruption of the IRS even under the spotlight of increasing scrutiny.

Managing political fallout is what John Koskinen does. That’s why Barack Obama rammed him through Reid’s compliant Senate to get the job at the IRS!

Among his first acts as IRS chief was to take oversight of proposed regulations that will all but silence tens of millions of conservatives through overreaching rules imposed on 501(c)(4) organizations – groups like Liberty Counsel Action.

I cannot emphasize this point highly enough…

The politicization of federal agencies presents a clear and present danger to the free speech rights and the freedom of association of every American citizen.

Please go here NOW to be part of this critical movement to stop the IRS War on Conservatives… We will hold your faxes until Congress reconvenes, then release them in an unprecedented Fax barrage on Monday.

God bless you for your thoughtful, active patriotism!

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