From The Hill:
Senate Democrats facing tough elections this year want the Internal Revenue Service to play a more aggressive role in regulating outside groups expected to spend millions of dollars on their races.
In the wake of the IRS targeting scandal, the Democrats are publicly prodding the agency instead of lobbying them directly. They are also careful to say the IRS should treat conservative and liberal groups equally, but they’re concerned about an impending tidal wave of attack ads funded by GOP-allied organizations. Much of the funding for those groups is secret, in contrast to the donations lawmakers collect, which must be reported publicly.
Isn’t it illegal to use government agencies to target political rivals? Of course, the slimy politicians on both sides of the aisle get away with nearly everything.
The Democrats are acting out because their highly unpopular voting records are being exposed in the campaign ads of their rivals. Therefore, they’re trying any means necessary to keep their plush DC lifestyles.
Just to refresh everyone’s memory, remember all those suspicious overseas contributions the current president said he’d look into after the election?
The Government Accountability Institute today [Oct 2012] released details of an eight-month probe into fundraising by the presidential candidates and all House and Senate candidates that also shows that the president’s outreach and fundraising have targeted websites in Chinese, Arabic, Thai, and Korean. Generally, donations from foreign nations are illegal.
A little-noticed set of documents collected by the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee leaves scant doubt that the event at the Buddhist temple was a Democratic Party fundraiser–and that Gore knew it.
Wouldn’t it be nice if the government was run by honest people? On the other hand, would Americans even be capable of recognizing an honest person if we saw one?
2/14/14 UPDATE: Came across this today: