Francis Di Domizio wrote:snoqueen wrote:To some extent, this IRS thing is another consequence of Citizens United. When a huge ruling like that comes down, it creates a lot of unexpected (and unintended) collateral effects and you've got to budget for the consequences or you get shit like this.
Looks like the targeting predates the Citizens United decision: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142 ... 35312.html
This history also casts light on White House claims that it was clueless about the IRS's targeting. As Huffington Post's Howard Fineman wrote this week: "With two winning presidential campaigns built on successful grassroots fundraising, with a former White House counsel (in 2010-11) who is one of the Democrats' leading experts on campaign law (Bob Bauer), with former top campaign officials having been ensconced as staffers in the White House . . . it's hard to imagine that the Obama inner circle was oblivious to the issue of what the IRS was doing in Cincinnati." More like inconceivable.
And this history exposes the left's hollow claim that the IRS mess rests on Citizens United. The left was targeting conservative groups and donors well before the Supreme Court's 2010 ruling on independent political expenditures by corporations.