IRS Fallout: The Real Scandal Is Secr...

IRS Fallout: The Real Scandal Is Secret Money Influencing US Elections

There are 12 comments on the www.thenation.com story from May 14, 2013, titled IRS Fallout: The Real Scandal Is Secret Money Influencing US Elections. In it, www.thenation.com reports that:

The IRS is under siege for investigating conservative political groups applying for tax-exempt status.

But the real problem wasn’t that the IRS was too aggressive. It was that the agency focused on the wrong people—“none of those groups were big spenders on political advertising; most were local Tea Party organizations with shoestring budgets,” writes The New York Times—and wasn’t aggressive enough.

The outrage that Washington should be talking about—what my colleague Chris Hayes calls “the scandal behind the scandal”—is how the Citizens United decision has unleashed a flood of secret spending in US elections that the IRS and other regulatory agencies in Washington, like the Federal Election Commission, have been unwilling or unable to stem.

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Eleanor

Vernon Hills, IL

#1 May 14, 2013
Secret money influencing elections?

Oh my, say it ain't so .....

<LOL>

“Voters elect Big Bird”

Since: Jan 07

Dump American Eagle

#2 May 14, 2013
THAT canard don't fly.... "Secret" money is suspected in EVERY campaign,on BOTH sides. This is nothing more than political intimidation by the Obama Administration. Most likely not by HIS direction but certainly one of his lower echelon flunkies. Send in the FBI and let them smell out the Rat. Don't need to waste Congress's time with this,THEY'C just muddy the waters with their grandstanding and political claptrap blaming each other for "witch hunts". Send in the FBI and be done with it.

Since: Apr 13

Lake Oswego, OR

#3 May 14, 2013
Dear,Topix Readers "I" thank it's time that the "Obama's Government Family Clan" should get out of the "White House" and as well as "Washington DC" as Dealing is good. And the "Voters" that did put him in the "White House" for a second term should get what's coming to them for "VOTEING" for him in the First Place as it is. And he is Destroying America in Morals and in Values as well as Downsizing America as he goes along the the road to "2016" as well. And if we don't look out for "Obama" along the the road to "2016" well we will see America turn in to a "NATIONAL SOCIALISM COUNTRY" and the Rise of the "FOURTH REICH" as well My Fellow Americans. Good Luck To All And God Speed.05/14/13
See the light

El Paso, TX

#4 May 14, 2013
Everyone knows Dems bought the election, and cheated . Now they're reporting it?

Since: Mar 08

Allentown, PA

#5 May 14, 2013
The Nation does it's duty and protects the IRS. Well done Nation!
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Barack Obama is just as surprised as the rest of us, he didn't know there was an IRS until he read about it in the newspaper.

Since: Apr 13

Lake Oswego, OR

#6 May 14, 2013
LookingToEscape wrote:
The Nation does it's duty and protects the IRS. Well done Nation!
.
Barack Obama is just as surprised as the rest of us, he didn't know there was an IRS until he read about it in the newspaper.
Give Me A Break Impeach Obama's Goverment Family Clan Before He And His Clan Destroys American And Puts The Down Sizing Of Our Great County.
BandMaster

Since: Sep 11

Location hidden

#7 May 14, 2013
Obama gotta go. That boy has to get out of the White House right away.
BandMaster

Since: Sep 11

Location hidden

#8 May 14, 2013
Obama believes in Global LYING. He gotta go Joe.
mauka kai

Brooklyn, NY

#10 May 15, 2013
Oh sure, the real problem is never the Radical-in-Chief in the White House. Obama's IRS goes after his political enemies...how convenient. Then another arm of his government raids the AP offices. Not to mention that Hillary lies like a rug about Benghazi, Fast & Furious is still hidden behind a Nixonesque smoke screen and Holder thinks bat-wielding Black Panthers threatening voters is just dandy.

Nothing to see here folks! Move along. It only LOOKS like fascism, so don't worry yourselves about it.

“It's a Brand New Day”

Since: Feb 06

New Rochelle

#11 May 15, 2013
mauka kai wrote:
Oh sure, the real problem is never the Radical-in-Chief in the White House. Obama's IRS goes after his political enemies...how convenient. Then another arm of his government raids the AP offices. Not to mention that Hillary lies like a rug about Benghazi, Fast & Furious is still hidden behind a Nixonesque smoke screen and Holder thinks bat-wielding Black Panthers threatening voters is just dandy.
Nothing to see here folks! Move along. It only LOOKS like fascism, so don't worry yourselves about it.
No, not fascism, monkey-boy.
Over-reaction to the US Supreme Court's decision to allow corporations to control our political destiny with unlimited political money shoshing.

And, possible overreaction to the AP leak of an ongoing secret operation.

The rest of your gibberish is lie. Fast-furious was inhereted from Buash, yes should have been killed; "Black Panthers threatening" is an out and out lie; 'Benghazi' due to 'TEA- GOP' in Congress cutting US Embassy security.
mauka kai

Brooklyn, NY

#12 May 15, 2013
Mr_Bill wrote:
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No, not fascism, monkey-boy.
Over-reaction to the US Supreme Court's decision to allow corporations to control our political destiny with unlimited political money shoshing.
And, possible overreaction to the AP leak of an ongoing secret operation.
The rest of your gibberish is lie. Fast-furious was inhereted from Buash, yes should have been killed; "Black Panthers threatening" is an out and out lie; 'Benghazi' due to 'TEA- GOP' in Congress cutting US Embassy security.
Are you related to L. Wolf? I'm really getting damn tired of you racist aholes comparing people like me to monkeys or baboons. My African heritage is something I'm proud of, you cousin-marrying cracker. Go F yourself, you ignorant hick & KKK moron.

I'm also proud of the fact that I do not judge ANYONE by race, including Obama. You should at least get that much out of liberalism. As Martha Stewart would say: "That's a good thing!" (Or were you asleep during the 60's?) A good idea is a good idea, regardless of the source.

“Voters elect Big Bird”

Since: Jan 07

Dump American Eagle

#13 May 15, 2013
mauka kai wrote:
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Are you related to L. Wolf? I'm really getting damn tired of you racist aholes comparing people like me to monkeys or baboons. My African heritage is something I'm proud of, you cousin-marrying cracker. Go F yourself, you ignorant hick & KKK moron.
I'm also proud of the fact that I do not judge ANYONE by race, including Obama. You should at least get that much out of liberalism. As Martha Stewart would say: "That's a good thing!" (Or were you asleep during the 60's?) A good idea is a good idea, regardless of the source.
Don't take Bill too seriously... He's one of the paid trolls on here. Its his job to defend liberalism. They have talking points and seldom go off cue.

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