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Rein in the IRS by de-clubbing the thugs

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Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, 8:57 p.m.

Without a “smidgen of corruption” — at least in the alternate universe of President Obama — the IRS is moving ahead with a proposal that will bury tens of thousands of nonprofits in new paperwork. Consider it the Obama administration's “salute” to the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United verdict on political speech and campaign funding.

Under the 501(c)4 classification, “social welfare” nonprofits can participate in politics, provided politics aren't their primary focus. But the Internal Revenue Service's new policy would redefine “political activity.” The upshot would be “substantial … record-keeping and collection of information burden(s)” on more than 100,000 nonprofits, according to Judicial Watch, which is among those fighting the measure.

“The Obama IRS wants to kill the conservative movement with paperwork and regulation,” says Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

A House bill that would block the IRS rule for one year stands little chance of passage in Mr. Obama's rubber-stamping Senate.

And never mind that the IRS' outrageous targeting of conservative groups — undertaken around the same time as when the new rule was being written — has prompted six investigations.

Before Obama & Co. get an even bigger cudgel with which to threaten and beat opponents, the IRS must be disarmed and brought to justice. The political thuggery must end.

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