Monday, February 27, 2006

Pulling Out All The Stops

In the effort to discredit those who have been pointing out the illegal and unethical behavior of Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Tx), some of Tom's friends in DC had the IRS audit a non profit.

WASHINGTON : The Internal Revenue Service recently audited the books of a Texas nonprofit group that was critical of campaign spending by U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Sugar Land, after receiving a request for the audit from one of DeLay's political allies in the House.

The lawmaker, House Ways and Means Committee member Sam Johnson, R-Plano, was responding to a complaint about the Austin-based group, Texans for Public Justice, from Barnaby Zall, a Washington lawyer close to DeLay and his fundraising apparatus

This sounds like a return of Richard Nixon to DC.

In the end the audit found no violations. As a result of the audit, the group starting looking into the basis for why an audit was performed.

But the circumstances behind the effort, uncovered by the group's director and founder, Craig McDonald, using the Freedom of Information Act, prompted him to allege that the audit was an abuse of the IRS' mandate. He said there was no evidence of wrongdoing in the complaints.

That is the key, there was a request for an audit, there were accusations of wrong doing, but there was never any evidence presented that would indicate any violations. Still the IRS did do an audit.

Are politically inspired whispers all that is required to trigger an audit? If so, I have a long list of groups who the IRS could visit, starting with Rick Santorum's Charity, Operation Good Neighbor.



palinurus said...

You don't need to go back to Nixon to find abusive IRS investigations. Just go back to President Clinton and her amoral husband.

John said...

I love this sad little argument that some appear addicted to.

But.. But... But, Clinton did it.

So, (assuming that Clinton did it, most of the time it is a lie) since Clinton is reported to have done it is now acceptable?

I know the right has been a a-twiter about Clinton inspired investigations. I know Ann Coulter (the math wizzard she is) has pontificated on the statistical probability of these folks being visited.

I know at the wacked out daily press and other echo chambers there has been speculation.

I have not seen facts, you know, real information and not some second rate speculation mongering.

In this case (as in Nixon's) we have facts, That tends to make a world of difference.

But, even if 'Clinton did it' it is still WRONG.