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Tea Party Can’t Shield Donors But Commies Can

From a bemused Politico:

Tea party groups can’t shield donors, FEC rules

By BYRON TAU | November 21, 2013

The Federal Election Commission declined on Thursday to grant a tea party group the same exemption from disclosure that it has long granted to left-wing political parties. The panel voted 3-2 against a proposal that would have allowed the Tea Party Leadership Fund to shield the names and information of their donors from public scrutiny. The measure needed four votes to pass the six-member panel.

This is just another example of Obama is getting his way via the backdoor, thanks to a government agency. Ever since the Supreme Court’s ‘Citizen’s United’ ruling, Obama has been obsessed with trying to find out who is donating to the Tea Party, so he can punish them. Which was undoubtedly the major motive behind the IRS’s targeting of the Tea Party.

But now he won’t have to rely entirely upon the IRS for that information.

Federal courts have recognized that minor party candidates and other political organizations can be entitled to exemptions from disclosure on behalf of their donors, if they might face government retribution or private harassment.

But there is no record of the Tea Party ever facing government retribution or private harassment. Nope. Never happened.

The only exemption ever granted by the FEC under this principle, however, is for the Socialist Workers Party. The left-wing political party has been granted the right to keep donors secret since 1990 — a special exemption that was renewed by the FEC as recently as 2013.

Separately, federal courts have also granted the Communist Party, the Socialist Action and the Freedom Socialist Party exemption from disclosure laws.

When have Communist or Socialist parties ever faced government retribution or private harassment? Especially these days? They are as protected as their union buddies. (If there is, in fact, any real difference.)

An attorney for the Tea Party Leadership Fund, Dan Backer, argued in a request that totaled more than 1,400 pages that political harassment of tea party groups warranted the same exemption. “There’s an extensive evidentiary trail here,” Backer said Thursday.

That’s all just ‘anecdotal.’

Citing this year’s IRS scandal and disparaging comments from elected officials, Backer said harassment of tea party groups went well beyond the rough and tumble of politics.

“I think you have a pattern of conduct that is very broad-based, and both horizontally and vertically. You’ve got harassment and abuse from various federal agencies, you’ve got public [disparagement] from government officials, government officials, private actors, the media,” Backer said.

FEC commissioners opposed to the measure noted that the Socialist Workers Party had only a handful of donors, while the tea party was a mainstream political movement.

But shouldn’t that argue for these few puppet masters (like George Soros) being made public? As opposed to grassroots every day Americans?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, November 22nd, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Tea Party Can’t Shield Donors But Commies Can”

  1. BannedbytheTaliban

    “But now he won’t have to rely entirely upon the IRS for that information.”

    And the NSA. I’m sure all that metadata included who was calling Tea Party hq and candidates. The shooting war is not far off.




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