For years, the IRS mounted a vendetta against conservative and Tea Party groups. They harassed them and badgered them with questions and paperwork in an attempt to diminish the efficacy of such groups.
Years after this startling revelation came to light, the American people have yet to see justice. Lois Lerner, the former head of the department charged with assigning nonprofit designations to groups, has stonewalled and pretended that providing the demanded materials is an impossible task.
Meanwhile, the retiree enjoys all the perks and benefits of a retirement fueled by pensions and benefits of a career bureaucrat.
The IRS has moved painfully slowly and have stalled in every way possible as congressional investigators seek the truth about the orchestrated effort to squash political dissent. However, after a veterans group hosted 2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at an event, the IRS that moves at a snail’s pace leapt into action and yanked the group’s nonprofit status.
Veterans for a Strong America sold tickets to an event held aboard a retired U.S. battleship and offered Trump the opportunity to explain his position on veterans affairs and U.S. foreign policy- subjects that are at the heart of the group’s main area of focus.
Promptly, the IRS revoked the tax-exempt status of the group over the fundraiser. The group is appealing the decision.
The group’s chairman, Joel Arends, claimed, “We disagree with the IRS determination letter.” The group is also being investigated by the FEC for alleged violations related to the event held aboard the USS Iowa.
Trump’s campaign did not approach the event as a traditional campaign stop and did not distribute promotional press material, but did note the stop on his itinerary.
At the event, Trump noted,
“You know, Joel and the group called and they said, `Would you come over and speak? I got here and they asked a couple of days ago would it be possible to come over and say a few words. An endorsement from your group, with so many veterans, hundreds of thousands of veterans, I really appreciate that, Joel. I did not expect it. I didn’t expect it, I didn’t ask for it. I will say this: I am with the veterans, 100 percent. They’re our greatest people.”
The laws concerning campaign finance are incredibly convoluted and arbitrary and it is yet to be seen whether Trump or the veterans group violated any rules.
However, what is startling about this turn of events is the fact that the same government that cannot and will not find the truth about Lerner’s actions, the same government that shrugged-off Benghazi, the same government that hears no evil on Fast and Furious can mobilize within days to come-down heavily upon a veterans group hard and fast.
If only our government was half as interested in serving the people as they are in squashing their political activities…