Equality is once again threatened in America on a grand scale. It happened when Congress created laws that permit Corporations to be treated as persons. It happened when the Supreme Court capitulated to Congress and agreed that corporations are persons and can therefore contribute as much as they want to political campaigns.
Senator Mitch McConnell equated that to being “free speech,” and a very weak Democratic response just went along with that.
I personally challenged Mitch McConnell at a press event last year and asked, “What would be wrong with limiting corporations and individuals to making $1 each contributions to political candidates, for instance?”
McConnell stopped to ponder and responded by saying, “That would mean making them equal, You are talking about equality. Well, we could do that but it would require legislation.”
Right Senator, he caught my drift. So, what happened? Equality didn’t happen, and neither did Democrats fighting for it.
The story by the Washington Post focuses on IRS actions that targeted the plethora of 501(c)4 organizations (non profit corporations) intended to advocate political messages without violating the rules of their charters which prohibit direct contributions to candidates.
Conservatives sought to pull a fast one in a hurry, and the IRS threw rules and process in the way to slow them down. That was wrong and so is Congress for depriving Americans of equality by treating Corporations as persons. Good grief, that is the scandal of our century.
“How the IRS seeded the clouds in 2010 for a political deluge three years later
Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post – The Internal Revenue Service, on May, 19, 2013 in Washington, D.C.
By Zachary A. Goldfarb and Kimberly Kindy, Published: May 19 E-mail the writers
In early 2010, an Internal Revenue Service team in Cincinnati began noticing a stream of applications from groups with political-sounding names, setting in motion a dragnet aimed at separating legitimate tax-exempt groups from those working to get candidates elected.
The IRS officials decided to single out one type of political group for particular scrutiny. “These cases involve various local organizations in the Tea Party movement,” read one internal IRS e-mail sent at the time.
Former acting IRS comissioner Steven Miller said that he believes the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups was “absolutely not illegal” but he did acknowledge that it was inappropriate.”