As a former employee – I spent six years there in the early 1980s – I hate to see the IRS in a bad light. The organization takes more hits than it deserves, but this time, the hit is well deserved. No way the IRS should be targeting a specific group of entities.
Others have written more elegantly than I on this subject, including this editorial in today’s paper. I have to agree with this article, though: IRS Code section 501(c)4 has been abused and the IRS should be looking at all who are attempting to become tax-exempt under that provision.
Better yet: how about Congress changing the law and making it clear that political entities are not “social welfare” organizations? That would go a long way towards putting a stop to this.