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Caddell, Limbaugh: GOP Establishment Happy IRS Targeting Tea Party

Monday, 17 Feb 2014 10:17 PM

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Democratic Strategist Pat Caddell and conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh both think the establishment GOP wants the IRS to go after the tea party, which would explain why they have been soft on the Obama administration’s moves in targeting such political groups.

Caddell made his claim on Fox News on Sunday that the tea party is ‘a threat’ to the GOP’s power hold and they are more than happy to let the IRS fend them off.

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"Because the Tea Parties are an outside threat to their power hold and I'm telling you the lobbying consulting class of the Republican party and Republican leadership who have been attacking the Tea Parties, and alienating them, they want the IRS to do this," he said.

On Monday, Rush Limbaugh went on his nationally syndicated show saying he agreed with Caddell.

"That is a serious charge," Limbaugh said. "That is a very, very serious charge, that the Republican establishment is aligned with Obama and is okay with Obama using the IRS to investigate the Tea Party. But it's believable, because we know the Republican establishment, the political class in Washington, is spreading the word that they are not gonna criticize Hillary, it isn't gonna happen, and we shouldn't, either. It shouldn't happen."

The points seem plausible. Last month the Justice Department announced there were no criminal charges coming in the IRS targeting scandal. At the time, few Republicans blasted the decision as questionable even as tea party groups argued few witnesses had been interviewed and the lead Justice prosecutor was a contributor to Obama’s campaign.

And Republicans have been noticeably quiet on proposed changes to IRS rules that would ban tax-exempt groups from political activities, saying they are meant to silence opposition. Tea party conservatives say they would trample free-speech rights and allow the agency to continue harassing opponents of the Obama administration.

The new Internal Revenue Service rules prevent 501 (c)(4) tax-exempt groups from running television ads, organizing get-out-the-vote efforts or voter registration drives, or handing out literature on any political issue.

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