Ron Paul‘s nonprofit Campaign for Liberty will fight the Internal Revenue Service’s demand that it reveal its donor list to the agency, despite having already been fined for refusing to do so.
“There is no legitimate reason for the IRS to know who donates to Campaign for Liberty,” Megan Stiles, the communications director at Campaign for Liberty, told the Washington Examiner in an email on Tuesday. “We believe the First Amendment is on our side as evidenced by cases such as NAACP v. Alabama and International Union UAW v. National Right to Work. Many 501(c)(4) organizations protect the privacy of their donors in the very same way as Campaign for Liberty. For some reason the IRS has now chosen to single out Campaign for Liberty for special attention. We plan to fight this all the way.”
This is nothing more than the Chicago thug gangster shakedown politics we’ve come to know since Jan 2009 under the Regime, where the IRS is the big stick the Kenyan kommie uses to persecute those who dare to disagree with his marxist community organizer politics.
Ron Paul suggested that the group will refuse to pay the IRS fine in an fund-raising email to supporters about the agency’s request for information.
Stiles accused the IRS of trying to silence her organization. “The IRS technically requires donor information from 501(c)(4) organizations and is forbidden by law from releasing it to the public, yet despite this they have ‘mistakenly’ released the information repeatedly over the years,” she wrote. “Often these leaks have been made to political opponents of the conservative groups whose information was leaked. Leaking the donor information is intended to harass and to intimidate those donors from donating to political causes. Campaign for Liberty has refused to provide donor information to the IRS to protect the privacy of our members. Now the IRS has demanded the information and fined Campaign for Liberty for protecting its members’ privacy.”
Last year, at least two top officials of the pro-life association Pharmacists For Life International stated they had been persecuted by the IRS with ongoing nuisance requests for documentation and frivolous audits.
A Fox News report on 15 April showed Tea Party type or conservative organizations were subject to severe scrutiny and persecution by the Lois Lerner-famed IRS more than 3 times that of liberal or so-called “progressive” groups.
To date, no significant action has been taken against individuals in the IRS or the organization itself since the widespread scandal broke last May 2013.