After the news broke that the Internal Revenue Service was targeting Tea Party groups for additional scrutiny leading up to the 2012 election, the Obama administration announced that they were going to change the rules for certain non profit groups. (Unions not included.) As it turns out, those plans were in the works before the story broke, and while the targeting of conservative groups was going on. Not only that, it was done in secret, with the intention of keeping it that way.
The Daily Caller has the details:
The Obama administration’s Treasury Department and former IRS official Lois Lerner conspired to draft new 501(c)(4) regulations to restrict the activity of conservative groups in a way that would not be disclosed publicly, according to the House Committee on Ways and Means.
The Treasury Department and Lerner started devising the new rules “off-plan,” meaning that their plans would not be published on the public schedule. They planned the new rules in 2012, while the IRS targeting of conservative groups was in full swing, and not after the scandal broke in order to clarify regulations as the administration has suggested.
The rules place would place much more stringent controls on what would be considered political activity by the IRS, effectively limiting the standard practices of a wide array of non-profit groups.
Read the whole thing. Oh, and don’t forget that Lois Lerner invoked her Fifth Amendment rights.
Update: Linked by The Pirate’s Cove – thanks!