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Schumer: Obama Should Bypass Congress to Target Tea Party With IRS

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 11:22 am

If that headline makes you bark with surprise and rub your eyes to make sure you read it right, then you’re experiencing an awakening about how Democrats see the Tea Party, executive power, and indeed the Constitution. Not only are they unashamed to openly say they want to target the Tea Party with the IRS, they’re saying that Obama and his administration can do it without Congress.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) proposed using the Internal Revenue Service to curtail Tea Party group funding during a speech on how to “exploit” and “weaken” the movement at the Center for American Progress on Thursday.

Arguing that Tea Party groups have a financial advantage after the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, Schumer said the Obama administration should bypass Congress and institute new campaign finance rules through the IRS.

“It is clear that we will not pass anything legislatively as long as the House of Representatives is in Republican control, but there are many things that can be done administratively by the IRS and other government agencies—we must redouble those efforts immediately,” Schumer said.

“One of the great advantages the Tea Party has is the huge holes in our campaign finance laws created [by] the ill advised decision [Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission],” Schumer said. “Obviously the Tea Party elites gained extraordinary influence by being able to funnel millions of dollars into campaigns with ads that distort the truth and attack government.”

Laws? We ain’t got no laws. We don’t need no laws. We don’t have to show you any stinkin’ laws!

Thanks to Dana.

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