Senate Democrats facing tough elections this year want the Internal Revenue Service to play a more aggressive role in regulating outside groups expected to spend millions of dollars on their races.
In the wake of the IRS targeting scandal, the Democrats are publicly prodding the agency instead of lobbying them directly. They are also careful to say the IRS should treat conservative and liberal groups equally, but they’re concerned about an impending tidal wave of attack ads funded by GOP-allied organizations. Much of the funding for those groups is secret, in contrast to the donations lawmakers collect, which must be reported publicly.
It’s going to be fun doing this to the Dems after the elections this fall. Barack Obama won’t be able to protect these IRS activities all by himself. Oh, sure, Boehner and McConnell don’t have the balls to play this sort of hardball, but with any luck, neither will be in Congress next year.
And of course after 2016, President Cruz will be able to unilaterally do “anything he wants” under the Obama Precedent of that name. Thanks, President Precedent!