Whatever its reasoning, the IRS’ decision to target political action non-profit outfits based on whether or not these groups included terms like “tea party” or “small government,” or were somehow critical of the way the country is being run (and who isn’t?) was an outrageous political blunder of the first order.
That said, the IRS likely was dealing with a cascade of new non-profits whose coffers were filled by wealthy anonymous donors, all the result of the Supreme Court’s truly awful Citizens United ruling and the congressional GOP’s efforts to prevent disclosure of these sugar daddies’ identities. To my mind, the distorting power of willfully faceless big-money contributors on the political process is a scandal in and of itself.