Monday, February 27, 2006

Shades of Nixon

Via Josh Marshall, I see that one of our homegrown progressive activist organizations here in Texas was just put through the ringer by Tom DeLay’s crony’s in Washington.

Fortunately, they now have a clean bill of health from the IRS.

The Internal Revenue Service recently audited the books of a Texas nonprofit group that was critical of campaign spending by former House majority leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) after receiving a request for the audit from one of DeLay's political allies in the House.

The lawmaker, House Ways and Means Committee member Sam Johnson (R-Tex.), was in turn responding to a complaint about the group, Texans for Public Justice, from Barnaby W. Zall, a Washington lawyer close to DeLay and his fundraising apparatus, according to IRS documents.

This is an abuse of government power at the highest level. It’s even worse than when DeLay commandeered the FAA to hunt for the fleeing Texas Democrats when they were breaking quorum over DeLay’s mid-term re-redistricting scheme.
I remember reading about some of the abuses of the Nixon administration when I was in college and I always thought his use of the IRS to go after his political enemies was one of his worst crimes. Now, here it is again and as Josh notes, they are not even bothering to try and cover it up.

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