The Real Cause and Lessons of the IRS Scandal

During Friday morning’s House Ways and Means Committee hearing on the IRS targeting scandal, Liberal Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA) at least had the honesty to say “I don’t like the right.”

Each committee member had his own axe to grind. McDermott’s was campaign finance reform, and his view was shared by several Democrats.

He argued that the beginning of the “problem” of “secret money” going to politically motivated groups was the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, which eliminated restrictions on independent campaign expenditures by organizations.

McDermott and many others who share his view are wrong. Though it was not our first major campaign finance legislation (FECA 1971), the problem began in earnest with the unconstitutional McCain-Feingold “reform” law, passed in 2002.

Please read the rest of my article for the American Spectator here:

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