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TOPIC: where was all the right wing rage when this happened
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Then, in 2006, the Wall Street Journal broke the story of a how a little-known pressure group called Public Interest Watch — which received 97 percent of its funds from Exxon Mobile one year — managed to get the IRS to open an investigation into Greenpeace. Greenpeace had labeled Exxon Mobil the “No. 1 climate criminal.” The IRS acknowledged its audit was initiated by Public Interest Watch and threatened to revoke Greenpeace’s tax-exempt status, but closed the investigation three months later.

As the Journal reporter, Steve Stecklow, later said in an interview, “This comes against a backdrop where a number of conservative groups have been attacking nonprofits and NGOs over their tax-exempt status. There have been hearings on Capitol Hill. There have been a number of conservative groups in Washington who have been quite critical.”

Indeed, the year before that, the Senate held a hearing on nonprofits’ political activity. Republican Sen. Charles Grassley, the then-chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said the IRS needed better enforcement, but also “legislative changes” to better define the lines between politics and social welfare, since they had not been updated in “a generation.” Unfortunately, neither Congress nor the IRS has defined 501(c)4's sufficiently to this day, leaving the door open for IRS auditors to make up their own, discriminatory rules.

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Now I know that both sides do it, but the Republicans have turned it into an art form.

I know the Republicans here will disagree, but you have several members of the House science committee that don't believe in evolution. C'mon now...

Since Reagan, the Republicans have been on a downward spiral to crazytown....

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My daughter has a Maine Coon.

Cool cats, but they look like one of the guys on Duck Dynasty...

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I have just learned that in 2012, Hank, a Maine Coon cat, came in third in the Virginia US Senate race. He got 7,300 votes - all by write in.

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Correction it was Rio de Janeiro. Doesn't really change the story, but I went and looked. In 1988.

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"Both sides are hypocrites. "

Absolutely correct. So why do they serve up this bullshit?

For the same reason McDonalds is wildly successful. Everyone might complain about it, but the inescapable truth is that people crave it and eat it up. The voters who keep sending these arseholes back over and over again while complaining about them are the hypocrites.

A Sao Paolo, Brazil mayoral campaign included a chimpanzee once, I believe. Some jokers exploited a loophole in the law to get this monkey on the ballot. They ran a satirical campaign with the slogan "Vote monkey, get monkey." As opposed to everyone else, who could more accurately be described as "Vote honest guy, get monkey." At least in the monkey's case you were getting what was advertised. I want to say the chimp came in third.

I know there are other examples of dogs etc winning offices of sheriff, mayor etc, but those are all microscopic communities. Sao Paolo is a huge city.

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One could ask this question about any number of things.

When Bush was gutting constitutional protections, the right was all for it.

Where was the talk of impeachment when there were 13 attacks on embassies during Bush's terms?

Where was talk of impeachment when the Marine barracks in Beirut was blown up?

To be fair, the left does the same thing. The tone towards Obama's abuses of constitutional protections has been weak at best from the left.

Both sides are hypocrites.

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That's simple, the right was chatting praryere to their blood gods Bush jr, Rumsfeld, and Chainey.

No seriously, rush and company didn't make a stink of it and thus the right knew nothing about it. So through ignorance of the media, they were innocent... But guilty of thinking that the government agencies are to be above politics.

This is simply how the game is played.

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or this:

Stepping up its probe of allegedly improper campaigning by churches, the Internal Revenue Service on Friday ordered a liberal Pasadena parish to turn over all the documents and e-mails it produced during the 2004 election year with references to political candidates.

All Saints Episcopal Church and its rector, the Rev. Ed Bacon, have until Sept. 29 to present the sermons, newsletters and electronic communications.

The IRS investigation was triggered by an antiwar sermon delivered by its former rector, the Rev. George F. Regas, at the church two days before the 2004 presidential election. The summons even requests utility bills to establish costs associated with hosting Regas' speech. Bacon was ordered to testify before IRS officials Oct. 11.

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Then, in 2006, the Wall Street Journal broke the story of a how a little-known pressure group called Public Interest Watch — which received 97 percent of its funds from Exxon Mobile one year — managed to get the IRS to open an investigation into Greenpeace. Greenpeace had labeled Exxon Mobil the “No. 1 climate criminal.” The IRS acknowledged its audit was initiated by Public Interest Watch and threatened to revoke Greenpeace’s tax-exempt status, but closed the investigation three months later.

As the Journal reporter, Steve Stecklow, later said in an interview, “This comes against a backdrop where a number of conservative groups have been attacking nonprofits and NGOs over their tax-exempt status. There have been hearings on Capitol Hill. There have been a number of conservative groups in Washington who have been quite critical.”

Indeed, the year before that, the Senate held a hearing on nonprofits’ political activity. Republican Sen. Charles Grassley, the then-chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said the IRS needed better enforcement, but also “legislative changes” to better define the lines between politics and social welfare, since they had not been updated in “a generation.” Unfortunately, neither Congress nor the IRS has defined 501(c)4's sufficiently to this day, leaving the door open for IRS auditors to make up their own, discriminatory rules.

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