WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- I said it last night: what the IRS did in targeting conservative leaning groups for extra scrutiny as they sought tax exempt status was illegal and unfair.
But tonight, lets think about why so many groups coveted that status in the first place. After all, it doesn't allow supporters to deduct donations from their taxes.
However it does allow those donors to remain anonymous. In other words, once the IRS dubs you a 501-c4 non-profit you can take in millions of dollars from anyone and spend it on issues ads or even hand it off to a political Super Pac.
And the public would have no idea where that money really came from. Which makes it nice for big time billionaires who dislike the spotlight. The only requirement is that the non-profit's mission be more concerned with social welfare than with politics and that is the judgement call the IRS was trying to make when they blew it by targeting one side of the political equation.
And now that awful mistake becomes the big story.
But lets be real--now all this unfiltered unaccounted money will continue to pour into our political system and no one's even talking about it and that ought to be a crime.