Robert Knight

And maybe I’ve been too harsh on Mr. O’Donnell. He has some company down at the bottom of the cliffs. CNN Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin also said the IRS scandal is much ado about nothing:

“I think, you know, this is a big Washington phenomenon at the moment. But the notion that this is some earth-shaking scandal and that responsible people should be talking about impeachment seems, frankly, ridiculous, at this point.”

That would rule out Sen. Jim Inhofe, Oklahoma Republican, as a “responsible” person. But Sen. Inhofe lost official respectability years ago when he began questioning the junk science propping up the global warming industry. He did this while sitting in committee next to California Sen. Barbara Boxer, a high priestess of climate change politics.

Here’s a snapshot of how the IRS has been operating out of its Cincinnati office, which handles applications involving nonprofits. Many Tea Party groups say they never received their 501(c)(3) status and simply gave up. By contrast, the Barack H. Obama Foundation, run by the president’s brother, got theirs in 34 days, according to the National Legal and Policy Center, as reported in the Daily Caller.

With scads of new taxes looming in Obamacare in 2014 and the IRS hiring thousands of new agents, does it comfort you to know that Sarah Hall Ingram, the person who ran the Cincinnati office responsible for tax-exempt applications between 2009 and 2012, now directs the IRS’ Affordable Care Act office, according to ABC News? Need a hip replacement? How do you feel about President Obama?

Idaho businessman Frank VanderSloot, who donated to Mitt Romney’s campaign, wound up in April 2012 on an Obama campaign website list of eight “less than reputable” people who donated to the eventual Republican nominee. Twelve days later, someone delved into his divorce records, a tactic used to discredit Mr. Obama’s opponents in Democratic primary campaigns in Chicago.

In June, as the Wall Street Journal’s Kimberley Strassel notes, “the IRS informed Mr. VanderSloot and his wife of an audit of two years of their taxes. In July, the Department of Labor informed him of an audit of the guest workers on his Idaho cattle ranch.” In September, the IRS slammed him with yet another audit.

In July 2011, Drew Ryun, a former Republican National Committee staff member, applied to the IRS for nonprofit status for a conservative website called Media Trackers.

After being told several times the application was under review, Ryun took a different tack in September 2012. He made Media Trackers a project of Greenhouse Solutions, a pre-existing group whose permanent status was pending.

Presto. “Within three weeks, Greenhouse received permanent nonprofit status from the IRS, and the IRS approval was transmitted to us from its Cincinnati office,” Ryun told Yahoo News. “Do I think we benefited from what many think is a liberal-sounding name? Absolutely.”

The lesson is clear, as it has been for budding journalists and college students with leftist professors since the 1960s – keep your faith and/or your beliefs to yourself until you’ve reached a certain level of success. Even then, shut up or else.

And if you’re a group seeking nonprofit tax status, it probably wouldn’t hurt to work the name “Obama” into your organization’s title.

Robert Knight

Robert Knight is an author, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a frequent contributor to Townhall.