"The IRS initially defended the examinations after their existence was made public, saying they had been initiated by career civil servants, and were not political in nature.
But noting the historic lack of enforcement of the provision, six Republican members of the Senate Budget Committee, led by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.), accused the IRS of pursuing a Democratic political vendetta.
And on July 7, the IRS shut everything down until further notice. The five donors have never been identified."
Tuesday, August 9, 2011