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February 7, 2016

Schumer: Administration, IRS Must ‘Redouble Efforts’ on Campaign Finance Enforcement

Schumer is a Democrat from New York. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., said Thursday that Democrats, the administration and the IRS must immediately “redouble” efforts to close loopholes created by a recent Supreme Court ruling that opened the floodgates for money into politics.

“One of the great advantages the tea party has is the huge holes in our campaign finance laws created this ill-advised decision,” said Schumer, referring to Citizens United, in an afternoon speech at the Center for American Progress. “Obviously, the tea party elites gained extraordinary influence by being able to funnel millions of dollars into campaigns with ads that distort the truth and attack government.”

Most of Schumer’s remarks focused on his ideal Democratic political playbook against conservatives. He argued that Democrats could combat the tea party by more openly discussing the benefits of government involvement in everyday Americans’ lives.

Schumer suggested administration action on campaign finance at the end of his speech — making it appear like an afterthought. But his remarks on campaign finance — a frequent topic for the senator — provided one of the few actionable items for Democratic efforts to marginalize the tea party.

In 2013, the administration and the IRS came under fire for targeting political groups.

“This is not the place for a broad discussion of this issue, and it is clear that we will not pass anything legislatively as long as the House of Representatives is in Republican control, but there are many things that can be done administratively by the IRS and other government agencies – we must redouble those efforts immediately,” the New York Democrat continued.

“Tea party members realize importance of this issue,” Schumer continued. “In the recent budget negotiations House Republicans nearly blew up the entire agreement because we would not put in the bill a provision that would prevent the IRS from moving forward and administratively closing some of the Citizens United loopholes.”

Schumer appears to be referring to a standoff, first reported by Politico, stoked by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, to attach a rider to the budget deal that would have prohibited the Treasury Department from issuing new rules to the IRS on political activity by tax-exempt organizations.

  • papal

    Well expect more harassment for Tea Party and conservative groups in this election cycle. The dems are getting worried about something and will pulling out all the stops. No rules or laws are sacred, it is all about self-preservation.

  • ted

    Schumer thinks only Jewish millionaires or billionaires should be able to donor money in politics.

  • Roberto M

    This idiot just keep adding to the fire that has already outraged millions of conservative voters in this country. This is showing desperation!

  • left wing

    schumer, the department of bigotry, racism and politics headed by holder MUST ATTACK anyone who dares to oppose the far far left wing wackos like schumer and the liar in chief

  • Jerry

    If Shumer is calling for the IRS to “redouble their efforts” it’s because there was a policy in place all along to use the IRS to go after conservative groups. Thus, making Obama’s denials another lie.

  • Bob Jacobson

    The Tea Party “scandal” was a fabricated distraction to throw the IRS off its other enforcement activities, thus enabling not a few fat cats to slip through without paying their taxes. That was its whole purpose from the beginning. It’s quite a wonder to see little people arguing in defense of such manipulation against their better interest. But then, most Americans just don’t pay attention.

  • gardenSalsa64

    Schumer’s calls for the persecution of Americans must cease.

  • AlCum

    It’s amusing to me how the freeloading Tea Party crazies keep insisting that I as a taxpayer should be forced at the point of a gun to subsidize their political activity that is aimed at further destroying the middle class.

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