In order to raise money, I filed an application with the IRS in January 2011, seeking to obtain 501(c)(3) status as an educational organization. The IRS processes more than 60,000 non-profit applications annually and it typically takes two or three months for an organization such as mine to be granted status as a public charity.
I have been waiting for 27 months.
In the interim, I lost a $30,000 grant, multiple thousands of my own money and had to cease any further activity for fear the IRS would target me for harassment.
With an economy of words, Kookogey explains that, if the government can threaten our rights based upon what we think, what we speak or what we write, then we no longer have a government of the people, by the people or for the people.
We're still trying to figure out how this happened. Tim Carney points out that, given the IRS employees' known political views, no particular conspiracy was needed to create the culture that resulted.
But there's also this at, Commentary, where we learn that George W. Bush's Commissioner of Internal Revenue visited the White House a grand total of once. Douglas Shulman, Commissioner from 2008 to 2012, visited the White House 118 times in 2010 and 2011 alone. His successor, Steven Miller, has apparently kept that pace up as well.
So much remains to be learned about this, no? Shulman testified, you'll recall, that one of the 118 visits was for the Easter Egg Roll. I guess we have to wait to find out about the other 117 times.