I know Republicans are having a great time with the IRS issue, and I also know President Obama has wrongly rolled over and thrown a token innocent under the bus.
However, the core issue to me is the abuse of the provisions of 501(c)(4) exemptions from taxation by both parties' poltical action committee entities. This category is supposed to cover organizations whose core purpose is social welfare.
By law, any group whose primary purpose is to support the election of one set of candidates and the defeat of others should not be eligible for the 501(c)(4) designation.
Like the Geneva Conventions and the U.S. Constitution, I suppose this law is just "quaint."
On a bipartisan basis, Congress needs to unequivocally reaffirm the intent of the law embedded in the 501(c) 4) law. PACs should not be treated like volunteer firemen associations or Habitat for Humanity.
It is bad enough that political action groups, funded by special interests, have the power to buy elections and the votes of their minions without giving them a free ride in the tax code. This goes for both parties.
JOHN F. WILLIFORD, Richland