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June 2, 2013 - 9:56 am

From the Daily Caller:

Former Internal Revenue Service commissioner Douglas H. Shulman, a frequent White House guest during the period when the IRS was targeting conservative nonprofits, is married to the senior program advisor for Public Campaign, an “organization dedicated to sweeping campaign reform that aims to dramatically reduce the role of big special interest money in American politics.”

The IRS is under fire for improperly scrutinizing the tax-exempt nonprofit status of conservative groups between 2010 and 2012, demanding conservative training materials, personal information on conservative college interns and even the content of religious groups’ prayers. IRS supporters have defended the beleaguered agency by railing against outside spending and special interest money supposedly pumped into the 2012 campaign by conservative benefactors.

One of those defenders is the group of which Shulman’s spouse is an executive.

And what group is that? It’s an outfit dedicated to getting big special interest money out of politics.

Shulman’s wife Susan L. Anderson is the senior program advisor for the Washington-based nonprofit organization Public Campaign, which claims that it “is laying the foundation for reform by working with a broad range of organizations, including local community groups, around the country that are fighting for change and national organizations whose members are not fairly represented under the current campaign finance system.”

Earlier this month, when news broke of the targeting scandal broke, Public Campaign president and CEO Nick Nyhart belittled the concerns of disenfranchised conservatives.

“There are legitimate questions to be asked about political groups that are hiding behind a 501(c)4 status,” Nyhart said in a statement provide to ABC. “It’s unfortunate a few bad apples at the IRS will make it harder for those questions to be asked without claims of bias.”

Shulman, who did not deny in congressional testimony that he visited the White House more than 100 times, met Anderson at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, which they both attended. The couple own a house in Washington, DC’s tony Embassy Row neighborhood which they bought for $1.3 million in 2003 and is now estimated by Zillow to be worth $1.8 million.

Public Campaign receives “major funding” from the pro-Obamacare alliance Health Care for America NOW!, which is comprised of the labor unions AFL-CIO, AFSCME, SEIU, and the progressive activist organization Move On, among others.

I can imagine the pillow talk in that household.

The symmetry of this is beautiful. Wife of IRS chief dedicated to getting non-profits out of the political campaign business while husband oversees the targeting of conservative non-profits — to intimidate them into getting out of politics.

A marriage made in heaven, that one.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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This gets uglier by the day. The moment is now to expose these smug, arrogant $%#'s and make sure this never happens again. You can tell Nick Nyhart what you think of his organization and his rants about people with different views from his who he doesn't think are entitled to the same protections as he and his are. nnyhart@publicampaign.org

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The Obama machine is much much smarter than the National Republican machine: it knows that its real problem is The Tea Party. Which is why the IRS etc have focused its attack on those groups... quite successfully, it seems, as the 2010 election has not been replicated in 2012. As Larry O'Connor of Breitbart has noticed, the Washington RNC hates the Tea Party, as much as does the Washington DNC; because they are ALL interested in maintaining their power, no matter what happens.
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Just for the record, Rick, the American Federation of Labor - Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) is not a union. It is an umbrella organization of unions that have voluntarily (more or less) affiliated with it. The AFL-CIO was formed in the '50 by the merger of the AFL and CIO. The AFL goes back to the late 19th Century and has roots going to the very beginnings of organized labor in the US. It was primarily composed of trade and crafts unions, e.g., carperters, steelworkers, cordwainers, millwrights, printers, etc. The CIO is newer, 1930s, I think, and emphasized wall-to-wall unions that sought to represent all the employees of a plant or even an industry without regard to their trade or craft, e.g, United Auto Workers, International Association of Machinists. It was MUCH more radical and many of its affiliates were outright communist. After Taft-Hartley in '48 and on the heels of the anti-communist movement of the late 40s into the '50s, the open communists were suppressed - if not actually converted - and the two organizations merged. Under George Meany's leadership the merged organization was at least superficially quite conservative. It even endorsed Richard Nixon in '72, however many affiliates bolted the endorsement of a Republican anti-communist. Since the '70s the AFL-CIO has become increasingly dominated by public employee unions such as AFSCME and tradtional craft unions that have accepted also representing public employees such as the Teamsters. As it has come to represent more and more public employees it has become more and more openly leftist and in safe places openly communist. The largest affiliated union is the Amerian Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). The Service Employees Internation Union (SEIU) is almost as large and represents both public and private employees especially in healthcare. Unions that represent both public and private employees commonly charter separate locals for public and private employees because they are governed by diifferent laws. Private sector unions are under the federal Labor Management Relations Act and relations are governed by the National Labor Relations Board, the Federal Mediation and Concilliation Service and they are required to make financial and other reports to the US Department of Labor. Private sector unions are nominally heavily regulated but in reality the laws are barely enforced in Republican administrations and not enforced at all in Democrat administrations. Public sector unions are creatures of federal executive orders for federal employees and state and local laws. Most are governed by a state or local employee relations boards and some must make financial and other reports to government, but most public employee locals are nothing more than state chartered non-profit corporations subject to little or no financial or political regulation.
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It's been a long time since I belonged to them, but I think the actor's unions - AFTRA, Actor's Equity and SAG - are all part of the AFL-CIO. They're rigidly exclusionary and make it very hard for young actors starting out. I also suspect that the unions contribute to the universal leftism of actors, directors, etc.
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A marriage made in heaven, that one.
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Or in the Soviet Union, the Workers' Paradise.

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Government at all levels is full of this sort of "power couple," one in government, one in a business or non-profit that lives off government. They may or may not be married but if married they almost never have the same last name just to keep things more discrete. You have to be really careful in a capital city because you never know who the people you're meeting with and discussing policy with might be sleeping with.
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