Posted by Juliet Eilperin
Amid all the brouhaha over the Internal Revenue Service’s decision to single out conservative groups for special scrutiny as they sought tax-exempt status, one issue has gotten a little lost: Why these groups sought the status in the first place.
Herman Cain speaks at a Tea Party Patriots rally. Getty Images.
They weren’t petitioning to become recognized as “social welfare” groups because they were hoping to save on costs. They wanted to keep the identities of their contributors secret.