In One Eye

Monday, November 24, 2003
Here's an interesting story.
The IRS has begun auditing the National Education Association, which has allocated millions of dollars to elect pro-education candidates while reporting on tax forms that it does not spend union dues on politics.
This is actually an old story, as at least one NEA affiliate has been accused of using union dues for political purposes.

However, it's interesting (and somewhat transparent) that this is occurring now—a year before the next national election—since the NEA is well known as an organization whose members by and large vote Democratic. The organization itself has certainly has shown its distaste for the educational policies of the Bushies.

It'll be interesting to see how this one shakes out, not only as far as the legal upshot is concerned, but also to see just what the IRS's political role in all of this turns out to be. The Nixon administration used IRS audits as a weapon against its enemies, and we all know how that sorry episode ended.