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IRS political targeting isn’t new. It began under JFK in 1961

Posted: July 1, 2013 at 3:30 pm   /   by

Listen to Arthur Brooks introduction of Mitch McConnell in this AEI video. About a minute in, he talks about how the IRS began targeting political groups as part of its Ideological Organizations Audit Project, which followed directly from President Kennedy’s complain about ideological organizations in a 1961 speech. That’s not the sole subject of the video or Minority Leader McConnell’s address, but it is a striking and noteworthy way to start.

Watch the whole thing here.

Here are clips of McConnell’s address:


Christopher Cook

Christopher Cook

Managing Editor at Western Free Press
Christopher Cook is a writer, editor, and political commentator. He is the president of Castleraine, Inc., a consulting firm providing a diverse array of services to corporate, public policy, and not-for-profit clients.

Ardently devoted to the cause of human freedom, he has worked at the confluence of politics, activism, and public policy for more than a decade. He co-wrote a ten-part series of video shorts on economics, and has film credits as a researcher on 11 political documentaries, including Citizens United's notorious film on Hillary Clinton that became the subject of a landmark Supreme Court decision. He is the founder of several activist endeavors, including (now a part of Western Free Press) and He is currently the managing editor of and principal contributor to
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IRS political targeting isn't new. It began under JFK in 1961