Here is more evidence of abusive bureaucratic power wielded by DC insiders...some organizations have rights to shield their membership lists, other don't....
Federal courts and the FEC have recognized that minor party candidates and other political organizations can be entitled to exemptions from disclosure on behalf of their donors, if they might face government retribution or private harassment.
The only exemption ever granted by the FEC under this principle, however, is for the Socialist Workers Party. The self-described left-wing political party has been granted the right to keep donors secret since 1990 — a special exemption that was renewed as recently as 2013.
Federal courts have also granted special disclosure exemptions to the Communist Party, Socialist Action and the Freedom Socialist Party.
“We are not advocates of financial disclosure. That’s not the problem in this country,” Socialist Workers Party chairman Steve Clark told POLITICO in April.
The Tea Party Leadership Fund argues that the IRS scandal coupled with comments by President Barack Obama, top administration officials and members of Congress is ample evidence that tea party groups and their donors and activists have been specifically targeted for harassment by high ranking government officials.
To document those abuses, Backer shipped a 1,438 page appendix cataloging his evidence to the FEC via FedEx. (Only a summary of the appendix was shared with POLITICO).
The IRS scandal — where a top official agency admitted in May to targeting conservative groups for extra scrutiny — figures prominently in the Tea Party Leadership Fund evidence of harassment.
Other evidence: Obama’s use of the pejorative term “tea-baggers,” Vice President Joe Biden’s comments that tea party activists were acting like “terrorists,” and hundreds of examples of members of Congress, and administration officials speaking negatively of the movement.
“It’s the president, it’s the House and the Senate. It’s numerous federal agencies,” Backer said.