Connecting the dots of the IRS targeting scandal is complicated work. Yesterday, it was reported that, among other misconduct, the IRS’s Lois Lerner had illegitimately provided confidential tax information about a conservative group, the American Issues Project, to a staff lawyer at the FEC seeking to build a case against AIP.
Commenting on this development, the Wall Street Journal’s Kimberly Strassel adds an invaluable reminder: The initial attack on AIP was launched by the Obama campaign:
In late summer of 2008, Obama lawyer Bob Bauer took issue with ads run against his boss by a 501(c)(4) conservative outfit called American Issues Project. Mr. Bauer filed a complaint with the FEC, called on the criminal division of the Justice Department to prosecute AIP, and demanded to see documents the group had filed with the IRS.