Letters to donors
Reader comment on: Allison Versus Durbin
Submitted by Walter Olson (United States), Aug 9, 2013 11:32
I think part of the outrage arises because Durbin sent the letters not just to the non-profit he wanted to scrutinize, but to donors, with a threat to publicly pillory those donors. It further raises eyebrows that virtually none of these donors (as Durbin well knows) had actually taken an interest in funding ALEC's work on Stand Your Ground. The motivation of holding such a hearing matters -- if truly meant to explore instances of tax noncompliance it is one thing, if meant to intimidate donors from supporting a group because of its political coloration, quite another. Durbin has given quite a few clues that he intends the latter.
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