"The IRS audited a conservative women's group in 2011, and ultimately found no wrong doing, in what appears to be another example of the scandal plaguing the tax agency," writes Matthew Boyle. "[Michelle] Easton founded the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute in 1993, and it had never received an audit [but] 2008 was a different year for the institute and for Easton."
"To comply with the seven massive document requests from the IRS, the Institute had to provide boxes and boxes, reams of documents (for example, copies of bank statements, broker statements, check registers, schedule of accounts payable, schedule of accounts receivable, credit card statements and on and on),” Easton said. “This took the greater part of 2011 and cost tens of thousands of dollars to comply with [and] decreased the time we could spend promoting conservative ideas. ...[W]e were finally totally cleared by the IRS."
"We learned late last week that the IRS specifically targeted conservative groups for political purposes starting in 2011," writes Katie Pavlich, "but they aren't the only federal agency that has abused its power to do so. As a reminder, here's a compilation of just some of the ways conservatives, 'tea party groups', and 'patriots' have been targeted..."
In a poignant tribute entitled Something Wonderful, Donald Todd writes of a mother, whom he lost at a young age in life, and a wife who rekindled the sense of home in him:
In our household, my father was the head and my mother the heart—or, if you will, the glue. She held things together because each of us was an extension of her heart. She was the connection for each and every one of us. Everything ran through mom. She made the home and we got to live in it... Read more
"We've read plenty about women voters who supported President Obama 55-44, creating an 11-point gender gap," writes Sabrina Schaeffer. "But we have paid scant attention to the wealth of Progressive women’s organizations that helped drive this victory, their vast funding capability, or the fact that they’re armed with a new science of politics."
Schaeffer highlights a few of these liberal "research, grassroots and fundraising machines" — and the millions of dollars — that focus solely on wooing women.
Against this tapestry of Progressive organizations pouring millions into research and programs, what do we have on the Right? The reality is when it comes to securing women voters conservatives are out-numbered, out-researched, and outspent.
If conservatives truly want to shrink the gender gap and win elections, women can no longer be an after-thought.