^^^that mitigates mildly, it hardly absolves a widespread, targeted practice that served to intimidate and scare US citizens, from exercizing their 1st Amendment rights. Ths story is f'n disgusting, no matter how you attempt to spin it. It's especially disturbing when you know (as I do) actual individuals, who were scared silent--who were conveniently audited for the first time ever, after several decades of nothing--just because they contributed to TEA Party organizations. That's what captain hope and change, captain transparency and fairness, has brought to US politics. Straight from Chicago.