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By Bobby Jindal || They’re baaa-aack…

Less than a year after the Internal Revenue Service was caught red-handed engaged in a political witch-hunt against Tea Party groups, your friendly IRS is at it again.  This time it’s proposing that non-profit groups disclose their member lists to Washington bureaucrats.

Sounds like a fine idea—at least in theory.  Who’s against transparency, and what do the non-profits have to hide?

As with many things associated with the Obama Administration, there’s a big catch.  The IRS could easily use those donor lists to engage in harassment and intimidation against those who disagree with the Administration’s liberal agenda.

And Sen. Chuck Schumer wants the Administration to do just that.  Complaining that Tea Party and other conservative groups have an electoral advantage, he recently suggested that “there are many things that can be done administratively by the IRS and other government agencies—we must redouble those efforts immediately.”

That’s another way of telling conservative organizations to look out—more Chicago-style tactics are on the way.  Conservative groups can either self-censor their constitutional right to free speech, or open themselves—and their members—to political retaliation once their membership lists are disclosed.

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Bobby Jindal is governor of Louisiana. His column, reprinted with permission, originally appeared on NetRightDaily, a news service of Americans for Limited Government – one of the country’s foremost advocates for freedom and free markets.