It seems the NAACP is claiming that an IRS audit intended to determine whether or not they have veered into partisan politics is a smear.
Take a look at the following quotes from Julian Bond, the chairman of that organization, and decide for yourself.
From July, 2001: "He has selected nominees from the Taliban wing of American politics, appeased the wretched appetites of the extreme right wing and chosen Cabinet officials whose devotion to the Confederacy is nearly canine in its uncritical affection."
From June, 2004: "Their idea of equal rights is the American flag and the Confederate swastika flying side by side," Bond told a cheering audience. "They've written a new constitution for Iraq and ignore the Constitution here at home. They draw their most rabid supporters from the Taliban wing of American politics. Now they want to write bigotry back into the Constitution."
From this past January: He punctuated his assessment with numerous attacks on the policies of the Bush administration, many of which were affirmed by the audience, which applauded statements such as “They want to redraw the constitution of Iraq and rewrite the constitution at home” and they have turned a “war on poverty” into a “war against the poor.” However, when Bond suggested that the current administration “drew [its] rabid supporters from the Taliban wing of American Republicans,” there was a gasp of disapproval.
Is this anyone's idea of non-partisan?