How a Fight with Rick Santorum made an IRS Commissioner

This article originally appeared in Salon. Click here to read the full story.
By Ike Brannon
While President Obama fired IRS commissioner Steven Miller this week for failing to stop the enhanced scrutiny the IRS gave 501c4 applications with conservative missions, most of the activity happened under a man who was never supposed to get the job: Miller’s predecessor, Doug Shulman. Indeed, the little-known story of how Shulman was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2007 stems from an unfortunate incident that derailed his party’s first choice for the spot.