For a while now, the IRS has been getting a good rap -- it's kinder, gentler, someone answers the phone when you call, virtually no one's gotten audited in the last few years...you get the picture.

But in what cynics could easily call a clear abuse of power, the agency released the names last week of clients who took KPMG’s tax shelter advice. The list of names included Republican candidate for governor of California Bill Simon and late NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt.

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