The idea was to shield their communications from scrutiny and evade state public records law.
Speculation that the scrutiny of Tea Party groups might have been directed out of the White House is “baloney,” says Dean.
Most laws are subjected to the lowest level of scrutiny—or “rational basis review.”
early 15c., "a vote to choose someone to decide a question," from Late Latin scrutinium "a search, inquiry" (in Medieval Latin, "a mode of election by ballot"), from Latin scrutari "to examine, investigate, search," from PIE root *skreu- "to cut; cutting tool" (see shred (n.)). Meaning "close examination" first recorded c.1600. Perhaps the original notion of the Latin word is "to search through trash," via scruta (plural) "trash, rags" ("shreds"); or the original sense might be "to cut into, scratch."