Skip to comments.Tea Party Rejects IRS Apology, Republicans Vow Investigation
Posted on 05/10/2013 2:47:28 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Conservative groups have rejected an Internal Revenue Service apology for unjustifiably scrutinizing tax-exempt conservative groups during the 2012 election cycle. The IRS apology has seemingly validated conservatives' fears of politically motivated regulation.
House Republican leaders, meanwhile, have vowed to investigate.
Lois Lerner, the director the IRS unit that oversees tax-exempt organizations, said that organizations had been given additional scrutiny if their applications included the words "Tea Party" or "patriot." The practice originated with "low-level" employees in Cincinnati, according to an Associated Press report.
In a press conference on Friday, Lerner called the actions of these employees "absolutely inappropriate."
"They didn't do it because of any political bias," Lerner said, adding that singling out groups with specific names was an ill-thought-out organizational "shortcut."
"It was an error in judgment and it wasn't appropriate but that's what they did," she said.
"We've now corrected these issues, and we don't expect that any of these will be repeated going forward."
Despite the apology, conservative groups are now seizing on the news, which they say proves their long-standing complaints of mistreatment by the IRS.
"President Obama must also apologize for his administration ignoring repeated complaints by these broad grassroots organizations of harassment by the IRS in 2012, and make concrete and transparent steps today to ensure this never happens again," said Jenny Beth Martin, national coordinator for Tea Party Patriots.
Tea Party Express founder Sal Russo told ABC News that his group, formed as a PAC, never heard from the IRS but did hear from smaller Tea-Party groups that complained of government scrutiny.
(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com ...
Obama’s administration is now totally illegitimate.
I presume the “low-level” IRS employees are no longer suckling at the taxpayer teat?
Heads should roll.
There must be hard evidence and whistle blowers.
No way would the IRS make today’s admission out of the blue.
And now they’re in charge of enforcing our healthcare.
What kind of ‘follow up’ would ABC do if Bush’s IRS had targeted Democrat organizations...
That’s what ABC needs to do with this story... pretend they’re not as biased as the IRS. Pretend they’re a new organization and not an arm of the DNC...
***”They didn’t do it because of any political bias,” Lerner said, adding that singling out groups with specific names was an ill-thought-out organizational “shortcut.” ***
And if George Bush’s IRS singled out groups with the name “Progress” he could have used the same excuse?
Show no mercy! Careers and reputations need to be ruined. Government employees that use our tax dollars to deny the 1A rights of law abiding citizens need to suffer personal consequences. And I mean suffer.
The only “concrete” steps should be repealing the 16th. After prosecuting everyone involved, of course.
What kind of ‘follow up’ would ABC do if Bush’s IRS had targeted Democrat organizations...
That’s what ABC needs to do with this story... pretend they’re not as biased as the IRS. Pretend they’re a NEWS organization and not an arm of the DNC...
Illegal. Flat out illegal. Does anyone believe that if this had been done by a Republican administration that impeachment proceedings wouldn’t have already started? No Republican president could ever survive a scandal like this one.
“”They didn’t do it because of any political bias,” Lerner said, adding that singling out groups with specific names was an ill-thought-out organizational “shortcut.””
This one comment rubs me wrong, this is obviously political. These employees need to be identified and fired.
88 page questionnaires that seek information on donors, facebook postings and tweets require multi-level discussions, review and approval. This is not a renegade event. A management structure went about this discriminatory process.
The Liberals at the IRS are quick to stuff people in jail but now they are suddenly interested in cheap excuses and hollow apologies.
There is probably no more chilling words to hear than "I am from the IRS and I would like to ask you some questions."
Who knows how much grief, wasted time and angst these jokers, working at the behest of obozo, caused.
I hope the Republicans follow this one up the pole that will ALSO lead to obozo (like Benghazi).
This is what ya get for having an entitled entrenched liberal breeding grounds called an administration by clintonian principles..
she told, O, OH go to sleep, I’ll handle it.
Who wants to be the Republican Presidential nominee for 2016?
Whoever it is, they will investigate this and if warranted, go after this full-throttle. They will push to have top people at the IRS named and publicly fired, and make sure this is headline news.
Its a winning issue for whoever wants to grab it.
I didn’t hear about anybody being FIRED in the IRS “apology”.
I see. Can she show any cases of non-politically-motivated enhanced attention given solely to organizations of anti-rights collectivist leftist asshat drones? Or do the non-politically-motivated "mistakes" befall only those on the right?
The IRS will probably dig up some low-level flunky and blame the whole thing on him, and then fire him. And once the furor dies down, they’ll go back to business as usual. Harassing and intimidating certain organizations and businesses because they don’t like their political views. Only they’ll be sneakier about it. Move along, nothing to see here.
For archive purposes:
Using the powers of the office of President of the United States, Richard M. Nixon, in violation of his constitutional oath faithfully to execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in disregard of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, has repeatedly engaged in conduct violating the constitutional rights of citizens, impairing the due and proper administration of justice and the conduct of lawful inquiries, or contravening the laws governing agencies of the executive branch and the purposed of these agencies.
This conduct has included one or more of the following:
He has, acting personally and through his subordinates and agents, endeavoured to obtain from the Internal Revenue Service, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, confidential information contained in income tax returns for purposed not authorized by law, and to cause, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, income tax audits or other income tax investigations to be intitiated or conducted in a discriminatory manner.
He misused the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Secret Service, and other executive personnel, in violation or disregard of the constitutional rights of citizens, by directing or authorizing such agencies or personnel to conduct or continue electronic surveillance or other investigations for purposes unrelated to national security, the enforcement of laws, or any other lawful function of his office; he did direct, authorize, or permit the use of information obtained thereby for purposes unrelated to national security, the enforcement of laws, or any other lawful function of his office; and he did direct the concealment of certain records made by the Federal Bureau of Investigation of electronic surveillance.
What's the biggest group of Conservatives in the nation? The Tea Party people.
And what group is chock full of Patriots? Yup, the TPM.
And blaming in on low level employees...this kind of stuff originates at the top, where the fish rots first.
The fish with the big ears.
They will fire a couple of grunts at the bottom of the ladder and the ones that really did this in top positions---doing the bidding of the White House and the DNC---will skate.
I think this is especially important.
In theory, just about any offense should be subject to the acceptance of a sincere apology.
But it is hard to believe that the apology is truly sincere, if no concrete steps are taken to ensure that such a practice never happens again...
There ain’t enough lamp posts in D.C. To handle all the scoundrels who should be hanging by the neck from them.
This kind of executive abuse should be prosecutable. Congress should be all over this abuse of power by zero and his henchmen.
Ever donate to Heritage or Hillsdale?
If so, your death panel will see you now.
Precisely. Let's see which conservative "leaders" SPEAK OUT about all this crap, and which ones don't.
Any GOP candidate who can't forcefully rebuke this runaway administration, and who remains silent on these government crimes, and goes along to get along, will NOT get my vote.
Government SCANDAL after government SCANDAL. Nothing but corruption. Maybe I’m just waking up, but, as an American, this is more than just embarrassing.
Or "Progressive" or "Citizens" or "Earth"...
“Maybe Im just waking up, but, as an American, this is more than just embarrassing.”
Hussein has turned the U.S. into a third-world country.
“...”They didn’t do it because of any political bias,” Lerner said
What a load of BS that is! I would bet any money that every single one of those low level employees voted for obama. They need to lose their jobs!
These are the actions of mobsters, Nazis and those who desire to control everything and everyone, using fines, audits, taxes, manipulation and threats of investigation as their weapons.
The government has become a very evil entity.
Screw all of this apology garbage. I don’t want any damn apology, I want heads to roll. people fired, even arrested. I want to know WHO GAVE THE ORDER!!!!!
Kill the damn government corruption.
Starting with the fascist government goon Napolitano’s. She’s the jackbooted bitch that set government policy to go after tea party patriots and veterans as terrorists.
Mark Levin’s Landmark Legal Foundation exposed this abuse of power. He is talking about it on his show right now.
so why’d they apologize if no one was asking for one? Some in the IRS doesn’t like the administration or did they know something was coming soon?
They were also looking for “progress” and “progressive,” right?
We might as well call this regime “The Untouchables”
Wow, if they were doing that, I'd HATE to be president of "Progressive Citizens of the Earth"! You'd never do anything BUT get audited!
There is a very simple, effective, and long lasting way to prevent this from happening again no matter which party is temporarily in the White House.
One fine Monday morning the entire staff of the Cincinnati IRS office forms up outside “their” building. In the back ranks are the “low level” functionaries, GS and contractor, and as you work your way to the front you find more important functionaries. At the very front you find Lois Lerner, the director the IRS unit that oversees tax-exempt organizations.
They are informed by federal marshals that they have all lost their security clearances and have 2 hours to clean out their desks off any and all personal items. They can come back Friday to ick up their final pay checks.
They are also informed that if anyone wants to stay employed in any capacity by the federal government they have until close of business Wednesday to provide documented proof as to who violated their job description and who approved it. Those who don’t step forward will never work for the federal government again.
This gross violation of public trust occurred, like most of these violations, because the people involved figured they would never get caught much less punished.
Take that feeling of godhood away just one time and most of the federal bureaucracy will rapidly clean up their individual and collective acts.
After all, a generic apology goes a long way in restoring reputations, public trust, and private bank accounts; don’t it.
It should have happened last September.....
Are you suggesting some within the legitimate honorable IRS exposed this Nazi like oppressive behavior?
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