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Did The IRS Try To Swing Election To Obama?
Investor's Business Daily ^ | 05/15/2013 | IBD Staff

Posted on 05/16/2013 4:51:49 AM PDT by IBD editorial writer

Corruption: The inspector general's report on the IRS targeting of conservatives makes it seem like a case of bureaucratic bumbling. But the more we learn, the more it looks like a concerted effort to hobble Obama's political foes.

'Inappropriate criteria," "insufficient oversight" and "lack of managerial review." That's what led the IRS to target hundreds of conservative groups for intrusive, costly and lengthy scrutiny during their application for tax-exempt status, according to the IG report released on Tuesday.

In other words, it wasn't a politically motivated attack on conservative groups during a presidential campaign. It was just a case of some bad wording and a lack of good bosses.

Except that, as details of the IRS scandal emerge, it's increasingly giving the appearance of a wide-scale effort to tilt the playing field against conservative activist groups...

(Excerpt) Read more at news.investors.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: dncrico; dnctreason; irs; irsrico; irstreason; irsvsamerica; notransparency; obama; rhetoricalquestion; rico; teaparty; treason
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1 posted on 05/16/2013 4:51:49 AM PDT by IBD editorial writer
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You have to consider these events in relation to the timetable....they are all related to his re-election.

Ques: How many days before Benghazi did Obama say "alqueda is on the run"?

2 posted on 05/16/2013 4:54:45 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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TRY??? Hell all of those conservative groups could not fund raise to get their message out. Obama might have won anyway, but it was not a level playing field, not by a long shot.


3 posted on 05/16/2013 4:55:23 AM PDT by mware
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To: IBD editorial writer
They all did ... IRS, DNC, LMNOP ... name the alphabet and they're complicit.

My filipina wife remembers Marcos and she says this is the same thing.

4 posted on 05/16/2013 4:56:08 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: IBD editorial writer

Well, with the repeated attempts to intimidate Obama’s political opponents followed by...months later... a lame apology?

Uh... YEAH.


5 posted on 05/16/2013 4:56:54 AM PDT by ScottinVA ( Liberal is to patriotism as Kermit Gosnell is to neonatal care.)
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To: knarf
My filipina wife remembers Marcos and she says this is the same thing.

I've heard the same from former Eastern European asylum seekers from during the Cold War. They left communism in the 1980s and it followed them here.

6 posted on 05/16/2013 4:58:55 AM PDT by ScottinVA ( Liberal is to patriotism as Kermit Gosnell is to neonatal care.)
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To: IBD editorial writer

If that is true, we will have to add election fraud charges to the charges of abusing IRS power by the Obama Administration.


7 posted on 05/16/2013 4:59:32 AM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: IBD editorial writer

Obama’s IRS locked out 500 conservative tea party groups out of contributing to the 2012 election . So democrats/socialists stole the Senate and the presidency by intimidating would be conservative donors and groups into not participating. Obama’s IRS denied conservatives the right to participate in the election and politics. and they stole the election to further damage America and its people


8 posted on 05/16/2013 5:01:15 AM PDT by Democrat_media (IRS shut down tea party so that Democrats could steal the Senate & Presidency)
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To: RayChuang88

Obama’s IRS shut down conservative groups and the tea party movement . So democrats/socialists stole not only the Presidency but also the Senate in the 2012 election


9 posted on 05/16/2013 5:03:03 AM PDT by Democrat_media (IRS shut down tea party so that Democrats could steal the Senate & Presidency)
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To: RayChuang88

Obama’s IRS shut down conservative groups and the tea party movement . So democrats/socialists stole not only the Presidency but also the Senate in the 2012 election


10 posted on 05/16/2013 5:03:04 AM PDT by Democrat_media (IRS shut down tea party so that Democrats could steal the Senate & Presidency)
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To: IBD editorial writer
Absolutely they did. It has been discovered that the IRS is controlled by a powerful, liberal, Obama-loyal union, the NTEU.

Check this article out The Liberal Union Behind the IRS.

11 posted on 05/16/2013 5:05:14 AM PDT by RoosterRedux (Obama's Chechens are coming home...to roost.)
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To: mware

We definitely lost a few Senate Seats that we could have won if tea party groups were allowed to get out the vote.So the democrats/socialists stole the senate. Conservative voter turnout was down my millions from 2008 .that makes no sense. it should have been up by millions . but IRS made sure it wasn’t


12 posted on 05/16/2013 5:06:13 AM PDT by Democrat_media (IRS shut down tea party so that Democrats could steal the Senate & Presidency)
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CHI/MOBSTERS GOING BALLISTIC Obomba/Jarrett/Holder/Axelrod/Emanuel---are furiously trying to contain the damage---claiming the IRS action was confined to the Cincinnati office.

SUPPRESSING THE VOTE---But the Cincinatti IRS office (which seems to have done most of the hands-on dirty work) is the one that controls all the “battleground states” that Obama needed to win in the last election.

Obama's own political support organizations (even outside of the country!) got fast-tracked........BUT any organization he thought might oppose him in those crucial states got silenced or prevented from collecting funds during the time leading up to the elections......to suppress the vote.

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Hatch Act rules.

IRS govt employees involved in this were using govt office for political activity. They violated the Hatch Act---and are subject to criminal penalties.

13 posted on 05/16/2013 5:06:49 AM PDT by Liz (To learn who rules over you, determine who you are not allowed to criticize. Voltaire)
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To: IBD editorial writer
Bttt.

5.56mm

14 posted on 05/16/2013 5:08:45 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: Liz

So, who will prosecute the federal law violations?


15 posted on 05/16/2013 5:11:23 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....History is a process, not an event)
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To: Liz

Who is going to enforce the law? And how?


16 posted on 05/16/2013 5:11:29 AM PDT by Texas resident (Watch the other hand.)
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17 posted on 05/16/2013 5:12:15 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: Democrat_media
The bigger issue is that we have a huge number of people working in government and government-related jobs. They all have a very serious conflict of interest in any election in which one side wants to shrink the size of government. It doesn't seem like it would be very difficult to recruit from this pool people willing to undermine the election process.

At the least we need a law stating that any government employee, at any level, who is found guilty of using their government position to influence an election automatically is sent to prison for 15 years without chance of pardon or parole.

18 posted on 05/16/2013 5:13:48 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle (Hil)
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To: IBD editorial writer

Between voter suppression and voter fraud, the Dem’s have a well oiled machine in place.


19 posted on 05/16/2013 5:15:52 AM PDT by G Larry (Darkness Hates the Light)
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To: bert

Something called the “Office of Special Counsel” and the “Merit Systems Board” enforce the Hatch Act. I believe these are appointed by the President, and generally protect civil servants at the expense of the public.


20 posted on 05/16/2013 5:20:48 AM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: IBD editorial writer; P-Marlowe; blue-duncan; wmfights; Forest Keeper

Would this be a violation of the Hatch Act or any other provision prohibiting government employees from interfering with an election?


21 posted on 05/16/2013 5:29:35 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: xzins

http://www.osc.gov/hatchact.htm


22 posted on 05/16/2013 5:30:58 AM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: IBD editorial writer

This shows how effective this Administration was in chilling IGs early on. Their crucifixion theory.

Can’t remember the name or story details but an IG was forced to resign after committing the error of actually doing his job re a friend of Barack (the basketball player who was Mayor of Oakland?).


23 posted on 05/16/2013 5:39:40 AM PDT by EDINVA
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To: IBD editorial writer

TRY???


24 posted on 05/16/2013 5:40:14 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Vendetta))
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To: mware
"Did The IRS Try To Swing Election To Obama?"
25 posted on 05/16/2013 5:41:30 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: IBD editorial writer
Please, remember to close yer tags :

< / rhetorical question >

26 posted on 05/16/2013 5:42:52 AM PDT by tomkat (solve for x: Baraq = islamite .. islam = enemy ... Baraq = x)
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To: IBD editorial writer
Did The IRS Try To Swing Election To Obama?

That's what this whole thing is all about, and everyone knows it. The IRS as a federal agency acted in collusion with the Obama campaign to help ensure Obama's reelection.

This collusion may not have been direct in all instances, but there was certainly some communication at high levels. In addition, I have absolutely no doubt that the IRS is infested with Obama-loving zombies who were all too eager to "bend the rules" to do their part to help Obama.

There should be a thorough review of the IRS and a complete cleaning/disinfecting of that agency.

27 posted on 05/16/2013 5:42:58 AM PDT by Obadiah (High speed, low drag.)
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This was one front of a coordinate election fraud effort.
28 posted on 05/16/2013 5:52:58 AM PDT by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: IBD editorial writer

I see no other credible explaination, they didnt want 2012 to be another 2010 so they (IRS) squashed groups opposing Obama and gave a free pass to those supporting him.

But... Obama is outraged over it and he fired a scapegoat so everything is fixed now.

I really liked Boeners comment yesterday ;”I am looking for procecutions and convictions”

Look at what happened to Scooter Libby.


29 posted on 05/16/2013 5:53:15 AM PDT by sickoflibs (To GOP : Any path to US citizenship IS putting them ahead in line. Stop lying about your position.)
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To: IBD editorial writer

At the end of the day they didn’t need to. Romney did that all on his own.


30 posted on 05/16/2013 5:55:15 AM PDT by 0.E.O
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To: IBD editorial writer

Someone pointed out yesterday that this Cincinnati office was responsible for the approval of all 501 c4’s in all the swing states in the 2012 election,

and that the Cincinnati office was specifically picked to handle these “Tea Party” applications, “coincidentally”.


31 posted on 05/16/2013 5:56:14 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: pieceofthepuzzle

From American Spectator:

National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) donations:

For the U.S. Senate:
Total to Democrats: $156,750
Total to Republicans: $1,000

For the U.S. House:
Total to Democrats: $391,062
Total to Republicans: $23,000

And remember, Democrats tell us we need to get the money out of politics!


32 posted on 05/16/2013 6:00:18 AM PDT by relictele (A place dedicated to economic, racial and social equality. It was called Jonestown.)
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To: ScottinVA

Two of those who best forecast the turn to communism-light by the American people were Jane Fonda and Nikita Khrushchev.


33 posted on 05/16/2013 6:01:36 AM PDT by Theodore R. ("Hey, the American people must all be crazy out there!")
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To: sickoflibs

Yes, and the scapegoat was leaving in two or three weeks anyway. Why can’t the American people understand? They are blinded by what they think is their own self-interest.


34 posted on 05/16/2013 6:03:23 AM PDT by Theodore R. ("Hey, the American people must all be crazy out there!")
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To: IBD editorial writer

Well DUH!!

AND, as I said before the election when liberal weenies were hollering about Romneys tax returns, obama OWNS the IRS, had he wanted them exposed, they would have been.


35 posted on 05/16/2013 6:13:23 AM PDT by weezel
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To: EDINVA
Gerald Walpin.

-PJ

36 posted on 05/16/2013 6:26:31 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: IBD editorial writer

Does a bear....

... sigh..... never mind.


37 posted on 05/16/2013 6:28:42 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (WHO IS ON THE ENEMIES LIST?)
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To: 0.E.O
At the end of the day they didn’t need to. Romney did that all on his own.

At the end of the day, Romney was dealing with an atrophied support system. Had Conservative groups been allowed to form back in 2010 when this started, Romney wouldn't have been so far behind.

People kept asking where Romney's ad buys were when he was being attacked relentlessly by Obama. Why was Romney not responding?

The excuse was that Romney had to wait for the primaries to end to get general election funds released. I guess the real reason was that the tax-exempt issue groups that would have normally made up the advertising gap were stopped by the IRS from participating, leaving Romney alone to run ads against Obama.

-PJ

38 posted on 05/16/2013 6:32:05 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: Theodore R.
RE :”Yes, and the scapegoat was leaving in two or three weeks anyway. Why can’t the American people understand? They are blinded by what they think is their own self-interest.”

Look Sir, these scandal's dont affect me.

I only care about kitchen table pocket book issues:
free chest x-rays, birth control, free school meals for kids, pre-K (so I can get some peace without those brats)....
FREE STUFF is what counts, not these silly distractions.

That is what they want, bread and circus's.

39 posted on 05/16/2013 6:32:17 AM PDT by sickoflibs (To GOP : Any path to US citizenship IS putting them ahead in line. Stop lying about your position.)
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To: Political Junkie Too

thank you! I think I’m going to have his name tattoo’d on my wrist as I refer to the incident somewhat occasionally but always forget his name and the specifics. Nonetheless, it was an opening salvo of Team Obama as to how an IG would conduct his/her investigations.


40 posted on 05/16/2013 6:36:14 AM PDT by EDINVA
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To: IBD editorial writer

Read the thread above about the Treasury Employees Union.


41 posted on 05/16/2013 6:36:16 AM PDT by anoldafvet
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To: KeyLargo

42 posted on 05/16/2013 6:37:51 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: IBD editorial writer

Well this certainly answers my question about “what happened to all those issue ads we are supposedly free to run now thanks to Citizens United?”


43 posted on 05/16/2013 6:40:00 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: IBD editorial writer

The election was a fraud.


44 posted on 05/16/2013 6:47:11 AM PDT by Hattie
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To: IBD editorial writer
Obama call 504c3 (implying conservative) organizations enemies of democracy

Many Democratic Senators and Congressmen called for IRS investigations of Conservative 504 organizations

The DHS put TEA party groups on terrorist watch list

...And we are surprised the IRS would scrutinize these organizations.

The indignation from the left is laughable.

45 posted on 05/16/2013 6:47:58 AM PDT by 11th Commandment (http://www.thirty-thousand.org/)
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To: Travis McGee

Yeah, tyranny isn’t just around the corner.

According to the article, it’s been with us since the IRS refused to approve ANY conservative applications for 27 months starting in Feb 2010.


46 posted on 05/16/2013 6:48:51 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: 11th Commandment

I would try to shame the left - some of the sheeperal are shameable...

Shame them with - and you want the IRS to control medical care? Are you REALLY in favor of killing people who disagree with you politically?


47 posted on 05/16/2013 6:49:58 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: jjotto

§ 734.302 Use of official authority; prohibition.
(a) An employee may not use his or
her official authority or influence for
the purpose of interfering with or affecting
the result of an election.

§ 734.305 Soliciting or discouraging
the political participation of certain
persons.
(a) An employee may not knowingly
solicit or discourage the participation
in any political activity of any person
who has an application for any compensation
grant, contract, ruling, license,
permit, or certificate pending
before the employee’s employing office.


48 posted on 05/16/2013 6:52:12 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: Political Junkie Too
At the end of the day, Romney was dealing with an atrophied support system. Had Conservative groups been allowed to form back in 2010 when this started, Romney wouldn't have been so far behind.

Romney's support from conservative groups was luke-warm at best. He went all etch-a-sketch after the primaries and alientated a lot of the base. IRS or nor IRS I don't see that being any different.

49 posted on 05/16/2013 7:00:17 AM PDT by 0.E.O
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To: sickoflibs

Since Fitzpatrick knew from day one that Richard Armitage gave Valerie Plames name to Robert Novak, the investigation became a procedural prosecution. Scooter Libby was not agile enough to avoid the traps Fitz set. I often wonder how a smart man like him did get tripped up.


50 posted on 05/16/2013 7:11:08 AM PDT by griswold3
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