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Lawmakers to investigate EPA FOIA scandal
The Daily Caller ^ | May 18, 2013 | Michael Bastasch

Posted on 05/17/2013 11:21:00 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Republican lawmakers are launching an investigation into claims that the Environmental Protection Agency, while giving preferential treatment to environmental groups, made it harder for conservative groups to obtain government records.

“According to documents obtained by the Committees, EPA readily granted FOIA fee waivers for environmental allies, effectively subsidizing them, while denying fee waivers and making the FOIA process more difficult for states and conservative groups,” wrote Republican lawmakers, including Rep. Darrell Issa and Sens. David Vitter, Chuck Grassley and Jim Inhofe in a letter to the EPA.

Citing a report by The Daily Caller News Foundation, Republicans are asking the EPA to hand over all Freedom of Information Act fee waiver requests, responses to requests, and FOIA officer training materials since the beginning of the Obama administration.

Lawmakers are also asking for all communications regarding FOIA fee waiver requests or appeals under the Obama administration....

(Excerpt) Read more at dailycaller.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: cei; corruption; environmentalism; epa; epaoutofcontrol; epascandal; impeachnow; irs; obama; partisanmediashill; partisanmediashills
It just keeps expanding.
1 posted on 05/17/2013 11:21:00 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
= EPA

And to think this "agency" was created by a GOP president too.

2 posted on 05/17/2013 11:30:04 PM PDT by llevrok (2013: - Obama vs America. The new cold war)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Bump and crosslink:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3020909/posts


3 posted on 05/17/2013 11:30:43 PM PDT by Cap Huff
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
...and it's like we didn't know it......Doh!

The problem I'm gonna end up on the terrorist list for even mentioning it...

4 posted on 05/17/2013 11:49:33 PM PDT by M-cubed
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To: llevrok

A democrat congress created the EPA

as democrat congresses created 99% of government

Obama’s IRS created the current GOP (by suppressing tea party)


5 posted on 05/18/2013 1:35:29 AM PDT by Democrat_media (IRS rigged election for Obama and democrats by shutting down tea party)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks 2ndDivisionVet.


6 posted on 05/18/2013 1:49:42 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Is this wrong? Yes.
Should this stop? Yes.
Will anyone understand it? No

The problem with the Environmental Protection Agency is the name. Any time you criticize anything they do, you’re against protecting the environment. The only way to ever fix the EPA is to replace it with another agency that sounds even nicer.


7 posted on 05/18/2013 3:00:16 AM PDT by pie_eater
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Chicago community organizing on steroids.

I guess we know the answer to Gov Palin's question in 2008 about just what does a community organizer do???

8 posted on 05/18/2013 3:10:40 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,)
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To: llevrok

Why it was created and what it has morphed into are two different stories.


9 posted on 05/18/2013 3:23:54 AM PDT by Venturer
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10 posted on 05/18/2013 3:26:06 AM PDT by tomkat (solve for x: Baraq = islamite .. islam = enemy ... Baraq = x)
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To: M-cubed
Signed up in '02 ?

got news for ya .. you've been on that list awhile now

11 posted on 05/18/2013 3:27:41 AM PDT by tomkat (solve for x: Baraq = islamite .. islam = enemy ... Baraq = x)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Great 6 min video , they started in 09 harassing many conservative business owners like Gibson. In this case they used Justice, EPA and fish and game. NO charges filed.

http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=V5IYGroW1nA&feature=player_embedded&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DV5IYGroW1nA%26feature%3Dplayer_embedded


12 posted on 05/18/2013 3:41:20 AM PDT by crosslink (Moderates should play in the middle of a busy street)
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To: crosslink
they started in 09 harassing many conservative business owners like Gibson

No, they have been harassing business owners for a long, long time. Back before I retired I worked as an Environmental, Health & Safety manager for several businesses. There is a reason that some permit processes can take several years and result in permits that are 3, 3-inch binders thick. And any business that violates some rule in the 9-inch thick document can get shut-down. I recall one process for a company that had spent over 5 years trying to get a permit to operate. I took over the file and realized they were below any threshold requirement for even needing to apply for a permit. The company, "acting in good faith," applied 5 years ago. It took me running the numbers on emissions, using the the agencies own engineering calculations and piling a stack of documents on a conference table with the regional director, to secure their now 'waiver.' A waiver they never needed to begin with and do not need to operate. The EPA isn't full of activists, the kids coming out of the colleges today are already indoctrinated as part of obtaining their degree in things like: environmental social justice, environmental management and the urban community, http://www.csuohio.edu/undergradcatalog/urb/programs/envstu.htm

13 posted on 05/18/2013 4:00:19 AM PDT by EBH (The “government” that sits in Washington, D.C. is not the United States government.)
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To: EBH

I agree with you, what seem to change in 09 is they begin to partner with many other depts including Justice to really put the screws to conservative donors.


14 posted on 05/18/2013 4:14:05 AM PDT by crosslink (Moderates should play in the middle of a busy street)
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To: crosslink; penelopesire; maggief; SE Mom; onyx; Liz; MinuteGal

Just a coincidence /s


15 posted on 05/18/2013 4:31:44 AM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then.)
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To: crosslink

It didn’t “seem to change.”

The EPA was directed by the Administration to take up the Environmental Justice cause. http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/

This branch of the agency has not always existed. If you go to the linked page do some ‘clicking’ around. You will notice under the awards tab, awards did not go out until 2008. Your comment is about how things changed in ‘09. Look at the awards and who received them. You will notice a peculiar trend. This branch of the agency was signed into existence by Clinton through an executive order: http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/resources/policy/ej_strategy_1995.pdf

You can find the interagency working groups there too.

This is a branch of the agency specifically created to meet the Progressive agenda. This is one of 0bama’s “transformational” pegs for the nation. He didn’t need to create the peg, Clinton did that, 0bama just uses it to its fullest capacity. http://www.theblaze.com/blog/2011/04/18/obama-epa-puts-green-spin-on-social-justice/


16 posted on 05/18/2013 4:36:01 AM PDT by EBH (The “government” that sits in Washington, D.C. is not the United States government.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

All of these scandals intersect in only one point.


17 posted on 05/18/2013 4:48:21 AM PDT by motor_racer (Pete, do you ever get tired, of the driving?)
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To: EBH

http://youtu.be/AGxOUAxmbNc
EPA makes grants for leftist “social justice” propaganda

It is not just about being denied access to information. That denial is just part of the broader scope of implementing the agenda...


18 posted on 05/18/2013 5:03:01 AM PDT by EBH (The “government” that sits in Washington, D.C. is not the United States government.)
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To: hoosiermama; crosslink

Yep, just low level idiots /sarc.

I had forgotten about Gibson too. So many outrages the last few years, it is hard to remember it all. This is by design too no doubt.

Interesting that the administration now thinks the excuse of just being ‘idiots’ is better than the alternative, criminals.
This tells us all we need to know. Sad thing is, the Obama supporters will let that excuse win the day because they identify with it...they are idiots too! LOL! Obama and his handlers know this and it tells me that they have no respect for their own supporters or the media.


19 posted on 05/18/2013 5:04:54 AM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR OBAMA TO ANSWER FOR BENGHAZI UNDER OATH!!)
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To: EBH

Thank for the links and the knowledge from your experience .


20 posted on 05/18/2013 5:07:28 AM PDT by crosslink (Moderates should play in the middle of a busy street)
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To: EBH

Good find. Send the information to a congressmen and Concervitive Media
Both drudge and breitbart have places to leave tips


21 posted on 05/18/2013 5:19:44 AM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then.)
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To: penelopesire
Interesting that the administration now thinks the excuse of just being idiots...the Obama supporters will let that excuse win the day

Really. Can't have the POTUS acting too white, now, can we? (Extreeeeem Sarcasm)

22 posted on 05/18/2013 5:40:18 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,)
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To: EBH
That branch of EPA was signed into existence by Clinton through an executive order; You can find the interagency working groups there, too:
http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/resources/policy/ej_strategy_1995.pdf

This is a branch of the agency specifically created to meet the Progressive agenda, one of 0bama’s “transformational” pegs already created by Clinton. 0bama uses it to its fullest capacity.
http://www.theblaze.com/blog/2011/04/18/obama-epa-puts-green-spin-on-social-justice/

Mmmmmm....nice find---linking creepazoid Clinton to sinister Obama.

As the Hollywood casting agent said, "What a pair."

23 posted on 05/18/2013 5:46:20 AM PDT by Liz (To learn who rules over you, determine who you are not allowed to criticize. Voltaire)
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To: Liz

Actually, I thought it was more important to realize the branch exists under and Executive Order.

This means it can be abolished with the sweep of a conservative Presidential pen.


24 posted on 05/18/2013 5:47:43 AM PDT by EBH (The “government” that sits in Washington, D.C. is not the United States government.)
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To: EBH

Collateral effect linking the two-—but good point you make about inking it out.


25 posted on 05/18/2013 5:52:10 AM PDT by Liz (To learn who rules over you, determine who you are not allowed to criticize. Voltaire)
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To: motor_racer
All of these scandals intersect in only one point.

Scandals? There are no scandals. Jay Carney told us there are no scandals, doncha know?

26 posted on 05/18/2013 6:05:54 AM PDT by savedbygrace (But God.)
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To: Cap Huff
Trouble always comes in threes FOURs.
27 posted on 05/18/2013 6:45:57 AM PDT by cookcounty (They thought he was the Black Lincoln. But he's the Black Nixon.)
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To: Democrat_media
A democrat congress created the EPA

as democrat congresses created 99% of government

Obama’s IRS created the current GOP (by suppressing tea party)

It was created by both parties under the leadership of the RINO, Keynesian, leftist Nixon. This is one of the reasons we should never allow a RINO into the Oval Office. They're just as bad as the progressives and the GOP legislators do not rally to oppose their own president. Much mischief gets done when RINOs are in the West Wing.

Do a web search on how the EPA was formed. It's no accident the GOP is nicknamed, "the stupid party."

28 posted on 05/18/2013 6:46:27 AM PDT by Entrepreneur (We're past the tipping point - the only variable is the rate of decline)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Using “unofficial” email accounts is going to make getting full disclosure difficult (but conspiracy charge easier to prove). They went outside the limits of their job.

Unelected malcontent activists attacking the mainland. McCarthy (and others) tried to rout out such socialists but was backlashed by commie sympathizers in the media and government for doing so. They are still entrenched.


29 posted on 05/18/2013 10:19:13 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It sure is expanding. We have IRS dragging their feet and inflating costs for conservative groups. We have the EPA dragging their feet and inflating costs for conservative groups and states.

In the last election, we had Obastard calling out a guy named Vanderfloot for writing a check to the Romney election effort. He was later audited by the IRS (Actually got a refund), his business audited by SEC (Clean bill of health) and a business of his audited by OSHA (Fined a few thousand when a forklift operator failed to put on a seat belt before starting up the lift). Three audits in four months, and Obastard wasn’t even supposed to know about Vanderfloot’s contribution, but for the fact the IRS leaked the information.

I expect every government agency that reports to the Executive Branch is acting on biases against Obastard’s enemies. IRS, EPA, SEC, OSHA, who else? NLRB, ATF (& NICS), FBI, Secret Service, DHS, ICE, Customs. The list of potential harassers is virtually endless. Bias can be applied against “red states” that went for Romney when federal funds are requested after natural disasters. Military bases can be wound down to damage conservative communities.

Now on January 1, the grandaddy of them all, Obastardcare gets moving full steam to grind down and destroy the enemies of the regime. We’re in big trouble if this isn’t stopped and stopped now.


30 posted on 05/18/2013 10:56:14 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

BTTT!


31 posted on 05/18/2013 4:37:23 PM PDT by neverdem (Register pressure cookers! /s)
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To: Entrepreneur
BS , Democrats controlled Congress the 40 years prior to 1994 when finally Republicans had a majority .

Republican Congress 1994=2006 and in that time you democrat apologists can blame Republicans for DHS and medicare part d but that's it , the rest of government including the EPA was created by your democrats.

all you do like the liberal media is blame Republicans. this is an attempt to destroy all opposition to democrats so they can have a 1 party rule and really get to work enslaving all of us. you aid democrats

32 posted on 05/18/2013 10:20:51 PM PDT by Democrat_media (IRS rigged election for Obama and democrats by shutting down tea party)
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To: Entrepreneur
BS , Democrats controlled Congress the 40 years prior to 1994 when finally Republicans had a majority .

Republican Congress 1994-2006 and in that time you democrat apologists can blame Republicans for DHS and medicare part d but that's it , the rest of government including the EPA was created by your democrats. You people have not even a basic understanding how this government work.Government is created by laws which only Congress can write. See a president cannot write laws.Government is not created by a President nor a congress writing a budget but only by explicit laws that authorize government, authorize government agencies and authorize and mandate funding for those agencies. See those rooms full of laws that is what created this government not a president not a budget. See a president also has to follow the law.
America up till 1900 had almost no government , and that's when it was growing faster than any country. But every year Congress wrote laws that grew government

all you do like the liberal media is blame Republicans. this is an attempt to destroy all opposition to democrats so they can have a 1 party rule and really get to work enslaving all of us. you aid democrats

33 posted on 05/18/2013 10:37:05 PM PDT by Democrat_media (IRS rigged election for Obama and democrats by shutting down tea party)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I like the trick when they send the records on a defective CD that won't play, I mean somebody literally takes a knife to it and scratches the silver off half of the thing before they send it out, along with a letter basically telling you to make personal contact with one of their apparatchiks if any "problems" are encountered.

Yeah, so they can directly target and locate you for retaliation.

34 posted on 05/18/2013 10:42:26 PM PDT by Rome2000 (THE WASHINGTONIANS AND UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE ARE THE ENEMY -ROTATE THE CAPITAL AMONGST THE STATES)
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To: Democrat_media
You're accusing me of being a "democrat apologist?" Really?

You know, you aren't helping the conservative cause when you wrap yourself in ignorance and start slinging around ad hominem accusations. Here are a couple of facts...

In addition to the EPA (12/29/70), Nixon gave us...

And don't forget, Nixon used the IRS as a personal weapon too.

Just because an elected official has a "r" by his name doesn't mean he's a good guy or a conservative. Nixon was a left of center politician who did a lot of lasting damage to the nation. Based on what he did, Nixon was worse than every president who followed him, except Obama. He was worse that every president who preceded him to FDR.

Yes, Nixon was worse than Carter, though it certainly can be debated. Both were bad.

If a Democrat tried to do the things Nixon pulled, there would be a revolution. But party loyalty meant that few Republicans opposed Nixon. A leftist Democrat with control of both houses is bad, but can usually be limited in the damage he does by a united Republican opposition (Obamacare excepted). A RINO with a Democrat House and Senate is deadly because the RINO neutralizes Republican opposition.

Criticizing RINOs does not make one a Democrat apologist. Failure to objectively evaluate them, however, gives us John McCain and Mitt Romney as candidates and Democrats in the Oval Office. The only true conservative we've had in the White House since Coolidge was Reagan.

35 posted on 05/19/2013 8:06:18 AM PDT by Entrepreneur (We're past the tipping point - the only variable is the rate of decline)
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To: Entrepreneur
that's all bs .the democrats controlled Congress for the 40 years before 1994 when the Republicans finnally gained a simple majority. laws are what created the EPA. a president can't write laws for you to put the blame on a Republican is making excuses for the democrats who created 99% of government including the EPA. Remember the Republican congress was from 1994 -2006 then only DHS and medicare part D created. DHS because of 9/11 , part D intense media pressure

Democrats want to grow the government which will take away all our rights and freedom, democrat Obama is oppressing Americans with all its agencies.democrat Obama rigged the election by having its IRS shut down conservative groups .you can't see that the democrat party is the enemy of Americans,the enemy of freedom. you are brainwashed by the news media and michael savage into thinking the Republiansare to blame for everything.this is what the media does blame republicans so you do too. you are helping the media destroy all opposition to democrats.When democrats achive one party rule with help from the media and those like you then you will see the democrats really get to work oppressing Americans, socialism, and taking of our freedom and rights and property

36 posted on 05/19/2013 8:48:50 AM PDT by Democrat_media (IRS rigged election for Obama and democrats by shutting down tea party)
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To: Entrepreneur
What don't you understand about that it's congress that writes laws. the democrats controlled Congres for the 40 years prior to 1994 . so you can't blame republicans.Even though you try to blame 1 republican that's all media lies. Republican conges form 1994 - 2006 then only DHS and part d . r's stopped hillary care ,amnesty , carbon laws, etc. in that time.

that's all bs .the democrats controlled Congress for the 40 years before 1994 when the Republicans finnally gained a simple majority. laws are what created the EPA. a president can't write laws for you to put the blame on a Republican is making excuses for the democrats who created 99% of government including the EPA. Remember the Republican congress was from 1994 -2006 then only DHS and medicare part D created. DHS because of 9/11 , part D intense media pressure

Democrats want to grow the government which will take away all our rights and freedom, democrat Obama is oppressing Americans with all its agencies.democrat Obama rigged the election by having its IRS shut down conservative groups .you can't see that the democrat party is the enemy of Americans,the enemy of freedom. you are brainwashed by the news media and michael savage into thinking the Republiansare to blame for everything.this is what the media does blame republicans so you do too. you are helping the media destroy all opposition to democrats.When democrats achive one party rule with help from the media and those like you then you will see the democrats really get to work oppressing Americans, socialism, and taking of our freedom and rights and property

37 posted on 05/19/2013 8:58:28 AM PDT by Democrat_media (IRS rigged election for Obama and democrats by shutting down tea party)
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To: llevrok

Who would guess that government is political?


38 posted on 05/19/2013 3:00:09 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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