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IRS: Oh, by the way, we improperly targeted conservative and tea-party groups last year
Hotair ^ | 05/10/2013 | AllahPundit

Posted on 05/10/2013 8:28:22 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

No hard feelings?

The Internal Revenue Service is apologizing for inappropriately flagging conservative political groups for additional reviews during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status.

Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS unit that oversees tax-exempt groups, said organizations that included the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their applications for tax-exempt status were singled out for additional reviews.

Lerner said the practice, initiated by low-level workers in Cincinnati, was wrong and she apologized while speaking at a conference in Washington.

Tea-party groups complained endlessly about IRS harassment last year. February 28, 2012:

Tea Party chapters around the nation are blasting the Internal Revenue Service after the federal agency sent them letters demanding information about their politics, contributors and even family members.

In letters sent from IRS offices in Cincinnati earlier this month, chapters including the Waco (Texas) Tea Party and the Ohio Liberty Council were asked to provide a list of donors, identify volunteers, financial support for and relationships with political candidates and parties, and even printed copies of their Facebook pages…

Tea Party leaders say they were particularly offended by demands that they name donors and volunteers, which is required by law, but were also asked to list any political ambitions of board members or their relatives.

News of the harassment made it all the way up to Congress last spring — and yet only now, months after the election, are we finally hearing the IRS come clean. Go figure.

Remember, to this day, the left-wing Democratic water-carrying hacks known as Media Matters remain fully tax-exempt. Congressional hearings about this are now a fait accompli; what I want to know is who’s getting fired in the meantime. Obviously house will be cleaned at the Cincinnati branch. What about Lerner herself?

Stand by for updates.

Update: I want to know why the word “patriot” in particular triggered some sort of extra scrutiny.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: irs; teaparty

1 posted on 05/10/2013 8:28:22 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

ALSO SEE HERE:

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/irs-apologizes-targeting-conservative-groups

IRS APOLOGIZES FOR TARGETING CONSERVATIVE GROUPS

And here:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/02/28/numerous-tea-party-chapters-claim-irs-attempting-to-sabotage-non-profit-status/

Numerous Tea Party chapters claim IRS attempts to sabotage nonprofit status


2 posted on 05/10/2013 8:30:02 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I think a lawsuit is in order.


3 posted on 05/10/2013 8:32:42 AM PDT by Daveinyork (."Trusting government with power and money is like trusting teenaged boys with whiskey and car keys,)
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To: SeekAndFind

“Oopsie! Are our faces red~! ... so sorry”


4 posted on 05/10/2013 8:36:17 AM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: Daveinyork
These same liberal bureaucratic turds will soon be doling out health care in this country.
5 posted on 05/10/2013 8:37:43 AM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: SeekAndFind

And in the “No Shit Sherlock” category . . .


6 posted on 05/10/2013 8:39:35 AM PDT by CriticalJ (Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress.. But then I repeat myself. MT)
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To: SeekAndFind

This an evil and old Rat scheme.

During the second comings of the Clintoons, I had republican relatives and friends across the country get hammered by IRS for the sins of donating to the Republican party.

In each case, they were professionals or owners of small businesses.

They were charged with the crime of making too much money!?!?

When GW was elected, I told them to send the head of their IRS the picture of GW and Cheney, sent out to their donors and say, “Oh, really!”

That worked for each friend or relative.


7 posted on 05/10/2013 8:42:09 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (I'm afraid to go visit any American college because of all the foreign students with bombs.)
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To: SeekAndFind
"I want to know why the word “patriot” in particular triggered some sort of extra scrutiny."


8 posted on 05/10/2013 8:43:39 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (I'm afraid to go visit any American college because of all the foreign students with bombs.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Timing is interesting.

Might this be timed to try to distract Congress from their highly critical Benghazi investigation?

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9 posted on 05/10/2013 8:45:05 AM PDT by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: Seaplaner

Oh By the way You should all be replaced, or given the new Obummer Neo NAzi Uniform so we know what to look for!
I just wonder how many had to pay more for accountants and tax specialist because of your tampering! And By the way the American Taxpayer pays your salary not Obummer or the DNC!


10 posted on 05/10/2013 8:48:20 AM PDT by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: Farmer Dean; Pride in the USA
These same liberal bureaucratic turds will soon be doling out health care in this country.

There's a thought that should keep every thinking American awake at night.

11 posted on 05/10/2013 8:54:37 AM PDT by lonevoice (Today I broke my personal record for most consecutive days lived)
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To: SeekAndFind

Yep, she claims their actions were not “political.” That is a bald face lie. If a group of employees is targeting certain political groups for extra scrutiny it most certainly is political.

The question yet to be answered is were those actions taken based on encouragement from the 0bama campaign, the DNC or the White House?

What is known already calls for some heads to roll at the IRS. What may be discovered could lead to trials for the federal crime of misusing the IRS.


12 posted on 05/10/2013 8:54:39 AM PDT by Truth is a Weapon (Truth, it hurts so good.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Its the Chicago Way!
13 posted on 05/10/2013 9:02:09 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Truth is a Weapon
"What is known already calls for some heads to roll at the IRS"

NOTHING will happen until Democrats no longer control the Presidency and the GOP leadership is changed(and I doubt even then).

14 posted on 05/10/2013 9:03:19 AM PDT by I am Richard Brandon
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To: I am Richard Brandon

And of course, this was only a “low level” local decision, complicated, intrusive forms and all. Naturally, no one at the top knew anything about it.


15 posted on 05/10/2013 9:08:50 AM PDT by binreadin
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To: SeekAndFind
FTA: Lerner said the practice was initiated by low-level workers in Cincinnati and was not motivated by political bias.

It wasn't political. They just really hate tea so they targeted groups that they thought were promoting tea parties.

That's as good of an answer as we will ever get out of The Most Transparent Administration in History.™

16 posted on 05/10/2013 9:14:32 AM PDT by Bubba_Leroy (The Obamanation Continues)
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To: binreadin

AND is was not politically motivated doncha know


17 posted on 05/10/2013 9:16:07 AM PDT by uncitizen
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To: SeekAndFind

Hate Crime!


18 posted on 05/10/2013 9:17:01 AM PDT by uncitizen
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To: SeekAndFind

Another day, another incident that would have gotten a PUBBIE kicked out of office....


19 posted on 05/10/2013 9:23:49 AM PDT by ChinaGotTheGoodsOnClinton (Go Egypt on 0bama)
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To: SeekAndFind

So do they get compensation?

Have people been fired?

Have people been jailed?


20 posted on 05/10/2013 9:32:50 AM PDT by Chickensoup (200 million unarmed " people killed in the 20th century by Leftist Totalitarian Fascists)
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To: SeekAndFind

Funny, I did not see the words “.... was fired” anywhere in this article.


21 posted on 05/10/2013 9:49:59 AM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: Chickensoup

Seems like this might be a felony....


22 posted on 05/10/2013 10:04:00 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876 (The only crimes that are 100% preventable are crimes committed by illegal aliens)
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To: SeekAndFind

Nixon only implied a desire to use the IRS, and the media went nuts.

The rats want to instill fear into anybody who may be on conservative membership or contributor lists.


23 posted on 05/10/2013 10:20:34 AM PDT by Zuse
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To: SeekAndFind

As long as Holder is at Justice there will be none (justice, that is).


24 posted on 05/10/2013 10:22:12 AM PDT by Lake Living
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To: SeekAndFind

“IRS APOLOGIZES FOR TARGETING CONSERVATIVE GROUPS” is a headline for low-info voters; the editors know that they won’t read it. A headline that MIGHT get LIVs’ attention would read, “HEADS ROLL AT IRS,” but that’s not going to happen. Nothing to see here - move along...


25 posted on 05/10/2013 10:29:55 AM PDT by Clioman
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To: taxcontrol
Funny, I did not see the words “.... was fired” anywhere in this article.

Of course not...they've all been promoted.

26 posted on 05/10/2013 10:52:23 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (The Tea Party was the earthquake, and Chick Fil A the tsunami...100's of aftershocks to come.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Update: I want to know why the word “patriot” in particular triggered some sort of extra scrutiny.
Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked: Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice ? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.

It is substantially true that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government. The rule, indeed, extends with more or less force to every species of free government. Who that is a sincere friend to it can look with indifference upon attempts to shake the foundation of the fabric? - Washington's Farewell Address 1796


27 posted on 05/10/2013 3:41:07 PM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (“Liberalism” is a conspiracy against the public by wire-service journalism.)
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