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  • KENNEALLY: The IRS as kingmaker - Tax agency is well suited for use as a political weapon

    08/15/2013 10:11:22 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 16 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Aug 15, 2013 | By Ivan Kenneally
    President Obama’s bewildering response to the mounting Internal Revenue Service scandal has been to simply deny there is a scandal, dismissively labeling it “phony.” He seems confident that in a moral version of rock-paper-scissors, denial always beats accusation, irrespective of the freight of evidence behind it. This has been the top-down strategy for partisan Democrats from the beginning. As head of the exempt organizations unit in Washington, Lois Lerner casually insisted any wrongdoing was fully attributable to a few “line people in Cincinnati” who were “not so fine.” Now we’ve learned from the testimony of IRS lawyer Carter Hull that...
  • NSA, DEA, IRS Lie About Fact That Americans Are Routinely Spied On By Our Government

    08/15/2013 10:21:19 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 67 replies
    Forbes ^ | Aug 14, 2013 | By Jennifer Stisa Granick and Christopher Jon Sprigman
    Full title: NSA, DEA, IRS Lie About Fact That Americans Are Routinely Spied On By Our Government: Time For A Special Prosecutor It seems that every day brings a new revelation about the scope of the NSA’s heretofore secret warrantless mass surveillance programs. And as we learn more, the picture becomes increasingly alarming. Last week we discovered that the NSA shares information with a division of the Drug Enforcement Agency called the Special Operations Division (SOD). The DEA uses the information in drug investigations. But it also gives NSA data out to other agencies – in particular, the Internal Revenue...
  • IRS agent: We're still applying extra scrutiny to Tea Party applications

    08/13/2013 12:07:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/13/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    One might expect that the extra scrutiny applied to conservative political groups by the IRS would have ended after the practice got exposed three months ago. At least according to a recent deposition from the House Ways and Means Committee investigation into the scandal, IRS agents still are being directed to automatically apply extra scrutiny to applications mentioning the Tea Party, even if no other political activity is indicated in the application: Q: “If you saw – I am asking this currently, if today a Tea Party case, a group – a case from a Tea Party group came in...
  • IRS’s Lerner Used Personal E-mail to Conduct Official Business, Investigators Say

    08/13/2013 9:45:46 AM PDT · by CivilWarBrewing · 33 replies
    The Corner ^ | August 13, 2013 | Eliana Johnson
    Embattled Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner sent official documents from her government e-mail address to a personal account, according to House Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa and his colleague, Ohio congressman Jim Jordan. “This raises some serious questions concerning your use of a non-official e-mail account to conduct official business,” the GOP lawmakers wrote in a letter to Lerner demanding all documents from her non-official account for the period between January 2008 and the present. “Additional documents related to the Committee’s investigation may exist in these non-official accounts over which you have some control, and the lack of access...
  • Media Can't Ignore New Developments In IRS Scandal

    08/01/2013 10:19:17 AM PDT · by Lakeshark · 33 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 7/31/13 | IBD editor
    IRS-Gate: From stonewalling Congress to Federal Election Commission collusion to harassment of already-tax-exempt conservative groups, the IRS scandal metastasizes. Someone high-up was clearly giving orders. 'Phony scandals," to use President Obama's term, should not generate near-daily news coverage from a media that would like nothing better than to see its dream president let off the hook. Yet everywhere you look comes another bolt of lightning keeping this Frankenstein monster "alive!": • In addition to conservative organizations being ultra-scrutinized in applying for tax-exempt status, existing conservative groups like Morton Blackwell's Leadership Institute, around since 1979, and the Claire Booth Luce Policy...
  • E-mails Suggest Collusion Between FEC, IRS to Target Conservative Groups

    07/31/2013 4:47:38 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 115 replies
    National Review ^ | 7/31/2013 | Eliana Johnson
    Embattled Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner and an attorney in the Federal Election Commission’s general counsel’s office appear to have twice colluded to influence the record before the FEC’s vote in the case of a conservative non-profit organization, according to e-mails unearthed by the House Ways and Means Committee and obtained exclusively by National Review Online. The correspondence suggests the discrimination of conservative groups extended beyond the IRS and into the FEC, where an attorney from the agency’s enforcement division in at least one case sought and received tax information about the status of a conservative group, the American...
  • The IRS: Exempt from Obamacare While Making the Rest of Us Comply

    07/29/2013 7:26:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | July 29, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    There are lots of despicable people in Washington engaged in a lot of unsavory behavior, so it would be very difficult to get agreement if you asked regular people to select the most odious feature of the political class. Many people would probably choose corruption as the defining characteristic of Washington, and it would be hard to argue with that choice, but I think hypocrisy is an even better choice. There's something fundamentally wrong when people push for policies while making sure they don't have to abide by the results. Yet it happens all the time in government. 1. It...
  • Not News: IRS Has Only Provided 0.02% of Documents Requested by House

    07/27/2013 1:03:53 PM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    NewsBusters. ^ | July 26, 2013 | Tom Blumer
    The establishment press's general refusal to cover clearly newsworthy developments in the Obama administration scandal involving the targeting of conservative, tea party, prolife and other groups by the Internal Revenue Service has been so negligent and blatant that several leading conservatives, including the MRC's Brent Bozell and talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh, called it out in an open letter earlier this week. Consistent with the rest of their colleagues, the Associated Press, aka the Administration's Press, appears to have had no substantive story on the scandal since July 18 -- and that one was about primarily Democrats beating the false meme...
  • Embattled IRS chief counsel met with Obama 2 days before writing new targeting criteria

    07/22/2013 7:41:24 AM PDT · by upbeat5 · 95 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 22, 2013 | Patrick Howley
    The Obama appointee implicated in congressional testimony in the IRS targeting scandal met with President Obama in the White House two days before offering his colleagues a new set of advice on how to scrutinize tea party and conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status. IRS chief counsel William Wilkins, who was named in House Oversight testimony by retiring IRS agent Carter Hull as one of his supervisors in the improper targeting of conservative groups, met with Obama in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on April 23, 2012. Wilkins’ boss, then-IRS commissioner Douglas Shulman, met with Obama on April...
  • IRS Leaked Christine O’Donnell’s Info the Day She Announced Her Senate Candidacy

    07/19/2013 7:41:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 71 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 07/19/2013 | BRYAN PRESTON
    It may turn out that within the IRS abuse of Tea Party, conservative, Jewish and other groups was another layer of abuse: women. Catherine Engelbrecht so far has the most harrowing story to tell, of abuse by multiple executive branch agencies after she founded the grassroots election security watchdog True the Vote. Now former Republican Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell is naming names, saying that her tax information was compromised the very day she announced her Senate candidacy. That same day, the IRS slapped a lien on a house that it believed she owned, only to withdraw that lien when...
  • IRS scandal: I've seen this movie before

    07/12/2013 9:29:48 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 21 replies
    WND ^ | July 11, 2013 | Joseph Farah
    If there was one scandal I thought might actually stick on Barack Obama, it was his widespread use of the Internal Revenue Service to target his political enemies. I should have known better. I witnessed a scandal of this magnitude forgotten about by the media, by Congress and by other investigators after initial outrage was expressed. And that’s exactly what appears to be happening this time around. To review what happened this year, with this administration, the IRS initially admitted holding up tax-exempt letters for tea-party organizations. For days, and even weeks, it was a steady drip, drip, drip with...
  • Lois Lerner's big mouth

    07/11/2013 8:01:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/11/2013 | Thomas Lifson
    Lois Lerner is a nasty piece of work, and one aspect of her arrogance could well be her undoing. She enjoyed wielding her power so much that she boasted about it, and in doing so in a 2011 interview with Business Week, she conceded a point that could be used to prove criminal culpability. Patrick Frey, who writes Patterico's Pontifications, uncovered the incriminating crowing: A reader sends a very interesting tidbit buried in a November 17, 2011 article about the IRS and not-for-profit universities. The article is about the IRS making inquiries into "whether schools improperly claimed tax-exempt status for...
  • Treasury: 292 Tea-Party Groups Targeted…6 Progressive Groups

    06/27/2013 9:11:57 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 4 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 06-27-13 | Curt
    Let's see. Six progressive groups were flagged for extra scrutiny by the IRS, while out of 292 tea party groups that applied for special tax-exempt status ALL 292 groups were flagged. Naw....nothing to see here. Move along. Inspector General Russell George: “Our audit did not find evidence that the IRS used the ‘progressives’ identifier as selection criteria for potential political cases between May 2010 and May 2012,” George wrote in the letter obtained by The Hill. The inspector general also stressed that 100 percent of the groups with “Tea Party,” “patriots” and “9/12” in their name were flagged for extra...
  • Twelve different IRS units nationwide targeted conservatives

    06/25/2013 8:26:42 AM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 14 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 06/25/2013 | Patrick Howley
    Twelve different groups within the IRS targeted conservative organizations applying for tax-exempt nonprofit status, according to the attorneys representing tea party plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit against the IRS. The revelation disproves the suggestion by a top congressional Democrat that only one IRS group was responsible for scrutinizing tea party and conservative applications.
  • What the IRS Has Become

    06/19/2013 5:21:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/19/2013 | Elise Cooper
    The IRS has hypocritically ignored the Constitution, having targeted groups whose names included what America once stood for: patriotism, freedom, and the Constitution. This will be emphasized on June 20, when Judicial Watch, the people's watchdog over the government, holds a public panel discussion with some of those who were victimized. American Thinker interviewed Tom Fitton, Judicial Watch's president, and some of those who were harassed and abused by the IRS. Fitton is not surprised by the Obama administration's actions and regards them as a continual Democratic tactic. He told American Thinker how, during the entire Clinton presidency, his group...
  • When Your W-2 Meets an AR-15

    06/13/2013 5:19:19 AM PDT · by markomalley · 51 replies
    National Review ^ | 6/13/2013 | Mark Steyn
    When the IRS is accused of “targeting”, don’t assume they’re speaking metaphorically. From Politico: As chairman of the House Homeland Security oversight subcommittee, [Jeff] Duncan (R-S.C.) toured a federal law enforcement facility in late May and noticed agents training with the semi-automatic weapons at a firing range. They identified themselves as IRS, he said.“When I left there, it’s been bugging me for weeks now, why IRS agents are training with a semi-automatic rifle AR-15, which has stand-off capability,” Duncan told POLITICO. “Are Americans that much of a target that you need that kind of capability..?“I think Americans raise eyebrows when...
  • Affordable Care Act is So Unaffordable, Members of Congress and Their Aides are Quitting

    06/13/2013 12:43:21 PM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | 6/13/13 | The Maha
    The Affordable Care Act is So Unaffordable, Members of Congress and Their Aides are Quitting Because They Can't Afford It! BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, this is truly outrageous. There's a headline in The Politico today: "Obamacare? We Were Just Leaving..." And when I saw the headline, I thought it was gonna be an article about how Democrats are afraid of losing their seats because of all the skyrocketing costs of health premiums and all the other negatives associated with Obamacare. But that's not what this story is about. What this story's about is congressmen worried about themselves. In...
  • GOP Rep. Notices IRS Agents Training with AR-15s During DHS Tour: ‘I’m Looking Into the Issue Now’

    06/12/2013 1:51:49 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 113 replies ^ | June 12, 2013 | Dave Urbanski
    This little item could give the IRS’ whole “targeting” conservatives scandal a brand-new twist. Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) tweeted that he observed IRS agents training with AR-15s when he toured the Department of Homeland Security: A few weeks ago when I toured a DHS facility I saw #IRS agents training with AR-15's. I'm looking into the issue now. #PJNET
  • It’s RICO time! How to Stop the Obama Administration Crime Wave

    06/10/2013 7:50:49 AM PDT · by vietvet67 · 27 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | June 10, 2013 | Marinka Peschmann
    Urgent. While some Tea Party groups testified at the House Ways and Means Committee Hearing last week over the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) abuse of power for targeting and harassing them and approximately 500 other conservative groups when they sought tax-exempt status, if you are looking for a political judicial solution, such as congress, impeachment or a special prosecutor to solve the tsunami of unlawful acts coming out of Washington, you are looking in the wrong place. What the IRS did tilted President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election in his favor. The bottom line is this. You can’t get justice within...
  • IRS employee: Washington showed “unprecedented interest” in Tea Party groups

    06/08/2013 8:36:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/09/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Elizabeth Hofacre has turned out to be a gold mine to investigators of political corruption at the IRS. The Cincinnati-office specialist didn’t take kindly to having the entire mess dumped on the shoulders of her colleagues and herself, and has made it plain in depositions that this was no low-level innovation. The Hill became the latest media outlet to peruse the transcripts, and added a little more to the growing public record of the targeting effort’s genesis in Washington rather than Cincinnati: An IRS staffer in Cincinnati told congressional investigators that a Washington official was the driving force behind the...
  • IRS refuses to turn over documents on targeting to Senate

    06/05/2013 9:09:42 AM PDT · by Nachum · 91 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6/5/13 | Susan Ferrechio
    The Internal Revenue Service has failed to turn over documents requested by the powerful Senate tax-writing panel, which is investigating the tax agency´s practice of targeting conservative organizations. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., and Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, the panel´s top Republican, gave the IRS a May 31 deadline to answer dozens of questions related to the special scrutiny the agency was giving to right-leaning groups seeking tax-exempt status. But the troubled IRS let the deadline go by.
  • IRS Commissioner Aided Tax Cheat Congressman

    06/04/2013 12:54:55 PM PDT · by joygrace · 21 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 6.4.13 | Jeffrey Lord
    <p>Shulman rallied for Rangel: Jason Furman, Media Matters, Fox News, Jarrett and a job.</p> <p>And the Liberal Dog Whistle Blows.</p> <p>Congressman Charles Rangel of New York.</p> <p>Ex-IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman.</p> <p>The new chairman of the president’s Council on Economic Advisors, Jason Furman.</p>
  • Karen Kenney (San Fernando Vally Patriots) testifies on IRS Abuses of Power - YouTube

    06/04/2013 12:36:41 PM PDT · by No One Special · 17 replies
    Youtube ^ | June 4, 2013 | Karen Kenney
    [VIDEO at LINK] IRS Scandal Live testimony... Dr. Karen Kenney, blasts congress in a very interesting speech. She and her group were targeted by the IRS.. she also takes down Occupy Oakland. She is a psychotherapist that helps soldiers coming back from war and started the San Fernando Vally Patriots a Tea Party Group in California.
  • Conservative group claims it has proof IRS leaked donor list

    06/04/2013 9:26:09 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 106 replies ^ | 6-4-2013 | FoxNews
    The chairman of an anti-gay marriage group testified Tuesday that his organization has proof that the IRS leaked confidential donor details last year, calling for prosecution into what he described as a "felony." "This just smells and I hope this committee gets to the bottom of it," John Eastman, chairman of the National Organization for Marriage, said at a hearing before the House Ways and Means Committee. Eastman testified Tuesday alongside several Tea Party activists who all claim they were targeted by the IRS. The Tea Party groups offered a first-hand account of how the IRS singled them out when...
  • Riveting and Chilling: Victims of IRS Targeting Tell Their Stories on Capitol Hill

    06/04/2013 11:15:12 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 29 replies
    Town Hall ^ | June 4, 2013 | Katie Pavlich
    Testifying on Capitol Hill Tuesday, witnesses from Tea Party, pro-life and patriotic educational groups from around the country testified about their experience of intimidation and targeting from the Internal Revenue Service. Witnesses described being sent hundreds of pages from the IRS asking invasive questions about members, books, contents of prayers and the names of anyone attending meetings, including children. "The IRS sought documentation of our meetings, rallies, events, or candidate forums. That included video and audio transcriptions, notes, copies of all handouts; the political party of speakers, and an “issues” list. The IRS sought identifying information on employees; data on...
  • Will IRS scandal give momentum to tax reform?

    06/04/2013 7:53:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/04/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Last week, I argued that the political corruption at the IRS revealed last month should give momentum to throwing out campaign-finance “reform” regulation, and produce massive simplification through the end of direct donations and the imposition of immediate transparency. That would effectively strip the IRS of any role in policing political activities, a role which it should never have had in the first place. To reduce the ability of the IRS to conduct mischief through other means, Congress needs to simplify the tax code as well, Rep. Peter Roskam argues in Roll Call, and the scandal may have finally provided...
  • Sources Say IRS Scandal “About to Explode” – Paper Trail Leads “All The Way To Top Levels In DC

    06/04/2013 3:11:48 AM PDT · by grundle · 98 replies
    Getaway Pundit ^ | June 3, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Uh Oh….. The IRS scandal is “about to explode.” There’s a paper trail that leads “all the way to top levels” in D.C. Hat Tip Joseph Curl
  • Plouffe, White House Aides Target Issa in Vicious Smears

    06/03/2013 3:22:23 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 57 replies
    NewsMax ^ | June 3, 2013 | By Bill Hoffman
    House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa appeared to be getting under the skin of Democrats as they hit back hard — bringing up the congressman's past from more than four decades ago. Issa's allegations about what the White House knew about the IRS targeting conservatives rattled Democrats into sending out a barrage of counter claims. Former senior Obama aide David Plouffe ripped Issa in a Twitter message, referring to allegations from as far back as 1972 when Issa was still a teenager. "Strong words from Mr Grand Theft Auto and suspected arsonist/insurance swindler. And loose ethically today," Plouffe tweeted. Plouffe's...
  • Dem rep: We’re “asking for more trouble” from the IRS by cutting its budget

    06/03/2013 2:16:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/03/2013 | AllahPundit
    Simple logic via the Weekly Standard: If the IRS is already this corrupt at its current funding level, imagine how much more corrupt it’ll be once there’s less money to pay for oversight and ethical training of IRS employees. By the same token, presumably if we increased the agency’s budget tenfold, we’d see a sharp decline in corruption thanks to all the extra oversight and training IRS workers would be getting. I wonder if Serrano has a ballpark figure on how much extra we’d need to pay the agency to get them to not harass conservatives in the future. If...
  • Former IRS commissioner Shulman’s wife works for liberal group fighting open campaign spending

    05/31/2013 7:12:18 PM PDT · by babbabooey · 101 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 05/31/2013 | daily caller
    Former Internal Revenue Service commissioner Douglas H. Shulman, a frequent White House guest during the period when the IRS was targeting conservative nonprofits, is married to the senior program advisor for Public Campaign, an “organization dedicated to sweeping campaign reform that aims to dramatically reduce the role of big special interest money in American politics.”
  • McClatchy: IRS targeting of conservatives may go beyond tax-exempt applications

    05/31/2013 8:39:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/31/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Could the situation at the IRS get any worse? McClatchy joins CBS News in postulating that the scandal may well expand to more than just applications for tax-exempt status. Both news agencies are starting to take complaints about predatory and punitive audits and other actions and put them into a very ugly pattern — and ask some very difficult questions of the Obama administration: While the developing scandal over the targeting of conservatives by the tax agency has largely focused to date on its scrutiny of groups with words such as “tea party” or “patriot” in their names, these examples...
  • ‘Rogue’ IRS agent who wrote threatening letters gets promotion

    05/30/2013 1:11:01 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 20 replies ^ | May 30, 2013 | conn carroll
    President Obama may have promised “to hold the responsible parties accountable” for the Internal Revenue Service targeting of conservative non-profit groups, but one of the agents at the center of the scandal was recently promoted, an IRS source tells The Washington Examiner. Through 2012, then-Exempt Organization Specialist Stephen Seok signed many of the intimidating letters sent to conservative nonprofits. For example, this January 2012 letter sent to the Richmond Tea Party demanded the date, time and location of all group events, as well as copies of all handouts provided at the events, and the names and credentials of all organizers....
  • Former IRS Commissioner visited White House more than twice as often as Eric Holder

    05/30/2013 7:51:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/30/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    If you put together all of the White House visits by Cabinet members Eric Holder, Kathleen Sebelius, and Hillary Clinton, you might approach the number accumulated by a non-Cabinet official from an agency in the news lately. Douglas Shulman visited the White House far more often during the Obama administration than the closest members of Barack Obama’s own team, with perhaps six times as many visits as Energy Secretary Stephen Chu and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood: Publicly released records show that embattled former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman visited the White House at least 157 times during the Obama administration, more...
  • IRS Chief's 118 White House Visits Must Be Explained

    05/28/2013 5:46:40 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 59 replies ^ | May 28, 2013 | Editorial
    Scandal: One IRS commissioner visited Obama's White House 118 times in 2010 and 2011. His successor also dropped in often. But under George W. Bush, the tax chief visited once in four years. Time for an audit. IRS Schedule O As the Washington Examiner noted last weekend, ex-commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service Douglas Shulman went to the White House some 118 times in 2010 and 2011, while Steven Miller, the acting director who took over from Shulman last November, himself made numerous trips there, White House visitor logs show. Business as usual for one of the most powerful arms...
  • Were Republicans Targeted in GM and Chrysler Dealership Closures?

    05/28/2013 9:10:31 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 46 replies
    NLPC ^ | May 28, 2013 | Mark Modica
    The IRS scandal that revealed targeting of conservative groups by the Treasury Department has reopened speculation that the Obama-orchestrated auto bailouts unfairly targeted Republican-leaning dealerships for closure. Republican Congressmen Mike Kelly (PA) and Jim Renacci (OH) have penned a letter to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew requesting documentation so that an investigation can determine what criteria was used to shutter dealers that appear to have had one thing in common: their political affiliations. The outrageous behavior of the IRS in targeting non-profit organizations with conservative roots, like the Tea Party, for extra scrutiny came at around the same time that General...
  • Barack Obama cracks the foundation of American success: Trust

    05/28/2013 9:53:35 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 7 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-28-13 | Vince
    One of the beauties of a free society, particularly one built on the rule of law, free markets and individual liberty is that people are often free to pursue things that are simply not possible elsewhere. Entrepreneurship in the United States thrives like it does in no other place. From restaurants that let you choose how you want your food cooked to more cable channels than your cable box can handle to the frivolity of branded apparel and Christmas antlers, the United States is a study in the science of the division of labor. Over the course of our American...
  • IRS Directed to Lock Down All Agency Data

    05/28/2013 10:14:46 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 123 replies
    IRS Directed to Lock Down All Agency Data By Eliana Johnson May 28, 2013 12:50 PM The Internal Revenue Service is in the process of locking down all computer data across the agency, a sign that investigations into the scandal-plagued agency may be taking a broader sweep than initially anticipated. Agency employees last Thursday received an e-mail alerting them, ”This is a late breaking top priority and things could change in the future,” according to an IRS employee who asked not to be named. Employees were directed not to “wipe, re-image or otherwise destroy any hard drives” on any machine...
  • While You Labor . . . Lois Lerner is on leave, still collecting her annual salary of $177,000.

    05/28/2013 8:11:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/28/2013 | Deroy Murdock
    Welcome back to work. With a rare three-day weekend behind you, you may be reading these words on your office computer or perhaps on a mobile device en route to your workplace. After barbecuing, relaxing with loved ones, and remembering America’s fallen GIs, it may be tough to focus today on meetings, deadlines, and distracting colleagues who drop by to chat. Too bad you are not Lois Lerner, the director of the IRS’s exempt-organizations office in Washington, D.C. She now has America’s easiest job. Having pleaded the Fifth Amendment before the House Government Oversight and Reform Committee last Wednesday, Lerner...
  • The VanderSlooting of America (Persistent Tyranny of the Left)

    05/28/2013 4:31:14 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 16 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 5/28/2013 | Jeffrey Lord
    We have put together what might be called a basic “timeline of tyranny.” A timeline that connects the dots of IRS behavior in the Obama administration not just to the specifics of the IG’s timeline, but to other events of a similar nature. Events that set the stage for what was to come, and most importantly events that illustrate the mindset of the American Left when it comes to free speech, to dissent — and how that mindset plays out when married not just to money but to a perceived or very real access to serious government power. Drawing on...
  • Why the IRS Persecuted the Tea Party and How to Fix the Problem

    05/28/2013 6:14:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | May 28, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Did President Obama and his team of Chicago cronies deliberately target the Tea Party in hopes of thwarting free speech and political participation? Was this part of a campaign to win the 2012 election by suppressing Republican votes? Perhaps, but I’ve warned that it’s never a good idea to assume top-down conspiracies when corruption, incompetence, politics, ideology, greed, and self-interest are better explanations for what happens in Washington.Writing for the Washington Examiner, Tim Carney has a much more sober and realistic explanation of what happened at the IRS.If you take a group of Democrats who are also unionized government employees,...
  • The neo-Nazi scourge of today’s Democrat Party and Al Franken

    05/28/2013 6:25:07 AM PDT · by Rich P · 8 replies ^ | 05/28/13 | Rick Adams
    The Daily Caller’s 05/17/13 report, “Flashback: Schumer, Franken urged IRS to target tea party in 2012,” exposes the moral bankruptcy of the left, as those leaders demanded an expansion of the current administration’s on-going anti-democratic efforts. Al Franken, Chuck Schumer, and other liberal Democrats penned a letter on March 12, 2012, calling on the IRS to cap the amount of political spending by groups they deemed masquerading as “social welfare organizations.” The group stated that the lack of clarity in the IRS rules allowed some political groups to improperly claim 501(c) 4 status, thereby allowing donors to these groups to...
  • Does that Gibson Guitar raid make more sense now? (Think IRS)

    05/26/2013 9:09:13 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 39 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 26 | Jazz Shaw
    An editorial at Investors Business Daily may wind up being filed under how did I miss this one? Following the recent revelations of cases where the administration appears to have used the muscle of the federal government to go after its political enemies, IBD takes a walk down memory lane to the strange case of Gibson Guitars and the federal raids on their facilities for alleged illegal importing of exotic woods used in their products. They reach one provocative conclusion. The inexplicable raid nearly two years ago on a guitar maker for using allegedly illegal wood that its competitors also...
  • Giant octopus: IRS has 8 offices to enforce Obamacare

    05/24/2013 11:51:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Internal Revenue Service, charged with implementing the biggest change in tax laws in 20 years due to Obamacare, has created eight offices and special "teams" to handle the chore, way more than initially revealed. Besides the top office headed by the woman in the middle of the IRS-Tea Party scandal, there are seven others and a special enforcement team that make up an organization chart that mirrors the organization of the IRS itself, according to a Treasury Inspector General's report. The June report focused on concerns that the IRS, which is filling the Obamacare offices with 2,137 agents and...
  • Confirmed: Lerner Participated In Persecution Of Tea Party Groups (From Human Events)

    05/24/2013 7:12:29 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 99 replies
    Human Events ^ | 5/24/2013 | John Hayward
    It seems like only yesterday that IRS Director of Exempt Organizations Lois Lerner was claiming she knew nothing about the dastardly work of those shadowy "low-level employees in the Cincinnati office" - who somehow remain shadowy to this day, despite having been blamed for the worst abuse-of-power scandal in living memory. The Incompetence Defense beloved of this administration, and so effective with a media that would never accept it from a Republican official, was deployed with gusto. Lerner was shocked, shocked, to discover gambling against Tea Party groups going on at Rick's Tax Exempt Organizations Cafe American. But now National...
  • Congressman Trey Gowdy checkmates Lois Lerner [Gowdy nails the lying fascist!!]

    05/22/2013 12:24:32 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 211 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 5-22-2013 | Eric Golub
    <p>KNOXVILLE, Tenn., May 22, 2013 — President Obama has finally met his match. After years of deflecting and blaming others for numerous scandals, he finds himself up against one man with superior skills.</p> <p>South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy speaks with a slow Southern drawl. While coastal snobs may consider him a “hick” or a “hilbilly,” Gowdy is all brains. Unlike some politicians, he has actually in his lifetime held gainful and meaningful employment. He was a prosecutor, and his interrogation skills reflect a superb intellect.</p>
  • Senator (Thune) Pushes to Suspend IRS Obamacare Regulations

    05/23/2013 10:17:17 AM PDT · by tflabo · 17 replies
    Patriot Update ^ | 5.22.13 | Patriot Update
    On Tuesday, U.S. Senator John Thune (R-SD) sent aletter to Attorney General Eric Holder and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew questioning the wisdom of placing Sarah Hall Ingram, the embattled former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) commissioner for tax-exempt groups, in charge of Obamacare.
  • Criminality Appears To Lie at the Heart of the IRS Scandal

    05/23/2013 4:19:57 AM PDT · by opentalk · 73 replies
    New York Sun ^ | May 23, 2013 | Lawrence Kudlow
    When you get right down to it,the political targeting and stalling of tax-exempt applications by the IRS was an effort to defund the Tea Party. Rick Santelli,one of the Tea Party founders and my CNBC colleague,was the first to make this point. I’ve taken it a step further: The IRS was taking the Tea Party out of play for the 2012 election,as it looked to avoid a repeat of 2010 and another Tea Party landslide.… But there can be only one reason for the stalled-out approval process for conservative groups. The IRS was trying to put them out of business....
  • IRS's Own Internal Investigation Ended 6 Months Before Election, Hidden From Congress

    05/22/2013 9:44:36 AM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/22/13 | John Nolte
    In a startling exchange Wednesday during the IRS hearings before the House Oversight and Reform Committee, America learned that the IRS knew in May of 2012 that its employees were targeting conservative organization with paralyzing harassment and Kafka-esque audits. Although the IRS knew this, they did not report this information to Congress. "While a tremendous amount of attention is centered about the Inspector General's report, or investigation, the committee has learned from Ms. Paz that she in fact participated in an IRS internal investigation that concluded in May of 2012 - May 3 of 2012 - and found essentially the...
  • The IRS: Destroying Liberty Since before You Were Born

    05/22/2013 8:07:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/22/2013 | Todd Keister
    In the fallout from the recent revelations about the Internal Revenue Service systematically persecuting conservative political groups and other enemies of President Obama, the establishment is putting on a good show of being shocked by the behavior. The reality is that the IRS is and always has been a tool of oppression and is routinely used by those in power to destroy their opponents. Once the income tax expanded to include nearly every wage-earner and company in the country, it was immediately seized upon as a potent weapon by the worst tyrants in American history. Franklin Roosevelt loved the IRS...
  • Ed Markey Cheered Gov't Witch Hunt Against Gibson Guitar

    05/22/2013 8:49:21 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 3 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 05/21/2013 | William A. Jacobson
    The persecution and prosecution of Gibson Guitar stands out as a prime example of government overreach, similar to IRS Tea Party targeting. This video explains the insanity of the raid and ultimate charges — very technical and disputed interpretations of Indian law as to the importation of wood used in the guitars. This had nothing to do with conservation or protection of forests, it had to do with India keeping jobs in India, and insane paperwork requirements in the U.S. The trees would have been cut and the wood used regardless of how Gibson....Civil liberties lawyer Harvey Silverglate wrote about...