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  • Another Judge Confirms: IRS Targeted Tea Party Groups

    11/21/2016 9:11:52 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 21, 2016 | 4:29 PM EST | Hans Bader
    Yet another judge has ruled against the IRS over its unconstitutional targeting of conservative and tea party groups based on their political views. […] Judge Michael R. Barrett wrote in his decision that the Texas Patriots tea party group had “made a strong showing of a likelihood of success” on its claim that its free speech rights were violated by the IRS lengthy delay in processing its application. “The evidence strongly suggests that the IRS initiated the delay” because the Texas group was affiliated with the tea party, the judge wrote. […] Moreover, in documents recently unearthed by Judicial Watch,...
  • New Documents Reveal Top Obama IRS Official Admitted Cincinnati Office Targeted Groups Based on (tr)

    11/16/2016 2:12:29 PM PST · by heterosupremacist · 31 replies
    Full Title : New Documents Reveal Top Obama IRS Official Admitted Cincinnati Office Targeted Groups Based on ‘Guilt by Association’ (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it has obtained 1593 pages of new documents from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), including notes from a 2011 interoffice meeting revealing a top IRS official admitted that Cincinnati office agents were targeting organizations requesting tax exempt status based on “guilt by association” and “party affiliation.” According to former IRS Director of the Office of Rulings and Agreements Holly Paz, “they think they know what the org is really doing, rather than...
  • Kathryn Ruemmler asks not to be considered to succeed Holder, White House confirms

    10/24/2014 1:33:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/24/2014 | By Juliet Eilperin
    Former White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler told President Obama this week he should take her name out of consideration for the post of attorney general, White House officials confirmed Friday. “We can confirm the president asked Kathy to consider this, and she was among those the president had been looking at,” said a White House official who asked for anonymity in a written statement, referring to the search to replace retiring Attorney General Eric Holder. “Kathy took this step this week on her own volition—as she always has done, putting the president and the administration first.” The Associated Press first...
  • IRS chief apologizes to Congress for lost information

    09/20/2016 4:16:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 20, 2016 6:35 PM EDT | Alan Fram
    The commissioner of the IRS is apologizing to Congress for information his agency lost and inaccurate statements he made during congressional investigations of its treatment of tea party and other conservative groups. John Koskinen is facing an impeachment effort by House conservatives, and he’s set to testify Wednesday before the House Judiciary Committee. That panel released his opening statement late Tuesday. …
  • New IRS Scandal Documents (Weekly Update)

    08/06/2016 11:29:28 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | August 5, 2016 | Tom Fitton
    New FBI IRS Scandal Documents: Obama IRS Waited Years to Tell the Truth Obama Donor/DOJ Prosecutor Compromised Integrity of IRS Scandal InquiryBreaking the Law is an Obama Administration Policy New FBI IRS Scandal Documents: Obama IRS Waited Years to Tell the Truth Following up on some mega disclosures last week, this week we released 105 pages of newly obtained FBI “302” documents revealing that, beginning in 2010 and lasting through the Obama reelection campaign in 2012, the IRS orchestrated a deliberate policy of burying conservative groups’ tax exemption applications in bureaucratic delays. Interviews with numerous Cincinnati IRS employees in...
  • Federal court finds IRS may still be targeting conservatives

    08/05/2016 4:04:31 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 22 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | Aug 5,2016 | Sarah Westwood
    A federal court ruled Friday that the Internal Revenue Service has not yet demonstrated that officials stopped targeting Tea Party groups in a decision that excoriated the tax agency for its "discriminatory" treatment of conservative organizations. "This is a blistering rebuke to the IRS and its defenders," Walter Olson, senior fellow at the Cato Institute Center for Constitutional Studies, said of the court's ruling. "It takes on squarely the defense the IRS had raised in this case which is, 'Whatever happened, we promise not to do it again.'" "The court goes through and systematically takes that apart in a way...
  • From Cincinnati to Washington: How Lois Lerner's IRS Ruthlessly Targeted the Tea Party

    07/02/2016 11:33:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | July 2, 2016 | Kim Strassel
    Editor’s Note: Conservatives know they are under assault. What many may not know (because the media hasn’t told them) is that they are the targets of a coordinated, well-honed campaign by the left to push conservatives entirely out of the political debate. The Intimidation Game is the first real telling of what happened at the IRS—how elected Democrats used that agency to muzzle tens of thousands of Tea Party members during two elections. It's the real story of how a liberal Wisconsin prosecutor used secret subpoenas and predawn raids to silence 30 conservative grassroots organizations in that state. It's the...
  • Appoint a special Counsel for Lerner

    06/30/2016 10:17:01 AM PDT · by Another Kansan · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | June 30, 2016 | Eliana Johnson
    Recently obtained documents raise new questions about Lois Lerner’s role in sending confidential tax returns to the Justice Department. It is likely the largest unauthorized disclosure of tax-return information in history: the transfer of some 1.25 million pages of confidential tax returns from the IRS to the Department of Justice in October of 2010. And it was almost certainly illegal. The documents, which consisted chiefly of non-profit tax returns, were transferred to the DOJ’s criminal division from the IRS at the request of Lois Lerner, who wanted to get the information to the DOJ in advance of a meeting where...
  • Rep. Kristi Noem: IRS Is Rehiring Employees Fired for Misconduct

    04/20/2016 8:38:02 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 19, 2016 | 11:00 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    House Republicans are aiming at the Internal Revenue Service this week, taking up four bills to ensure integrity in hiring and better customer service. “We have recently learned…that IRS employees that have been fired for misconduct have been rehired” in the last several years, Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) told a news conference on Tuesday. “Now some of this may involve falsifying documents — they failed to pay their own taxes. They may have been fired for accessing sensitive taxpayer information without permission. In fact, one employee had missed up to eight weeks of work without permission, had actually stamped on...
  • Court rebukes IRS for tea party targeting, orders release of secret list

    03/22/2016 4:36:27 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 48 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 22, 2016 | Stephen Dinan
    A federal appeals court spanked the IRS Tuesday, saying it has taken laws designed to protect taxpayers from the government and turned them on their head, using them to try to protect the tax agency from the very tea party groups it targeted. The judges ordered the IRS to quickly turn over the full list of groups it targeted so that a class-action lawsuit, filed by the NorCal Tea Party Patriots, can proceed. The judges also accused the Justice Department lawyers, who are representing the IRS in the case, of acting in bad faith — compounding the initial targeting —...
  • Obama IRS Scandal Continues (Weekly Update)

    03/05/2016 10:44:49 AM PST · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | March 4, 2016 | Tom Fitton
    Judicial Watch Presses Ahead with Fight over IRS Criminal Investigation Facts Department of Homeland Security Releases Documents Showing 1,000 Individuals Removed from Terrorist Watch List Judicial Watch in Court over CongressÂ’s Obamacare Exemption Judicial Watch Presses Ahead with Fight over IRS Criminal Investigation Facts The Clinton email matter is important, and your JW is, of course, at the center of the story. Check out this New York Times article, which shows that the FBI and Judicial Watch are the only two entities in DC likely to get answers and accountability on the Clinton email issue: Last week Judge Emmet...
  • Report: IRS May Still Be Targeting Conservative Organizations for Audit

    01/14/2016 6:46:00 AM PST · by detective · 10 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 13, 2016 | Ali Meyer
    The Internal Revenue Service may still be unfairly targeting conservative organizations for audit due to flaws within their interior controls, Americans for Tax Reform reported Wednesday.
  • Cruz asks feds to save documents in IRS probe

    11/02/2015 12:27:51 PM PST · by Isara · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 02, 2015 | Jordain Carney
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) wants the Justice Department to save documents related to its two-year investigation of allegations that the IRS targeted conservative groups. "This Administration's recent announcement ... has finally made it abundantly clear that the responsibility of ensuring a thorough, fair, and impartial investigation of IRS employees and their potential criminal conduct will fall to the next presidential administration, and relevant materials must be protected accordingly," Cruz, who is running for president, wrote in a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch. He sent the letter Monday, after the DOJ announced last month that it was closing its probe....
  • Cruz: Next president will get do-over on IRS-tea party investigation

    11/02/2015 12:01:13 PM PST · by Isara · 58 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Monday, November 2, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    Already planning for a GOP president in 2017, Sen. Ted Cruz sent a letter Monday demanding that the Justice Department preserve all documents from its completed investigation into the IRS's tea party targeting, saying too many questions still remain. Mr. Cruz, a Texas Republican who is himself seeking his party's presidential nomination, said the department's decision to close the investigation and clear IRS employees of any wrongdoing was a sign of just how broken the Justice Department has become. "It is important for you and other officials in this Administration to understand that this administration's decisions to neither continue this...
  • New Documents Reveal DOJ, IRS, and FBI Planned to prosecute Obama Opponents (Flashback July 2015)

    10/27/2015 2:13:01 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 25 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | July 7, 2015
    (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today released new Department of Justice (DOJ) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) documents that include an official “DOJ Recap” report detailing an October 2010 meeting between Lois Lerner, DOJ officials and the FBI to plan for the possible criminal prosecution of targeted nonprofit organizations for alleged illegal political activity. The newly obtained records also reveal that the Obama DOJ wanted IRS employees who were going to testify to Congress to turn over documents to the DOJ before giving them to Congress. Records also detail how the Obama IRS gave the FBI 21 computer disks, containing...
  • Judicial Watch Statement on Obama Justice Department Decision to Close Obama IRS Investigation

    10/23/2015 7:04:10 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | October 23, 2015 | Tom Fitton
    (Washington, DC ) – Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton made the following statement regarding the Obama Justice Department decision to close its investigation of the IRS targeting of Tea Party groups and other conservative opponents of President Obama’s policies: “President Obama’s IRS was used against his opponents to help him win reelection. So the Obama Justice Department’s decision to shut down its IRS abuse investigation with no prosecutions is as unsurprising as it is corrupt. Judicial Watch’s independent litigation proved the Obama IRS obstructed justice and destroyed evidence. And we uncovered that the IRS and Lois Lerner conspired with the...
  • A Legacy of Lawlessness

    09/16/2015 10:05:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 16, 2015 | Brian and Garrett Fahry
    From the first days that Barack Obama declared his candidacy, we were told how brilliant he was, how this Harvard trained lawyer, who had run the law review, outshone his peers, and taught constitutional law, was intellectually superior to the other presidential aspirants. Surely he was more attuned to sophisticated legal nuances and more dedicated to the rule of law than the outgoing occupant, who symbolized all that was wrong with the “imperial presidency.” But back in 2008, behind the curtain of “hope and change,” a different agenda was being devised in secret. Channeling Hugo Chavez or Fidel Castro, Obama’s...
  • IRS must say if White House sought taxpayers’ information: Judge

    08/28/2015 12:25:57 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 28, 2015 | Stephan Dinan
    A federal judge Friday ordered the IRS to turn over the records of any requests from the White House seeking taxpayers’ private information from the tax agency, delivering a victory to a group that for two years has been trying to pry the data loose. It’s not clear that there were any such requests — but Judge Amy Berman Jackson said the IRS cannot just refuse to say so by citing taxpayer confidentiality laws, known as section 6103 of the tax code. “This court questions whether section 6103 should or would shield records that indicate confidential taxpayer information was misused,...
  • Oinker Of The Month: IRS Commissioner John Koskinen

    08/21/2015 12:39:02 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 21, 2015 | Matt Vespa
    Forget about the stonewalling IRS Commissioner John Koskinen engaged in regarding the Lois Lerner emails; the lackluster attempt to find such emails; and the erasure of back-up tapes that contained 24,000 emails from Lerner which were under subpoena. Today, we honor John Koskinen for being quite the oinker when it comes to government spending (how am I not surprised?). That’s why Citizens Against Government Waste named him the Porker of the Month: The ceaseless refrain from Commissioner Koskinen when criticized is to blame congressional budget cuts for IRS failures. This response rings hollow in the face of the IRS spending $4.3 million on...
  • Lerner, in newly released emails, calls GOP critics 'evil and dishonest

    08/14/2015 8:07:39 AM PDT · by Cincinatus · 34 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | August 13, 2015 | Fox news
    Newly released emails from Lois Lerner show the former IRS official at the heart of the Tea Party targeting scandal calling Republican critics “evil and dishonest,” and even “hateful.” The emails -- part of a report released Aug. 6 by the Senate Finance Committee -- offer a revealing look at Lerner, who used to head the division that processes applications for tax-exempt status and was at the center of the scandal over the alleged targeting of conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status. The bipartisan report found evidence that both the Obama administration’s political agenda, and the personal politics of IRS...
  • Senate Report: Lois Lerner’s Political Views Resulted in Disparate Treatment of Conservative Groups

    08/11/2015 11:43:42 AM PDT · by grundle · 24 replies
    Americans for Tax Reform (atr.org) ^ | August 6, 2015 | Alexander Hendrie
    Lois Lerner’s personal political views directly resulted in tea party and conservative non-profits receiving disparate and unfair treatment according to a report compiled by the Senate Finance Committee.Following a review of approximately 1,500,000 pages produced by the IRS, the Finance Committee concluded that Lerner’s was a staunch supporter of Democrat policies and held disdain for conservative values. These personal political views resulted in disparate treatment of conservative organizations, even when members of Congress inquired on behalf of an organization. As the report notes: “We found evidence that Lerner’s personal political views directly resulted in disparate treatment for applicants affiliated with...
  • Lois Lerner’s IRS Granted Only ONE Conservative Group Non-Profit Status in Three Years

    08/11/2015 11:12:11 AM PDT · by grundle · 16 replies
    Americans for Tax Reform (atr.org) ^ | August 11, 2015 | Alexander Hendrie
    Lois Lerner’s political beliefs led to tea party and conservative groups receiving disparate and unfair treatment when applying for non-profit status, according to a detailed report compiled by the Senate Finance Committee. Because of Lerner’s bias, only one conservative political advocacy organization was granted tax exempt status over a period of more than three years: “Due to the circuitous process implemented by Lerner, only one conservative political advocacy organization was granted tax-exempt status between February 2009 and May 2012. Lerner’s bias against these applicants unquestionably led to these delays, and is particularly evident when compared to the IRS’s treatment of...
  • IRS “Midnight Unit” Destroyed Backup Tapes With Lois Lerner Emails

    08/01/2015 9:57:12 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 30 replies
    atr.org ^ | july 31, 2015 | alexander hendrie
    Backup tapes containing as many as 24,000 Lois Lerner emails were destroyed by an IRS entity officially known as the “Media Management Midnight Unit” located in Martinsburg, West Virginia, according to documentation released this week by the House Oversight Committee. In all, 422 backup tapes holding the emails were magnetically “degaussed” despite an agency-wide preservation order and congressional subpoena. Degaussing is a process whereby powerful magnets are used to erase data on a storage tape. The preservation order came from IRS Chief Technology Officer Terence Millholland in response to Congressional subpoenas over Lois Lerner’s emails. However, the agency completely failed to ensure...
  • Federal Judge Threatens To Hold IRS Commissioner, DOJ Lawyers in Contempt of Court over Lerner

    07/29/2015 1:37:47 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 37 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | July 29 2015
    (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced that U.S District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan today threatened to hold the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service and Justice Department attorneys in contempt of court after the IRS failed to produce status reports and newly recovered emails of Lois Lerner, former director of the Exempt Organizations Unit of the IRS, as he had ordered on July 1, 2015. During the a status hearing today, Sullivan warned that the failure to follow his order was serious and the IRS and Justice Department’s excuses for not following his July 1 order were “indefensible, ridiculous, and...
  • Judicial Watch: IRS Produces Recovered Lerner Emails

    07/29/2015 9:53:44 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | July 28, 2015
    (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch released 906 pages of newly recovered Lois Lerner emails from the IRS that are believed to recently have been recovered by the IRS’ internal watchdog – the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).  The IRS released the emails under a court order by U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan.  The new documents show that Lois Lerner and other top officials in the Exempt Organizations Unit of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), including soon-to-be Acting IRS Commissioner Steve Miller, closely monitored and approved the controversial handling of tax-exempt applications by Tea Party organizations.  The documents also show that...
  • Report: IRS Used Donor Lists to Target Conservatives for Audits

    07/24/2015 7:39:58 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 24 replies
    documents from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)... confirm that the IRS used donor lists to tax-exempt organizations to target those donors for audits. The documents also show IRS officials specifically highlighted how the U.S. Chamber of Commerce may come under “high scrutiny” from the IRS. The IRS produced the records in a Freedom of Information lawsuit seeking documents about selection of individuals for audit-based application information on donor lists submitted by Tea Party and other 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organizations....Lois Lerner, who has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, is mentioned four times in the report...In 2009, Barack Obama “joked” about having the IRS...
  • Obama says: Let’s face it, the real IRS scandal is that they need more money

    07/24/2015 7:34:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/24/2015 | Guy Benson
    President Obama swung by The Daily Show earlier this week and was challenged by outgoing host Jon Stewart over government incompetence on his watch. Pressed on prominent instances of malfeasance and ineptitude that have plagued the federal bureaucracy during his administration — from the VA wait list scandal, to the catastrophic OPM hack, to the IRS targeting affair — Obama breezily dismissed the latter example as a non-scandal, chalking it up to Congress writing “crummy” laws that were merely implemented “poorly and stupidly.” The Washington Times reports: President Obama defended the IRS Tuesday in an interview with “Daily Show”...
  • 19 Facts On IRS Targeting President Obama Can't Blame On Republicans

    07/23/2015 9:41:43 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 13 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 23, 2015 | By Robert W. Wood
    On The Daily Show, President Obama blamed Republicans for the IRS scandal: “You’ve got this back office, and they’re going after the Tea Party. Well, it turned out, no, Congress had passed a crummy law that didn’t give people guidance in terms of what it was they were trying to do. They did it poorly and stupidly. The truth of the matter is that there was not some big conspiracy there. They were trying to sort out these conflicting demands. You don’t want all this money pouring through non-for- profits, but you also want to make sure everybody is being...
  • Obama: The Real IRS Scandal Lack of Funding, So Blame Congress

    07/23/2015 4:06:15 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2015 | Guy Benson
    resident Obama swung by The Daily Show earlier this week and was challenged by outgoing host Jon Stewart over government incompetence on his watch. Pressed on prominent instances of malfeasance and ineptitude that have plagued the federal bureaucracy during his administration -- from the VA wait list scandal, to the catastrophic OPM hack, to the IRS targeting affair -- Obama breezily dismissed the latter example as a non-scandal, chalking it up to Congress writing "crummy" laws that were merely implemented "poorly and stupidly."  The Washington Times reports: President Obama defended the IRS Tuesday in an interview with “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart, saying the tea party-targeting scandal...
  • (Complete no edits) Obama Just Tried To Rewrite History Straight To Jon Stewart’s Face About This HU

    07/22/2015 8:50:35 AM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 25 replies
    http://www.westernjournalism.com/ ^ | July 22, 2015 | Norvell Rose
    In a classic and cynical attempt to never accept blame...
  • What Today's Top Stories Should Be

    07/10/2015 6:36:52 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | July 10, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: What a day folks! What a great day of happiness. Happiness is spreading all over the world. The Greek bailout. The Germans have relented. The Germans have caved. Merkel has said, "Okay, I'll take care of it again." Everybody's happy. Wall Street's rebounding. The Confederate flag is down in South Carolina. Even the NAALCP leader, the judge who refused to marry the lesbian couple... Another judge came along and said, "No problem. I'll do it. It's not an issue." Everybody's feeling great today! Yes, siree. I'm going to explain to you how the Greek bailout happens. What actually happens...
  • Judicial Watch: New Documents Reveal DOJ, IRS, and FBI Plan to Seek Criminal Charges...

    07/07/2015 8:49:15 AM PDT · by blueyon · 39 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | 7/7/15 | Judicial Watch
    Judicial Watch: New Documents Reveal DOJ, IRS, and FBI Plan to Seek Criminal Charges of Obama Opponents (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today released new Department of Justice (DOJ) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) documents that include an official “DOJ Recap” report detailing an October 2010 meeting between Lois Lerner, DOJ officials and the FBI to plan for the possible criminal prosecution of targeted nonprofit organizations for alleged illegal political activity. The newly obtained records also reveal that the Obama DOJ wanted IRS employees who were going to testify to Congress to turn over documents to the DOJ before giving...
  • Terrific: Attorney In Charge of Releasing Lois Lerner "Lost" Emails Now In Charge of HRC's Emails

    07/01/2015 1:32:12 PM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 7/1/2015 | Katie Pavlich
    Attorney Catherine Duval is in charge of handling inquiries from Congress about emails belonging to former IRS official Lois Lerner, the woman at the center of the conservative targeting scandal. Just last week we learned during Congressional testimony from internal government watchdogs that Lerner's hard drive containing emails sent and received when the agency was targeting conservative groups between 2010 and 2012 likely crashed due to "an impact of some sort." We also learned that her hard drive allegedly crashed on a Saturday and that the IRS didn't bother looking for backup tapes. “When asked about the possible cause of...
  • IRS erased backups after realizing tea party emails lost

    06/24/2015 3:29:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun. 24, 2015 6:19 PM EDT | Stephen Ohlemacher
    Government investigators say IRS employees erased computer backup tapes a month after officials discovered that thousands of emails related to the tax agency’s tea party scandal had been lost. The investigators, however, concluded that employees erased the tapes by mistake, not as part of an attempt to destroy evidence.The report is likely to fuel conspiracy theories among conservatives who say the IRS has obstructed congressional investigations into the scandal. …
  • Agency: Staff cuts take toll on IRS tax enforcement efforts

    06/17/2015 9:36:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 17, 2015 3:54 PM EDT | Andrew Taylor and Stephen Ohlemacher
    Budget cuts to the IRS are hampering the agency’s efforts to uncover tax cheats, an agency watchdog said Wednesday, and more trims are on the way under legislation approved by a GOP-controlled House panel. IRS budget cuts are hurting tax collections because there are fewer agents chasing delinquent taxpayers, according to a report released Wednesday by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. The IRS budget has been cut by $1.2 billion since 2010. The House Appropriations Committee approved IRS cuts of $900 million more on Wednesday on a party-line vote. Republicans controlling Congress have targeted the much-maligned agency, particularly...
  • IRS official: ‘Lois Lerner was the tip of the iceberg’

    06/04/2015 3:54:09 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 3, 2015 | by Joseph Curl
    The IRS’s director of privacy, governmental liaison and disclosure division testified Wednesday that the tax agency set up a special team with hundreds of lawyers to handle the probe into whether Tea Party groups were targeted, but repeatedly said she had no idea how it operated. Mary Howard, who also works as the head Freedom of Information Act officer in the IRS, told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that once the “special project team” was created and operational, she never saw requests for information. Asked who was on the team, she said: “My first hand knowledge of...
  • Thousands of new Lerner emails found

    04/28/2015 4:32:29 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 28, 2015 | Bernie Becker
    An inspector general investigating the IRS’s improper scrutiny of Tea Party groups has found thousands of emails from Lois Lerner, the agency official at the center of that controversy, according to committees involved in the probe. Treasury’s inspector general for tax administration (TIGTA) said it found roughly 6,400 emails either to or from Lerner from between 2004 and 2013 that it didn’t think the IRS had turned over to lawmakers, the congressional committees said. The committees have yet to examine the emails, aides on Capitol Hill said. The IRS said last year that Lerner’s computer crashed in 2011, leaving it...
  • Sens. McCain and Levin urged IRS to target Tea Party, conservative groups

    04/11/2015 4:22:02 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 199 replies
    examiner.com ^ | April 10, 2015 | Jim Kouri
    Government documents obtained by a top "Inside the Beltway" watchdog group and released on Thursday reveal that Internal Revenue Service's Lois Lerner was strongly urged by Sen. Carl Levin, D-Michigan, and Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, her assistance in attacking certain non-profit political groups. The organizations they selected for targeting by Lerner were part of the Tea Party and conservative movements. Newly released documents revealed that Sen. Levin (left) and Sen. McCain both urged the IRS to target conservative groups in the wake of the Citizens United decision. The group that investigates and exposes government corruption, Judicial Watch, released newly acquired...
  • The IRS Loses a Big Procedural Battle in Its War With the Tea Party

    04/07/2015 7:58:07 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 4/6/15 | Hans von Spakovsky
    At almost the same time last week that the outgoing U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, Ronald Machen, gave Lois Lerner a get-out-of-jail free card over her contempt of Congress citation, the Justice Department and the Internal Revenue Service suffered a huge procedural loss in a court fight in Ohio. In litigation filed in 2013 by conservative organizations targeted by Lerner and her colleagues at the IRS, a federal judge granted a motion to compel and ordered the IRS to produce the names of the 298 targeted organizations identified by the IRS for the Treasury Inspector General. In 2013,...
  • Politico sat on allegations Lois Lerner had prior history of targeting conservatives

    03/12/2015 11:16:29 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3-12-15 | T. Becket Adams
    Politico scored a journalistic coup with its exclusive 2014 profile on Lois Lerner, the former IRS official at the center of the agency's targeting of conservative groups. But a former Illinois lawmaker who said Politico contacted him repeatedly that year with questions regarding claims he was targeted by Lerner in the mid-1990s has been left wondering why the news group chose to ignore his documented dealings with the former federal official. "I was shocked," Al Salvi told the Washington Examiner's media desk, describing what he characterizes as several "lengthy" interviews with Politico reporter Rachael Bade. Lerner went after his 1996...
  • Lawyer: Department of Justice Shut Down Search For Lois Lerner’s Emails

    03/03/2015 8:18:02 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 16 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 03/03/2015 | Patrick Howley
    The Department of Justice blocked an attempt to force the Internal Revenue Service to search for Lois Lerner’s missing emails at off-site storage facilities, according to a lawyer pushing to obtain the emails.The IRS never looked for Lerner’s backup email tapes at the West Virginia storage facility where they were being housed. Treasury deputy inspector general Timothy Camus told Congress that the IRS never asked IT professionals at the New Martinsville, W.V. storage site for the backup tapes. Camus only found the backup tape for Lerner’s missing 2011 emails about two weeks ago. But the Obama administration knew that emails...
  • IRS Employee Looking for Lois Lerner Emails Was Blind, Literally!

    02/28/2015 3:44:30 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 30 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 2-27-15 | J. Christian Adams
    An IRS employee tasked with trying to restore and obtain emails on Lois Lerner’s IRS computer’s hard drive was legally blind. Stephen Manning, the deputy chief information officer for strategy and modernization at the IRS, submitted an affidavit in the True the Vote vs. IRS litigation regarding the persons and procedures used to attempt to recover Lois Lerner’s hard drive containing emails pertaining to Tea Party targeting. The affidavit can be read here. Paragraph 14 describes the educational background of the person searching for data on Lois Lerner’s hard drive: “According to the Specialist, prior to joining the Internal Revenue...
  • Investigators Recover 32,000 Emails To and From Lois Lerner

    02/26/2015 7:31:37 PM PST · by Nachum · 53 replies
    CNS News ^ | 2/26/15 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Investigators said Thursday they have recovered 32,000 emails related to a former IRS official at the heart of the agency's tea party scandal. But they don't know how many of them are new. The emails were to and from Lois Lerner, who used to head the IRS division that processes applications for tax-exempt status. Last June, the IRS told Congress it had lost an unknown number of Lerner's email when her computer hard drive crashed in 2011. At the time, IRS officials said the emails could not be recovered. But at a congressional hearing Thursday evening, IRS...
  • More Lois Lerner Emails Recovered: ‘No One Will Ever Believe That Both ... Within a Week’

    02/27/2015 8:06:22 AM PST · by Rockitz · 100 replies
    TheBlaze.com ^ | 26 February 2015 | Jason Howerton
    The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee announced on Thursday night that hundreds of former IRS official Lois Lerner’s previously “lost” backup tapes have been recovered, which could result in the recovery of a new trove of her emails. IRS Deputy Inspector General Timothy P. Camus told Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) on Thursday that it took investigators just two weeks to recover 424 backup tapes that were previously said to be unretrievable. “To date, we have found 32,744 unique emails that were backed up from Lois Lerner’s email box. We are in the process of comparing these emails to what...
  • Investigators find 32,000 emails in IRS probe

    02/26/2015 10:06:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 26, 2015 11:10 PM EST | Stephen Ohlemacher
    Investigators said Thursday they have recovered 32,000 emails related to a former IRS official at the heart of the agency’s tea party scandal. But they don’t know how many of them are new. The emails were to and from Lois Lerner, who used to head the IRS division that processes applications for tax-exempt status. Last June, the IRS told Congress it had lost an unknown number of Lerner’s emails when her computer hard drive crashed in 2011. At the time, IRS officials said the emails could not be recovered. But at a congressional hearing Thursday evening, investigators said they recovered...
  • Small business owners forced to battle IRS over seized bank accounts

    02/11/2015 6:39:42 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | February 11, 2015
    Andrew Clyde, a Navy veteran who served in Iraq, started his small firearms store in Athens, Ga., in the 1990s. Over the years, he watched his business grow. And then, on April 12, 2013, two IRS agents swooped in and seized nearly a million dollars from his company's bank account. Clyde was on the wrong end of a murky federal program that allows agencies to seize assets they suspect could be tied to criminal activity -- even without actual criminal activity.
  • Obama Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch Started Sorority With Holder’s Wife

    01/30/2015 5:46:07 PM PST · by george76 · 23 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 01/27/2015 | Patrick Howley
    resident Obama’s Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch was a charter member of an all-black Harvard sorority — and so was Eric Holder’s wife. ... can Lynch as an investigator really be objective when it comes to her predecessor, who is currently in contempt of Congress over Fast and Furious scandal document obstruction and would probably warrant investigation from an unbiased successor? After all, Lynch goes way back with Holder’s wife. “The Xi Tau Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority,
  • IRS Scandal Is Back (Weekly Update)

    01/16/2015 1:45:06 PM PST · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 16, 2015 | Tom Fitton
    The Obamacare-IRS ScandalFrench Terror Attacks Tied To FBI Asset? New Docs: Top IRS official may have obstructed investigations into the IRS scandal The Obamacare-IRS Scandal There is a lawsuit that could bring President Obama’s federal healthcare crashing down under the weight of its own lawlessness. A few weeks ago, we filed anamicus brief in support of plaintiffs who are making the plain obvious point to the United States Supreme Court that President Obama (or any other president) should not be permitted to rewrite federal statues in brazen violation of the U.S. Constitution’s separation of powers. The plaintiffs in David King...
  • Docs: Ahead of 2012 Presidential Election Lois Lerner Begged Supervisor Not to Visit IRS Office

    01/14/2015 1:47:19 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 24 replies
    Townhall ^ | 1-14-2015 | Katie Pavlich
    Docs: Ahead of 2012 Presidential Election Lois Lerner Begged Supervisor Not to Visit IRS Office Katie Pavlich | Jan 14, 2015 New emails obtained by Judicial Watch through a Freedom of Information Act Lawsuit show former IRS official Lois Lerner begged her supervisor not to visit the Cincinnati office or ask specific questions related to Congressional inquiries into whether the agency was improperly targeting conservative groups just ahead of the 2012 presidential election. As a reminder, it wasn't until May 2013 when Lerner admitted inappropriate targeting had occurred and plead the Fifth in front of the House Oversight Committee. “Please don’t...
  • IRS Cries 'Budget'!

    01/06/2015 7:04:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 6, 2015 | John Ransom
    Another day and another complaint by the IRS that they won’t have enough money to administer the tax code properly. Boohoo. Maybe they should have thought about that before Lois Lerner came before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and decided to invoke her right not to incriminate herself. Repeatedly. Its one thing when a Mafia don does that. But come on: The IRS? Or perhaps they should have thought of it before they lost the emails that they said died because of a hard drive failure. This time the crier for the IRS is CNNMoney, which complains that...