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  • IRS wrongly allowed contractors access to sensitive data

    08/14/2014 1:11:56 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 14, 2014 | Bernie Becker
    IRS contractors without background checks had access to sensitive information, potentially putting confidential taxpayer data at risk, according to a federal audit. The Treasury inspector general for tax administration found more than a dozen cases in which the IRS awarded contracts that required access to taxpayer information without background investigations or before those checks were completed. Under IRS policy, background checks are mandatory for contractors who work with that kind of data. "Allowing contractor employees access to taxpayer data without appropriate background investigations exposes taxpayers to increased risk of fraud and identity theft,” said J. Russell George, the inspector general....
  • Judge Sides With IRS – Targeting Victims Cannot Hire Forensic Expert to Find “Lost” Emails

    08/08/2014 7:40:26 AM PDT · by lbryce · 29 replies
    Conservative infidel ^ | August 8, 2014 | Rick Wells
    Chalk up another victory for out of control government and its related rampant abuse of power. A lawsuit brought by the conservative group “True the Vote” asking to have a forensic expert of the court’s choosing attempt to recover the “lost” Lois Lerner emails has been denied. U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton said in his decision that the plaintiff failed to show “irreparable harm” as a result of the “lost” emails, which, since the contents of them is unknown to those who were not involved in the criminal activities, would likely be an impossible thing to prove before the...
  • IRS Abolishes Mandatory Expiration Dates For Illegal Immigrants’ Taxpayer Status

    08/07/2014 9:16:28 AM PDT · by blueyon · 31 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8/6/14 | Patrick Howley
    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) quietly changed regulations to allow more undocumented immigrants to keep their taxpayer status through a program that is rife with fraud and abuse, and to delay deactivation of immigrant taxpayer status until 2016. The IRS now prevents peoples’ Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) from automatically expiring after five years as previously mandated. Now immigrants can keep their ITIN so long as they pay taxes at least once in a five-year period.
  • IRS has a “Political Activities Referral Committee” which spies on preaching

    08/06/2014 6:19:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 8-5-14 | Fr. John Zuhlsdotf
    While I was at the recent Napa Institute gathering, I got to know Kristina Arriaga, Executive Director of The Becket Fund, which defends religious freedom. They guided the Hobby Lobby decision to a good conclusion and for that we owe them a lot. I had this note from them today. It included this: [quote] Dear Friends, I grew up in a household where we were expected to pepper all tales with a bit of Cuban exaggeration. This was, after all, essential for good storytelling. So, in a way, I wish I were making this up. Within the IRS, there is,...
  • The IRS’s God Complex (IRS signs pact with atheists)

    08/05/2014 6:12:00 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 15 replies
    Is the Internal Revenue Service a threat to religious liberty? As the IRS continues to come under well-aimed fire for harassing conservative groups, on Friday it secured a final court order formalizing what amounts to a secret agreement to monitor the pulpits of ill-favored churches. The serious danger, as former Justice Department attorney J. Christian Adams told Fox News, is that the IRS will start treating “theology as politics,” and regulate it accordingly. Lovers of liberty should be very concerned. According to a June 27 IRS letter to the Justice Department, 99 churches merit “high priority examination” for allegedly illegal...
  • The IRS’s God Complex: IRS signs secret pact with atheists, promising to investigate 99 churches.

    08/04/2014 7:01:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/04/2014 | Quin Hillyer
    Is the Internal Revenue Service a threat to religious liberty? As the IRS continues to come under well-aimed fire for harassing conservative groups, on Friday it secured a final court order formalizing what amounts to a secret agreement to monitor the pulpits of ill-favored churches. The serious danger, as former Justice Department attorney J. Christian Adams told Fox News, is that the IRS will start treating “theology as politics,” and regulate it accordingly. Lovers of liberty should be very concerned. According to a June 27 IRS letter to the Justice Department, 99 churches merit “high priority examination” for allegedly illegal...
  • No, the IRS cannot be fixed --- it must be abolished and replaced with the Fair Tax

    08/03/2014 11:56:20 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 35 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 3 2014 | Washington Examiner Staff
    A Washington Examiner article asks “Can the IRS be fixed, or should it just be abolished?” The answer is clear to anybody who has followed the IRS scandal or filed a federal tax return. Washington’s individual income tax and its enforcement agency, the IRS, cannot be fixed, repaired, reformed or rehabilitated. They are a cancer eating away at this nation, her taxpayers and our economic engine. Congress created the income tax in 1913, and for 100 years the IRS has operated exactly as intended, as an agent of control with total impunity, even down to the political targeting of individuals...
  • Trey Gowdy’s brilliant questioning makes absolute fool of law professor in IRS hearing

    08/01/2014 6:55:52 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 48 replies
    Biz Pac Review ^ | 8/1/2014 | Tom Tillison
    At his best Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., made short work of a Democrat-friendly law professor testifying before Congress, even offering him some “free litigation advice.” The former prosecutor turned congressman was surgical in his questioning of Professor Charles Tiefer, who was brought before the House Judiciary Committee as an expert witness by Democrats — Tiefer has a history of being of service to the Democratic Party, according to The Blaze. “Professor Tiefer, would you seat a juror who referred to your client as an obscene body part?” Gowdy asked in his opening question.
  • Trey Gowdy Interrogates Democrat-Invited Law Prof on IRS Scandal

    08/01/2014 6:46:32 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 31 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 7-31-2014 | Jason Howerton
    Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) grilled a University of Baltimore law professor during a Wednesday House hearing and made a compelling case as to why a special counsel is needed to investigate the IRS scandal. At one point, he even offered the professor some “free litigation advice” when he refused to answer one of his questions that seemed pretty straightforward. Professor Charles Tiefer was brought in by Democrats as an expert to help determine whether the House Judiciary Committee should appoint a special counsel to investigate the IRS scandal. Tiefer, who previously served as solicitor and deputy general counsel of the...
  • Rep. Gowdy Questions Law Professor on Need for Special Counsel in IRS Investigation

    08/01/2014 11:47:51 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 17 replies
    youtube ^ | 7-30-14 | Trey Gowdy
    Same link here.
  • Emails show ex-IRS official Lerner using derogatory terms for Republicans

    07/30/2014 4:14:12 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | July 30, 2014
    House Republicans have dug up emails from Lois Lerner in which the former IRS official refers to some in the Republican Party as “---holes” and "crazies" – an exchange they say shows her “animus” toward conservatives. The November 2012 emails were released Wednesday by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., as part of his renewed call for the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel to investigate. Lerner is the ex-IRS official who led the unit accused of targeting conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status for extra scrutiny. In the email exchange, Lerner appears to be chatting with...
  • Lerner: Talk radio listeners are 'ass-----'

    07/30/2014 9:22:32 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 50 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 30, 2014 | Bernie Becker
    Former IRS official Lois Lerner cursed conservatives in emails released on Wednesday, leading House Republicans to intensify their push for criminal charges. Lerner, in an email conversation with an undisclosed person, suggested that listeners to conservative talk radio were “ass----s.” She followed that up by saying: “So we don't need to worry about alien teRrorists [sic]. It's our own crazies that will take us down.” Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee said the emails showed – not for the first time – Lerner’s bias against conservatives. Other documents released Wednesday also suggest that Lerner used her home computer...
  • New Emails: Lois Lerner Referred to Conservatives As ´***holes´ and ´TeRrorists´

    07/30/2014 9:03:12 AM PDT · by Nachum · 150 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 7/30/14 | Susan Jones
    A newly discovered email exchange from Lois Lerner´s official IRS email account "directly demonstrates Ms. Lerner´s deep animus towards conservatives, which she refers to as ´---holes,´" House Ways and Means Committee Chair Dave Camp wrote in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday. In that Nov. 9, 2012 email, Lerner further suggests that conservatives will ruin the country: "So we don´t need to worry about alien teRrorists (sic). It´s our own crazies that will take us down," she wrote.
  • IRS Agrees To Monitor Church Sermons

    07/25/2014 6:23:09 AM PDT · by LeoMcNeil · 49 replies
    The IRS recently settled a case against it brought by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF). As part of the settlement, the IRS has agreed to monitor church sermons for political content. The suit was filed because FFRF apparently did not like an event called Pulpit Freedom Sunday. Apparently once a year a number of pastors preach on political topics, presumably to rebel against the never enforced Federal prohibition on 501(c)(3) political activities. Technically it is illegal for tax exempt non-profits to engage in political activities, presumably this includes commenting on politics from the pulpit. To date there isn’t a...
  • Lies, Damned Lies, and Missing Hard Drives

    07/23/2014 7:22:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | Ken Connor
    If ever a federal agency has made ineptitude into an art form, it has to be the IRS. After months of stonewalling and grandstanding and Fifth Amendment privilege-pleading before congressional committees, Lois Lerner and the IRS are now the subject of a federal lawsuit. In response to charges that they unfairly impeded the tax-exempt application of the organization "True the Vote," for political reasons, the IRS is invoking "the dog ate my homework" defense In sworn affidavits filed in court by top IRS muckety-mucks, the IRS maintains that Lois Lerner's computer was sent out to be fixed by a private...
  • Lerner Computer Damage May Have Been Intentional: Camp

    07/22/2014 11:33:13 PM PDT · by grundle · 19 replies
    yahoo.com/The Fiscal Times ^ | July 22, 2014 | Rob Garver
    In a sensational press release issued Tuesday afternoon, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) claimed that he had evidence that the Internal Revenue Service destroyed a computer belonging to a key figure in the IRS targeting scandal despite being told by experts that its data was recoverable. Camp also insinuated that the original damage to the computer was done intentionally.
  • Lois Lerner’s Hard Drive Was ‘Scratched’ Then ‘Shredded’

    07/22/2014 11:31:22 PM PDT · by grundle · 13 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | July 22, 2014 | Patrick Howley
    Ex-IRS official Lois Lerner’s computer hard drive was “scratched” and the data on it was still recoverable. But the IRS did not try to recover the data from Lerner’s hard drive, despite recommendations from in-house IRS IT experts to outsource the recovery project. The hard drive was then “shredded,” according to a court filing the IRS made to House Ways and Means Committee investigators.
  • Now IRS Reports EVEN MORE Computer Crashes, Doesn’t Know If Emails Still Exist

    07/21/2014 10:26:20 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 35 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 7/21/14 | Patrick Howley
    IRS Deputy Associate Chief Counsel Thomas Kane said in transcribed congressional testimony that more IRS officials experienced computer crashes, bringing the total number of crash victims to “less than 20,” and also said that the agency does not know if the lost emails are still backed up somewhere. The new round of computer crash victims includes David Fish, who routinely corresponded with Lois Lerner, as well as Lerner subordinate Andy Megosh, Lerner’s technical adviser Justin Lowe, and Cincinnati-based agent Kimberly Kitchens. “You stated at the time that document was produced to Congress, the document, the white paper in Exhibit 3[the...
  • Now IRS Reports EVEN MORE Computer Crashes, Doesn’t Know If Emails Still Exist

    07/21/2014 10:09:10 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 38 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 07/21/2014 | Patrick Howley Political Reporter
    IRS Deputy Associate Chief Counsel Thomas Kane said in transcribed congressional testimony that more IRS officials experienced computer crashes, bringing the total number of crash victims to “less than 20,” and also said that the agency does not know if the lost emails are still backed up somewhere. The new round of computer crash victims includes David Fish, who routinely corresponded with Lois Lerner, as well as Lerner subordinate Andy Megosh, Lerner’s technical adviser Justin Lowe, and Cincinnati-based agent Kimberly Kitchens.
  • IRS lawyer: By the way, hard drives of some other employees who dealt with Lois Lerner also crashed

    07/21/2014 12:09:16 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/21/2014 | AllahPundit
    We’ve reached a sufficiently high level of implausibility now, I think, that this story technically qualifies as a news-of-the-weird palate cleanser, not actual news.Assuming the data isn’t recovered and no one is punished, as seems likely, this is a get-out-of-jail-free card for the next president’s administration, no? If some Democratic Senate oversight committee demands to see e-mails from President Christie’s underlings and the reply comes back that the hard drives were all corrupted, what’s the grounds for complaint? IRS Deputy Associate Chief Counsel Thomas Kane said in transcribed congressional testimony that more IRS officials experienced computer crashes, bringing the...
  • IRS official: Lost Lois Lerner emails may still exist

    07/21/2014 12:49:44 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 26 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | July 21 2014 | Susan Ferrechio
    Could the IRS have those missing Lois Lerner emails after all? New testimony from a key Internal Revenue Service official indicates the IRS may not have lost two years of emails sent by former top IRS official Lois Lerner after all. That is what the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee suggested Monday morning in a newly released transcript of a recent closed-door interview with IRS Deputy Associate Chief Counsel Thomas Kane. Kane is responsible for producing documents requested by Congress that are related to a a probe into the IRS past practice of targeting conservative groups. Kane met with...
  • Justice Dept. Investigating Missing IRS Emails

    07/17/2014 4:52:14 AM PDT · by Lockbox · 27 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 7-16-14 | Newsmax Wires
    The Justice Department said Wednesday that it was investigating the circumstances behind the disappearance of emails from a former senior Internal Revenue Service official, part of a broader criminal inquiry into whether the agency had targeted conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.
  • Would You Believe, Another Crashed Hard Drive?

    07/14/2014 5:36:10 PM PDT · by blueyon · 44 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 7/14/14 | Pete Kasperowicz
    House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) on Monday made yet another request to the federal government for details about a crashed hard drive that may have contained information allowing criminal charges to be brought against a federal official. Issa’s newest letter concerns the hard drive of April Sands, a former employee at the Federal Election Commission who resigned in the spring after admitting to violations of the Hatch Act. That law puts restrictions on the ability of government officials to conduct political activities while on the job, or from government offices.
  • Did the New York Times Just Stumble Across an IRS Motive for Targeting the Tea Party?

    07/09/2014 4:41:35 AM PDT · by Texas Eagle · 38 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 7/8/14 | Matthew Clark
    In its latest liberal rant coming to the aid of the IRS – that poor defenseless government leviathan – it repeats the same tired leftist talking points about the root of all the IRS’s problems being that it doesn’t have enough money. Yet in doing so, it may have just stumbled across a new motive behind the targeting, good old-fashioned revenge. He’s what the New York Times calls the “real scandal”: There is a scandal going on at the Internal Revenue Service, but it has nothing to do with Lois Lerner or her missing emails. . . . No, the...
  • The Real Internal Revenue Scandal

    07/06/2014 7:03:17 AM PDT · by Innovative · 31 replies
    NY Times ^ | July 5, 2014 | NY Times Editorial Board
    There is a scandal going on at the Internal Revenue Service, but it has nothing to do with Lois Lerner or her missing emails. No, the real scandal is what Republicans did to cripple the agency when virtually no one was looking. Since the broad Tea Party-driven spending cuts of 2010, the agency’s budget has been cut by 14 percent after inflation is considered, leading to sharply reduced staff, less enforcement of the tax laws and poor taxpayer service. The budget cutters are also trying to prevent the agency from performing its new job of collecting higher taxes on the...
  • Revenge: Republicans to Strip $341 Million From IRS in Response to Scandals

    07/05/2014 8:06:40 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 57 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 7-4-2014 | Pete Kasperowicz
    July 4, 2014 Revenge: Republicans to Strip $341 Million From IRS in Response to Scandals Pete Kasperowicz After months of frustration with the IRS over the targeting scandal and lost emails, House Republicans will exact some revenge next week by passing legislation that cuts the IRS operating budget by $341 million compared to current levels. GOP leaders plan to call up a spending bill for fiscal year 2015 that funds the IRS and other agencies, but singles out the IRS for the targeting scandal and other problems that have surfaced over the last few years. “The committee remains troubled by...
  • Lois Lerner Plotted Audit of Senator who Blocked IRS Targeting

    07/03/2014 8:04:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/03/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Meet the Deep State. It’s embedded inside a massive remorseless bureaucracy with no conscience or restraint. Ex-Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner tried to audit Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley after Grassley blocked President Obama’s nominee to head the Department of Justice (DOJ) tax division, an executive branch insider told The Daily Caller.Grassley made it more difficult for the IRS and DOJ to work together to target conservative groups by blocking Obama’s political appointee Mary L. Smith from taking over the DOJ Tax Division, which prosecutes criminal cases for the IRS. Grassley held up the nomination in early 2010, just as...
  • Issa to IRS Commissioner: Want to Revise Your Testimony?

    07/02/2014 11:26:32 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 15 replies
    Sharyl Attkisson ^ | 7-2-2014 | Sharyl Attkisson
    Issa to IRS Commissioner: Want to Revise Your Testimony? Sharyl Attkisson Today, House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) sent a letter to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen asking if he wants to amend his earlier testimony about Lois Lerner. Koskinen testified on June 23 that Lerner, a former IRS official at the center of the controversy over the tax agency’s targeting of conservative groups, followed terms of the Federal Records Act in her handling of public records and materials. When asked about emails that have been reported as lost when Lerner’s hard drive crashed in 2011, Koskinen stated, “The responsibility is,...
  • Another federal judge tells IRS to explain itself on lost emails

    07/01/2014 2:31:43 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 30 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 7-1-2014 | Mark Tapscott
    Another federal judge tells IRS to explain itself on lost emails BY MARK TAPSCOTT | JULY 1, 2014 | 5:04 PM IRS attorneys will be even busier than normal next week, because another federal judge has told them to show up in court July 11 to defend the federal tax agency. They will have to explain to U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton why the IRS shouldn't be required to let an outside expert evaluate whether emails on the computer hard drives of former IRS official Lois Lerner and six colleagues really are lost forever, as the agency recently told...
  • Audit the IRS

    07/01/2014 2:48:33 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 7-1-14 | Michael A. Needham
    There is “no evidence of criminal wrongdoing,” the Internal Revenue Service assured Americans during an internal investigation of the agency’s targeting of conservative groups. Few will find comfort in those words, and understandably so. Last week, while seeking to reassure Americans he has seen no evidence of a crime, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen acknowledged he had not even bothered to review any of the applicable laws. It seems like only yesterday that President Obama called the scandal “inexcusable” and pledged to work “hand in hand with Congress to get this thing fixed.” More recently, though, he dismissed it as a...
  • Sonasoft denies providing IRS with e-mail backup services

    Five years ago, Sonasoft promoted its data-retention services by claiming that the IRS trusted the company to back up its servers, and the agency contracted with Sonasoft for something until 2011. Last week, however, Sonasoft backed away from its 2009 claims, and now says that the contract never included services that would have archived e-mail servers
  • Smoking Gun Trail To White House – Possible IRS Bombshell

    06/29/2014 2:31:01 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 68 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | 6-28-2014 | sundance
    Posted on June 28, 2014 by sundance WOAH – BOMBSHELL !! The plot thickens. We might just have found a biggie…. In a recent Politico interview (publish date 6/27/14) with the Lois Lerner’s attorney William Taylor III an interesting aspect is buried midway through page #2. During part of the interview Politico author Rachel Bade inquires about the 1.1 million pages of documents Lerner sent to the Department of Justice that became an issue when discovered by the House Oversight Committee on June 9th 2014. BACKSTORY HERE. The documents were sent from IRS to DOJ on a series of 4...
  • Great news! IRS commissioner says you can now use the Lois Lerner excuse if audited

    06/28/2014 7:40:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/28/2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Thursday evening, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen revealed that a number of taxpayers are confused by his agency’s conduct. Like the IRS, they would also like to claim that corrupted or lost data prevents them from complying with the tax collection agency’s requests with for several-year-old documents. Koskinen told Blitzer that what may come to be known as “The Lerner Defense” is and has been acceptable to the IRS. During Thursday’s interview, an eager Twitter user submitted a question to Blitzer which he helpfully read on the air. “Why shouldn’t tax payers...
  • Federal Court Grants Hearing on IRS Email Destruction to Judicial Watch

    06/27/2014 7:24:02 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 7 replies
    http://www.judicialwatch.org/ ^ | June 27, 2014 | Staff
    Judicial Watch today filed a Motion for Status Conference, and within hours was granted a hearing in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia to confer about the emails of Lois Lerner and other IRS officials, which were the subject of longstanding Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and a lawsuit, and which the IRS now claims to have “lost” (Judicial Watch v. IRS(No. 1:13-cv–1559)). The hearing is scheduled for July 10. The emails Judicial Watch has sought since May 2013 cover portions of the same period for which the IRS on June 13, 2014,...
  • The Merger of the Party and the State

    06/25/2014 5:40:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | June 24, 2014 | Mark Steyn
    Here at SteynOnline every cutting-edge pop culture reference has to be at least three-quarters of a century old. So, watching the IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, I found him a dead ringer for Guy Kibbee, the beaming befuddled sugar daddy who was a mainstay at Warner Brothers in the early Thirties. Mr Koskinen is a Democrat sugar daddy who has given generously to his party since the Seventies: He's not the kind of sober civil servant you'd appoint if you were looking to signal to America that King Barack's revenue collectors are cleaning house and returning, chastened, to their previous role...
  • Emails: IRS Official [Lerner] Sought Audit of GOP Senator [Grassley]

    06/25/2014 2:07:57 PM PDT · by cdga5for4 · 121 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 25, 2014 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    <p>Congressional investigators have uncovered emails showing that a former Internal Revenue Service official at the heart of the tea party investigation sought an audit of a Republican senator in December 2012.</p>
  • Here's the backstory behind Chuck Grassley and Lois Lerner

    06/27/2014 6:33:30 AM PDT · by safetysign · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 06/27/20122 | SUSAN FERRECHIO
    By the time Lois Lerner suggested auditing Sen. Chuck Grassley in a Dec. 4, 2012, email, the Iowa Republican had spent five years scrutinizing Lerner's IRS division. Grassley, during his tenure as top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, zeroed in on abuses by charities and other nonprofit groups improperly claiming tax-exempt status under Lerner, and he spearheaded a 2006 change in federal law making it harder for organizations to improperly claim the credit. Grassley and Lerner were no strangers to each other, and it’s one of the reasons Republicans fear Lerner’s push to audit Grassley might have been politically...
  • The sleeper case that could bust open the IRS scandals

    06/27/2014 6:43:45 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 28 replies
    Th American Thinker ^ | 6-27-14 | Thomas Lifson
    In the absence of a special prosecutor, the best opportunity for piercing the veil of secrecy and evasion that surrounds the IRS handling of groups perceived as enemies of the Obama administration lies in civil litigation. The National Organization for Marriage has just obtained a $50,000 settlement from the IRS for its criminal release of confidential donor information to an opposition group. ~snip~ The absence of any official judicial inquiry into the inner workings of the IRS processes is why it is so important to note that yesterday saw the beginning of the discovery phase in the lawsuit by Z-Street...
  • Clinton Adviser Lanny Davis: Time for Independent Counsel to Investigate IRS Scandal

    06/27/2014 6:38:51 AM PDT · by don-o · 54 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 27, 2014 | Larry O'Connor
    A former White House counsel during the Clinton administration said Thursday that it’s time for an independent counsel to look into the growing IRS email scandal. Lanny Davis, a close adviser to Hillary Clinton and a frequent defender of the Obama Administration, appeared on my morning talk show in Washington, D.C., on WMAL. I asked him to comment on the latest hearings on the lost IRS emails conducted earlier this week in Congress: If this were a Republican administration I’d be saying when hard drives have been obliterated and this recent Lois Lerner—I think very inappropriate, maybe innocent but completely...
  • Obama Regime settles criminal abuse of power lawsuit with taxpayer dollars

    06/26/2014 10:00:57 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 2 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/26/14 | Doug Book
    “It’s good to be King,” said Mel Brooks as Louis XVI in the director/actor’s “History of the World, Part 1.” No question Brooks was onto something as the Internal Revenue Service–one of the principle organs of Barack Hussein Obama’s 2012, Reelection Campaign—just paid $50,000 dollars to settle a lawsuit brought against the Service by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM). Of course the settlement was paid with taxpayer dollars. During the 2012 presidential campaign, NOM accused the IRS of leaking information concerning the group’s contributors to Joe Solomese, head of the far-left Human Rights Campaign (HRC). The Huffington Post then...
  • Even Dems, by 3-to-1, believe someone at IRS broke the law

    06/26/2014 12:02:09 AM PDT · by grundle · 28 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | June 25, 2014 | Mike Hashimoto
    Unsurprisingly, 90 percent of Republicans and 74 percent of independents are of a suspicious mind. What should have the Obama administration rethinking their strategy so far is that 63 percent of Democrats and 62 percent of self-identified liberals also believe the email destruction was no accident. Because that means, by a 3-to-1 margin, even Democrats and/or liberals believe a crime was committed somewhere in the IRS with the intentional destruction of government records.
  • IRS pays $50K to anti-gay marriage group

    06/25/2014 6:46:38 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | MACKENZIE WEINGER
    The IRS will pay the National Organization for Marriage $50,000 to settle a lawsuit over claims the agency improperly disclosed confidential tax information, according to a consent judgment released this week. The lawsuit stemmed from information an IRS worker sent to an individual who identified himself as a member of the media who requested it in the midst of the 2012 presidential campaign, which he then sent to the pro-gay rights group Human Rights Campaign. The Huffington Post then ran a story noting a political action committee linked to Mitt Romney had been a donor to NOM. John Eastman, NOM’s...
  • Lois Lerner targeted sitting US GOP Senator over mistaken invitation

    06/25/2014 2:30:32 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 27 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | June 25 2014 | The Right Scoop
    This is how partisan and corrupt Lois Lerner is: Here is more from Rep. , chairman of Ways and Means committee: Today, Ways and Means Committee Chairman (R-MI) announced the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) targeting of conservative individuals includes a sitting United States Senator. According to emails reviewed by the Committee under its Section 6103 authority, which allows the Committee to review confidential taxpayer information, Lois Lerner sought to have Senator (R-IA) referred for IRS examination. “We have seen a lot of unbelievable things in this investigation, but the fact that Lois Lerner attempted to initiate an apparently baseless IRS...
  • Lerner targeted GOP Senator for audit

    06/25/2014 4:44:29 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 10 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 06-25-14 | DrJohn
    Lois Lerner targeted US Sen. Chuck Grassley for an audit- for having done nothing wrong. WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congressional investigators say they uncovered emails Wednesday showing that a former Internal Revenue Service official at the heart of the tea party investigation sought an audit involving a Republican senator in 2012. Now catch this: The emails show former IRS official Lois Lerner mistakenly received an invitation to an event that was meant to go to Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa. Grassley presumably received Lerner's invitation. She "mistakenly" received his invitation? Because G and L are next to each other in the alphabet?...
  • Report: Lois Lerner Tried to Get a Sitting GOP Senator In IRS Trouble (Update: Email Added)

    06/25/2014 2:08:24 PM PDT · by CivilWarBrewing · 104 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 25, 2014 | Bryan Preston
    Chad Pergram works for Fox News, and has been covering the IRS scandal. On Twitter he just dropped a bombshell. #BREAKING: #IRS email dump to Congress reveal Lois Lerner sought to have Sen Chuck Grassley (R-IA) referred for IRS examination. — Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) June 25, 2014 Sources tell Fox #IRS‘s Lerner came across invitation for Grassley to event. Lerner then referred Grassley for probe. — Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) June 25, 2014 Camp: At every turn, Lerner was using the IRS as a tool for political purposes in defiance of taxpayer rights. — Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) June 25, 2014
  • Executive Director in Obamas’ Lois Lerner Approved Terrorist Empire REVEALED as a U.S. Intel Agent

    06/25/2014 9:26:11 AM PDT · by Osage Orange · 9 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | 06-24-14 | By Walid Shoebat and Ben Barrack
    In a stunning discovery, the Executive Director listed on the 990-EZ for the Barack H. Obama Foundation (BHOF), which was approved by the IRS’s Lois Lerner, is Ray Baysden, a former U.S. intelligence agent. Baysden, who knows the Obama family, is a former State Department employee who was stationed in Karachi, Pakistan at a time when President Barack Obama is said to have visited Karachi, in the 1980′s. He is also a registered Republican who has worked within the Intelligence Community (IC). BHOF was founded and is run by Malik Obama, the brother of the President. Malik is also steeped...
  • The Mounting Proof of an IRS Cover-Up

    06/25/2014 5:29:07 AM PDT · by SJackson · 40 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | June 25, 2014 | Matthew Vadum
    The Mounting Proof of an IRS Cover-UpPosted By Matthew Vadum On June 25, 2014 @ 12:55 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 10 Comments More proof the Obama administration is covering up the political persecution it inflicted on its conservative political enemies through the Internal Revenue Service emerged yesterday as a federal official accused the White House of breaking the law by hiding emails.Whenever the records, including emails, of federal agencies are destroyed — whether intentional or inadvertent — the law requires that the National Archives be notified. But that did not happen when the computer hard drives of a...
  • IRS Prematurely ‘Retired’ Data Storage Devices

    06/25/2014 6:28:27 AM PDT · by don-o · 47 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 25, 2014 | Patrick Howley
    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) prematurely “retired” computer data storage devices worth millions of dollars and filed “disposal” documents for computer hardware that still existed, according to an internal inspector general report reviewed by The Daily Caller. snip The IRS, which spent $44.1 million in information technology (IT) hardware maintenance in fiscal year 2011 and $47.8 million in fiscal year 2012, closed out its six-year business relationship with the email archiving-and-recovery company Sonasoft in September 2011. Meanwhile, sophisticated data storage devices were being thrown away in the agency’s national IT offices in Maryland, even though the IRS was still paying...
  • Poll: 76% Think IRS Emails Were Deliberately Destroyed

    06/25/2014 7:14:16 AM PDT · by don-o · 59 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 25, 2014 | Dana Blanton
    The consensus is: it’s no accident. More than three-quarters of voters -- 76 percent -- think the emails missing from the account of Lois Lerner, the ex-IRS official at the center of the scandal over targeting of conservative groups, were deliberately destroyed. That’s according to a new Fox News poll. That suspicion is shared across party lines, albeit to varying degrees. An overwhelming 90 percent of Republicans think the emails were intentionally destroyed, as do 74 percent of independents and 63 percent of Democrats. Overall, just 12 percent of voters believe the emails were destroyed accidentally. Another 12 percent are...
  • Exclusive: Inside the Company Targeted in IRS Scandal

    06/24/2014 4:00:35 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 23 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 6-24-2014 | Scott Budman
    Exclusive: Inside the Company Targeted in IRS Scandal Email "Doesn't go away." By Scott Budman | Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 | Updated 1:11 PM Sonasoft is getting threats. On email, and over the phone, saying, according to company founder Andy Khanna, "Provide the emails!" And that's the clean version. Sonasoft is the company you may have read about online over the last couple of days, linked to the IRS email scandal. They had a contract to replicate emails for IRS lawyers through 2011. They even sent out a tweet reading, "The IRS uses Sonasoft to back up their servers, why...