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  • Bob Woodward: There’s obviously something wrong at the IRS

    04/14/2014 12:22:16 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/14/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Tomorrow is Tax Day, and millions of Americans — myself included — will see a large drain from our bank accounts to satisfy our obligations to Uncle Sam. So far, though, we have not seen Uncle Sam fulfill his obligation to drain the apparent political corruption at the IRS, even with two Congressional investigations into the targeting of the administration’s critics in the tax-exempt department under Lois Lerner. Barack Obama claims that there isn’t “a smidgen of corruption” at the IRS, but the Washington Post’s Bob Woodward scoffed at that defense on yesterday’s Fox News Sunday. “There’s obviously something here,”...
  • $4 billion: Bogus tax refunds a growing problem

    04/10/2014 2:54:43 PM PDT · by posterchild · 8 replies
    AP via finance.yahoo.com ^ | Apr 10, 2014 | Eric Tucker
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- An Internet connection and a bunch of stolen identities are all it takes for crooks to collect billions of dollars in bogus federal tax refunds. And the scam is proving too pervasive to stop. A government report in November said the IRS issued $4 billion in fraudulent tax refunds over the previous year to criminals who were using other people's personal information. Attorney General Eric Holder said this week that the "scale, scope and execution of these fraud schemes" has grown substantially and the Justice Department in the past year has charged 880 people. Who's involved? In...
  • Shakedown: Treasury seizing tax refunds from adult children to pay parents' Social Security debts

    04/11/2014 12:33:11 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/11/2014 | AllahPundit
    When I say “debts,” I don’t mean loans that the parents willingly sought from SSA. It would be bad enough to hold a kid responsible for that (since when are children responsible for their parents’ obligations?), but at least it would have been voluntarily incurred by mom/dad. The “debts” here are overpayments of Social Security benefits, the product of SSA’s own errors. The parents who received them might not have even realized they were getting money they weren’t supposed to have. And now, somehow, it’s junior’s problem.But wait. It gets worse. When [Mary] Grice was 4, back in 1960, her...
  • Social Security, Treasury target taxpayers for their parents’ decades-old debts

    04/11/2014 12:34:11 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 118 replies
    Washington Post | 4.10.13 | Marc Fisher
    The Washington Post reports that hundreds of thousands of taxpayers who are expecting refunds this month are instead getting letters informing them that because of a debt they never knew about — often a debt incurred by their parents — the government has confiscated their check. http://m.washingtonpost.com/politics/social-security-treasury-target-hundreds-of-thousands-of-taxpayers-for-parents-old-debts/2014/04/10/74ac8eae-bf4d-11e3-bcec-b71ee10e9bc3_story.html?tid=HP_more
  • GAO: IRS has information security control weaknesses

    04/09/2014 9:18:34 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 7 replies
    FCW ^ | April 09 2014 22:42 GMT | Mike Cipriano
    The Internal Revenue Service continues to have weaknesses in information security control that the Government Accountability Office fears could affect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of financial and sensitive taxpayer data. An April 8 GAO report found that although the IRS has improved on information security control and internal control over financial reporting, significant risks remain. The agency has failed to consistently install the appropriate patches on all databases and servers to protect against known vulnerabilities, GAO found, and also failed to sufficiently monitor database controls and appropriately restrict access to its mainframe environment. The IRS has also allowed individuals...
  • IRS under fire: Vote for Obama stickers plaster offices [Dallas]

    04/09/2014 6:58:43 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 28 replies
    www.washingtontimes.com ^ | 04-09-2014 | By Stephen Dinan
    Even as the IRS faces growing heat over Lois G. Lerner and the tea party targeting scandal, a government watchdog said Wednesday it’s pursuing cases against three other tax agency employees and offices suspected of illegal political activity in support of President Obama and fellow Democrats. In one case the Office of Special Counsel, which investigates federal employees who conduct politics on government time, said it was “commonplace” in a Dallas IRS office for employees to have pro-Obama screensavers on their computers, and to have campaign-style buttons and stickers at their office. In another case, a worker at the tax...
  • IRS under fire: Vote for Obama stickers, campaign cheerleading commonplace

    04/09/2014 7:06:57 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 68 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 9 Apr 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    Even as the IRS faces growing heat over Lois G. Lerner and the tea party targeting scandal, a government watchdog said Wednesday it’s pursuing cases against three other tax agency employees and offices suspected of illegal political activity in support of President Obama and fellow Democrats. In one case the Office of Special Counsel, which investigates federal employees who conduct politics on government time, said it was “commonplace” in a Dallas IRS office for employees to have pro-Obama screensavers on their computers, and to have campaign-style buttons and stickers at their office. In another case, a worker at the tax...
  • IRS agents’ testimony: NO progressive groups were targeted by IRS

    04/07/2014 10:21:41 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 37 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | April 7, 2014 | Patrick Howley
    IRS agents testified before Congress that the agency’s political targeting did not apply to progressive groups as Democrats and the media have claimed, according to a bombshell new staff report prepared by the House Oversight Committee chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa. IRS agents testified before Oversight that ACORN groups were scrutinized because the agency thought they were old organizations applying as new ones. Emerge America was scrutinized for potential “improper private benefit.” No evidence exists that the IRS requested additional information from any Occupy Wall Street group. “Only seven applications in the IRS backlog contained the word ‘progressive,’ all of which...
  • IRS agents’ testimony: NO progressive groups were targeted by IRS

    04/07/2014 2:24:22 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 9 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 7, 2014 | Patrick Howley
    IRS agents testified before Congress that the agency’s political targeting did not apply to progressive groups as Democrats and the media have claimed, according to a bombshell new staff report prepared by the House Oversight Committee chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa.
  • [VIDEO] What if you only had to pay taxes for the government services you actually wanted?

    04/06/2014 6:30:59 PM PDT · by RealityAlwaysWins · 16 replies
    Youtube ^ | 4/6/2014 | Reality Always Wins
    Video: What if you only paid the taxes on the things you actually wanted from the government?We are forced to pay for the NSA to listen to our calls, welfare for people who don't want to work, lifetime pensions for those in Congress, Obamacare, and on, and on, and on....... But we apparently *still* don't pay enough according to them. Something to think about on April 15th. PS: Ever notice how April 15th is about as far as you can get in either direction on a calendar from the elections in November?
  • Mozilla's Anti-Gay-Marriage CEO Is Out

    04/03/2014 1:32:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 118 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/03/2014 | Jay Yarow
    Mozilla's CEO Brendan Eich is out. Eich is resigning as CEO and leaving the board of Mozilla, the open-source computing company that makes the Firefox browser. He had been under fire for supporting anti-gay marriage legislation in California in 2008. Some Mozilla employees had been calling for his resignation on Twitter for the past week. Dating site OkCupid changed its home page so that if someone using Firefox came to it, it would tell them about Eich and suggest they switch browsers.
  • Examining the IRS Response to the Targeting Scandal (Live thread)

    03/26/2014 6:38:29 AM PDT · by don-o · 58 replies
    oversight.house.gov ^ | March 26, 2014
    Video at link.
  • Obama Impeachment Almost Complete

    03/24/2014 5:55:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 24, 2014 | John Ransom
    Jim Jordan wants to know what the White House knew about the IRS targeting scandal, and when they knew it-- as if we didn’t know. The conservative Representative from Ohio has penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal calling for a special prosecutor to investigate the activities of the IRS and, more specifically Lois Lerner, the former IRS official who is at the center of the controversy. Jordan essentially is saying where there is smoke there is fire, and oh yeah, where there’s fire, there is fire too. “Emails and testimony that we confronted Ms. Lerner with showed her...
  • IRS doubles down on lawbreaking with regulation to kill free speech

    03/17/2014 3:49:49 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 24 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3-17-2014 | MARK J. FITZGIBBONS
    OPINION IRS doubles down on lawbreaking with regulation to kill free speech MARK J. FITZGIBBONS • | MARCH 17, 2014 AT 6:08 PM Proposed regulations from the IRS for 501(c)(4) "social welfare organizations" would censor speech such as legislative scorecards, voter registrations and get-out-the-vote projects. They also would eliminate communications before elections that name candidates, even if done in a neutral fashion. The IRS claims its proposed regulations are designed to create “a more uniform set of rules” for social welfare organizations, notwithstanding the long precedent of these types of communications. Censorship is now deemed appropriate tax policy. Coming after...
  • Enough! Patriot lawsuit demands money from IRS

    03/15/2014 7:02:33 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 19 replies
    WND ^ | 3-15-2014 | Bob Unruh
    March 15, 2014 Enough! Patriot lawsuit demands money from IRS Tea party challenges 'crushing bureaucracy' unleashed on those who disagree with Obama Bob Unruh Just imagine sending to the Internal Revenue Service a bill for: Actual damages for violating the Privacy Act. The costs of complying with additional demands for information about an application. Loss of donors. Loss of membership fees. Damages for the violation of constitutional rights. Damages for loss of the benefit of tax-exempt status. Damages for impairment of constitutionally protected rights. Punitive damages. Litigation costs. Attorneys’ fees. And more. A case of that kind has been filed,...
  • Licensed Private Investigator raises Flags in Malik Obama IRS case

    03/08/2014 3:57:41 AM PST · by mgist · 14 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 3/7/14 | Shobat
    A licensed Private Investigator has taken notice of the issues surrounding Malik Obama’s Barack H. Obama Foundation (BHOF). In particular, Camilia ElDidi has zeroed in on dates, addresses, and the mysterious absence of the foundation’s current records as a tax exempt entity. We encourage you to read these explosive revelations. By Camilia K. ElDidi Licensed Private Investigator **SHOEBAT EXCLUSIVE** 1.) The name used for the foundation established by Malik Obama of “The Barack H. Obama Foundation” has been a deceitful act, meant to intentionally give a false impression, misleading, where the American public and the Internal Revenue Service were conned...
  • Obama IRS Hires Al-Qaida Spy (Weiss Russell)

    03/07/2014 4:17:53 PM PST · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    Investors.com ^ | March 7, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Homeland Insecurity: The IRS is diligent to a fault when it comes to vetting conservative groups applying for nonprofit status. But it's out to lunch when vetting employees posing security risks. While the Internal Revenue Service was investigating Tea Party patriots in the run-up to last year's presidential election, it dispensed with basic background checks and hired a convicted Islamist traitor as a high-level official. Mohammad Weiss Rasool, whom the FBI busted last decade for tipping off an al-Qaida terrorist suspect, reportedly now works for the deputy IRS chief financial officer as a financial management analyst, drawing a lucrative salary...
  • Desperate Lois Lerner Requires Drastic House Measures

    03/06/2014 12:47:30 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 48 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 3-6-2014 | Ben Barrack - Commentary
    March 6, 2014 Desperate Lois Lerner Requires Drastic House Measures By Ben Barrack Will Lois Lerner be held in contempt of Congress? If so, will she go to jail? After she pleaded the fifth for the second time yesterday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) seemed to indicate that he would be willing to support Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa if the latter chose to go the contempt route, saying, via the Washington Examiner: “Well, I’ll wait for a report from Chairman Issa about what happened or what will happen,” Boehner said. “But at some point I believe that she has...
  • (EXCLUSIVE) IRS Currently Employing Convicted Terrorist Associate

    03/06/2014 12:00:54 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 03/06/2014 | Patrick Poole
    While IRS officials were targeting Tea Party groups for special scrutiny of their 501(c)3 tax exempt applications, the IRS also hired a policeman who had been prosecuted by the Justice Department — and convicted in federal court — of using his access to the FBI’s NCIC system to tip off a terror suspect about the bureau’s surveillance. The leak wrecked a major terror investigation.He is still at the IRS. Weiss Russell (he has changed his name from “Weiss Rasool,” the name under which he was convicted), is currently employed as a financial management analyst in the IRS Deputy Chief...
  • Official’s testimony reveals IRS planned crackdown rules in 2012

    02/27/2014 8:17:58 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/27/14 | Stephen Dinan
    The IRS’s new proposal to crack down on nonprofits was in the works a year before the tea party targeting scandal broke, according to a Treasury Department official who told congressional investigators it was spurred by pressure from outside parties. The revelation follows earlier testimony from former IRS Commissioner Steve Miller, who told investigators that they started “brainstorming” ways to crack down on nonprofits while under pressure from a senior Democratic senator who was “complaining bitterly to us” about the way groups were engaging in politics while organized as social welfare nonprofits. House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa and subcommittee...
  • Democrats Defeat Cruz’s Effort to Protect Americans from IRS Abuses

    02/27/2014 2:49:57 PM PST · by jazusamo · 3 replies
    PJ Media ^ | February 27, 2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    As an enthusiastic fan of Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), I am sorry that an ongoing project prevented me from participating in PJM’s Cruz symposium. But this relevant news just came over the transom, so I thought I’d at least pass it along. As I’ve previously noted, Obama administration officials have been working the codify in federal law the IRS harassment and obstruction of conservative organizations that President Obama and Attorney General Holder claimed to find “intolerable,” “inexcusable,” “outrageous,” and “unacceptable” back when the scandal first came to light. As usual, it has been Senator Cruz leading the charge to try...
  • Connecting the Dots in the IRS Scandal

    02/27/2014 10:31:16 AM PST · by safetysign · 19 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 02/26/2014 | Bradley A. Smith
    The mainstream press has justified its lack of coverage over the Internal Revenue Service targeting of conservative groups because there's been no "smoking gun" tying President Obama to the scandal. This betrays a remarkable, if not willful, failure to understand abuse of power. The political pressure on the IRS to delay or deny tax-exempt status for conservative groups has been obvious to anyone who cares to open his eyes. It did not come from a direct order from the White House, but it didn't have to.
  • Ex-IRS official Lerner's attorney says no Hill testimony without immunity or court order

    02/26/2014 12:37:09 PM PST · by Nachum · 121 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 2/26/26 | Fox News.
    The attorney for Lois Lerner, a central figure in the IRS scandal, signaled Wednesday that his client will not comply with a request to testify on Capitol Hill next week. Attorney William Taylor said Lerner, who resigned last year as the agency’s tax-exempt organizations chief, will return and testify only if compelled by a federal court or if given immunity for her testimony. Taylor stated his position in a letter to Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. He was responding to a letter Tuesday from Issa saying, in part, that Lerner’s testimony...
  • Obama Approval Drops; 76% Want Special Prosecutor for IRS Scandal

    02/14/2014 10:19:22 AM PST · by Nachum · 22 replies
    breitbart ^ | 2/14/14 | John Nolte
    While President Obama's Attorney General, Eric Holder, faces a possible perjury charge and increased calls for his resignation over the Justice Department's outrageous spying on the media -- elsewhere, another scandal is taking another kind of toll. A new Quinnpiac poll shows that the public is far from satisfied that the IRS matter is settled. A full 76% want a special prosecutor named; that includes 63% of Democrats. Well, Obama did promise to bring us together. Let's just hope he was wrong about the oceans rising. Quinnipiac also shows that the confluence of three scandals (the two listed above and...
  • The democrat IRS cancer grows

    02/13/2014 11:49:11 AM PST · by Starman417 · 24 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 02-13-14 | DrJohn
    Yesterday brought a bombshell finding in the IRS scandal. Of the groups targeted for inspection by the IRS, 83% were right-leaning. Of the groups selected for audit, 100% were conservative. That's right. 100%. Less than two weeks after President Obama insisted that there wasn't even a "smidgen of corruption" involved in the IRS targeting scandal, it appears that the scope of that scandal is widening. Dave Camp, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, revealed yesterday that the committee's investigation had found that it wasn't only conservative groups applying for 501(c)(4) status that came in for IRS targeting and...
  • Should the President Be Impeached? The Obama Precedent and defunding the IRS.

    02/14/2014 8:43:11 AM PST · by bestintxas · 39 replies
    am spectator ^ | 2/14/14 | j lord
    Should the President be impeached? For setting the Obama Precedent? Also known as those multiple of multiples of arbitrary changes to Obamacare? And launching the IRS on employers who refuse to hire fifty employees so they can avoid paying for health care? Not to mention using the IRS and the full power of the federal government to harass and intimidate all those Tea Party groups? The headline in the Los Angeles Times, reads this way: U.S. to further delay Obamacare employer mandate One of countless stories on the subject appearing all across the media landscape the Times version began this...
  • BREAKING: 100% of 501(c)(4) Groups Audited by IRS Were Conservative

    02/11/2014 7:33:05 PM PST · by Nachum · 94 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 2/11/14 | Jim Hoft
    Today Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI), the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, confirmed that 100% of the established 501(c)(4) groups the IRS selected for audit were conservative. But Obama says their was not a smidgen of corruption in the IRS. The Wall Street Journal reported: A Republican House committee chairman said the Internal Revenue Service targeted tax-exempt conservative groups for audits, widening the scope of GOP ire over the agency’s oversight of political activities. House Democrats pushed back, saying Republicans were seeking to use the IRS controversy to score political points with their conservative base in an election...
  • IRS targeting of political speech is no accident

    02/08/2014 1:50:19 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 28 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | FEBRUARY 7, 2014 | Star Parker
    The latest round of the IRS scandal, in which Tea Party and conservative groups have been selectively targeted for harassment by our tax collection agency, is now unfolding. This comes in the form of proposed new rules from the IRS regarding the operation of organizations falling under the 501(c)(4) provision of the tax code. These are organizations whose purpose is to promote “social welfare” and therefore their income is tax-free. Because promoting a cause or agenda in our free and democratic country cannot be isolated from political activity associated with that agenda, such activity is permitted by 501(c)(4) organizations, as...
  • Two Democrats call for investigation of IRS watchdog who led targeting probe

    02/08/2014 11:18:48 AM PST · by jazusamo · 53 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 8, 2014 | Thomas Lifson
    The IRS scandal is so bad that Democrats are unleashing total war in an attempt to beat back a full airing of the abuse. The old adage, "The best defense is a good offense," is all the more valid when the major media outlets are on their side. It is not necessary to have any actual facts to use as rebuttal for the indefensible; it is enough to simply throw a cloud of dust, so as to discredit any charges - in the eyes of supporters and media sycophants. President Obama's absurd contention to Bill O'Reilly that there was "not...
  • The IRS Secret Police?

    02/06/2014 3:01:48 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 25 replies
    National review ^ | 2-6-2014 | By L. Brent Bozell III - Commentary
    FEBRUARY 6, 2014 3:00 PM The IRS Secret Police? Proposed rules seek to curb the free speech of Obama’s political opponents. By L. Brent Bozell III The Internal Revenue Service was already an organization rightly looked on with scorn and fear by most Americans, heightened by the recent arrival of our W-2 forms. Since the early years of our country, when Chief Justice John Marshall in the Supreme Court’s landmark case McCulloch v. Maryland wrote that “the power to tax involves the power to destroy,” countless Americans have felt the heavy hand of the IRS.Then came Barack Obama. Today, the...
  • Catherine Engelbrecht's Testimony at House of Representatives (video)

    02/08/2014 10:28:31 AM PST · by Baynative · 17 replies
    YouTube ^ | Feb 2014 | Catherine Engelbrecht
    This 7 minute video should be an inspiration to all and a reminder of just how important this year's elections are.
  • The GOP Should Use the Power of the Purse

    02/08/2014 9:25:20 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/8/2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    ‘The House should sharply reduce IRS funding until the agency is more responsive.” Well, I’d have omitted everything after “funding” but this was still an astute observation, offered at the conclusion of Thursday’s excellent Wall Street Journal editorial. I’m grateful to have smart guys on the team, even if slumming with us power-of-the-purse radicals may get them booted from the GOP’s “We’re only one-half of one-third” circle of submission. The editors were exercised over the revenue agency’s latest shenanigans, which include covering up its past shenanigans — the willful targeting of conservative groups in order to frustrate their opposition to...
  • Dem Rep. Sent Three Threatening Letters to Conservative Activist Using Committee Letterhead (Video)

    02/06/2014 10:20:39 PM PST · by Nachum · 30 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 2/62014 | Jim Hoft
    This afternoon True the Vote founder Catherine Engelbrecht filed an ethics complaint against Rep. Elijah Cummings alleging the Congressmen intimidated her and and her group. Rep. Elijah Cummings on three separate occasions sent letters from the House Oversight and Government Reform, stating that he had concerns and felt it necessary to open an investigation on True the Vote. The Congressman also smeared True the Vote in several cable news interviews in 2012. In the hearing today, Cummings accused True the Vote of racism saying that they were trying to suppress the vote. Catherine Engelbrecht was on with Megyn Kelly tonight:...
  • Live Thread: House Oversight & Reform Subcommittee: IRS Targeting Investigation

    02/06/2014 7:16:02 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 46 replies
    http://www.c-span.org ^ | February 6, 2014 | c-span
    Testimony related to the IRS Targeting investigation Testimony: Catherine Engelbrecht Shortly after filing IRS forms to establish 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organizations, an assortment of federal entities –including law enforcement agencies and a Congressman from Maryland, Elijah Cummings –came knocking at my door. http://oversight.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Engelbrecht.pdf Catherine Engelbrecht Founder and President Other testimony can be found here: http://oversight.house.gov/hearing/irs-targeting-investigation-administration/
  • Email: IRS's Lerner, Treasury Department secretly drafted new rules to restrict nonprofits

    02/05/2014 12:31:09 PM PST · by Nachum · 42 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2/5/14 | Patrick Howley
    The Obama administration’s Treasury Department and former IRS official Lois Lerner conspired to draft new 501(c)(4) regulations to restrict the activity of conservative groups in a way that would not be disclosed publicly, according to the House Committee on Ways and Means. The Treasury Department and Lerner started devising the new rules “off-plan,” meaning that their plans would not be published on the public schedule. They planned the new rules in 2012, while the IRS targeting of conservative groups was in full swing, and not after the scandal broke in order to clarify regulations as the administration has suggested. The...
  • Embattled IRS plans employee bonuses for 2013 work to ‘boost morale’

    02/04/2014 12:00:25 PM PST · by massmike · 16 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 02/04/2014 | Stephen Dinan
    Citing the need to boost employee morale, the Internal Revenue Service’s new commissioner said Monday that he will pay out millions of dollars in bonuses to agency employees, reversing a decision his predecessor made to save money amid the sequester budget cuts and other belt-tightening last year. The agency remains under fire for targeting tea party groups, but Commissioner John Koskinen said the bonuses are needed to retain and attract good employees in a time of cutbacks. The move didn’t sit well with congressional critics who have been stupefied by the agency’s targeting of tea party groups and, more recently,...
  • Dershowitz, Law Enforcement Experts Slam D'Souza Targeting

    02/04/2014 8:27:58 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 8 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | 29 Jan 2014 | Jennifer G. Hickey and John Gizzi
    Even if allegations made against conservative filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza in a federal indictment on campaign finance violations prove to be true, legal experts and former federal regulatory authorities tell Newsmax that the government's handling of the case has been unusual.
  • Obama: 'Not Even a Smidgen of Corruption' in IRS Targeting of Conservatives

    02/03/2014 6:58:22 AM PST · by bestintxas · 53 replies
    breitbart ^ | 2/2/14 | w hall
    In a pregame Super Bowl interview, President Barack Obama told Fox News's Bill O'Reilly that there was "not even a smidgen of corruption" involved in the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) targeting of conservative and Tea Party groups. Obama's bold statement stands in contrast to established facts. Even the left-leaning journalism group ProPublica has admitted that the IRS office that harassed conservative tax-exempt groups during the 2012 election cycle gave ProPublica nine confidential applications of conservative groups whose tax-exempt statuses were pending. Moreover, ProPublica noted that the documents it received were "not supposed to be made public" but that "no unapproved...
  • Formalizing Censorship through the IRS: Where's the Outrage?

    02/03/2014 5:41:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/03/2014 | Sylvia Bokor
    As of February 1, IRS Reg-134417-13 ruling, intended to curtail political participation by non-profit groups, received 20,880 comments. The IRS will take comments until February 27, 2014.Our population is a little over three hundred and ten million. In view of that, twenty thousand comments is a pitiful showing. It most certainly is not enough to demand thorough rejection of this extraordinary ruling. I can only conclude that most Americans are unaware of the ruling, let alone know what it actually proposes. So let us be clear.The IRS Reg-134417-13 ruling proposes to forbid non-profits to hold voter registration drives, advertise, promote, and engage...
  • Obama Uses Government To Harass, Intimidate Foes

    01/25/2014 6:31:07 AM PST · by rootin tootin · 11 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 1/24/2014 | Editors
    The Obama administration has turned the executive branch loose on its enemies — part of a disturbing and unprecedented trend toward delegitimizing political differences and marginalizing conservatives. Behind the special status of his presidency, President Obama has used the machinery of government to harass and intimidate political opponents — to an extent greater even than former Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, both threatened with impeachment.
  • This Is Starting to Look Like a Pattern of Political Moves and Prosecutions

    01/24/2014 11:45:01 PM PST · by Jonah Vark · 56 replies
    PJ MEDIA ^ | January 24, 2014 | Bryan Preston
    1. IRS Targets Conservative groups - IRS auditor reaffirms that conservatives, not liberals, were targeted 2. IRS Scandal – FBI Closes Case - Obama FBI Closed Case on IRS Targeting Scandal Before Interviewing Single One of 292 Targeted Groups (Video) 3. IRS Harassed Sarah Palin’s Dad - Revealed: Obama’s IRS Harassed Sarah Palin’s Dad Six Times Since 2008 4. Federal Court Indicts Director of Anti-Obama Film – It Begins… Director of Anti-Obama Film “2016: Obama’s America” Indicted by Federal Court 5. New York Governor’s Dept of Labor Subpoenas James O’Keefe, Project Veritas - NY Governor Cuomo Subpoenas Conservative Activist James...
  • Ted Cruz Calls for Special Prosecutor in Obama Admin Scandals

    01/25/2014 4:29:31 PM PST · by markomalley · 32 replies
    Big Government ^ | 1/24/2014 | BOB PRICE
    In the wake of a series of scandals that have plagued the Obama Administration, Texas Senator Ted Cruz released a statement asking if President Obama will “announce meaningful action on the IRS, NSA, economy, Benghazi and ObamaCare” during his State of the Union Address next week in our nation’s capital.Shortly after the 2012 election cycle, news was released about a scandal regarding the IRS’s increased scrutiny of conservative non-profit organizations like Catherine Engelbrecht’s King Street Patriots and True the Vote organizations.Throughout the course of 2013, Members of Congress like Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) attempted to investigate the IRS and the...
  • The Konservativ Kristallnacht is here

    01/24/2014 10:14:21 AM PST · by Starman417 · 16 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-24-14 | DrJohn
    It's here. Kristallnacht, literally, "Night of Crystal," is often referred to as the "Night of Broken Glass." The name refers to the wave of violent anti-Jewish pogroms which took place on November 9 and 10, 1938, throughout Germany, annexed Austria, and in areas of the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia recently occupied by German troops. Instigated primarily by Nazi Party officials and members of the SA (Sturmabteilungen: literally Assault Detachments, but commonly known as Storm Troopers) and Hitler Youth, Kristallnacht owes its name to the shards of shattered glass that lined German streets in the wake of the pogrom—broken glass from the...
  • IRS Sets Sights on Secret Hollywood Conservative Group

    01/23/2014 9:20:40 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 52 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Jan 23, 2014 | Drew MacKenzie
    Newsmax IRS Sets Sights on Secret Hollywood Conservative Group Thursday, January 23, 2014 09:28 AM By: Drew MacKenzie A conservative group in Hollywood, shrouded in secrecy for fear of a backlash from powerful movie industry liberals, is being investigated by the Internal Revenue Service after applying for tax-exempt status. Friends of Abe has attempted to stay under the radar and is fiercely determined to protect the identity of its 1,500 members, The New York Times reports. But now the group has come under the scrutiny of the IRS after the federal agency requested information about its meetings with politicians including...
  • It's time to investigate the bogus IRS 'investigation'

    01/17/2014 1:44:46 PM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | January 17, 2014 | Jay Sekulow
    The Obama administration has apparently decided it’s time to bury the IRS targeting scandal. No more fake repentance. No more expressions of concern for systematically violating the constitutional rights of American citizens. Just end it. Move on. Pretend it never happened. And why not? After all, President Obama won reelection, his base hates the Tea Party anyway (and believes conservatives deserve any punishment they get), and the media had moved on to covering national catastrophes – like lane closures in New Jersey. So it was time to end the pretense.
  • IRS Targeting and 2014

    01/16/2014 9:20:19 PM PST · by ReaganÜberAlles · 43 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 1/16/2014 | Kimberley A. Strassel
    "President Obama and Democrats have been at great pains to insist they knew nothing about IRS targeting of conservative 501(c)(4) nonprofits before the 2012 election. They've been at even greater pains this week to ensure that the same conservative groups are silenced in the 2014 midterms."
  • Criminal Charges Not Expected in IRS Probe (Tea Party)

    01/13/2014 3:22:57 PM PST · by kristinn · 64 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Monday, January 13, 2014 | Devlin Barrett
    The Federal Bureau of Investigation doesn't plan to file criminal charges over the Internal Revenue Service's heightened scrutiny of conservative groups, according to law-enforcement officials, a move that likely will only intensify debate over the politically charged scandal. The officials said investigators didn't find the kind of political bias or "enemy hunting" that would amount to a violation of criminal law. Instead, what emerged during the probe was evidence of a mismanaged bureaucracy...
  • Report: IRS Harasses Sarah Palin’s Father

    01/13/2014 6:06:11 PM PST · by lowbridge · 39 replies
    http://pjmedia.com ^ | january 13, 2014 | bryan preston
    Sarah Palin’s brother, Chuck Heath Jr., posted this note on Facebook on January 11: Coincidence? You decide. My father, who worked multiple jobs and faithfully and honestly paid his taxes for fifty years, had never heard a word from the IRS. In 2008, his daughter was tapped to run for vice president of the United States. Since that time, he has been, in his words “horribly harassed” six times by the agency. They’ve tried to dig up something on him but he’s always operated above board. Government and politics are ugly. Kudos to the few that are trying to clean it up.
  • IRS writing regs that allow it to suppress the tea party

    01/13/2014 10:45:05 AM PST · by Neil E. Wright · 61 replies
    DC Independent Examiner ^ | January 12, 2014 | James Simpson
    The IRS got caught with their pants down last year. So now they are writing regulations that will allow them to do legally what they were doing illegally before. Every time you think these people can sink no lower, they go out of their way to prove you wrong. A cabal of leftist groups sued the IRS demanding they adopt these regulations, whereupon the IRS went out of its way to comply. This is a classic set up. It was probably agreed to in advance between the IRS and the plaintiffs. Now that they are complying, the leftists have magically...
  • A tea-party group targeted by Democrats gets attention from the IRS—and the FBI, OSHA, and the ATF

    01/13/2014 7:27:11 AM PST · by Titus-Maximus · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/20/2013 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    Catherine Engelbrecht’s tale has all the markings of a classic conspiracy theory: She says she thinks that because of her peaceful political activity, she and her family were targeted for scrutiny by hostile federal agencies. Yet as news emerges that the Internal Revenue Service wielded its power to obstruct conservative groups, Catherine’s story becomes credible — and chilling. It also raises questions about whether other federal agencies have used their executive powers to target those deemed political enemies. Advertisement Before the Engelbrecht family’s three-year ordeal began, Catherine says, “I had no real expectation or preparation for the blood sport that...