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  • New IRS rules would scuttle tea parties: 'All they did was shift tactics'

    01/20/2014 9:15:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | January 19, 2014 | Garth Kant
    Constitutional law experts tell WND the IRS hasn’t stopped targeting conservative groups, including tea parties. It’s just trying a different approach, one that may be impossible to stop. Many have heard of the president’s repeated promises last week to bypass Congress to accomplish his goals, saying “I’m going to act on my own if Congress is deadlocked. I’ve got a pen, to take executive actions where Congress won’t, and I’ve got a telephone to rally folks around he country on this mission.” But another effort to fundamentally transform the American political system has gone little noticed and barely reported by...
  • Yes, IRS Harassment Blunted The Tea Party Ground Game in 2012

    06/20/2013 6:44:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    RCM ^ | 06/20/2013 | Stan Veuger
    The controversy over the IRS's harassment of conservative groups continues. President Obama's team continues to blame low-level bureaucrats. Some conservatives suspect a more sinister explanation: that the levers of government were used to attack an existential threat to the president's 2012 reelection. The president and his party dismiss this as a paranoid fantasy. The evidence, however, is enough to make one believe that targeting Tea Party groups would have been an effective campaign strategy going into the 2012 election cycle. It is a well-known fact that the Tea Party movement dealt the president his famous "shellacking" in the 2010 mid-term...
  • Occupy IRS: Wife of Former IRS Commissioner Joined Occupy Wall Street

    06/03/2013 5:29:17 AM PDT · by kristinn · 37 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | Monday, June 3, 2013 | Kerry Picket
    Susan L. Anderson, wife of embattled former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman, was a supporter of, and active participant in, the Occupy Wall Street movement, attending and promoting Occupy DC in Oct. 2011. Photo posted to Twitter by @slandersonwdc In the fall of 2011, during the height of the global Occupy protests, Anderson tweeted out to her followers: Jobs on Main Street, not on K-ching Wall Street! #takeback11 #ows #occupydemocracy http://yfrog.com/o0crsizj 12:20 PM - 5 Oct 2011 At Larry Lessig teach-in @ #occupydc. Will intro him tonight on his new book on how big $ threatens our #republic @ GW Law...
  • IRS Employee: D.C. Told Us To Target Tea Party

    06/02/2013 10:49:56 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 65 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 6-2-2013 | Kerry Picket
    House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) revealed new testimony from IRS employees on CNN's State of The Union on Sunday. According to transcribed excerpts released by the Committee, a Cincinnati IRS employee made it clear they were told by Washington, D.C. personnel to give extra scrutiny to Tea Party groups: Q: In early 2010, was there a time when you became aware of applications that referenced Tea Party or other conservative groups? A: In March of 2010, I was made aware. ****** Q: Okay. Now, was there a point around this time period when [your supervisor]...
  • IRS Employee in Bombshell Congressional Interviews About Tea Party Targeting...

    06/02/2013 10:15:02 AM PDT · by kristinn · 110 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Sunday, June 2, 1013 | David Martosko
    IRS employee in bombshell congressional interviews about tea party targeting: 'Washington, DC wanted some cases ... I sent seven' Interviews with IRS employees have established that the Washington, D.C. headquarters of the Internal Revenue Service was engaged in targeting tea party groups and other conservative organizations for unfair levels of scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status. Rep. Darrel lssa, chairman of powerful House Committee of Oversight and Government Reform, made that startling announcement on CNN Sunday morning. 'As late as last week,' he said, 'the [Obama] administration was still trying to say the [IRS targeting scandal] was from a...
  • It Takes Some Moxie to Challenge the IRS (FReeper 3D-JOY picture in Florida Today)

    06/02/2013 9:23:29 AM PDT · by kristinn · 75 replies
    Florida Today | Sunday, June 2, 2013 | Wayne T. Price
    Gannett-owned Florida Today is headline and link only. Please do not repost the picture here.Link.
  • IRS may have targeted conservatives more broadly

    05/30/2013 5:45:05 PM PDT · by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost · 12 replies
    McClatchy ^ | May 30, 2013 | David Lightman and Kevin G. Hall | McClatchy Washington Bureau
    WASHINGTON A group of anti-abortion activists in Iowa had to promise the Internal Revenue Service it wouldn’t picket in front of Planned Parenthood. Catherine Engelbrecht’s family and business in Texas were audited by the government after her voting-rights group sought tax-exempt status from the IRS. Retired military veteran Mark Drabik of Nebraska became active in and donated to conservative causes, then found the IRS challenging his church donations. While the developing scandal over the targeting of conservatives by the tax agency has largely focused to date on its scrutiny of groups with words such as “tea party” or “patriot” in...
  • IRS Directed to Lock Down All Agency Data

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

    05/24/2013 7:06:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/24/2013 | Andrew McCarthy
    A series of letters suggests that senior IRS official Lois Lerner was directly involved in the agency’s targeting of conservative groups as recently as April 2012, more than nine months after she first learned of the activity. Lerner, the director of the IRS exempt organizations office in Washington, D.C., signed cover letters to 15 conservative organizations currently represented by the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) between in March and April of 2012. The letters, such as this one sent to the Ohio Liberty Council on March 16, 2012, informed the groups applying for tax-exempt status that the IRS...
  • House Oversight e-mails: IRS IG report was originally supposed to be released … last September?

    05/23/2013 4:32:59 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 34 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 1:21 pm on May 22, 2013 | by Allahpundit
    See for yourself. Issa’s committee was told last year that the report would be ready in September, two months before the election. Eight months later, the bomb finally dropped. Why? Did the IG initially underestimate the volume of malfeasance and how long it would take to dig it up? Or are there other, more cynical reasons?Even if the report wasn’t ready, Issa claims the IG had a statutory obligation to keep Congress updated on its findings as they were made. He didn’t. Why not? Issa is referring to part of the Inspector General Act that requires watchdogs to report serious...
  • Noonan: A Battering Ram Becomes a Stonewall

    05/24/2013 12:35:36 AM PDT · by Freedom of Speech Wins · 53 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 5/23/13 | Peggy Noonan
    The IRS's leaders refuse to account for the agency's corruption and abuse. "I don't know." "I don't remember." "I'm not familiar with that detail." "It's not my precise area." "I'm not familiar with that letter." These are quotes from the Internal Revenue Service officials who testified this week before the House and Senate. That is the authentic sound of stonewalling, and from the kind of people who run Washington in the modern age—smooth, highly credentialed and unaccountable. They're surrounded by legal and employment protections, they know how to parse a careful response, they know how to blur the essential point...
  • Coburn: Constituents link IRS audits to Mitt Romney donations [our whistleblower side is lit up]

    05/23/2013 9:55:52 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 64 replies
    Coburn: Constituents link IRS audits to Mitt Romney donations By Daniel Strauss - 05/23/13 09:33 AM ET Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said Thursday his constituents have suggested they were audited by the Internal Revenue Service because they donated to Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign. Coburn made the charge during an interview on MSNBC. [Watch video] "What I would tell you, is our whistleblower side is lit up," Coburn said Thursday on the news channel. "And I got a phone call yesterday and one of the things I want to know is, everybody that contributed to Romney, I want to know...
  • IRS Section 1203

    05/22/2013 9:10:19 PM PDT · by q_an_a · 18 replies
    Powerline.com ^ | 05.20.2013 | Scott Johnson
    I’m a fan and regular reader. Thanks for your yeoman’s work on the IRS scandal. I’m also retired from a 35-year law enforcement career, 22 of which were at the IRS Criminal Investigation Division, so I have some insight into the Service and its workings (although I spent all but one year doing money laundering – narcotics, and organized crime cases – rather than tax.) I’m quite surprised that no one has mentioned Section 1203 of the Internal Revenue Code, which mandates terminations of IRS employees who commit any of what are known in the Service as the “10 Deadly...
  • Is This the IRS Boss Who Oversaw the Targeting of Tea Party Groups?

    05/22/2013 10:23:00 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May. 22, 2013 12:04pm | Madeleine Morgenstern
    APThe contention that the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups was limited to several low-level workers may not be holding up.Former IRS acting head Steven Miller testified last week that two “rogue” agents responsible have already been disciplined. But Fox Cincinnati affiliate WXIX-TV has identified six local employees that sent probing letters to Tea Party groups: Mitchel Steele, Carly Young, Joseph Herr, Stephen Seok, Liz Hofacre and a woman known only as Ms. Richards.According to WXIX, all of those workers have separate managers, and separate territory managers above them; the only supervisor they do have in common is Cindy...
  • A Person of Privilege? Lois Lerner was too clever by half.

    05/23/2013 7:22:56 AM PDT · by billorites · 69 replies
    National Review Online ^ | May 23, 2013 | Fred Thompson
    Lois Lerner, the IRS official in charge of tax-exempt groups, took her too-clever-by-half act to Congress yesterday and may have waived her right to claim her Fifth Amendment privilege in the process. Appearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, she couldn’t resist citing a little history, bragging on her public service, instructing the committee as to the purpose of the Fifth Amendment, and proclaiming her innocence of everything the committee might be interested in — all before asserting her Fifth Amendment privilege. Chairman Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) was a bit taken aback. He had never seen anybody try...
  • Criminality Appears To Lie at the Heart of the IRS Scandal

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

    05/22/2013 9:34:32 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | UPDATED: 12:16 EST, 22 May 2013 | David Martosko In Washington
    Tempers flared in a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing Wednesday, with members on both sides of the aisle castigating the Internal Revenue Service for targeting conservative groups with special scrutiny, and then hiding the practice from Congress.Rep. Darrel Issa, the committee's chairman, said that the committee learned just yesterday that the IRS completed its own investigation a year before a Treasury Department Inspector General report was completed.But despite the IRS recognizing in May 2012 that its employees were treating right-wing groups differently from other organizations, Issa said, IRS personnel withheld those conclusions from legislators.'Just yesterday the committee interviewed...
  • IRS officials aren’t cooperating in probes at top or bottom

    05/22/2013 11:10:16 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 54 replies
    Mcclatchydc ^ | Wednesday, May 22, 2013 | By Kevin G. Hall and David Lightman | McClatchy Washington Bureau
    WASHINGTON — Internal Revenue Service officials are not fully cooperating with efforts to learn who is responsible for targeting conservative groups, lawmakers learned Wednesday during the third and most tense, dramatic hearing on the scandal. First, the director of the IRS division that oversees tax-exempt organizations at the heart of the scandal invoked her constitutional Fifth Amendment right and refused to answer questions during an appearance before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.Then, a Treasury Department inspector general told the committee that IRS employees in the Cincinnati office that handled applications for tax-exempt designations were not being fully...
  • The Real Reporting on the IRS

    05/23/2013 3:23:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 22, 2013 | Hugh Hewitt
    Carol Platt Liebau and Eliana Johnson aren't exactly Woodward and Bernstein --yet. But if both reporters keep up their relentless focus on the details of the IRS scandal --"Targetcon," "Targetgate," "Senseless in Cincinnati" --their names will be far and widely known as the first two serious reporters to take the burgeoning scandal seriously. Liebau labors at Townhall.com, and most her work appears first there in its "Tipsheet" column and eventually ends up easy to find and comprehensively categorized at CarolLiebau.com. Johnson's work appears most frequently in "The Corner" at National Review Online, though her work on the IRS is getting...
  • Impeaching Holder is a Good First Start

    05/23/2013 2:32:35 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 26 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 5-23-2013 | John Ransom
    Conservatives have alleged that progressives have been engaged in a callous attempt under this plutocratic administration in creating artificial crises so that the plutocracy can abridge citizens' rights. I mean further than they’ve already abridged them. And until now the press has ignored this vast right wing conspiracy theory time after time: Fast and Furious, Solyndra, TARP, HARP, Benghazi, the IRS, Gun Grabbing, Libya, Iran, Syria, Russia, stimulus spending, the Boston Bombing and the phony math on Obamacare. Wisconsin’s Jim Sensenbrenner summed it up during a House hearing on Fast and Furious when he said: "There is really no responsibility...
  • LIVE: HOUSE OVERSIGHT CMTE. HEARS ABOUT IRS AND CONSERVATIVE ORGANIZATIONS (9:30am ET)

    05/22/2013 5:54:13 AM PDT · by maggief · 1,417 replies
    C-SPAN3 ^ | May 22, 2013
    9:30am (ET) LIVE: HOUSE OVERSIGHT CMTE. HEARS ABOUT IRS AND CONSERVATIVE ORGANIZATIONS http://www.c-span.org/Live-Video/C-SPAN3/
  • Darrell Issa: Lois Lerner lost her rights

    05/22/2013 12:34:42 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 428 replies
    Politico ^ | May 22, 2013 | Rachael Bade
    House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa said embattled IRS official Lois Lerner waived her Fifth Amendment rights and will be hauled back to appear before his panel again. The California Republican said Lerner’s Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination was voided when she gave an opening statement this morning denying any wrongdoing and professing pride in her government service. “When I asked her her questions from the very beginning, I did so so she could assert her rights prior to any statement,” Issa told POLITICO. “She chose not to do so — so she waived.” Lerner triggered...
  • Woah!! ARMED DHS GUARDS Meet Tea Party Protesters Outside IRS Rally in St. Louis

    05/21/2013 1:58:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 110 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 5/21/13 | Jim Hoft
    ARMED DHS GUARDS GREETED TEA PARTY PROTESTERS TODAY AT THE ST. LOUIS IRS RALLY– No sign of the Light-Armored Tanks yet…
  • AP (and WaPo) Source: Treasury told WH of IRS disclosure plan

    05/21/2013 8:08:02 AM PDT · by kristinn · 16 replies
    AP (and The Washington Post) ^ | Monday night, May 20, 2013 | Julie Pace- AP, WaPo- Zachary A. Goldfarb and Juliet Eilperin
    AP:A Treasury official says the department told the White House twice that the IRS was preparing to make public its targeting of conservative political groups. The official said Monday that Treasury told the White House in late April about a possible speech in which IRS official Lois Lerner would make a public apology... SNIPWaPo:SNIP The Treasury Department was informed on three separate occasions that the IRS planned to disclose that it targeted conservative groups for scrutiny, and on one occasion, Treasury expressed concern about the nature of the disclosure, a Treasury official said on Monday night. In all cases, the...
  • Obama and the IRS: The Smoking Gun?

    05/20/2013 6:07:00 AM PDT · by Lakeshark · 74 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 5/20/13 | Jeffrey Lord
    “For me, it’s about collaboration.” — National Treasury Employees Union President Colleen Kelley on the relationship between the anti-Tea Party IRS union and the Obama White House Is President Obama directly implicated in the IRS scandal? Is the White House Visitors Log the trail to the smoking gun? The stunning questions are raised by the following set of new facts. March 31, 2010. According to the White House Visitors Log, provided here in searchable form by U.S. News and World Report, the president of the anti-Tea Party National Treasury Employees Union, Colleen Kelley, visited the White House at 12:30pm that...
  • IRS Scandal: Low-Level Cincinnati Workers Say They Simply Followed Bosses' Orders

    05/16/2013 7:55:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Townhall ^ | May 16, 2013 | Guy Benson
    It's rigorous work keeping pace with all of these scandals, as House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer discovered earlier this week, but we're doing our best nonetheless. On the IRS targeting issue, we covered a lot of ground yesterday and earlier, but the "fun" never ceases. It will come as a surprise to no one that IRS employees lean heavily Democratic. Their livelihoods depend on the existence of big, complicated government, so of course they'd vote blue. In the 2012 cycle, during which their agency's abusive methods were in place, IRS employees donated to Barack Obama over Mitt Romney by more...
  • The Internal IRS Whitewash of the Great Tea Party Purge: We Need A Special Prosecutor

    05/16/2013 7:22:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 15, 2013 | Hugh Hewitt
    On Tuesday night the report of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration on the great Tea Party purge was released. This is a terrible report. Just begin reading it and you will quickly realize that you are in the the swamp of obfuscation and CYA. On the "Highlights" page there are more questions raised than answered --questions such as who ordered "donor information received in response to a request destroyed" and who at the IRS, specifically, rejected some of the IG's recommendations and "alternative corrective actions?" Mixed into the first page of sanitized disclosures is the "request that social...
  • Michigan Tea Party Group Is A Victim of IRS Discrimination

    05/15/2013 9:40:25 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/15/2013 | Jarrett Skorup
    When the Ottawa County Patriots tried to register as a non-profit a few years ago, the Internal Revenue Service dragged its feet for over a year-and-a-half. The Michigan group now joins the ranks of those across the nation that were singled out for additional scrutiny because of their politics, said the group's leader. Jim Chiodo is the head of the organization out of the Holland-Zeeland area. The group worked with the company Biz Central USA, which helps people file as 501c(3) or 501c(4) non-profit organizations. Registering as a non-profit ensures a more formal structure and makes it easier to collect...
  • IRS Asks for Reading List, Tea Party Group Sends Constitution

    05/14/2013 12:54:07 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 30 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 14, 2013 | Abby Phillip, Jeff Zeleny
    When Marion Bower decided to start her tea party organization in 2010, she didn’t know that it would take nearly two years for the Internal Revenue Service to approve her request for tax-exempt status. The Ohio woman also did not expect that providing information about the books her group read would be part of the application process. “I was trying to be very cordial, but they wanted copies of unbelievable things,” Bower told ABC News today. “They wanted to know what materials we had discussed at any of our book studies.” She ultimately sent one of the books, “The Five...
  • IRS Office That Targeted Tea Party Also Disclosed Confidential Docs From Conservative Groups

    05/13/2013 3:28:07 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 18 replies
    ProPublica ^ | May 13, 2013 | Kim Barker and Justin Elliott
    The same IRS office that deliberately targeted conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status in the run-up to the 2012 election released nine pending confidential applications of conservative groups to ProPublica late last year.
  • Revealed: The 55 questions the IRS asked one tea party group...

    05/13/2013 3:32:17 PM PDT · by grundle · 20 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | May 13, 20913 | David Martosko
    Full title: Revealed: The 55 questions the IRS asked one tea party group after more than two years of waiting – including demands for names of all its donors and volunteers Link to 55-question inquisition (PDF)The Internal Revenue Service wrote to the Richmond Tea Party last year demanding to know the names of all its financial donors and volunteers, as part of a 55-question inquisition into its application for tax-exempt status, MailOnline has learned. The agency wanted to know 'the names of the donors, contributors, and grantors' for every year 'from inception to the present.' It also demanded 'the amounts...
  • Rush: The 2010 Election and Citizens United Shook Democrats to the Core

    05/13/2013 2:24:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Excellence in Broadcasting Network ^ | May 13, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: You know, folks, on this IRS business, I think the 2010 midterms really shocked the Democrats. I think they might have expected to maybe lose some seats, although, actually, my memory -- no, no, no, no, no, my memory is that they thought with the overwhelming popularity of Obama it might be the first time that a sitting president's party increased seats. Well, it wouldn't be the first time. I think Bush did it. But they were clearly hoping for at least a draw. In the 2010 midterms they got shellacked. It's one of the reasons I...
  • Gingrich pounds IRS: ‘Administration won’t profile terrorists, but profiles patriots’

    05/13/2013 1:20:13 PM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 39 replies
    BizPac ^ | May 13, 2013 | Janeen Capizola
    Former House Speaker and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich made two points Monday on “Morning Joe” that Americans should hear and heed. Referring to the still developing IRS scandal involving its targeting of tea party-like, conservative political groups, Gingrich asked, “How can you put Obamacare under the Internal Revenue Service?” Gingrich said President Obama “has a huge problem because Obamacare relies very heavily on the IRS.” Although not in the segment of the video below, Politico reported Gingrich also said during the interview: Why would you trust the bureaucracy with your health if you can’t trust the bureaucracy with your politics?...
  • Why Did IRS Target Conservative Groups? Was it legitimate reaction to tax-exempt electioneering?

    05/13/2013 1:25:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | May 13, 2013 | Megan McArdle, special correspondent, Newsweek & The Daily Beas
    Kevin Drum outlines what I take to be the emerging case for the defense of the IRS agents who applied special scrutiny to tax-exemption applications from Tea Party groups: Roughly speaking, what seems to have happened is that three years ago the IRS was facing an explosion of newly formed 501(c)4 groups claiming tax exempt status, something that's legal only for groups that are primarily engaged in promoting education or social welfare, not electioneering. So some folks in the Cincinnati office tried to come up with a quick filter to flag groups that deserved extra scrutiny. But what should that...
  • Did IRS dirty tricks against Tea Party end in Cincinnati?

    05/13/2013 1:43:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    To understand the moral context of the IRS' admission that it improperly targeted conservative Tea Party and Patriot nonprofits during the 2012 presidential campaign, it helps to know that Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama have something in common besides twice being elected to the Oval Office: All three appear to have been quite willing to use the most intrusive powers of the federal government against their political opposition. Nixon was especially craven about it. He made clear to aides that they were to use the IRS against Democratic nominee George McGovern, senior members of McGovern's campaign staff and...
  • Pelosi: IRS problem stems from court ruling

    05/13/2013 11:30:16 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 29 replies
    washington times ^ | 5/13 | dinan
    <p>House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Monday that the IRS should be condemned for targeting conservative groups for special scrutiny in the run-up to last year’s elections, but she also blamed the Supreme Court for opening the door to broader political activity.</p>
  • Collins: Why hasn’t Obama spoken up about the IRS scandal?

    05/13/2013 7:20:42 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 45 replies
    Susan Collins appeared on CNN’s State of the Union yesterday to address the exploding scandal at the IRS, as many of the other Sunday talk shows focused more on the exploding scandal of Benghazi. Candy Crowley asked Collins, “Is this passing the smell test to you?” Collins scoffed at the explanation given — that this took place only among low-level staffers — and wondered aloud why Barack Obama and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew haven’t apologized for the agency’s targeting of political opponents for more than a year up to the 2012 election.
  • Expose Obama’s abuse, then de-fang the IRS

    05/13/2013 7:19:14 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 12 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | May 13, 2013 | Herman Cain
    Just an IRS demand for documents can virtually cripple an organization that can find itself needing to bring all hands on deck to comply with the demand. The White House will claim, of course, that it had nothing to do with this and was completely unaware of it. Congress should certainly not accept that claim on its face. House Republicans should stop at nothing to bring the truth about this matter to light, because most Americans don’t realize the power the IRS has to harass ordinary citizens. Do we have evidence that the Obama political team drove this in any...
  • IRS targeted conservatives as early as 2010: WSJ; Update: ABC corroborates

    05/13/2013 7:13:15 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 24 replies
    On Saturday, we discovered that the IRS targeting of conservative groups didn’t start in 2012 and wasn’t limited to a few rogue low-level agents. Senior officials became aware of the practice at least as early as June 2011, including the top lawyer for the IRS. Today, the Wall Street Journal and Reuters report that an upcoming IG report will show that the practice first began in the 2010 midterm cycle (via TPM):
  • Internal IRS Mandate: 'Be on the Lookout' for 'Organizations Involved In ... Educating...

    05/13/2013 6:47:09 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 21 replies
    Internal IRS Mandate: 'Be on the Lookout' for 'Organizations Involved In ... Educating on Constitution and Bill of Rights' May 12, 2013 By Terence P. Jeffrey (CNSNews.com) - A timeline of Internal Revenue Service activities that was developed by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration and provided to congressional staff indicates that early last year--as the nation was headed toward a presidential election--the IRS issued a "be on the lookout order" (BOLO) for officials in its "Determinations Unit" to ferret out for heightened scrutiny organizations applying for tax exempt status that were involved in educating Americans "on the Constitution...
  • IRS scandal grows to include debt critics

    05/13/2013 6:52:23 AM PDT · by george76 · 69 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 13, 2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    the IRS may have been casting an even wider net, and agents could have unfairly targeted groups that touted better government economic policy and debt pay-down. Also among the targeted: Groups that tried to educate about the Constitution or government policy critics ... at least one congressional member has wondered: What about Obamacare? Do critics of Obamacare face extra layers of IRS scrutiny, also?
  • IRS Scrutinized Groups for Advocating Smaller Government

    05/12/2013 10:07:13 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 20 replies
    On Sunday, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration has discovered that the IRS did not merely target groups containing the words “Tea Party” or “patriots” – the IRS gave heightened scrutiny for any conservative groups “raising political concerns over government spending, debt and taxes or even for advocating making America a better place to live.” Political leanings were the issue, not merely group names, a direct rebuttal to the IRS’ statement last week that screening was apolitical in nature. The inspector general’s report is scheduled for release later this week. It will reportedly...
  • Ways and Means Committee: When Did WH Know IRS Targeted Groups Based on Political Philosophy?

    05/12/2013 9:15:13 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    CNS News ^ | 5/12/13 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - The House Ways and Means Committee wants to know when the White House first knew that the Internal Revenue Service was targeting groups for heightened scrutiny for their political views, including groups that used the words "tea party" or "patriot" in their applications for tax exempt status, or that sought to educate people about the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration has provided a timeline to congressional staff that indicates that in the 2010 election year the Internal Revenue Service instructed officials in its "Determinations Unit" to "be on the lookout...
  • Wider Problems Found at IRS

    05/12/2013 7:53:56 PM PDT · by Innovative · 45 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 12, 2013 | JOHN D. MCKINNON and SIOBHAN HUGHES
    The Internal Revenue Service's scrutiny of conservative groups went beyond those with "tea party" or "patriot" in their names—as the agency admitted Friday—to also include ones worried about government spending, debt or taxes, and even ones that lobbied to "make America a better place to live," according to new details of a government probe. The investigation also revealed that a high-ranking IRS official knew as early as mid-2011 that conservative groups were being inappropriately targeted—nearly a year before then-IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman told a congressional committee the agency wasn't targeting conservative groups.
  • IRS Inquisition Update (IRS hitten the Joos Too)

    05/12/2013 4:52:55 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 10 replies
    NRO ^ | 5/12/2013 | Kevin Williamson
    Along with targeting tea-party groups, the IRS may also have given extra-special attention to the tax-exempt status of some Jewish groups for political reasons. From the Jewish Press: The passionately pro-Israel organization Z STREET filed a lawsuit against the IRS, claiming it had been told by an IRS agent that because the organization was “connected to Israel,” its application for tax-exempt status would receive additional scrutiny. This admission was made in response to a query about the lengthy reveiw of Z STREET’s tax exempt status application. In addition, the IRS agent told a Z STREET representative that the applications of...
  • Glenn Beck’s Withering Response to the IRS Admitting It Targeted the 9/12 Project, Conservative Grps

    05/12/2013 1:23:59 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 31 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May. 11, 2013 | Erica Ritz
    Glenn Beck issued a response Saturday to the Internal Revenue Service’s shocking admission that it has unfairly targeted conservative groups, pointing out that he and his news organization have been reporting on the issue for over a year. “In February 2012, TheBlaze first reported what the IRS now admits to – that they unfairly targeted conservative groups including the 9/12 project. It is nice to see everyone else playing catch-up and finally asking the same questions that TheBlaze started raising over a year ago,” Beck’s statement read. As early as February 14, 2012, TheBlaze’s Mike Opelka published a story titled:...
  • How Mark Levin Led Fight Against IRS

    05/12/2013 1:03:29 PM PDT · by penelopesire · 33 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | May 12, 2013 | Joel Pollack
    When accusations first emerged in 2010 that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) had targeted conservative and Tea Party groups for additional scrutiny, it was unclear how widespread the problem was, or how to respond. Some groups sued the IRS. Some contacted Congress, which sent inquiries to the IRS over a period of several months, beginning in October 2012. The House Ways and Means Committee, which is opening hearings on the subject on Wednesday, sent three separate letters to the IRS--but the IRS claimed no knowledge of the issue. It took the efforts of Mark Levin's Landmark Legal Foundation to find...
  • 'Inappropriate' Rights Violations in Obama's 'Democracy'

    05/12/2013 11:05:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 12, 2013 | Paul Jacob
    You don’t need an explanation. These aren’t the partisan political abuses you’re looking for. Move along. It was all a big mistake. An unfortunate, accidental error. And “what difference does it make?” anyway, since according to the New York Times headline, the “I.R.S. Apologizes to Tea Party Groups Over Audits of Applications for Tax Exemption.” Yes, indeed, the IRS says it is sorry. But not actually to the Tea Party and Patriot organizations, whose equal rights under the law the agency so flagrantly violated. Instead, last week, Lois Lerner, the Director of Exempt Organizations for the Internal Revenue Service, admitted...
  • GOP Senator: Obama Must Apologize For 'Absolutely Chilling' IRS Targeting Of Tea Party Groups

    05/12/2013 10:12:48 AM PDT · by Nachum · 48 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/12/13 | Brett LoGiurato
    U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said Sunday that the IRS´ admission of targeting various conservative groups for extra scrutiny was "absolutely chilling," and she called on President Barack Obama to apologize. "This is truly outrageous and it contributes to the profound distrust that the American people have in government," Collins said on CNN´s "State of the Union." "It is absolutely chilling that the IRS was singling out conservative groups for extra review, and I think it´s very disappointing that the president hasn´t personally condemned this and spoken out." The Alabama Democratic Party:
  • ‘The IRS: First they Came for the Tea Partiers, Then They Came for the Jews’

    05/11/2013 8:41:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    PJ Media ^ | May 11, 2013 | Ed Driscoll
    “Whoa: Did the IRS also target Jewish groups for ‘extra-special attention’?,” Twitchy asks: The IRS admits to targeting conservative groups for additional review and laughably claims the witch hunt wasn’t “motivated by political bias.” What will its math-challenged spokeswoman Lois Lerner say about allegations that the IRS gave “extra-special attention to the tax-exempt status of some Jewish groups for political reason”? * * * * * The pro-Israel group Z STREET filed a lawsuit against the IRS in 2010, claiming an IRS agent said the organization would come under extra scrutiny because it’s “connected to Israel.” In addition, the IRS...