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  • Nonpartisan, apolitical IRS prepares to blame the GOP for delayed tax refunds

    12/19/2014 9:53:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/19/2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    The IRS has been bled white, complained Commissioner John Koskinen. Budget cuts to the agency, he adds, have forced the IRS to eliminate almost all overtime, implement hiring freezes, and furlough nonessential operatives. It will also likely mean a reduction in taxpayer services like audits and, yes, even the processing of refund checks. And Koskinen wants the public to know that it’s all the GOP’s fault. “Everybody’s return will get processed,” the IRS commissioner told reporters on Thursday. “But people have gotten very used to being able to file their return and quickly get a refund. This year we...
  • 2014 is the Year of the Liberal Lie

    12/15/2014 9:16:56 AM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 3 replies
    nypost.com ^ | 12/14/14 | Kyle Smith
    2014 is the Year of the Liberal Lie By Kyle Smith Bowe Bergdahl. The IRSs missing e-mails. Lena Dunham. Hands up, dont shoot. Jonathan Gruber. GM and that faulty ignition switch. Andrew Cuomo and that anti-corruption commission. The Secret Service and that White House intruder. Rachel Noerdlinger and her disabled son. Rolling Stone and gang rape. 2014 was the year when truth was optional. 2014 was the year when convenient fabrication was the weapon of choice for celebrities, activists, big business and politicians. 2014 was the Year of the Lie. In each case, the liars used their powerful positions to...
  • California Attorney General Sued to Stop Disclosure of Conservative Group's Donor Addresses

    12/14/2014 6:51:53 PM PST · by PROCON · 16 replies
    breitbart ^ | Dec. 13, 2014 | Chriss W. Street
    Conservative think tank Americans for Prosperity (AFP), co-founded by principals of Koch Industries, sued in federal court to prevent ultra-liberal California Attorney General Kamala Harris from using her office to disclose the names and addresses of their 90,000 donors. Harris may have a problem with AFP being a major force behind the Tea Party movement and its support of free markets, entrepreneurship, lower taxes, and limited government spending and regulation. As a federally registered 501(c)(4), not-for-profit educational organization, Americans for Prosperity is allowed under federal law to raise and spend money educating the public regarding issues associated with political campaigns...
  • LOIS LERNER invitation to Ft. Marcy Park (White House instructs - come alone)

    07/11/2014 6:02:31 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 42 replies
    ebay ^ | 7-11-14
    Let's see how long ebay takes to remove this. If you want to ask some fun questions, perhaps they will receive fun answers. Maybe this could go viral.
  • New Lois Lerner emails indicate Obamas DOJ involved in IRS targeting scandal

    12/11/2014 1:12:36 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/11/2014 | Noah Rothman
    In the month prior to the 2010 midterm elections, Internal Revenue Service investigator Lois Lerner met with Justice Department officials to discuss the criminal prosecution of tax-exempt political groups. It had previously been revealed that Lerner investigated avenues for prosecuting certain tax-exempt status applicants upon the suggestion of Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) when the watchdog group Judicial Watch obtained Lerners emails on that subject via a FOIA request. The email, dated May 8, 2013, revealed some coordination between Lerner and the Department of Justice: I got a call today from Richard Pilger Director Elections Crimes Branch at DOJ, I...
  • New emails show IRS' Lerner met with DOJ prosecutors before 2010 elections

    12/09/2014 9:11:23 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 25 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12-9-2014 | Mark Tapscott
    New emails show IRS' Lerner met with DOJ prosecutors before 2010 elections BY: Mark Tapscott December 9, 2014 Former IRS executive Lois Lerner met with officials from the Department of Justice election crimes staff as early as September 2010 to discuss prosecution of conservative and Tea Party nonprofit applicants, according to new emails obtained by a watchdog group. In a Sept. 29, 2010, email from an unnamed DOJ official, arrangements were made for a meeting the following month between attorneys from the election crimes unit of the Justice Department's Public Integrity Section and the IRS to "discuss 501(c)(4) issues." The...
  • Judicial Watch Documents:

    12/09/2014 9:08:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 9, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    New documents obtained through a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act lawsuit show former IRS head of tax exempt groups Lois Lerner met with the Department of Justice Election Crimes Division as early as October 2010, just one month before the historic 2010-midterm elections when Republicans regained control of the House and at the peak of the tea party movement.From Judicial Watch: As result of a court order, the DOJ last month produced only two pages of heavily redacted emails (832 pages were withheld in entirety) that show the Obama Justice Department initiated an October 8, 2010, meeting between the...
  • The IRS Scandal is Not Going Away

    12/06/2014 10:12:21 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 24 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 12-6-14 | Bruce Walker
    The IRS scandal is not much in the news these days, but it is not going away. The more Obamas minions stonewall this scandal, the more congressional Democrats discount the scandal, the more the leftist establishment media ignores this scandal, the more toxic it will be for the left. In late November we learned that 30,000 of Lois Lerners lost e-mails have been found, but these e-mails have not yet been converted into readable form. The utter contempt the Obama administration shows toward the oversight powers of Congress, toward the millions of information technology-savvy Americans who grasp the lying and...
  • Uncovering Obamas IRS Enemies List

    12/04/2014 12:39:15 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/04/14 | Matthew Vadum
    Thousands of pages of smoking gun documents remain in legal limbo More proof has emerged that President Obama is using the IRS as a weapon against his perceived enemies as the administration abruptly canceled the release of 2,500 damning documents reportedly showing that the IRS illegally shared taxpayer files with the White House. The existence of the documents is yet more proof that Obama maintains an extensive enemies list and that he treats the IRS as his personal plaything while he closely collaborates with senior IRS officials who have practically taken up residence with him in the White House. To...
  • Feds balk at releasing docs showing IRS sharing tax returns with White House

    12/03/2014 10:02:05 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 3, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    Less than a week after fessing up that it found some 2,500 documents potentially showing that the IRS shared taxpayer returns with the White House, the Obama administration has reversed course and wont release the trove to a group suing for access. In an abrupt decision, the Treasury inspector generals office said that the documents are covered by privacy and disclosure laws and cant be provided to Cause of Action, despite a promise last week to hand over some 2,500. The decision coincides with publication this week of the Washington Examiner's series, "Watchdogs, lapdogs and attack dogs," that assesses problems...
  • IRS: The Internal Repression Service

    05/17/2014 10:17:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/17/2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Through months of Obama administration stonewalling, the redoubtable Judicial Watch perseveres in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, finally uncovering bombshell documents that have eluded several congressional investigations. For the second time in a matter of days, we find that standing oversight committees with competing subject-matter jurisdictions and limited attention spans are incapable of the grand-jury-style probe needed to get to the bottom of administration lawlessness. For that, in the absence of a scrupulous special prosecutor reasonably independent from the Obama Justice Department (not gonna happen), it becomes clear that a select committee will be necessary. Just two weeks ago,...
  • IRS letters harassing conservative groups came from Washington, DC headquarters and California ..

    05/16/2013 2:51:48 PM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 17 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | May 15, 2013 | David Martosko In Washington
    TITLE:Documents: IRS letters harassing conservative groups came from Washington, DC headquarters and from California offices, despite Inspector General's focus on Cincinnati employees Tax agency has admitted targeting tea party groups and other conservative organizations for special, politically motivated scrutiny IRS inspector general focused on wrongdoing in Cincinnati, Ohio office and ignored abusive letters coming from other cities MailOnline found letters from IRS's Washington, D.C. headquarters, and from IRS offices in two southern California cities The American Center on Law and Justice is threatening to sue the IRS if 27 tea party groups aren't granted tax-exempt statuses by Friday Letters from...
  • They Werent Rogue Agents: Its impossible to believe targeting was confined to Cincinnati.

    06/06/2013 7:30:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/06/2013 | Andrew Stiles
    How might you feel if you had performed, with your bosses permission and direction, a project that they later blamed on you and publicly denounced as a rogue operation? Thats the situation in which some employees of the Cincinnatis IRS office find themselves. The IRS and the Obama administration have repeatedly said that low-level, rogue employees in Cincinnati were to blame for the agencys inappropriate targeting of conservative groups, despite an array of evidence to the contrary. As a result, those Cincinnati employees are understandably miffed. Several IRS employees in the Cincinnati field office acknowledge in recent interviews with the...
  • Docs: IRS letters harassing groups came from DC HQ & CA, despite IG's focus on Cincinnati employees

    05/15/2013 5:12:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | May 15, 2013 | David Martosko
    Letters from the IRS to tea party-related organizations in Oklahoma City and Albuquerque, New Mexico show that IRS headquarters in Washington, D.C., and two satellite offices in California, were directly involved with sending harassing letters to conservative organizations that sought tax-exempt status. The IRS has acknowledged only the involvement of its Exempt Organizations office in Cincinnati, Ohio, which typically makes most decisions about granting or denying tax-exempt status to non-profit organizations. And Wednesday afternoon, CNN cited a congressional source in reporting that the acting IRS Commissioner whom President Obama fired later in the day had identified two 'rogue'...
  • TYRRELL: Exit the IRS stage left

    06/20/2013 12:29:56 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 21 replies
    Rare.US ^ | June 20, 2013 | R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.
    Who is Gary Muthert? Well, he is the Internal Revenue Service officer in Cincinnati who gathered applications in 2010 presumably from the tea party and other conservative organizations seeking tax-exempt status. He did it, he says, at the behest of a local Cincinnati IRS manager who incidentally remains unidentified. According to transcripts of Mutherts testimony to the House investigative committee, the unidentified manager informed Muthert that Washington, D.C. wanted some cases. That is to say, tea party cases. Who is Elizabeth Hofacre? She too is an employee of the IRS in Cincinnati. She somehow received Mutherts cases, and whether...
  • Issa Says Washington Directed IRS Targeting Out of Cincinnati

    06/02/2013 11:42:43 PM PDT · by grundle · 10 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | June 2, 2013 | Arlette Saenz
    WASHINGTON - The IRS agents in Cincinnati who were involved in the targeting of conservative groups were "being directly ordered from Washington," Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said today, and he accused the White House of lying about the involvement of IRS headquarter officials in the scandal, calling White House Press Secretary Jay Carney a "paid liar." "The administration is still - their paid liar, their spokesperson, picture behind - he's still making up things about what happens and calling this local rogue," Issa said on CNN's "State of the Union." "The reason that Lois Lerner tried to take the Fifth...
  • Obama tells a whopper on IRS scandal (I say it is a bald-faced lie)

    12/09/2013 5:44:53 AM PST · by bestintxas · 13 replies
    wash times ^ | 12/9/13 | j curl
    Fact: The IRS targeted conservative and tea party groups requesting tax-exempt status in the run-up to the 2012 presidential election. Thats a fact. Congress held hearings embarrassing hearings. Three top Internal Revenue Service officials resigned. No heads rolled, but for the Obama administration, and the lawless Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., that amounted to a major scandal. Even White House spokesman Jay Circus Carney called the IRS actions inappropriate. Fact. But President Obama, in an interview last week with sycophant Chris Matthews, now says the entire scandal was made up by the media. When we do things right,...
  • The IRS Scandal is My Fault, Too?

    05/14/2013 1:19:19 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 9 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 5-14-2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Now, it was just yesterday at the fundraiser in Harvey Weinstein's fashionable West Village home in Manhattan. Again, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel were in the audience. This morning on Good Morning America, here is portion of Jonathan Karl, the White House correspondent's report about the IRS scandal -- and, lo and behold, I end up being in this report. KARL: That's not good enough for some conservatives, who point to past references the president has made to Tea Party groups. OBAMA: I've been a little amused over the past couple of days where people are having...
  • Confusion and Staff Troubles Rife at I.R.S. Office in Ohio

    05/19/2013 5:41:58 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 66 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 18, 2013 | NICHOLAS CONFESSORE, DAVID KOCIENIEWSKI and MICHAEL LUO
    During the summer of 2010, the dozen or so accountants and tax agents of Group 7822 of the Internal Revenue Service office in Cincinnati got a directive from their manager. A growing number of organizations identifying themselves as part of the Tea Party had begun applying for tax exemptions, the manager said, advising the workers to be on the lookout for them and other groups planning to get involved in elections. I dont believe theres any such thing as rogue agents, said Bonnie Esrig, a former senior manager in the I.R.S. office in Cincinnati. The specialists, hunched over laptops on...
  • IRS Scandal: Abuse Committed By Higher-Ups Outside Ohio

    05/29/2013 5:56:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | May 29, 2013 | John Nolte
    The Obama administration's spin that only two rogue agents in Cincinnati, Ohio were behind the systematic harassment of conservative groups by the IRS, continues to unravel. NBC News reports that a number of targeted conservative groups received letters from IRS higher-ups from offices outside of Cincinnati -- including Washington DC. Moreover, one conservative group claims to have received a harassing IRS letter just three weeks ago. Jay Sekulow is a one-time trial lawyer who represented the IRS in tax-exempt cases. Today, though, he represents 27 conservative groups singled out by the IRS. The lawsuit he intends to file includes letters...
  • New IRS e-mails: Yep, direction came from D.C. and yep, it was political

    05/15/2014 7:42:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/15/2014 | Mary Katharine Ham
    A tranche of new Internal Revenue Service e-mails refute the White House’s longtime defense of the agency’s actions in the IRS targeting scandal. The e-mails, uncovered by a Judicial Watch FOIA request, reveal there was direction coming from the Washington headquarters of the IRS and that the targeting of Tea Party groups was indeed political. The Washington Examiner‘s Mark Tapscott excerpts: In a July 2012 email, Holly Paz, who was then director of the IRS Rulings and Agreements division, asked IRS lawyer Steven Grodnitzky “to let Cindy and Sharon know how we have been handling Tea Party applications in...
  • IRS employee: Washington showed unprecedented interest in Tea Party groups

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

    06/18/2014 6:21:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/18/2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    Congressional investigators are fuming over revelations that the Internal Revenue Service has lost a trove of emails to and from a central figure in the agencys tea-party controversy. Thats the opening sentence of the Associated Press story on the IRSs claim that it lost an unknown number of e-mails over two years relating to the agencys alleged targeting of political groups hostile to the president. But note how the AP casts the story: The investigators Republican lawmakers are outraged. Is it really so hard to imagine that if this were a Republican administration, the story wouldnt be the...
  • Summary of Obamas IRS scandal, as of November 22, 2014

    11/22/2014 3:41:03 PM PST · by grundle · 6 replies
    wordpress ^ | November 22, 2014 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Summary of Obama’s IRS scandal, as of November 22, 2014 In May 2013, the Washington Post reported that the IRS had illegally targeted conservative groups for additional reviews. Organizations with the words “tea party” or “patriot” were singled out for harassment, such as requiring them to provide a list of donors, details about their internet postings on social networking websites, and information about their family members.When this was first reported by the media in May 2013, Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS division that had conducted these illegal activities, claimed that only low level employees had...
  • GOPs Try to Trace IRS Scandal Back Toward the White House

    07/20/2013 5:34:32 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    PJ Media ^ | July 20, 2013 | Bill Staub
    Chairmen demand additional information regarding internal discussions about the status of Tea Party groups. WASHINGTON Several high-ranking Republican lawmakers are seeking additional documents from the Internal Revenue Service following revelations that the agencys practice of blocking requests for tax-exempt status from several political groups may involve an official close to the White House. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is probing the ongoing IRS scandal, led a group of four committee and subcommittee chairmen asking Daniel Werfel, commissioner of the nations tax collection agency, to provide additional information regarding internal discussions...
  • IRS manager says tea party groups not politically targeted (LIARS!!!)

    06/19/2013 3:57:21 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 31 replies
    la times ^ | 6/19/2013 | Joseph Tanfani
    An Internal Revenue Service manager who described himself as a "conservative Republican" told congressional investigators that no one in the agency's Cincinnati office was trying to target tea party organizations for political reasons, according to an interview transcript released Tuesday. The manager, John Shafer, said he and an employee in his screening unit decided to pull applications for tax-exempt status filed by political groups and send them to managers in Washington. He said they were aware of the controversy over the groups and wanted to ensure they were treated uniformly. "Because of media attention that he had seen, he had...
  • Reality Check: Inspector General may need to interview IRS agents again, This time under oath?

    05/23/2013 8:23:37 AM PDT · by ncfool · 30 replies
    fox19.com Cincinnati, Ohio ^ | 5/22/2013 | Channel 19
    There is a gal in DC named Holly Paz. she is also in the food chain according to a Cinc TV station http://www.fox19.com/story/22401447/rc-inspector-general-may-need-to-interview-irs-agents-again You can go to the FEC web site and see that she has been a bid donor to Obummer in 2008 about $4,000.00 Also here is a story from the Cincinnati Newspaper. http://news.cincinnati.com/interactive/article/20130522/NEWS01/305230035/IRS-emails-Who-knew-what-when- Another one from national Review.
  • Who Is Cindy Thomas?

    05/22/2013 9:11:45 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 28 replies
    townhall.com ^ | May 22, 2013 | Carol Platt Liebau
    The short answer? The highest-ranking official in the Cincinnati office where, the IRS would have us believe, a few rogue employees initiated a scheme to target conservatives. SNIP When an application for tax exempt status comes into the IRS, agents have 270 days to work through that application. If the application is not processed within those 270 days it automatically triggers flags in the system. When that happens, individual agents are required to input a status update on that individual case once a month, every month until the case is resolved. Keep in mind, at least 300 groups were targeted...
  • The IRS Email Scandal: Where's the Outrage?

    06/18/2014 10:20:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 18, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    "Congressional investigators are fuming over revelations that the Internal Revenue Service has lost a trove of emails to and from a central figure in the agency's tea party controversy." That's the opening sentence of the Associated Press story on the IRS's claim that it lost an unknown number of emails over two years relating to the agency's alleged targeting of political groups hostile to the president. But note how the AP casts the story: The investigators -- Republican lawmakers -- are outraged. Is it really so hard to imagine that if this were a Republican administration, the story wouldn't be...
  • Surprise: Obama-Appointed IRS Chief Counsel "Helped Develop" Targeting Methods

    07/17/2013 2:37:13 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 17, 2013 | Guy Benson
    So says a low-level IRS whistleblower who will testify on Capitol Hill tomorrow morning. The Washington Post reports: The chief counsels office for the Internal Revenue Service, headed by a political appointee of President Obama, helped develop the agencys problematic guidelines for reviewing tea party cases, according to a top IRS attorney.In interviews with congressional investigators, IRS lawyer Carter Hull said his superiors told him that the chief counsels office, led by William Wilkins, would need to review some of the first applications the agency screened for additional scrutiny because of potential political activity.Previous accounts from IRS employees had shown...
  • IRS Employees: We Targeted Conservative Groups on Orders from Washington

    06/03/2013 9:21:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 06/03/2013 | Bryan Preston
    Ahead of new hearings on the IRS abuse scandal, the House Government Oversight and Reform Committee has released transcripts of depositions it has taken with IRS employees. The employees directly contradict IRS honcho Lois Lerner’s claim that the targeting was merely the work of “rogue” employees in the IRS Cincinnati office. Q: So is it your perspective that ultimately the responsible parties for the decisions that were reported by the IG are not in the Cincinnati office? A: I don’t know how to answer that question. I mean, from an agent standpoint, we didn’t do anything wrong. We followed...
  • Judicial Watch: New Documents Show IRS HQ Control of Tea Party Targeting

    05/14/2014 11:15:31 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | May 14, 2014
    Documents also Reveal Unusual Pressure from Key Democrat Senator to Target Conservatives (Washington, DC) Judicial Watch today released a new batch of Internal Revenue Service (IRS) documents revealing that its handling of Tea Party applications was directed out of the agencys headquarters in Washington, DC. The documents also show extensive pressure on the IRS by Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) to shut down conservative-leaning tax-exempt organizations. The IRS emails by Lois Lerner detail her misleading explanations to investigators about the targeting of Tea Party organizations. The documents came in response to an October 2013 Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act...
  • THE IRS SCANDAL IS MUCH WORSE THAN ANYONE REALIZES

    06/07/2013 9:11:22 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 78 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 05/31/2013 | Wayne Allyn Root
    I lived through a nightmare but am here to talk about it. I was one of those victims of the IRS scandal. As an outspoken critic of President Obama and his socialist anti-business agenda, the IRS targeted me for intimidation and persecutionnot once, but twice. The first IRS attack started in January of 2011. After I won a victory in tax court in the summer of 2012, I was audited again 5 days later. FIVE DAYS. Tax experts have never heard of this happening- EVER. But my nightmare is over. Just yesterday, I won again. My tax attorney just received...
  • Mitch McConnell Realizes IRS Scandal Is Over

    06/21/2013 12:29:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 108 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 6/21/2013 | Jonathan Chait
    Mitch McConnell delivered a speech today at the American Enterprise Institute to officially signal that the IRS scandal has entered its post-fact phase. When the IRS first revealed that its Cincinnati office had attempted to enforce its nonprofit laws using a search function that disproportionately impacted conservatives, Republicans were certain it must have come from the White House. They were going to follow the facts. But all of the facts point in the same direction, which is that the Obama administration had nothing to do with it at all. That was the conclusion of the agencys inspector-general report, as well...
  • Special Report: The Status of the Tea Party Movement Part One: The Tea Party in 2013

    01/10/2014 12:55:28 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    During the month of January 2014, IREHR will publish a multi-segment special report on the current status of the Tea Party movement. We will publish a track the membership of the principal organizations in the movementa task undertaken by no organization or agency other than IREHR. We will look at geographic regions where this membership is concentrated. And we will look at some of the money that keeps this movement in the public eye. In the piece below, we follow the Tea Parties over the course of 2013. It was a year of countervailing winds and storms. A drive against...
  • White House counsel kept IRS probe results from Obama

    05/20/2013 8:19:36 PM PDT · by neverdem · 69 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 20, 2013 | Kim Dixon and Roberta Rampton
    Two senior White House aides knew weeks ago that a probe of the Internal Revenue Service had found that the U.S. tax agency had inappropriately targeted conservative groups, but did not tell President Barack Obama, a White House spokesman said on Monday. A Treasury Department official informed White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler on April 24 about the preliminary findings of a report that would fuel the latest in a series of scandals to confront Obama at the start of his second term. The report was issued by a Treasury inspector general on May 14, four days after an IRS official...
  • IRS Scandal Continues With More Lies

    02/09/2014 5:52:51 AM PST · by LD Jackson · 25 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 02/09/14 | LD Jackson
    President Obama and his administration would like us to believe that the scandal(s) surrounding the IRS are nothing more than a fabricated witch hunt designed to cause trouble for an administration distrusted by conservatives and Fox News. He said there wasn't a "smidgen of corruption" present in the IRS' targeting of conservative groups. Yes, that's what he really said to Bill O'Reilly. He as much as blamed the scandal on the reporting done by Fox News. He claims the investigation into the matter found the IRS and the agents involved did nothing wrong in their targeting of 501(c)(4) groups. What...
  • Who Is the Savvy William Wilkins?

    07/23/2013 6:47:51 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 7-23-13 | Jeffrey Lord
    Obama-appointed IRS Chief Counsel is sued. IRS targeted Christine ODonnell. So. Buckle in. True the Vote, the Tea Party-style group targeted by Internal Revenue Service officials who are now at the very heart of the IRS scandal, is suing William Wilkins. That would be the William Wilkins who is the IRS Chief Counsel. True the Vote, the nations leading voters rights and election integrity organization, is announcing today that it is adding Wilkins one of only two Obama political appointees to the IRS to its federal lawsuit against the IRS. The group is also adding five other ranking...
  • The five stages of an Obama scandal

    05/06/2014 3:52:54 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 5 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-06-14 | DrJohn
    The other day I wrote that as investigators got closer and closer to the truth about Benghazi democrats would max out the volume on the shriek meter. It's begun. The are five stages to a scandal. They are denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. We have already passed Stage 1: DenialHouse Democrats Dismiss Existence Of Obama Scandals Rep. Gerry Connolly refuses to use the word scandal. After two weeks of brutal news cycles with frenzied Republicans and a hyped up press corps aggressively covering every inch of three controversies surrounding the Obama administration Connolly insists this too, shall...
  • More Holes Exposed In The IRSs Story

    06/20/2014 11:32:53 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 35 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 06-20-14 | Curt
    "I don't think an apology is owed" -IRS Commissioner John Koskinen Note well the smirk on the face of the IRS Commissioner during this hearing. That smirk was on display all hearing long especially when he said no apology was owed to anyone because, well, they have lost anything in the last few months. Can we use that excuse during an audit? Today's hearing about the IRS scandal told us one thing for sure. The IRS and this Administration is hiding something. The IRS Commissioner John Koskinen has long tried to do the "I know nutting!" song and dance...
  • EMAILS: DEM SEN LEVIN PRESSURED IRS TO TARGET CONSERVATIVE GROUPS

    05/14/2014 9:36:13 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 79 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 14, 2014
    Contrary to the White Houses explanation that a few rogue agents in Cincinnati lead the targeting of Tea Party groups by the IRS, newly released emails obtained by Judicial Watch detail Democratic Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) pressuring the IRS to target conservative groups. On March 30, 2012 Levin wrote to then IRS commissioner Douglas Shulman about his concern with the political activity by conservative nonprofits. Some entities claiming tax-exempt status as social welfare organizations under 26 U.S.C.&501(c)(4) appear to be engaged in political activities more appropriate for political organizations claiming tax-exempt status under 26 U.S.C.&527. Because of the urgency of...
  • "I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors." - Barack Obama

    05/21/2013 7:23:21 PM PDT · by grundle · 39 replies
    Forbes ^ | Barack Obama
    "I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors." - Barack Obama Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/chrisconover/2012/10/12/presidential-debates-highlight-what-the-health-care-debate-already-revealed/
  • A crack in the IRS dam

    05/22/2013 6:14:37 AM PDT · by safetysign · 26 replies
    Power Line ^ | 05/21/2013 | John Hinderaker
    The dam protecting the IRS scandal began to crack today when Lois Lerner, the IRS official who announced, and apologized for, the improper singling out of conservative-leaning organizations by IRS employees under her command, announced through her criminal defense lawyer that she will not testify as scheduled tomorrow before the House Oversight Committee. Rather, she will assert her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. This marks a milestone in the IRS investigation. It can now be taken as more or less established that crimes were committed by Obama administration employees. Lerner’s lawyer tried to minimize the significance of her invoking the...
  • Denial On NPR: Journos Say Obamacare's Not a Scandal, and Obama's 'Relatively Scandal-free'

    11/05/2013 1:15:45 PM PST · by DFG · 19 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 11/05/13 | Tim Graham
    In a sign of liberal panic, NPR's Diane Rehm Show spent its first hour Monday questioning President Obama's management style. As their website elaborated on the Healthcare.gov fiasco and the NSA spying on world leaders, "the latest embarrassments have even some of the presidents supporters questioning his management style." To insure that their comments weren't too upsetting to Obama-loving NPR listeners, several journalists -- Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post and David Gergen of CNN -- insisted the Obama administration has been "relatively scandal-free" in its operations: MARCUS: This is not a scandal in the traditional sense of scandal. And...
  • IRS Rationale for Tea Party Scandal Is Debunked by Data

    05/16/2013 9:36:52 AM PDT · by dirtboy · 5 replies
    The Chronicle of Philanthropy ^ | 5/15/2013 | Doug Donovan
    Applications for tax exemption from advocacy nonprofits had not yet spiked when the Internal Revenue Service began using what it admits was inappropriate scrutiny of conservative groups in 2010. In fact, applications were declining, data show. Top IRS officials have been saying that a significant increase in applications from advocacy groups seeking tax-exempt status spurred its Cincinnati office in 2010 to filter those requests by using such politically loaded phrases as Tea Party, patriots, and 9/12. Both Steven Miller, the agencys acting commissioner until he stepped down Wednesday, and Lois Lerner, director of the agencys exempt-organization division, have said over...
  • White House Counsel Robert Bauer: Architect of IRS Abuse? (Gov. Palin especially singled out)

    06/05/2013 2:21:47 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 4, 2013 | J. Christian Adams
    When the FBI finally fires up its criminal investigation of the IRS targeting of Tea Party groups, there is one person the special agent in charge better be sure to interview former White House Counsel Robert Bauer. The FBI may discover the whole IRS mess leads through the land of campaign finance reform and an obsession with speech regulation, an obsession shared by Bauer. Any criminal investigation identifies for further scrutiny those with motive, opportunity, and means, and Bauer deserves no quarter from FBI investigators on those three counts. The Crimes Without any doubt, crimes were committed by IRS...
  • Southern California Offices Named in IRS Tea Party Scandal

    05/15/2013 8:16:19 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    NBC Los Angeles ^ | 5/14/13 | Heather Navarro
    Two Southern California offices were named Tuesday in an Internal Revenue Services scandal where offices singled out Tea Party organizations during the 2012 election. Offices in El Monte and Laguna Niguel came under fire after allegedly targeting conservative social welfare groups with the words tea party or patriot in their names in the national scandal. IRS officials sent questionnaires to the groups, probing about their donor lists and requesting other information after the groups filed for tax exempt status.
  • IRS Targeting, Benghazi, Not Scandals: It's Really Just a Case of Horrible Customer Service

    05/19/2013 7:28:00 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 9 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 5-19-2013 | MOTUS
    Ever since its spontaneous inception, the Tea Party has been doing their Paul Revere thing with respect to warning citizens about the danger of too big, out-of-control government. So, in a move designed, seemingly, to prove their point, the IRS responded by implementing a program designed to harass and intimidate individuals and groups that looked anything like a tea party. Alinsky rule # 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. That sounds a lot...
  • You Want Angry? I'll Show You Angry, Obama Says on IRS Scandal

    05/16/2013 3:30:52 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 63 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 15, 2013 | Beth Reinhard
    Under pressure to show who's boss, President Obama called a press conference late Wednesday to say he was angry that the IRS singled out conservative groups for extra vetting and to announce that the agencys acting commissioner had been forced out. "Its inexcusable, and Americans are right to be angry about it, and I am angry about it," he said. "I will not tolerate this kind of behavior in any agency, but especially in the IRS, given the power that it has and the reach that it has into all of our lives." [Snip] Obama's former deputy press secretary, Bill...
  • When the IRS Targets Anyone, America Loses

    05/22/2013 7:01:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 21, 2013 | Rebecca Hagelin
    Who knew that I would be a victim of the oppressive attacks of the IRS on people of conservative values and Christian faith. But I have, and it is a personal stinging reminder of how terribly close we are to losing all of our freedoms. Like many readers of my column, I have been watching accelerated attacks against Constitutional government, free speech, free markets, freedom of religion - you name it, we have lost much over the last few years. Even so, I wasn't expecting that I would be caught up in the latest scandal to rock the Obama Administration....