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  • 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...
  • Growing IRS Scandal Requires A Special Prosecutor

    09/18/2013 5:39:33 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    Investors.com ^ | September 18, 2013 | Editorial
    Corruption: As the layers on the IRS scandal are peeled back, it's become increasingly clear the law has been broken and the White House may have been far more deeply involved than claimed. Time for a special prosecutor. A House investigation has found that, far from being a case of "rogue agents" in Cincinnati as the White House has claimed, the IRS harassment of conservative groups appears to have been directed from the very top in Washington, D.C. IRS employees say they were made "acutely" aware as far back as 2010 that President Obama wanted to go after tea party...
  • White House: No special prosecutor for IRS scandal, despite public support

    05/30/2013 10:03:01 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 40 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 30, 2013 | By Aaron Blake
    <p>The White House will not be pushing for a special prosecutor to handle the IRS scandal involving the targeting of conservative groups, even as three-fourths of Americans are calling for one.</p> <p>Asked aboard Air Force One about a Quinnipiac University poll that showed 76 percent of Americans want a special prosecutor to handle the case, White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest said the administration isn’t looking at that option.</p>
  • 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....
  • Vanity: FLASH! Dem Rep Danny Davis: Special Prosector OK

    05/20/2013 6:28:21 AM PDT · by Lockbar · 14 replies
    5/20/2013 | Me
    As just heard live on WLS radio in Chicago in phone inverview. Illinois Dem. Congressman Danny Davis says he has no problem with a special prosecutor being named to investigate IRS-Gate.
  • IRS Spared Lib Groups as TeaParty Languished,More Conservative Orgs Targeted Than Thought

    05/15/2013 1:01:00 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 26 replies
    townhall.com ^ | May 15 2013 | Guy Benson
    Lerner also reportedly fast-tracked an approval for a foundation operated by President Obama's half brother, taking the extraordinary step of granting it retroactive tax-free status. "Seventy-five organizations effected" - That number almost immediately swelled to 300. Now it's closer to 500:
  • Conservative group says IRS approved non-profit status after applying with ‘liberal-sounding name’

    05/15/2013 1:24:47 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 27 replies
    Conservative group says IRS approved non-profit status after applying with ‘liberal-sounding name’ The Ticket By Chris Moody, Yahoo! News | The Ticket – 46 mins ago In May 2011, Drew Ryun, a conservative activist and former Republican National Committee staffer, began filling out the Internal Revenue Service application to achieve non-profit status for a new conservative watchdog group. He submitted the paperwork to the IRS in July 2011 for a news site called Media Trackers, which calls itself a "non-partisan investigative watchdog dedicated to promoting accountability in the media and government." Although the site has investigated Republicans like Ohio Gov....
  • IRS SCANDAL HITS CO: Did Sen. Bennet in 2012 Request IRS Target of Conservative Orgs? ( Colorado)

    05/14/2013 7:18:31 AM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    ColoradoPeakPolitics ^ | May 14, 2013
    Internal Revenue Service to investigate conservative groups? Was the IRS to read between the lines of his request? A keen observation by View from a Height blogger Joshua Sharf may have tied Colorado’s Democratic U.S. Senator Bennet, who now chairs the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, to the most recent Internal Revenue Service scandal. Late last week, the IRS came under scrutiny for targeting conservative groups, such as the Richmond Tea Party, for inappropriate intrusion into their business dealings. According to the DailyMail, the Richmond Tea Party received a letter in January 2012 asking that they complete a 55-question document that...
  • Holder Defends AP Probe: 'Aggressive' Action Necessary, 'Very Serious Leak'

    05/14/2013 5:11:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 78 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/13/13 | breitbart
    Today at a Department Of Justice press conference Attorney General Eric Holder said he has no problem without letting the Associate Press answer the charges of a leak endangering national security.
  • IRS faces class action lawsuit over theft of 60 million medical records

    05/15/2013 7:30:24 AM PDT · by Lacey · 112 replies
    Healthcare IT News ^ | 05/15/2013 | Erin McCann
    he Internal Revenue Service is now facing a class action lawsuit over allegations that it improperly accessed and stole the health records of some 10 million Americans, including medical records of all California state judges. According to a report by Courthousenews.com, an unnamed HIPAA-covered entity in California is suing the IRS, alleging that some 60 million medical records from 10 million patients were stolen by 15 IRS agents. The personal health information seized on March 11, 2011, included psychological counseling, gynecological counseling, sexual/drug treatment and other medical treatment data. "This is an action involving the corruption and abuse of power...
  • Holder not sure how many times he’s seized press records

    05/15/2013 9:08:48 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 30 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 15 May 2013 | Vince Coglianese
    Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday that he isn’t sure how many times he’s seized reporters’ records. “I’m not sure how many of those cases … I have actually signed off on,” Holder said in an interview with NPR’s Carrie Johnson. “I take them very seriously. I know that I have refused to sign a few [and] pushed a few back for modifications.” Holder’s answer serves as confirmation that the Justice Department’s secret seizure of The Associated Press’s phone records is not an isolated incident. Though the decision to subpoena information from media organizations normally falls to Holder, he insists...
  • IRS Scandal Grows: Agency Withheld Approval of Pro-Life Group

    05/15/2013 10:03:42 AM PDT · by tellw · 18 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | 5/15/13 | Steven Ertelt
    The scandal involving IRS discrimination against conservative groups is growing. In one case LifeNews has profiled, a pro-life group was told it had to promote abortion. Now, the Thomas More Society is speaking out about blatant bias by the supposedly apolitical tax-collection agency. The pro-life legal group informed LifeNews today that cases it handled support mounting accusations that demonstrate the agency’s abuse of pro-life organizations, in addition to those identified as ‘tea party’, ‘patriot’, or ‘government spending’ groups. Outrage spurred by recent revelations of IRS discrimination against these groups has also led the Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus to...
  • Claim: Obama Campaign Co-Chair Attacked Romney with Leaked IRS Docs

    05/15/2013 10:20:05 AM PDT · by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 14, 2013 | Matthew Boyle
    One of President Barack Obama's re-election campaign co-chairmen used a leaked document from the IRS to attack GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney during the 2012 election, according to the National Organization for Marriage (NOM). NOM, a pro-traditional marriage organization, claims the IRS leaked their 2008 confidential financial documents to the rival Human Rights Campaign. Those NOM documents were published on the Huffington Post on March 30, 2012. At that time, Joe Solmonese, a left-wing activist and Huffington Post contributor, was the president of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). Solmonese was also a 2012 Obama campaign co-chairman. Both the Huffington Post's...
  • Congressman on IRS Scandal: Koch Bros. 'Abused the System'

    05/15/2013 10:23:14 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 35 replies
    Breitbart - Big Government ^ | 5-15-2013 | Kerry Picket
    (snip) Speaker of the House John Boehner (R – OH) stated at the weekly GOP leaders press conference that Americans needed “accountability from their government.” However, some Democrats are doubling down on the issue. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D – NV) told reporters on Tuesday that some conservative organizations, like Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS, deserve to be scrutinized. (snip) Congressman Alan Grayson (D – FL) told Breitbart News he thinks the “Koch brothers have abused the system by setting up 501c3’s that are doing political activity,” arguing, “It doesn’t make any sense to look for something on the other...
  • Under Pressure: Democratic senator pressured IRS to investigate nonprofits (Carl Levin)

    05/15/2013 10:24:19 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 49 replies
    free beacon ^ | 5/14 | goodman
    Sen. Carl Levin (D., Mich.) repeatedly pressed the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the tax-exempt status of specific conservative nonprofit organizations in letters to then-IRS commissioner Doug Shulman and director Lois Lerner in 2012.
  • Telling: Axelrod calls Benghazi ‘BS’; Drudge editor Curl says WH ‘knows’ it’s the ‘real scandal’

    05/15/2013 10:50:19 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 40 replies
    As Twitchy reported yesterday, Drudge editor Joseph Curl teased that a CIA source says “still one more shoe to drop” for the Obama administration. Sheesh! The administration can open a Zappos soon. Today, he reminds citizens to keep their eyes on the ball: The White House knows Benghazi is devastating. Curl explains why:
  • The 'Independent' Revenue Service

    05/15/2013 10:30:29 AM PDT · by garjog · 21 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 14, 2013 | Editors
    The White House says Mr. Obama only learned of the IRS political abuses from news reports. Funny, that's also how they learned about the Justice Department seeking the phone records of the Associated Press. And who knows what the State Department or "the intelligence community" was up to on Benghazi. The Washington Examiner's David Freddoso joked on Twitter that "Seal Team 6 is the only govt agency that acts directly on Obama's behalf." All others are run by career officials who keep screwing up. Your "independent" government at work.
  • McConnell tells Obama 'no more stonewalling' in IRS scandal

    05/14/2013 1:30:59 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 46 replies
    al Reuters ^ | May 14, 2013 | Thomas Ferraro
    Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell called on President Barack Obama on Tuesday to make available for questioning everyone who knew about the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups, and demanded "no more stonewalling." With Congress preparing to hold hearings on the IRS's holding conservative groups to extra scrutiny, McConnell said he was "calling on the president to make available, completely and without restriction, everyone who can answer the questions we have as to what was going on at the IRS, who knew about it, and how high it went."
  • Former Attorneys General say Justice Department's AP operation highly unusual

    05/14/2013 1:50:33 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 4 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 5/14/2013
    The Justice Department is obligated to investigate leaks that could endanger national security, but the secret seizure of Associated Press telephone records – called a "massive and unprecedented intrusion" by the news organization – is unusual, according to two former attorneys general. *snip* Mark Corallo, chief spokesman for another Bush attorney general, John Ashcroft, called the secret probe "unprecedented." "The normal course of business is very narrow and very tailored to a particular individual’s phone records," said Corallo, who served for three years as director of public affairs under Ashcroft. "The idea that they would do two months – grab...
  • Reporter Presses Carney: How Can You Be Sure No One in WH Was Involved in IRS Scandal?

    05/14/2013 1:51:30 PM PDT · by Nachum · 36 replies
    Fox ^ | 5/14/13 | Fox
    In a fiery exchange during Tuesday’s White House press briefing, one reporter pointedly asked Press Secretary Jay Carney how he could be “categorically certain” that no one from the White House was involved in the IRS targeting conservative groups.Carney stumbled when asked whether he was basing his claims on assumptions. “I can tell you that … I am not aware of anyone here knowing about it.”
  • Holder launches probe into IRS targeting of Tea Party groups

    05/14/2013 2:00:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 45 replies
    Fox ^ | 5/14/13 | Fox
    Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday that he's ordered a Justice Department probe into an IRS program that singled out Tea Party and other conservative groups for additional scrutiny in their applications for tax-exempt status. Holder announced the investigation during a press conference in Washington. He said the FBI was coordinating with the Department of Justice to see if any laws were broken. He called the practice "outrageous and unacceptable," echoing remarks from President Obama a day earlier. The probe comes as newly obtained documents show the current IRS chief knew about the agency's targeting of Tea Party groups as...
  • GOP GOVERNORS WANT SPECIAL PROSECUTOR IN IRS CASE

    05/14/2013 2:01:54 PM PDT · by Liz · 27 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 5/13/13
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Republican governors are urging President Barack Obama to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the Internal Revenue Service’s admission that it targeted conservative political groups. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker call the allegations “Big Brother come to life.” They want a special prosecutor to find out if any laws were broken and say Obama should fire any IRS employees responsible for the situation................
  • ScottWalker, Bobby Jindal: IRS case needs a special prosecutor

    05/14/2013 11:44:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/14/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    It may not be the only case, or even the most pressing case, in need of an independent investigation, but there’s little doubt the targeting of White House opponents by the IRS needs a lot more sunlight than the Obama administration has thus far provided. Republican Governors Association chair Bobby Jindal and vice-chair Scott Walker demanded a special prosecutor to start an investigation of the expanding scandal: Two Republican governors are urging President Barack Obama to appoint aspecial prosecutor to investigate the Internal Revenue Service’s admission that it targetedconservative political groups.Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker call...
  • RNC Chairman calls for Holder resignation

    05/14/2013 10:16:10 AM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 58 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 14, 2013 | Susan Ferrechio
    RNC Chairman Reince Priebus believes Attorney General Eric Holder should resign for tapping the phones of the Associated Press, calling the move a violation of the First Amendment. Here is his statement: “Freedom of the press is an essential right in a free society. The First Amendment doesn’t request the federal government to respect it; it demands it. Attorney General Eric Holder, in permitting the Justice Department to issue secret subpoenas to spy on Associated Press reporters, has trampled on the First Amendment and failed in his sworn duty to uphold the Constitution. Because Attorney General Holder has so egregiously...
  • IRS Scandal Suggests it is Time to Abolish the Income Tax and the IRS

    05/14/2013 10:06:41 AM PDT · by Marcus · 16 replies
    Yahoo Voices ^ | May 14, 2013 | Mark R. Whittington
    The evolving by the hour IRS scandal, in which the tax agency targeted conservative groups for examination and harassment, as detailed by the Washington Post, cries out for not only an investigation, but legislation. To be sure an investigation and the punishment of those responsible for politically motivated examinations and audits must happen. But the fact that the IRS did these things at all stems from the fact that someone wanted to target conservative organizations and perhaps people and, thanks to the existence of the IRS, they could. This therefore argues for an overhaul of the tax code that would...
  • GOP Rep: Eric Holder Needs to Re-Read Constitution

    05/14/2013 10:09:24 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 23 replies
    breitbart.com/Big-Government ^ | 5-13-2013 | Matthew Boyle
    Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) told Breitbart News he thinks Attorney General Eric Holder needs a refresher course on the U.S. Constitution in the wake of reports that the Department of Justice secretly obtained two months of the Associated Press's phone records. Gosar expressed concerns that President Barack Obama’s “enemies list” continues to grow, especially in light of revelations that the IRS targeted conservative and Tea Party organizations. “On one hand, I am encouraged to hear that the Attorney General obtained warrants first. Score one for the Fourth Amendment,” Gosar said in an email. “But I remain concerned about the First...
  • Inside the AP: Fear, determination

    05/14/2013 9:54:41 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 25 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/14/13 | DYLAN BYERS and KATIE GLUECK |
    Reporters across The Associated Press are outraged over the Justice Department’s sweeping seizure of staff phone records - and they say such an intrusion could chill their relationships with confidential sources. In conversations with POLITICO on Tuesday, several AP staffers in Washington, D.C., described feelings of anger and frustration with the DOJ and with the Obama administration in general.
  • Gingrich super PAC super donor Sheldon Adelson has businesses under scrutiny by IRS, Justice

    05/14/2013 9:18:10 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 3 replies
    Billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, who have reportedly given a combined $10 million to Winning Our Future, the super PAC that supports and is run by former staffers of Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, were drawn to him by a shared view of the importance of the U.S. relationship to Israel. But a review of public records by Sunlight suggests that the couple, who appears to be the former House speaker's most generous political patrons pending the filing of Winning Our Future's first complete financial disclosures later this month with the Federal Election Commission, have considerable...
  • IRS Won’t Say If It Will Comply With Congressional Demand for All Communications and Names....

    05/14/2013 9:27:05 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 52 replies
    (CNSNews.com) - The Internal Revenue Service has given no indication to the House Ways and Means Committee about whether it will respond to the committee’s demand, delivered in writing last Friday, that the agency hand over copies of all internal communications containing the words “tea party,” “patriot,” or “conservative” and the names and titles of all IRS officials involved in discriminating against tea party and conservative groups when they submitted applications for tax-exempt status.
  • BREAKING: Eric Holder Recuses Himself From [Associated Press] Leak Investigation

    05/14/2013 9:33:10 AM PDT · by pabianice · 95 replies
  • Stephen Colbert on the IRS targeting conservative groups (VIDEO)

    05/14/2013 9:11:10 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 14, 2013 | Sean Sullivan
    The Comedy Central host explains why he is the biggest victim of the Internal Revenue Service’s singling out of conservative groups for extra tax scrutiny.
  • Reporter Claims IRS Harassment After Tough Obama Interview

    05/14/2013 9:04:54 AM PDT · by maggief · 55 replies
    RedState ^ | May 14, 2013 | Dana Loesch
    St. Louis Reporter Larry Conners revealed via Facebook yesterday that he has been “hammered” by the IRS since his much-discussed interview with President Obama. Conners, a veteran reporter, asked tough, but fair question during the interview which was slammed by progressives in media. Conners says: Shortly after I did my April 2012 interview with President Obama, my wife, friends and some viewers suggested that I might need to watch out for the IRS. I don’t accept “conspiracy theories”, but I do know that almost immediately after the interview, the IRS started hammering me. At the time, I dismissed the “co-incidence”,...
  • Capuano says IRS flap reminiscent of Nixon administration

    05/14/2013 2:56:53 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 5/13/2013 | Joshua Miller
    US Representative Michael E. Capuano on Monday said he was troubled by reports that the Internal Revenue Service had aggressively pursued conservative organizations, and called them reminiscient of the Nixon administration. On the growing focus in Congress on the attacks on the US diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya last year, Capuano said the death of four Americans there raised “legitimate questions.” But he said, based on the information available, he expected the issue to end up becoming “the typical right-left type of nonsense you see on one station, but eventually falls off the others.” He said the recent reports that...
  • As applications swell, IRS nonprofit division overloaded, understaffed (The excuses begin)

    05/14/2013 3:14:01 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 19 replies
    NBC ^ | 5/14/2013 | Dave Levinthal
    Amid withering accusations the Internal Revenue Service targeted tea party and other conservative groups with enhanced scrutiny, the agency faces another problem: It’s drowning in paperwork. The IRS’ Exempt Organizations Division, which finds itself at the scandal’s epicenter, processed significantly more tax exemption applications by so-called 501(c)(4) “social welfare” organizations — 2,774 during fiscal year 2012 — since at least the late 1990s, according to an analysis of IRS records by the Center for Public Integrity. Compare that to 1,777 applications in 2011 and 1,741 in 2010, federal records show. Not since 2002, when officials processed 2,402 applications, have so...
  • Drudge Ties IRS Scandal To Obamacare, Foreshadows ‘Brave New President’ After ‘American Holocaust’

    05/14/2013 1:15:54 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Mediaite ^ | May 13, 2013 | Meenal Vamburkar
    Amid the controversy over Uncle Sam singling out politically conservative groups, Matt Drudge took to Twitter on Monday morning to offer his take. Linking the IRS scandal to President Obama‘s health care law, the Drudge Report creator foreshadowed civil war, an “American Holocaust,” and a “brave new president.” Recently, Sarah Palin, too, drew a connection between health care and the IRS, noting that the “same corrupt” agency “will be in charge of enforcing Obamacare.” Drudge weighed in thusly — including some interesting hypotheticals: (TWEETS AT LINK)
  • Turner to Introduce Taxpayer Nondiscrimination and Protection Act(IRS)

    05/14/2013 4:04:15 AM PDT · by EBH · 24 replies
    Makes IRS Discrimination a Felony, Legislation Follows Revelation of IRS Targeting Organizations Based on their Political Beliefs Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10), today will introduce the Taxpayer Nondiscrimination & Protection Act of 2013. The bill would amend Title 18 of the U.S. Code to make it a crime for an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employee to discriminate against an individual or group on the basis of their protected rights. In addition, it expressly clarifies that political speech and political expression are protected rights. “Americans of all political beliefs have been rightly outraged by the revelation of the IRS’ efforts to target...
  • Progressive Group: IRS Gave Us Conservative Groups' Confidential Docs

    05/14/2013 8:40:00 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 68 replies
    The progressive-leaning investigative journalism group ProPublica says the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) office that targeted and harassed conservative tax-exempt groups during the 2012 election cycle gave the progressive group nine confidential applications of conservative groups whose tax-exempt status was pending.
  • Political corruption at the IRS

    05/14/2013 6:05:51 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 34 replies
    WaPo ^ | 5/14/2013 | MIchael Gerson
    Suppose that the Environmental Protection Agency were to admit offhandedly that the fluoridation of water had only modest communist mind-control effects. Or the United Nations were to concede it had been running fleets of black helicopters over U.S. cities, but only in the course of conducting extensive goodwill tours. The Internal Revenue Service has managed a similar confirmation. For years, tea party and patriot groups have breathlessly alleged that federal bureaucrats were conspiring against the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Then federal bureaucrats conspired to target conservative groups because their tax documents contained the words “tea party” or “patriot,”...
  • IRS head Steven Miller: 'Mistakes were made'

    05/14/2013 7:26:18 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 87 replies
    Politico ^ | 14 May 2013 | LAUREN FRENCH
    Steven Miller is breaking his silence about the scandal that’s engulfing the Internal Revenue Service. Miller, the acting IRS commissioner, is quickly emerging as the focus of fury in Washington after an agency official acknowledged last week that conservative groups seeking nonprofit status were targeted for extra screening if their applications included words such as “tea party” or “patriot.” In an op-ed published Tuesday in USA Today, he said the agency was simply trying to manage the explosive growth in applications for 501(c)(4) status that started pouring in to the IRS in 2010. "The Internal Revenue Service recognizes that we...
  • AP CEO's letter to Eric Holder

    05/13/2013 5:24:46 PM PDT · by Nachum · 170 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 5/13/13 | Gary B. Pruit
  • IRS released confidential info on conservative groups to ProPublica

    05/14/2013 3:22:15 AM PDT · by markomalley · 32 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5/14/2013 | Josh Hicks
    ProPublica on Monday reported that the same IRS division that targeted conservative groups for special scrutiny during the 2012 election cycle provided the investigative-reporting organization with confidential applications for tax-exempt status. That revelation contradicts previous statements from the agency and may represent a violation of federal guidelines. Lois G. Lerner, who heads the IRS sector that reviews tax-exemption applications, told a congressional oversight committee in April 2012 that IRS code prohibited the agency from providing information about groups that had not yet been approved. Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Jim Jordan...
  • IRS officials in Washington were involved in targeting of conservative groups

    05/13/2013 5:46:24 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 13, 2013 | Juliet Eilperin and Zachary A. Goldfarb
    Internal Revenue Service officials in Washington and at least two other offices were involved in the targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, making clear the effort reached well beyond the branch in Cincinnati that was initially blamed, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post. IRS officials at the agency’s Washington headquarters sent queries to conservative groups asking about their donors and other aspects of their operations, while officials in the El Monte and Laguna Niguel offices in California sent similar questionnaires to tea party-affiliated groups. IRS employees in Cincinnati also told conservatives seeking the status of “social welfare”...
  • House panel to formally question IRS commissioner Friday

    05/13/2013 2:41:29 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 73 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 13 May 2013 | Chris Moody,
    The House Ways and Means Committee has scheduled a formal hearing Friday to probe the Internal Revenue Service for placing heavier scrutiny on conservative groups that applied for nonprofit status between 2010 and 2012. IRS Commissioner Steve Miller and Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George are expected to testify Friday morning during the hearing, which committee leaders said would examine the agency's "practice of targeting applicants for tax-exempt status based on political leanings." The IRS last week apologized for targeting groups that advocate for limited government by requiring them to fulfill onerous requirements before receiving tax-exempt status....
  • BREAKING NEWS: DRUDGE SIREN - Govt obtains wide AP phone records in probe

    05/13/2013 1:49:29 PM PDT · by CWW · 465 replies
    Drudge Report ^ | 05-13-2013 | cww
    <p>Looks Like DOJ HAS BEEN TAPPING AP NEWS TELEPHONE LINES TO DISCOVER THEIR CONFIDENTIAL SOURCES IN CONGRESS!</p> <p>The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative's top executive called a "massive and unprecedented intrusion" into how news organizations gather the news.</p>
  • Twin Scandals Sap Obama Credibility

    05/13/2013 1:38:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 13, 2013 | Chris Stirewalt
    “…statements in the [group’s] case file criticize how the country is being run.” -- One of the criteria used by IRS investigators to target small-government groups for special scrutiny, according to an agency audit provided to congressional investigators. Team Obama has always known how to make the most of critics in order to make the least of criticism. During the 2008 campaign, it was “Stop the Smears,” an Obama effort to single out those who made claims about the candidate’s nativity, faith or personal conduct, rounding up the most slanderous and paranoiac claims, publicizing and then refuting them. Then when...
  • 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...
  • Govt obtains wide AP phone records in probe

    05/13/2013 1:39:46 PM PDT · by redreno · 93 replies
    www.bigstory.ap.org ^ | 05/13/2013 | By MARK SHERMAN
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative's top executive called a "massive and unprecedented intrusion" into how news organizations gather the news. The records obtained by the Justice Department listed incoming and outgoing calls, and the duration of each call, for the work and personal phone numbers of individual reporters, general AP office numbers in New York, Washington and Hartford, Conn., and the main number for AP reporters in the House of Representatives press gallery, according to attorneys for the AP....
  • 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?...
  • IRS Warned Employees Not to Target 501(c)4 Donors in 2011

    05/13/2013 5:31:14 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 85 replies
    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) admitted on May 10 that “low level” staff in its Cincinnati office, supposedly “not motivated by political bias,” targeted 75 conservative tax-exempt organizations, including many Tea Party organizations applying for exemption under Section 501(c)4 of the tax code. The groups were singled out for audit and investigation because they used the names “Tea Party” and “Patriot.” Yet in July 2011, the IRS had warned employees to drop audits of donors to similar 501(c)4 organizations.