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Watchdog group sues IRS for release of tax returns sought by the president
The Daily Caller ^ | 10/2/2012 | Betsi Fores

Posted on 10/02/2012 7:27:50 PM PDT by markomalley

If President Barack Obama has been looking at your taxes, the D.C.-based watchdog group Cause of Action wants to know about it.

The group filed a suit Tuesday morning against the Internal Revenue Service over refusing to release the names of businesses and individuals whose returns interest the president.

“We’re concerned with the transparency of the president’s administration. We think that the administration should have to disclose the names for individuals and companies that it’s requesting tax records for,” Karen Groen, chief oversight counsel at Cause of Action told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Aware of the fact that federal law allows the president to seek IRS information from tax returns, Cause of Action filed a Freedom of Information Act request this April to investigate whether or not the president has done this, and if so, whose taxes is he looking out.

The IRS denied Cause of Action’s request, signaling to the group that something more was going on.

“The IRS claimed an exemption basically saying these requests, when the president writes in and requests some one’s tax record, that is the equivalent of a tax record itself, and it’s entitled to the same privacy,” Groen told TheDC News Foundation. “We obviously disagree.”

The group cited transparency in its reasoning.

“Our main goal is transparency and this administration has pledged to be the most transparent in history. We are just trying to hold the administration accountable for its promise,” Groen told TheDC News Foundation.

Groen told TheDC News Foundation she was unsure what the president’s motivations were for seeking the tax record for individuals.

“Obviously he doesn’t have to disclose his reasons,” she said. “But by disclosing the names, that’s up to the public to conclude for themselves”

“The issue of tax returns and personal tax information has roiled the current presidential race — with Obama and Mitt Romney tangling over the GOP nominee’s personal finances,” Politico reported.


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Looking at tax records of his enemies.

Pity the results of this won't be revealed until after the election.

1 posted on 10/02/2012 7:27:54 PM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Bump


2 posted on 10/02/2012 7:29:55 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (The pundits have forgotten the 2010 elections.)
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To: markomalley

I remember how they screamed bloody murder when Nixon just thought about doing it..........


3 posted on 10/02/2012 7:36:03 PM PDT by Red Badger (Is it just me, or is Hillary! starting to look like Benjamin Franklin?.................)
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To: markomalley

The IRS is now playing the part of Interpol under the directorship of Reinhard Heydrich.


4 posted on 10/02/2012 7:39:02 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: markomalley

You don’t reckon Obama is checking on the tax records of Republicans, do you?


5 posted on 10/02/2012 7:45:39 PM PDT by Twinkie (IT'S THE OBAMA ECONOMY!)
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To: Twinkie
You don’t reckon Obama is checking on the tax records of Republicans, do you?

Nah, couldn't be.

6 posted on 10/02/2012 7:47:39 PM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good -- Leo XIII)
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To: markomalley

FDR did the same damn thing to the publisher of the Philadelphia Inquirer back in the day when FDR got fed up with the criticism. It worked, and the guy went to jail for some time.
This will be zero’s MO in the next term if he is re-elected. The DOJ, IRS will be his new secret police.


7 posted on 10/02/2012 7:49:26 PM PDT by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est; zero sera dans l'enfer bientot)
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To: markomalley

He’s checking on the records of the Amish. Seems they deduct too much money for buggies and horse feed.

We should be checking Obama’s records for horse shit.


8 posted on 10/02/2012 7:50:49 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: markomalley

I was just thinking as I read this article that this is the first administration since FDR’s that entire cabinet departments could be charged under the RICO statutes (RICO was not in effect when FDR was in office although it would have been applicable). You’ve got the DOJ and Homeland Security running guns, laundering money, running drugs, supporting human trafficking and slavery, etc. You’ve got TSA running an organized theft ring at the airports. You’ve got DOJ using its extensive resources to run an extensive extortion operation against businesses and states. You’ve got the IRS pulling tax records and leaking them for political reasons. You’ve got HHS people actively campaigning on our dollar for the Food Stamp President. You’ve got SS and VA doing multi-million dollar boondoggles on the tax payers dime. This administration is an organized crime organization!!!!


9 posted on 10/02/2012 7:56:11 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (God is a victim of identity theft by anointed progressive academics and intellectuals)
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To: markomalley
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

0bama Animal Farm version -

The right privilege of the some people to be secure in their persons, houses, (except during no-knock warrants at the wrong house), papers (excluding your tax returns), and effects (to which guns, Christian religious items, and school lunch do not apply), against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, except by the President and the Executive Branch and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause the interest of social justice, supported by Oath or affirmation, Executive Order and particularly loosely describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

What glorious progress comrades!

10 posted on 10/02/2012 8:08:15 PM PDT by Repeat Offender (Official Romney/GOP-E Platform - We suck less)
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To: RetiredTexasVet

Almost eighty years ago, a strange thing happened in western Europe. A gang of psychopathic criminal socialist racist thugs took over the government of Germany, and with it, control of the military, law enforcement, and legal institutions to crush their opposition with ruthless efficiency. Now fast forward to the United States circa 2008.


11 posted on 10/02/2012 8:14:14 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: markomalley

He’s checking his ‘Cracker’ Jacks for that October surprise.


12 posted on 10/02/2012 8:23:26 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
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To: RetiredTexasVet

Hope you don’t mind, but took a good chunk of that and posted it to my FB page as an anonymous quote. Love it when folks can articulate what we’re up against as a free people.


13 posted on 10/02/2012 8:37:48 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew (ABO to the core.)
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To: markomalley

Is nothing sacred? He’s treating the presidential office as a personal candy store!


14 posted on 10/02/2012 8:40:01 PM PDT by DefeatCorruption
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To: ADemocratNoMore; Akron Al; arbee4bush; agrace; ATOMIC_PUNK; Badeye; Bikers4Bush; BlindedByTruth; ...
FYI..!

Watchdog group sues IRS for release of tax returns sought by the president.

15 posted on 10/03/2012 2:08:56 AM PDT by Las Vegas Dave (".....All 57 states (or is it 58?) must stand together and defeat O'bozo!.....")
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To: Las Vegas Dave

16 posted on 10/03/2012 3:22:49 AM PDT by Bon mots (Abu Ghraib: 47 Times on the front page of the NY Times | Benghazi: 2 Times)
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To: markomalley

You don’t think Tim Geithner is on that list do ya’?


17 posted on 10/03/2012 5:27:04 AM PDT by EBH (0bama is guilty of willful neglect of duty.)
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To: RetiredTexasVet

Now formally known as the ‘Obama Syndicate’.


18 posted on 10/03/2012 5:36:13 AM PDT by griswold3 (Big Government does not tolerate rivals.)
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To: Bon mots

I’ll take my chances against the desk jockies.


19 posted on 10/03/2012 6:20:25 AM PDT by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: markomalley
Section 6103 9g) is very interesting. It was enacted solely due to Nixon's abuse of 'his' executive agencies. That being said I wonder if Obama's even followed the law in requesting this tax info? Given his past disregard for laws he doesn't like -- I doubt it! I scanned Part VI showing the requirements, it's these two pages:

RIGHT CLICK on the image then use the View Image function of Firefox.
The pages will show up full size in a new window so you can read them.
20 posted on 10/03/2012 6:52:27 AM PDT by Condor51 (Si vis pacem, para bellum.)
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To: Condor51

the us code is available on thomas.gov


21 posted on 10/03/2012 6:56:07 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Fester Chugabrew

Go with it. The more that know, the more hope there is.


22 posted on 10/03/2012 6:54:00 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (God is a victim of identity theft by anointed progressive academics and intellectuals)
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