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IRS Punished Conservative Non-Profits, Perhaps Also Pro-Israel Groups (More groups Targeted)
The Jewish Press ^ | 5/11/13 | Lori Lowenthal Marcus

Posted on 05/11/2013 5:47:31 PM PDT by barmag25

For more than a year the U.S. Congress has been investigating whether the Internal Revenue Service was inappropriately treating conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, or burdening such groups with requests and demands which are impermissible, as many had claimed.

Friday, May 10, the IRS person in charge of the division dealing with non-profits, Lois Lerner, apologized for actions taken by the agency which were based on political affiliation.

“That was absolutely incorrect, it was insensitive and it was inappropriate. That’s not how we go about selecting cases for further review,” Lerner said at a conference sponsored by the American Bar Association.

“The IRS would like to apologize for that,” she added.

How did the IRS do this? By singling out dozens of organizations for additional reviews because they included the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their exemption applications, Lerner admitted.

The Ways and Means Committee has been seeking information on precisely this activity and “the IRS repeatedly denied they were targeting conservative grassroots organizations,” said committee chair Dave Camp (R-MI) in response to the revelation. He announced that the committee will soon hold hearings on this now-admitted practice by the IRS.

Camp stated in a press release issued just after the admission of wrongdoing by the IRS, “The IRS absolutely must be non-partisan in its enforcement of our tax laws. The admission by the agency that it targeted American taxpayers based on politics is both shocking and disappointing. The Committee on Ways and Means will thoroughly investigate this matter and will soon hold a hearing to get to the bottom of this situation. We will hold the IRS accountable for its actions.”

PRO-ISRAEL GROUP SUED IRS CLAIMING TARGETING PRACTICE

While they are at it, the committee might want to ask the IRS whether their list of targets extended beyond political party discrimination. There is evidence the IRS also targeted pro-Israel groups whose positions were potentially inconsistent with the administration’s.

For example, in 2010, 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.


TOPICS: Government; Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: irs; irspeaparty; irsproisraelgroup; israel; loislerner
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1 posted on 05/11/2013 5:47:31 PM PDT by barmag25
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To: barmag25

If somebody did it somebody should pay for it.

Jail and loss of job.

One thing we do know for sure, If it was done it was done by Obamaites.


2 posted on 05/11/2013 5:50:14 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: barmag25

They’ve been doing this to Right wing organizations since the Clinton era of despotism, now the Republicans wake up?

Hope they rip that agency apart and expose it as the gang-banger DNC operation it is.


3 posted on 05/11/2013 5:51:56 PM PDT by Regulator
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To: barmag25

People really need to start using the term ‘Under color of Authority” when discussing this. Because it has legal meaning here. And makes it harder for libs to spin.


4 posted on 05/11/2013 5:57:26 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: barmag25

It’s on Fox news which is reporting “was known for two years”.

Comment:
This was this was the impeachable offense charge which got Nixon to resign.


5 posted on 05/11/2013 6:07:32 PM PDT by mosesdapoet (Serious contribution pause.Please continue onto meaningless venting no one reads.)
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To: barmag25

Sure explains my triple wammy since 2008.


6 posted on 05/11/2013 6:16:27 PM PDT by Dogbert41 (Thy Kingdom come!)
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To: barmag25

What the Hell is wrong with these people? Did they really think they could get away with this?

Keep it up, IRS. Persecute a few more groups.


7 posted on 05/11/2013 6:47:51 PM PDT by popdonnelly (The right to self-defense is older than the Constitution.)
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To: popdonnelly

I am waiting for the quashed investigation into two security leaks at NASA to get legs. Seems some non citizens had some access...

Give it a day or two, the crows are gathering looking from carcass to carcass...


8 posted on 05/11/2013 6:50:27 PM PDT by KC Burke (Plain Conservative opinions and common sense correction for thirteen years)
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To: barmag25
You think the Benghazi debacle was a huge scandal? This breaking scandal involving President Obama ordering the IRS to go after his political enemies could be a MUCH larger scandal.
9 posted on 05/11/2013 6:58:13 PM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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10 posted on 05/11/2013 7:01:55 PM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: popdonnelly

WHOA!

Not looking good for Obamacare and the IRS!


11 posted on 05/11/2013 7:26:59 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (Go Galt!)
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To: popdonnelly
Did they really think they could get away with this?

Yes they do, and they will. I am sure an apology is the best we can hope for. Some underling might get a letter of reprimand, but remember, nothing sticks to the Obamanites and nothing ever will. I wish things were different, but this is reality. The family going to

12 posted on 05/11/2013 7:36:12 PM PDT by Mark17
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To: Mark17

I am not sure they will get away with it.

Now Israel is in the mix

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/348013/irs-inquisition-update

I suspect it won’t only be Tea partiers and Jews.

Who else is considered an Enemy of Jarrett


13 posted on 05/11/2013 7:46:22 PM PDT by RummyChick
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I am not sure they will get away with it.

I hope you are right, but I will not hold my breath.

14 posted on 05/11/2013 8:03:56 PM PDT by Mark17
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To: barmag25

despicable demons from hell


15 posted on 05/11/2013 8:07:52 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Norm Lenhart

Great comment.

Someone needs to put some together for use against denial of care and punitive monetary damages with respect to what the IRS and HHS will do to conservatives and others deemed ‘undesirable’ under 0bamacare.

It will be a kinder, gentler Bergen-Belsen situation, philosiphically speaking.


16 posted on 05/11/2013 8:15:13 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto!)
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To: Norm Lenhart
Under color of authority is a legal phrase used in the United States[2] indicating a person is claiming or implying the acts he or she is committing are related to and legitimized by his or her role as an agent of governmental power, especially if the acts are unlawful. wikipedia?Under color of authority is a legal phrase used in the United States[2] indicating a person is claiming or implying the acts he or she is committing are related to and legitimized by his or her role as an agent of governmental power, especially if the acts are unlawful.

Interesting.

17 posted on 05/11/2013 8:17:59 PM PDT by GOPJ ( A gang rape by Eight isn't 'immigration reform'... Send the millions of illegals home.)
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To: GOPJ

Yes it is. And it is EXACTLY what happened in these cases. It opens a whole line of prosecution and ‘public relations’ that is often avoided for some reason by politicians on the right against abuses by Democrat officials.


18 posted on 05/11/2013 8:27:53 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: GOPJ

When Holder blew off clear violations of law by the Black Panthers, he did so ‘under color of authority”.

When Obama illegally defied court orders to resume drilling permits in the Gulf, he did so ‘Under color of Authority”

Illegal actions violating the law ‘Under color of authority are often Felonious” and as such, Impeachable.


19 posted on 05/11/2013 8:32:26 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Norm Lenhart
... it is EXACTLY what happened in these cases. It opens a whole line of prosecution and ‘public relations’ that is often avoided for some reason by politicians on the right against abuses by Democrat officials.

Thanks for sharing... seems it's past time for Republicans to wake up and smell the coffee...

20 posted on 05/12/2013 3:51:34 AM PDT by GOPJ ( A gang rape by Eight isn't 'immigration reform'... Send the millions of illegals home.)
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To: barmag25; popdonnelly; KC_Lion; Blennos; jwalsh07; kabumpo; Impala64ssa; old and tired; ...
For example, in 2010, 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 review of Z STREET’s tax exempt status application.

Very alarming, but the good news is that Z Street was courageous enough to file that suit against the IRS. Now with the recent admissions by the IRS in regard to the Tea Party and Patriot groups, the hope here is that other groups harassed by the IRS will follow Z Street's example and that all the plaintiffs will be successful in their cases.

Z Street is undoubtedly a thorn in the side of the Obama regime because it was created as a counterweight to the pro-Obama, pro-Arab, leftist J Street, which claims to be pro-Israel but is anything but.

21 posted on 05/12/2013 8:10:38 PM PDT by justiceseeker93
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22 posted on 05/13/2013 5:14:38 AM PDT by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn’t do !)
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To: justiceseeker93

I haven’t heard Fox News mention Z Street in its reports of IRS malfeasance. Fox News should be mentioning it along wih the harassment of the Tea party? Have I missed it or is this the influence of Prince Alweed?


23 posted on 05/15/2013 5:11:15 PM PDT by Stepan12
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