Skip to comments.IRS officials in Washington were involved in targeting of conservative groups
Posted on 05/13/2013 5:46:24 PM PDT by Seizethecarp
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 agencys 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 groups that a task force in Washington was overseeing their applications, according to interviews with the activists.
Lois G. Lerner, who oversees tax-exempt groups for the IRS, told reporters on Friday the absolutely inappropriate actions were undertaken by front-line people working in Cincinnati to target groups with tea party, patriot or 9/12 in their names.
In one instance, however, Ron Bell, an IRS employee, informed an attorney representing a conservative group focused on voter fraud that the application was under review in Washington. On several other occasions, IRS officials in D.C. and California sent detailed questionaires to conservative groups asking more than a dozen questions about their voter outreach and other activities, according to the documents.
For the IRS to say it was some low-level group in Cincinnati is simply false, said Cleta Mitchell, a partner in the law firm Foley & Lardner LLP who sought to communicate with IRS headquarters about the delay in granting tax-exempt status to True the Vote.
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Heard on cable news: the “Bush appointee” head of the IRS until November 2012...was a Democrat! He was the one who testified in early 2012 that there was no targeting of Tea Party non-profits.
Everyone knows this was not low level Ohio employees and they have to find a way to bring this to DC without pointing the finger at the purple lipped prince.
Get it all out there WaPo. The sooner you get it all out there, the faster you can dismiss it as ‘old news’.
Shut down the IRS (and the TSA, the Just-us Dept, the “energy” Dept., the “education” dept, the “labor” dept, the Extortion Protection Agency and any number of others).
Do you think that Obama organized the whole affair?Of course he did.
Wonder if the youtube video guy can be blamed for this breech also? /s
This Administration either thinks the majority of Americans are fools, or that the media will cover their arse for everything, or both, but in no way was a “low-level” worker responsible for policy.
The New York Times endorse this practice back in March of 2012- The MSM and DNC knew.
The I.R.S. Does Its Job
Kinda looks like this was coast to coast doesn’t it?
HA....wonder how many LIBERAL organizations the NYTimes would have said should be investigated? Crickets....and there are LOTS more liberal than conservative ones...
I still remember Obama saying, “Punish your enemies.”
“Wonder if the youtube video guy can be blamed for this breech also? /s”
That’s it! Spontanous audits because of the IRS being upset with the anti-Muslim video.
Fast and Furious, IRS audit the Tea Party, assassinate Libyan Ambassador, wiretap the AP Press, hijack healthcare, raise taxes, print cash, drones and death lists, abortion pills for children, bail banks: criminal government.
Does not resemble the activity of a constitutional republic founded on freedom, not in the least.
Hitler and Stalin look like pissants compared to these goons.
Get real. Hitler and Stalin had body counts in the millions.
This is bad enough, but we aren't burying bodies with construction equipment. Yet.
You think like a State Department hack! (just kidding)
50 Million Abortions in the USA to date. Uncle Joe and Dear Leader Mao have nothing on us.
There is no excuse for the babies killed, but it does need to be kept in a realistic perspective.
FRiend, the 50 million dead babies ARE real.
Life and freedom and liberty. That is where I stand.
“Koch Industries Lawyer to White House: How Did You Get Our Tax Information?”