Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Documents: IRS harassing letters came from DC headquarters and California offices
Daily Mail UK ^ | 5/15/2013 | David Martosko

Posted on 05/15/2013 11:06:23 PM PDT by GVnana

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 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' employees, both in Cincinnati, whom he thought were responsible for targeting right-wing organizations with tactics that were not applied to left-wing or non-political groups.





(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS:
More at link.
1 posted on 05/15/2013 11:06:23 PM PDT by GVnana
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: GVnana

h/t Drudge.


2 posted on 05/15/2013 11:07:50 PM PDT by GVnana
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GVnana

So much for the 2 guys in Cincy making all those crop circles by themselves theory


3 posted on 05/15/2013 11:07:55 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GVnana; StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; cyborg; DKNY; ..
Good catch, GVnana!

Pinging some FRiends here...

4 posted on 05/15/2013 11:20:25 PM PDT by nutmeg (Rest in Peace, FReeper Extraordinaire Doctor Raoul...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nutmeg

This thing is much bigger than first thought.

In fact, it explains so much about the last election, and the manner...with surety...the the ‘rats claimed that the TEA Party was dead.

Thanks so much for the ping!


5 posted on 05/15/2013 11:40:22 PM PDT by dixiechick2000
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: All


Help FR Continue the Conservative Fight!
Your Monthly and Quarterly Donations
Help Keep FR In the Battle!

Sponsoring FReepers are contributing
$10 Each time a New Monthly Donor signs up!
Get more bang for your FR buck!
Click Here To Sign Up Now!


6 posted on 05/15/2013 11:43:51 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: GVnana

Once again, the English press doing the job that American journalists refuse to do.


7 posted on 05/16/2013 12:13:53 AM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: dixiechick2000

Read this, you know there have to be more like her out there.

http://news.yahoo.com/very-frightening-prominent-catholic-prof-claims-irs-audited-182400466.html


8 posted on 05/16/2013 12:44:56 AM PDT by tiki
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: GeronL
So much for the 2 guys in Cincy making all those crop circles by themselves theory

Of course it was organized at the top. Just thinking logically, why would a bureaucracy's worker bee, a lowly tax clerk, want to stir up a storm by sending out clearly illegal requests to a narrowly selected group of organizations? Where would you even find a government worker with initiative? Why would they want to endanger themselves by putting their names to letters that will most certainly make their way to courts and media? How would they organize, invisibly to their superiors, a country-wide targeting campaign? It is absolutely impossible; and those workers that are identified already are just the first sacrifices. They could be even innocent.

9 posted on 05/16/2013 12:49:53 AM PDT by Greysard
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Greysard

I totally agree


10 posted on 05/16/2013 12:56:16 AM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: nutmeg; GVnana

Have you seen this?

http://m.cnsnews.com/blog/mike-ciandella/soros-gave-61-million-groups-linked-pressure-irs-target-conservative-nonprofits


11 posted on 05/16/2013 1:27:19 AM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: hoosiermama

Nice find!


12 posted on 05/16/2013 1:32:46 AM PDT by GVnana
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: GVnana

M passing it to as many media as possible. Even sent to my congressman
Does it fit into RICO law?

Need to find out if Sor is visiting the WH as often as he initially did


13 posted on 05/16/2013 1:37:32 AM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: GVnana
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.

Tip of the iceberg.

14 posted on 05/16/2013 1:51:54 AM PDT by GOPJ (Jesus said, Give your money to the poor. NOT 'Give your neighbor's money to the poor' freeper kevao)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GeronL
So much for the 2 guys in Cincy making all those crop circles by themselves theory

Yeah, it didn't take long for CNN to get a black eye on that story. LOL.

15 posted on 05/16/2013 2:03:56 AM PDT by Rocky (Obama is pure evil.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: maggief; onyx

Did you see this? Holly crap this explains it all:

Timeline Shows Influence of Soros-Funded Groups

March 1-17, 2010: First ten reported cases of targeting by the IRS against groups that had ties to the “tea party or similar organizations.”
Sept. 16, 2010: TIME article “The New GOP Money Stampede” quotes Wertheimer;
Sept. 23, 2010: DISCLOSE act, a campaign finance disclosure act specifically targeting a Tea Party group, in the writing of which the CLC participated, fails in the Senate;
Sept. 28, 2010: Democrat Senator Max Baucus writes a letter to the IRS, citing the TIME article;
Oct. 5, 2010: Democracy 21 and Campaign Legal Center petition IRS, Wertheimer writes HuffPo article;
Oct. 7, 2010: Legal brief from HoltzmanVogel PLLC against the Democracy 21 petition;
Oct. 14, 2010: Dick Durbin asks IRS to investigate American Crossroads, HuffPo coverage;
June 27, 2011: Second petition to the IRS by CLC and Democracy 21;
June 29, 2011: IRS senior agency official Lois Lerner briefed on efforts to target groups which “criticize how the country is being run”;
Sept. 28, 2011: CLC and Democracy 21 petition IRS again, this time about four conservative groups;
Oct. 31, 2011: CPI “investigation”;
Nov. 18, 2011: Mother Jones article;
Nov. 21, 2011: Alternet repost of Mother Jones Article;
Dec. 29, 2011: New York Times oped;
Jan. 15, 2012: IRS targeted groups focusing on limiting government or educating on the Constitution and Bill of Rights;
February 2012: First articles promoting this issue appear in New York Times, Washington Post and LA Times
$6.1 Million in Soros Funding Since 2000

Center for Public Integrity: $2,716,328
Campaign Legal Center: $677,000
Media Consortium: $675,000
Mother Jones: $485,000
Democracy 21: $365,000
ProPublica: $300,000
Alternet: $285,000
Human Rights Campaign: $600,000


16 posted on 05/16/2013 2:41:40 AM PDT by crosslink (Moderates should play in the middle of a busy street)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: hoosiermama
“Have you seen this?”

Soros and his fellow travelers are essentially running a shadow government. Soros is like Goebbels with deep pockets, running the propaganda apparatus that has had a significant impact on American elections and American society.

17 posted on 05/16/2013 2:51:37 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle (Hil)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: GVnana

Jail to the chief.


18 posted on 05/16/2013 2:56:16 AM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GVnana
I don't think any intelligent person believes the lies spread by the Obama Administration and the MSM. As has the entire government under Obama, the IRS has been corrupted. The two to four people from Cincinnati story is an obvious lie. The story that Obama is upset is an obvious lie. The “resignation” of Acting Director Miller in June when his term expires in June and he would have left anyway is a clear deception.

To understand what happened, first all the people affected by these audits and harassment must be interviewed and their cases reviewed. Then every IRS person associated with these cases must be prosecuted and threatened with prison time. These people must reveal under oath who gave them direction.

I doubt anyone in Washington will conduct this kind of investigation.

19 posted on 05/16/2013 3:20:05 AM PDT by detective
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GeronL
So much for the 2 guys in Cincy making all those crop circles by themselves theory

As is typical of this administration, they begin throwing people, at the lowest levels possible, under the bus in order to determine at which level the sheep among us will be satisfied, thus sparing all of the politically connected decision makers in each agency.

20 posted on 05/16/2013 3:21:49 AM PDT by RobertClark (My shrink just killed himself - he blamed me in his note!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: dixiechick2000
"...with surety...the the ‘rats claimed that the TEA Party was dead."

Don't even think for a second that there was also the GOPe in that line as well. I would say the entire thing was hatched on the assumption that the GOPe wouldn't say a thing in protest, which they did not until this thing started to become a club to beat up Democrats with.

When some of the 'rats start to sing, they will also implicate the likes of McCain, Grahmnesty, and their fellow travelers like the ones who dined with Obama during Paul's filibuster.

21 posted on 05/16/2013 3:26:41 AM PDT by mazda77
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: GVnana

This IRS crap came from the top.

1. Simultaneous, lone-wolf “investigations” using the same language begs plausibility.

2. If it were underlings acting on their own, they would have been fired, and that would have been announced during the formal apology. Firing them would have shown true action and would have made it possible for the press to ignore the story going forward. The fact that they weren’t fired, means that they can’t be fired. Why? Because people who still have a job have a reason to be quiet, while people who are fired for “just following orders” tend to tell anyone who will listen.


22 posted on 05/16/2013 3:27:51 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: hoosiermama

re. the “timeline” in your link

Per wiki, “Strategic communication management could be defined as the systematic planning and realization of information flow, communication, media development and image care in a long-term horizon. It conveys deliberate message(s) through the most suitable media to the designated audience(s) at the appropriate time to contribute to and achieve the desired long-term effect. Communication management is process creation. It has to bring three factors into balance: the message(s), the media channel(s) and the audience(s). . .”

Denis McDonough was the head of Strategic Communications for Zer0 then. This guy, Brennan and Tom Donilon are ALL bad news.

http://sipseystreetirregulars.blogspot.com/2012/06/sipsey-street-exclusive-strategic_17.html

http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2013/05/13/the-epicenter-of-benghazi-denis-mcdonough-deputy-national-security-advisor-in-2012-and-white-house-fixer/


23 posted on 05/16/2013 3:48:01 AM PDT by Roccus (Strategic Communications is nothing more than propaganda raised to an art form)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: hoosiermama

It might. But the question is “How will the politics play out if prosecuted?”

And who will file chargers? The DOJ?

We need to have realistic expectations.


24 posted on 05/16/2013 4:05:29 AM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: GVnana

When all that you do is lie... you cannot keep one lie straight and the entire house of cards will fall.

LLS


25 posted on 05/16/2013 4:32:19 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Greysard

Fall Guys.

Absolutely AGREE with you!


26 posted on 05/16/2013 4:43:24 AM PDT by left that other site ((Ban the ubiquitous and deadly solvent, Di-hydrogen monoxide!!!))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: GVnana

My favorite graphic on the scandal.

Tyranny prevails.

27 posted on 05/16/2013 4:54:55 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....History is a process, not an event)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Drango

Jail is too lenient.


28 posted on 05/16/2013 4:56:48 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....History is a process, not an event)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: GVnana

This goes to the very top of the IRS and pervades every division. A special prosecutor MUST be appointed. The administration cannot fairly investigate itself.


29 posted on 05/16/2013 5:01:47 AM PDT by Rapscallion (Obama abandoned the defenders in Benghazi - They died; he lied.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: redgolum

Any federal prosecutor should be able to file charges. Zero will pardon if still In office seems a bigger problem. Statute of limitation?


30 posted on 05/16/2013 5:18:23 AM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: Rapscallion

It’s not just the irs


31 posted on 05/16/2013 5:21:24 AM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: crosslink; penelopesire; hoosiermama; onyx

Guess my dot connecting was heading in the right direction.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3019611/posts?page=19#19

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3019611/posts?page=29#29

*See my additions to timeline.

Timeline Shows Influence of Soros-Funded Groups

*May 13, 2008: IRS closed investigation into a speech made by then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) at Chicago’s United Church of Christ. WilmerHale announced it would defend the United Church of Christ on a pro-bono basis. Wilkins and a colleague at the law firm were placed in charge of the high-profile case.

*April 17, 2009: Obama Nominates William J. Wilkins to be IRS Chief Counsel.

March 1-17, 2010: First ten reported cases of targeting by the IRS against groups that had ties to the “tea party or similar organizations.”
Sept. 16, 2010: TIME article “The New GOP Money Stampede” quotes Wertheimer;
Sept. 23, 2010: DISCLOSE act, a campaign finance disclosure act specifically targeting a Tea Party group, in the writing of which the CLC participated, fails in the Senate;
Sept. 28, 2010: Democrat Senator Max Baucus writes a letter to the IRS, citing the TIME article;
Oct. 5, 2010: Democracy 21 and Campaign Legal Center petition IRS, Wertheimer writes HuffPo article;
Oct. 7, 2010: Legal brief from HoltzmanVogel PLLC against the Democracy 21 petition;
Oct. 14, 2010: Dick Durbin asks IRS to investigate American Crossroads, HuffPo coverage;
June 27, 2011: Second petition to the IRS by CLC and Democracy 21;
June 29, 2011: IRS senior agency official Lois Lerner briefed on efforts to target groups which “criticize how the country is being run”;

*Aug. 4, 2011: Meeting in which the IRS’s chief counsel appears to have conferred with agency officials to discuss the activities of a team in the Cincinnati field office that had been subjecting applications for tax-exempt status from Tea Party and other conservative groups to a greater degree of review than those from other organizations. (Under IRS rules, the agency’s chief counsel, William J. Wilkins, reports to the Treasury Department’s general counsel, and investigators want to determine if Wilkins took the issue out of the independent IRS to other parts of the Obama administration.)

Sept. 28, 2011: CLC and Democracy 21 petition IRS again, this time about four conservative groups;
Oct. 31, 2011: CPI “investigation”;
Nov. 18, 2011: Mother Jones article;
Nov. 21, 2011: Alternet repost of Mother Jones Article;
Dec. 29, 2011: New York Times oped;
Jan. 15, 2012: IRS targeted groups focusing on limiting government or educating on the Constitution and Bill of Rights;
February 2012: First articles promoting this issue appear in New York Times, Washington Post and LA Times
$6.1 Million in Soros Funding Since 2000

*July 17, 2012: Lois G. Lerner responded with a three-paragraph letter (to watch dog groups) suggesting that the agency might consider reviewing its rules.

*Summer 2012: George W. Madison, General Counsel, US Department of the Treasury, steps down.

*April 30, 2013: Acting Treasury General Counsel Christopher Meade confirmed. From 2005 to 2010, Meade was a partner with the law firm of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr.

Center for Public Integrity: $2,716,328
Campaign Legal Center: $677,000
Media Consortium: $675,000
Mother Jones: $485,000
Democracy 21: $365,000
ProPublica: $300,000
Alternet: $285,000
Human Rights Campaign: $600,000


32 posted on 05/16/2013 5:30:11 AM PDT by maggief
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: hoosiermama
Who does the federal prosecutor work for? Do they have any political ambitions?

I know a former US attorney. He talks about cases that no one would touch, because you can't pick up a turd from the clean end. This is one of them.

33 posted on 05/16/2013 5:57:23 AM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: hoosiermama
It’s not just the irs

Let's be careful. It is only the agencies and departments on this list that were involved.

Here's the link:

A-Z Index of U.S. Government Departments and Agencies

34 posted on 05/16/2013 6:05:59 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: maggief

On the June 29 2011 briefing of Lois L. Who did the briefing? To her or from her? Does she wear orange well?
Any connection to Soros or the union?
Am on cell. Need to get computer up and running to do research ;)


35 posted on 05/16/2013 6:07:30 AM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

To: GVnana

oopsie!

Those low-level Cincinatti employees musta used the wrong address.

Yeah,... that’s the ticket!


36 posted on 05/16/2013 6:10:03 AM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Mr. K

There was no there THERE


37 posted on 05/16/2013 6:17:08 AM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]





WE are Free Republic!!! ALL of us!!!
Please Contribute Today!

38 posted on 05/16/2013 6:20:18 AM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: hoosiermama

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/05/12/irs-targeted-groups-that-criticized-the-government-ig-report-says/

The documents, obtained by The Washington Post from a congressional aide with knowledge of the findings, show that on June 29, 2011, IRS staffers held a briefing with senior agency official Lois G. Lerner...


39 posted on 05/16/2013 6:58:43 AM PDT by maggief
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 35 | View Replies]

To: GVnana; Ernest_at_the_Beach; dennisw; SierraWasp; tubebender; Jim Robinson

Holding my breath to read the articles and opeds condemning the IRS in the LA Slimes, Gay Rhonicle, SacBEES, and other left wing Cali fish wraps. (Sarcasm is now off!)


40 posted on 05/16/2013 7:07:39 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ('How empty and dead' were they to let Chris Stevens, one of them , die for 'Obama-Clinton fiction?')
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: maggief

Looks like Lois may become one of the whistleblowers on ones up the line.

One report last night said four lower level employees had been IDed. Later said two would be testifying Monday

The were just following instruction of their bosses

Mmmm mmmm mmmm


41 posted on 05/16/2013 7:17:50 AM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 39 | View Replies]

To: nutmeg

Thanks for the ping!


42 posted on 05/16/2013 7:29:26 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: tiki

Thank you for the link! I heard about that today.

Do you know what form of government we are living under now?

A tyrannical government that chooses which laws to enforce.

That is NOT their call!


43 posted on 05/16/2013 11:44:16 PM PDT by dixiechick2000
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: mazda77

I know you are right...sadly.


44 posted on 05/16/2013 11:45:48 PM PDT by dixiechick2000
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson