Skip to comments.Documents Prove IRS Harassment of Pro-Life Groups Dates to 2009
Posted on 05/17/2013 10:42:25 AM PDT by Morgana
Today, the Thomas More Society offered over 150 pages of analysis and evidence to the House Ways and Means Committee about repeated IRS harassment of pro-life organizations.
At the request of Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL), Thomas More Society President Thomas Brejcha, Executive Director Peter Breen, and Special Counsel Sally Wagenmaker, prepared the legal memorandum with solid evidence of IRS harassment of pro-life organizations dating back to 2009.
Shock asked the IRS commissioner today if this discrimination is appropriate and he was unable to say yes or no.
The memo details the history of IRS misconduct in the cases of three organizations represented by the Thomas More Society. The abuse dates back further than the now publicized 2010 complaints and extends beyond the IRSs recently exposed Cincinnati office to also include the tax agencys California operations in the charges of blatant bias.
The IRS office in El Monte, California, began harassing Christian Voices for Life of Fort Bend County, Texas in 2011. In a series of questions penned by Exempt Organization Specialist Tyrone Thomas from the California office, the IRS asked a series of unwarranted questions ordering Christian Voices for Life without any foundation, to explain its content, message, and prayers as if they were engaging in highly offensive or criminal behavior.
Coalition for Life of Iowa found itself in the IRSs crosshairs when the group applied for tax exempt status in October 2008. Nearly ten months of interrogation about the groups opposition to Planned Parenthood included a demand by a Ms. Richards from the IRS Cincinnati office unlawfully insisted that all board members sign a sworn declaration promising not to picket/protest Planned Parenthood. Further questioning by the IRS requested detailed information about the content of the groups prayer meetings, educational seminars, and signs their members hold outside Planned Parenthood.
In yet a third matter, an IRS agent in their Chicago office repeatedly harassed Daniel and Angela Michael of Small Victories, a pro-life organization, with an intrusive investigation, calling the leaders every 2-3 weeks over the course of 2011, beginning in January of that year. The IRS officially closed its investigation in January 2012, having found no illegal activities.
The IRS will soon face more than controversy and Congressional hearings over its discrimination of pro-life and conservative groups. The federal agency will soon find itself in court.
The news comes as a report today shows James Dobson, the pro-life family advocate, disclosed that he was a victim of IRS discrimination because he spoke out against pro-abortion President Barack Obama.
Yesterday, President Barack Obama addressed the massive IRS scandal this afternoon and promised it would never happen again.
Ill do everything in my power to make sure this never happens again, he promised.
The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee announced he will hold a hearing on the IRS scandal. The federal agency has targeted pro-life groups as well as conservative and religious organizations.
In one case LifeNews has profiled, a pro-life group was told it had to promote abortion. A top pro-life legal group also informed LifeNews that cases it handled support mounting accusations that demonstrate the agencys abuse of pro-life organizations.
To read the entire Thomas More Society memo to Congressman Aaron Schock of the House Ways and Means Committee click here
I wish Republicans would demand yes or no answers. Not let people leave for any reason until clear yes or no answers, and then answer “why”, clearly.
They are not doing their jobs letting these people slide and offer non-answer answers. Do we not have anyone high enough not in the tank with the democrats? Or scared crapless by them?
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Subpart CProhibited Activities § 734.301 Exclusion from coverage.
This subpart does not apply to employees in the agencies and positions described in subpart D of this part.
§ 734.302 Use of official authority; prohibition.
(a) An employee may not use his or her official authority or influence for the purpose of interfering with or affecting the result of an election.
(b) Activities prohibited by paragraph
(a) of this section include, but are not limited to:
§ 734.305 Soliciting or discouraging the political participation of certain persons.
(a) An employee may not knowingly solicit or discourage the participation in any political activity of any person who has an application for any compensation grant, contract, ruling, license, permit, or certificate pending before the employees employing office.
(b) An employee may not knowingly solicit or discourage the participation in any political activity of any person who is the subject of, or a participant in, an ongoing audit, investigation, or enforcement action being carried out by the employees employing office.
(c) Each agency or instrumentality of the United States or District of Columbia Government shall determine when a matter is pending and ongoing within employing offices of the agency or instrumentality for the purposes of this part.
The anti-Christian agenda of the Obama administration is really coming out now.