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Video: IRS commissioner not sure if itís inappropriate to ask pro-life group about Ö its prayers
Hotair ^ | 05/17/2013 | AllahPundit

Posted on 05/17/2013 2:04:21 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Via the Examiner and NRO, a few more credible, confidence-inspiring breadcrumbs from this morning’s Ways and Means hearing. It’s starting to make sense now why protesting Planned Parenthood might present a risk to your tax-exempt status, isn’t it?

The second clip is of Miller saying that he did indeed ask his underlings who was targeting conservative groups, and they told him, but now he can’t remember the answer. Really. The disdain this guy harbors for the proceedings is palpable, but that’s probably in his best interest: The more antagonistic he is, the more liberal support he’ll have when the administration inevitably tries to find a new job for him at the IRS after this blows over. In the meantime, Miller’s loss is Fred Armisen’s gain, assuming SNL even attempts to tackle O’s scandals this weekend. Given what the show’s come to, maybe it’s best that they didn’t.

By the way, did anyone ask Miller the threshold question of why the IRS chose to spend so much time on penny-ante tea-party groups instead of the gigantic conservative and liberals 501(c)(4) orgs that have real influence on elections? Here’s what the Cincinnati office considered a priority:

The AP reviewed 990 tax returns for nonprofit groups that were made publicly available and posted on both the Guidestar and the Foundation Center websites, searching between 2009 and 2011 under the terms “tea party,” ”patriot” and other terms frequently used by tea party groups. Several tea party groups also made their tax returns available to the AP. The returns detailed revenues and expenses for the groups, as well as other details. Donors’ identifies, however, are shielded from disclosure under federal tax code provisions.

Only 21 of the 93 groups reported annual gross receipts higher than $25,000 between 2009 and 2011, according to the AP review. The $25,000 figure is a threshold for the IRS because an organization’s financial strength and revenue sources are important factors in determining its tax-exempt status. Nonprofit groups reporting less than $25,000 a year are allowed to file a short-form, postcard tax return instead of a detailed filing — one indication of a low-budget operation.

The median income for all the groups was just $16,700 a year. That figure includes several tea party organizations that boasted million-dollar budgets and a cluster of others with more than $100,000 in annual revenues. The well-funded activist groups were led by the Georgia-based Tea Party Patriots Inc., the nation’s biggest tea party group, which started out with more than $700,000 in annual revenues in 2009 and grew to $20.2 million annually in 2012.

Radley Balko noted on Twitter this morning that the amounts being thrown around here tend to undercut the sacred liberal talking point that the tea-party movement is merely corporate astroturf bankrolled by the Koch brothers to advance plutocratic interests. Suggested new narrative: The “plutocratic astroturf” theory is true, it’s just that the Kochs are … really, really stingy towards their puppets.


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To: SeekAndFind
how bout if i pray that you get what you so richly deserve coming to you?
21 posted on 05/17/2013 3:37:31 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: SeekAndFind

Those guys really ARE morons...albeit evil ones....aren’t they?!


22 posted on 05/17/2013 3:40:42 PM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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To: SeekAndFind

The
No Fault
No Regrets
Regime
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23 posted on 05/17/2013 3:45:54 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: Conserev1

LOL. Either way, we are going to have something like the IRS around.


24 posted on 05/17/2013 3:51:52 PM PDT by Dutchboy88
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To: Dutchboy88

Imagine the budget surplus from abolition of the IRS!


25 posted on 05/17/2013 3:54:16 PM PDT by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: kjo
I blame the media. They did not do their job.

They have been infiltrated by commies for decades. They did their job...as defined by them.

Obama's election and re-election is proof.

26 posted on 05/17/2013 4:16:18 PM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: SeekAndFind

We need a speical prosecutor now.


27 posted on 05/17/2013 4:33:11 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: SeekAndFind

The congressional committee should ask some of these
IRS people how much jail time they think they should get...


28 posted on 05/17/2013 4:41:58 PM PDT by indthkr
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To: unixfox

That’s what needs to be done...To abolish the IRS.

It’s the only thing that will get their attention

A massive historic American tax protest...All it would take is 10 or 20 million who’ve had enough of this government corruption.


29 posted on 05/17/2013 4:45:35 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: isthisnickcool

The IRS needs to be dismantled and any enforcement of Obamacare should be out of their hands .


30 posted on 05/17/2013 5:10:57 PM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: SeekAndFind

This isn’t going to ‘blow over’... big newspapers are taking an interest...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2013/05/17/the-10-most-bizarre-things-about-the-irs-scandal/


31 posted on 05/17/2013 5:12:05 PM PDT by GOPJ (Conservatives were Obama's victims, but unlike the press we were aware of it.)
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To: jeffc

Notice how liberal elites always think there’s some joke going on... smug little smiles - and nothing’s going on. I wonder if he’ll feel that way when he’s sitting in some jail cell...


32 posted on 05/17/2013 5:15:17 PM PDT by GOPJ (Conservatives were Obama's victims, but unlike the press we were aware of it.)
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33 posted on 05/17/2013 5:19:50 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: SeekAndFind
Obama’s IRS prevented tea party groups from getting started precisely to rig the election for Obama

So the IRS stole the 2012 election, stole the senate and presidency for the socialists/democrats The IRS made the House more liberal ( and almost took that too)

Some tea party groups didn't even organize because of the threats of perjury from the IRS

Abolish the IRS (repeal the 16th amendment, is it ever ratified?)

Impeach Obama

34 posted on 05/17/2013 5:30:19 PM PDT by Democrat_media (IRS rigged election for Obama and democrats by shutting down tea party)
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To: Dutchboy88
Buying from offshore simply involves UPS items coming from Mexico/Caribbean/Japan/China/etc. Can you imagine them opening each package? Can't be done.

Already done. The contents and cost of the package are listed on the packing slip, which is all put into their digital record. Tariffs on imports, sales tax on individual packages paid by the shippers or the packages/imports are not released to delivery.

35 posted on 05/17/2013 5:40:17 PM PDT by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Flat tax significantly reduces need for a large IRS. Step in the right direction. Now is the time to push for a flat tax. Elimination of the income tax itself will never happen. Start with flat tax.


36 posted on 05/17/2013 5:46:16 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: isthisnickcool

37 posted on 05/17/2013 5:46:33 PM PDT by FreeAtlanta (bahits.com)
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To: GOPJ; SeekAndFind; Jim Robinson
washingtonpost dot com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2013/05/17/the-10-most-bizarre-things-about-the-irs-scandal/ is not from the dead-tree issue, but in the digital version - and you have to select it as it doesn't readily appear on the first page.
38 posted on 05/17/2013 6:04:31 PM PDT by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: jeffc

They would not even charge weiner for child porn!


39 posted on 05/17/2013 6:46:53 PM PDT by GailA (THOSE WHO DON'T KEEP PROMISES TO THE MILITARY, WON'T KEEP THEM TO U!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Amen then even Illegal Invaders have to pay it and all the freeloading un dipsh.ts!


40 posted on 05/17/2013 6:50:33 PM PDT by GailA (THOSE WHO DON'T KEEP PROMISES TO THE MILITARY, WON'T KEEP THEM TO U!)
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