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The Seven Senators Who Asked the IRS to "Investigate" Non-profits
Independent Sector ^ | Feb. 16, 2012 | The 7 Senators

Posted on 05/17/2013 5:41:02 PM PDT by freeandfreezing

Dear Commissioner Shulman:

We write to inquire if the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") is investigating or intends to investigate whether groups designated as "social welfare" organizations, and thus receiving tax and other advantages under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), 26 U.S.C. 501(c)4), are improperly engaged in a substantial or even a predominant amount of campaign activity....

Signed,

Michael F. Bennet, U.S. Senator

Al Franken, U.S. Senator

Jeff Merkley, U.S. Senator

Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator

Jeanne Shaheen, U.S. Senator

Tom Udall, U.S. Senator

Sheldon Whitehouse, U.S. Senator

(Excerpt) Read more at independentsector.org ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: New Hampshire
KEYWORDS: irs; rats; repository; schmuckschemer
The letter is a pretty clear indication that these seven Democratic senators wanted the IRS to dig into the activities of 501(c)(4) groups involved in political activity. And I'm sure the folks who received this at the IRS knew that the letter wasn't a request for them to dig into the affairs of Obama's Organizing for America.

These Senators owe the nation an explanation as to why they wanted the IRS to investigate 501(c)(4) groups involved with political issues.

1 posted on 05/17/2013 5:41:03 PM PDT by freeandfreezing
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To: freeandfreezing
Whoda thunk it? All staunch Conservative Republicans! Do I need a sarc tag?



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2 posted on 05/17/2013 5:46:09 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: freeandfreezing

Carl Levin of Michigan did it in writing as well -

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/05/15/democratic-sen-levin-pressured-irs-to-investigate-conservative-nonprofits/


3 posted on 05/17/2013 5:48:50 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: freeandfreezing
I'm inclined to think this was written as a prop....after the fact that "scrutiny" was already well under way.

In other words, this "request" infers that no such scrutiny has occurred YET.

It's a type of "scrubbing" the record.

4 posted on 05/17/2013 5:48:51 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: freeandfreezing

BTTT!


5 posted on 05/17/2013 5:49:41 PM PDT by sarasmom (The obvious takes longer to discover for the obtuse.)
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To: freeandfreezing

Why is this not violation of the Hatch Act and RICO.


6 posted on 05/17/2013 5:51:12 PM PDT by Diogenesis (Vi veri veniversum vivus vici)
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To: freeandfreezing

“These Senators owe the nation an explanation as to why they wanted the IRS to investigate...”

You have to be kidding? Is there any doubt as to why? They have POWER and want to exercise it.

No one in the press has the integrity to call them on it.


7 posted on 05/17/2013 5:51:49 PM PDT by BwanaNdege ("To learn who rules over you simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize"- Voltaire)
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To: freeandfreezing
It might be informative to see the replies back from IRS to these senators!

As far as their request for investigation, it may simply demonstrate their ignorance of the law. In any case, the IRS should have properly enlightened them, as SME on the matter.

8 posted on 05/17/2013 5:56:20 PM PDT by Errant
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To: freeandfreezing

Do you have a list of how many copies and who received them?


9 posted on 05/17/2013 5:57:16 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then.)
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To: freeandfreezing
I don't understand the big deal about the Obamacare enforcement brownshirts (IRS) targeting right-wingers. After all - Obama and his collection goons were just doing as they were told.

 

Schumer, Franken urged IRS to target tea party in 2012
Daily Caller ^ | May 17, 2013 | Jeff Poor
 

Posted on Friday, May 17, 2013 12:35:53 PM by grundle

Long before the Internal Revenue Service revealed it had improperly targeted conservative 501(c)(4) groups, a group of Democratic senators led by New York Sen. Chuck Schumer urged the IRS to do just that.

Last year, Schumer, along with Democratic Sens. Michael Bennet, Sheldon Whitehouse, Jeff Merkley, Tom Udall, Jeanne Shaheen and Al Franken, penned a letter calling on the agency to cap the amount of the political spending by groups masquerading as “social welfare organizations.”

(Excerpt) Read more at dailycaller.com ...


 

10 posted on 05/17/2013 5:57:31 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: freeandfreezing

Carl Lenin - Communist (MI) also wrote a letter asking for certain conservative groups to be investigated too. Funny thing, no such request for the Obama groups, media matters, etc.

Watching O’rielly ( yeH I know) tonight he interviewed a business man (Vander Sloot) who after donating to Romney had his name plastered on the internet and smeared as a crook and then was audited by the IRS and the labor Dept. There was a person who worked for a Senate Subcommittee that spent 3 days at the county court house digging for dirt on him.

So there are Sitting U.S. Senators that are DIRECTLY involved in abuse of power and using the IRS to persecute Conservatives.

Mr.Lenin better have his A game in hand because he is going to have to answer some real uncomfortable questions at his next few public meetings!

I hope the rest of you call out your very own Crook Senator(s)


11 posted on 05/17/2013 5:58:58 PM PDT by VRWCarea51
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To: freeandfreezing
A group can prove it qualifies for 501(c)4 fairly easily. There's no need for any Senator to lean on IRS to fully investigate matters. The typical conservative group had $25,000 per annum average cash flow, with most all of that devoted to your basic insurance policy (for public meetings), government fees, and a modicum of legal fees. The political action is usually on the part of the individual participants! I'm not even sure most of the TEAParty activities actually involve 'politics' ~

501(c)3 is a bit different. That's where you find most of the Leftwingtard foundations and such. You also find Bernie Madoff's cronies in that classification as well ~ they're the ones who knew Bernie was stealing and made sure they got a piece out of him first.

You've never heard of any of those senators demanding IRS take a good look at the nonprofits who were partying down with Bernie's money.

12 posted on 05/17/2013 6:00:14 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: freeandfreezing

Anyone have the picture of Franken in his diaper??


13 posted on 05/17/2013 6:13:41 PM PDT by LADY J (You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have. - Author Unknown)
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To: Sacajaweau
Interesting...Either they were trying to cover up what was going on already, or they didn't see enough action from the IRS and were pushing for more.

Needless to say none of the Senators seem to have raised any issues with Obama's Organizing for America, or any other liberal group.

14 posted on 05/17/2013 6:14:36 PM PDT by freeandfreezing
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To: hoosiermama
Do you have a list of how many copies and who received them?

That's a great question! And also the various memos and emails that were written within the IRS as a result of them receiving the letter from the Senators. I'm sure they aren't about to surface.

15 posted on 05/17/2013 6:17:00 PM PDT by freeandfreezing
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To: LADY J

Franken in his diaper??


16 posted on 05/17/2013 6:20:00 PM PDT by deport
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To: freeandfreezing

oooohhhh how many of these are up for re-election?

How many can be TOSSED OUT NOW!!! :)

Better yet, how many can be tossed out who are in states with Republcan governors???


17 posted on 05/17/2013 6:25:12 PM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: Mr. K

Up for reelection in 2014:
Al Franken
Jeff Merkley
Jeanne Shaheen


18 posted on 05/17/2013 6:28:16 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: freeandfreezing

Bump


19 posted on 05/17/2013 6:29:08 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Mr. K

Carl Levin in has announced he is
retiring.


20 posted on 05/17/2013 6:44:10 PM PDT by VRWCarea51
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To: freeandfreezing

If anything can be done to use this to not only get rid of my Senator Schuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuumer but to see his butt in jail I need to know.


21 posted on 05/17/2013 6:47:29 PM PDT by Wurlitzer (Nothing says "ignorance" like Islam! 969)
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To: freeandfreezing

They owe this country their resignations.


22 posted on 05/17/2013 7:11:05 PM PDT by Venturer
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23 posted on 05/17/2013 7:18:25 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: freeandfreezing

House and Senate Pubbies outnumber all the Rats and all these SEVEN. I just want them to go beat the living hell out of them then run them out of town on a rail.


24 posted on 05/17/2013 7:26:50 PM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: freeandfreezing; All

!.) Have these Sorry Seven Senators been getting updates from Obama’s IRS all along?

2.) Who have the Sorry Seven Senators shared this information with all this time?

3.) Is Obama’s IRS rapidly becoming a SELECTIVE Domestic Terrorist Organization against the Middle Class?


25 posted on 05/17/2013 7:45:38 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Traitor John Roberts' Commune-Style Obama'care' violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: freeandfreezing

Investigate those Senators.


26 posted on 05/17/2013 10:40:26 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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The letters and/or inquiries at these late dates make no sense.

Why would these Senators think that the IRS was NOT investigating these groups "properly"??

Sorry...The only thing that makes sense is that the letters were to coverup the fact that this was already being done.

27 posted on 05/18/2013 3:09:57 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: freeandfreezing

I saw a letter that Carl Levin sent to the IRS on a site the other day. He even went as far as to ask to have it entered into the Senate record. (wish I could remember what site I was reading)

He named Carl Rove’s group among some others asking the IRS why they were giving them tax exempt status.

Now he is full of this fake indignation that his pressure worked and is made public.


28 posted on 05/18/2013 4:38:21 AM PDT by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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To: shibumi

(you beat me to posting this) actually I should have read down the thread further! Thanks for providing the link. I couldn’t remember where I saw this letter.


29 posted on 05/18/2013 4:39:51 AM PDT by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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To: Sacajaweau
It looks like Sen. Shaheen at least is now trying to use the dates of the letters as cover for her involvement, as you surmised. But the timeline suggests she and her colleagues were really trying to get the IRS to resume and amplify their targeting of conservatives which was ongoing in early 2012.

An article here in Foster's Daily Democrat by Jim Haddadin reports that:

In the Feb. 16, 2012 letter, Shaheen and other lawmakers urged the IRS to develop new standards to evaluate the activities of so-called “social welfare” organizations...

The same group sent a second letter to former IRS commissioner Douglas H. Shulman in March 2012. ... The senators also called for the IRS to require organizations to document the exact percentage of their undertakings dedicated to “social welfare".

The parameters were changed once again in January 2012, allowing for IRS workers to once again parse applications based on political beliefs. The new guidelines called for scrutiny of organizations involved in limiting or expanding government, educating people about the constitution or promoting social and economic reforms, according to the report. The practice finally ended in May 2012, when the criteria was revised once again.

30 posted on 05/18/2013 7:17:06 AM PDT by freeandfreezing
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To: VRWCarea51

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vN1EBlXcjyU

So there are Sitting U.S. Senators that are DIRECTLY involved in abuse of power and using the IRS to persecute Conservatives. Solution?


31 posted on 02/08/2014 3:31:28 PM PST by Bushbacker1 (Molon Labe! (Oathkeeper))
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