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Administration Knew of Targeting Before the Election
Townhall.com ^ | May 17, 2013 | Carol Platt Liebau

Posted on 05/18/2013 3:01:50 PM PDT by Kaslin

So there it is -- a hitherto-missing link in the chain of information that every Obamaphile was dreading. 

Senior Obama administration officials knew that the Inspector General was auditing the IRS for political targeting of conservatives in June of 2012.  The Treasury's general counsel -- that's right, William J. Wilkins -- was told on June 4, 2012 by the IG; Deputy Treasury Secretary Neal Wolin was informed shortly thereafter.

Neal Wolin was Tim Geithner's Deputy.  That's the second-in-command at the Department of the Treasury.  And Wolin had been around the block; he had held high government posts in the Clinton administration before the Obama one.

It is inconceivable that someone like Wolin would have learned of such politically explosive information during an election year and failed to inform anyone at The White House or on the President's campaign.  The Obama administration kept this information hidden from the American people until it had to be revealed because of the pending IG report.

Would it have changed any minds had it been reported before the election? We'll never know, but it doesn't do anything to enhance the credibility of the President's reelection victory.  

Surely, surely no one in the MSM had wind of this and sat on the story lest it hurt the Obama campaign.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: 2012election; irs; lamestreammedia; obama

1 posted on 05/18/2013 3:01:50 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

They were directing it.


2 posted on 05/18/2013 3:05:55 PM PDT by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: Kaslin

This is what all that tap dancing by the kenyan and Jack Lew was about on Friday. It’s implausible that nobody in the WH knew about this. There is proof somewhere I am sure. Meeting notes, emails, whatever.

So Team Obama made some general acknowledgements about this on Friday so later they can claim they already admitted it. This is EXACTLY what the kenyan did when he mentioned terrorism in vague terms in the Rose Garden after Benghazi.


3 posted on 05/18/2013 3:07:28 PM PDT by lodi90
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To: Kaslin
Surely, surely no one in the MSM had wind of this and sat on the story lest it hurt the Obama campaign.

Ms. Platt-Liebau surely would have put a "sarcasm tag" on this, if she was a FReeper.

4 posted on 05/18/2013 3:08:17 PM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: Kaslin

Isn’t this a ‘smoking gun’?


5 posted on 05/18/2013 3:09:08 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: bmwcyle

I bet they were the ones directing it all along. Obama was keeping his distance—but using every power he had to Win—at any price. He will never leave the White House of his own free will. If he could he would change the name of Washington to Obama City.


6 posted on 05/18/2013 3:09:26 PM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: skeeter

It sure looks like one


7 posted on 05/18/2013 3:29:42 PM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

He is going to leave..no matter what he wants.


8 posted on 05/18/2013 3:30:37 PM PDT by Clean_Sweep
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To: lodi90
There probably isn't any hard copy proof. They're too cunning for that. Fellow travelers were put in place to advance the regime's policies and it was all done with a wink and a nod.

If Fast and Furious is any indication then the spineless Repubs will let this drift into the ether and be gone before 2014.

9 posted on 05/18/2013 3:58:00 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: Kaslin
B T T T ! ! ! ©

10 posted on 05/18/2013 4:18:56 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: onyx; maggief; Liz; penelopesire; SE Mom; nutmeg

Tie this into the enemy list requested by the WH web site , the senators request and their thug and it certainly looks like his gums are smoking. Lying will do that!


11 posted on 05/18/2013 4:34:57 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then.)
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To: lodi90; Kaslin

I heard today that Lanny Davis is claiming that the White House Counsel knew of it a couple of weeks before telling the President. If true, it’s a bomb shell. Does ANYONE who knows more than 10 cents worth about politics believe for even a second that the White House Counsel wouldn’t tell Zero as soon as he heard about such a thing? Impeachment is definitely called for.


12 posted on 05/18/2013 4:43:21 PM PDT by Hardastarboard (Buck Off, Bronco Bama)
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To: Hardastarboard

Picture it:
You tell him!
No! You tell him!
I told him last time ! It’s your turn!
No! It’s your turn!
Oh ok ..... Where is he?
On the golf course. Then he speaks at two fund raisers and then leaves on vacation
I’ll tell him at the next cabinet meeting!
When will that be?
He... If I know! Next month? Next year?


13 posted on 05/18/2013 4:55:32 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then.)
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To: Kaslin
This all assumes that Obama actually has conversations with anybody besides Art, ....uh, Jay Carney and Valerie Jarrett.

Is Obama bent on destroying America? Is he incompetent? I can't decide between these two, but one thing is sure......he one very weird dude.

14 posted on 05/18/2013 5:04:50 PM PDT by cookcounty (They thought he was the Black Lincoln. But he's the Black Nixon.)
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To: cookcounty

Don’t think for one second that he is incompetent. He knows exactly what he’s doing, or trying to do. He doesn’t wonder if he’s doing the right thing, or if he’s doing it the way it should be done. His downfall will be that he thinks he can get away with anything.


15 posted on 05/18/2013 5:11:48 PM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: Eagles6

I think somebody made a mistake. Lew and the kenyan were up to no good on Friday. There is a hole someplace in the stonewall and they know it. Their arrogance may have caused them to get sloppy.

The question is if anybody will drop a dime on them.


16 posted on 05/18/2013 6:16:08 PM PDT by lodi90
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To: Hardastarboard

Treasury Dept. told the WH counsel on April 22. It is a total fairy tale that the kenyan did not know what was going on at that point.


17 posted on 05/18/2013 6:17:27 PM PDT by lodi90
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To: Kaslin

http://www.politico.com/politico44/perm/0510/key_gibbs_takeaways_613f34a3-be38-4fac-95a2-ac65f7a3e8aa.html

Wolin with Gibbs. 2010


18 posted on 05/18/2013 10:10:39 PM PDT by widdle_wabbit
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To: lodi90

Hope and pray.


19 posted on 05/19/2013 12:03:30 AM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: Hardastarboard; hoosiermama; stephenjohnbanker; GOPJ; Grampa Dave; AuntB; Tennessee Nana; ...
BOMBSHELL.......Clinton factotum Lanny Davis is claiming that the White House Counsel knew of targeting (AKA suppressing the conservative vote) a couple of weeks BEFORE telling Ohaha. Does ANYONE believe for even a second that the White House Counsel wouldn’t tell Zero as soon as he heard about it?

We need to start getting traction on this soon....before the Ohaha mob uses their criminal Chicago political skills to skate on this.

They are the kingpins of political crime----they know every trick in the book.

Btw, tell me, again. What exactly does Valerie Jarrett do in the WH?

20 posted on 05/19/2013 6:30:22 AM PDT by Liz (To learn who rules over you, determine who you are not allowed to criticize. Voltaire)
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To: Kaslin; Liz; LottieDah; editor-surveyor; ExTexasRedhead; ml/nj; randita; Political Junkie Too; ...
I don't like distracting from the discussion of the unconstitutional and illegal IRS tactics used against Tea Party and other "conservative" groups, but the mention of "suppression of the conservative vote" in last year's election raises some other questions.

Although it may be uncomfortable to bring this up, the presumption behind the "suppression of the vote" meme is that a considerable number of potential conservative voters couldn't get themselves to vote on their own initiative unless Tea Party groups were active enough to encourage them or aid them in some way. So why wasn't the level of self-motivated enthusiasm, if you will, of conservative voters reflected in a larger conservative vote? After all, it wasn't as if conservative voters were barred from casting ballots, at least not physically, although their votes in some instances may not have been counted due to other despicable practices on the part of the 'Rats.

Also, we have to be careful not to let the IRS shenanigans distract from our attention to other sleazy and illegal activities that the 'Rats used, particularly in the swing states, to rig last year's elections in their favor: methods that fall under the categories of election fraud and cheating. Aside from the more "traditional" types of fraud and cheating practices - e.g., voters casting multiple votes, votes cast for deceased or disabled people, voters voting on multiple days in multiple locations (taking advantage of "early voting" procedures), voters voting in more than one state, ineligible individuals voting, voters casting absentee and in-person ballots - there were also numerous instances of far more effective electronic hacking of voting equipment, such as optical scanners and touch screen devices. There were also obvious inaccuracies in reporting of votes, most noticeably the purported "shutouts" suffered by Romney in some predominantly black election districts in Philadelphia and Cleveland.

Again, let's not lose sight of the fact that although the IRS refusals and delays in granting tax-exempt status to conservative groups played some part in the purported election results last year, there were other factors at play in the purported outcome, including other patently illegal activities by the Obama machine and their affiliated groups.

21 posted on 05/19/2013 8:36:34 AM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: justiceseeker93

Yes, but if Tea party Watchdog groups had not been hindered, the illegal practices that rigged the election could have been at least hampered by them.


22 posted on 05/19/2013 8:39:25 AM PDT by left that other site ((Ban the ubiquitous and deadly solvent, Di-hydrogen monoxide!!!))
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To: justiceseeker93

Romney himself wasn’t exactly a bonfire of enthusiasm.


23 posted on 05/19/2013 8:42:25 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: justiceseeker93
....it may be uncomfortable to bring this up, the presumption behind the "suppression of the vote" meme is that a considerable number of potential conservative voters couldn't get themselves to vote on their own initiative....

The term "suppression of the vote" is used b/c it is very relevant----it is the term Obamba continually used against conservatives in the campaign.

The O Team cunningly scared conservatives into thinking intelligent, rational, time-honored voter ascertainment techniques was "hatemongering" and "suppression of the vote."

At the same time, the Obomanations calculatedly suppressed conservative votes via the IRS (and God knows where else)---- they revved up their vote by using the "suppression" angle.

SUMMATION You cant use logic when dealing with the Obamatons----they are practiced con artists---and know every trick in the book.

24 posted on 05/19/2013 8:55:34 AM PDT by Liz (To learn who rules over you, determine who you are not allowed to criticize. Voltaire)
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To: cripplecreek
Romney himself wasn’t exactly a bonfire of enthusiasm.

True, but the major factor motivating conservative voters should have been replacing Obama. Romney had his flaws as a candidate, but it's fair to say that he did offer an alternative to Zero.

25 posted on 05/19/2013 9:01:14 AM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: Kaslin
Administration Knew of Targeting Before the Election

Should read: "Administration Planned the Targeting Before the Election". Criminals.

26 posted on 05/19/2013 9:01:20 AM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (Actually, they lie when it suits them! The crooked MS media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
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To: justiceseeker93

And he was still a pathetic candidate. The “He ain’t the other guy” attitude will give us another failure in the future.


27 posted on 05/19/2013 9:05:31 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: left that other site; All
Yes, but if Tea party Watchdog groups had not been hindered, the illegal practices that rigged the election could have been at least hampered by them.

Interesting point. Wasn't aware that Tea Party groups were providing watchdog services over 'Rat election fraud and cheating. If they do, I'm 100% for those kind of efforts.

28 posted on 05/19/2013 9:07:32 AM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: bmwcyle
Once set in motion for ostensibly different reasons, all the creeps in the White House needed to do was leave it alone~!

But they knew.

Now that they are into the cycle where the schlumphs get punished and the brass get rewarded, they are breaking the law ~ in punishing the subordinates!

We may not even hear about it since IRS guys have to take their complaints through an in-house process long before they can ever file a complaint with Merit Systems Protection Board, and even then there are limits on what they can complain about and what MSPB can recommend ~ after all you wouldn't want MSPB dictating personnel policy to IRS when it involves their Confidential employee class.

Regarding voter turnout, Romney is shy of Bush' high of 64 million, as is McCain. The GOP-e may well want to blame that on Conservatives, or even Democrat cheating, but two doufouses in a row gets a doufous result on election day ~ seems to be clear to me we should be looking at the doufouses and avoiding that sort of candidate in the future.

29 posted on 05/19/2013 9:19:11 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

The where handed out bonuses.


30 posted on 05/19/2013 9:23:09 AM PDT by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: jiggyboy
He is totally competent to do what he deems necessary...destroy Traditional Constitutional America and Americans.

Competence in the act of destruction/destroying is much easier to attain then competence in building and creating something positive and sustainable.

The American Idea is both Positive and Sustainable. It was created by imminently competent men. B.O. is not worthy to carry their powdered wigs.

It takes genius to build something Mighty and Good and Strong. Any Fool can destroy what is already built.

31 posted on 05/19/2013 9:27:30 AM PDT by Awgie (truth is always stranger than fiction)
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To: Liz; All
The term "suppression of the vote" is used b/c it is very relevant----it is the term Obamba continually used against conservatives in the campaign.

"Suppression of the vote" is a phrase that has been parroted so often by the 'Rats in reference to alleged suppression of their own voters by Pubbies, that it should have lost all meaning to anyone with functioning brain cells by now, simply because there are almost never facts to back up such claims. It's been thrown around by them long before Obama was active in electoral politics.

The O Team cunningly scared conservatives into thinking intelligent, rational, time-honored voter ascertainment techniques was "hatemongering" and "suppression of the vote."

Any conservative who gets scared by them in such a way is fool. Reasonable people should know that the days of Jim Crow and barring blacks from voting, which the term "suppression of the vote" might evoke, are long gone. BTW, the large bulk of that real "suppression of the vote" back then was perpetrated by Democrats.

32 posted on 05/19/2013 9:45:49 AM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: justiceseeker93

This assumes that there were no conservatives or groups with money, organization, and motivation to give as good as they got. That’s hard to believe, unless the real truth is that those “conservatives” with resources were working secretly for the Libs. In which case, we will never again win an election in our lifetimes.


33 posted on 05/19/2013 11:05:06 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: Kaslin
There is no other purpose for the targeting except the election of Obama. We all know he wanted to get elected by whatever means. If just one vote was lost because of this, the election becomes fraudulent. Except it is impossible to prove.

I compare it to those annoying phone calls...that happen at dinner time...and it's a recording besides. Again and again and again.

34 posted on 05/19/2013 11:20:29 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau; All
If just one vote was lost because of this, the election becomes fraudulent.

It's unrealistic to ever expect a completely clean national, or even statewide, election. The gold standard is to minimize the fraud and cheating so that the winner of each race is the real winner as if chosen by each lawfully eligible voter who wishes to do so casting one and only one vote.

My intuitive guess is that the targeting of the Tea Party and other conservative groups had a small effect on the purported vote counts but that other methods of Democrat cheating and fraud, as outlined in my post # 21, had much more.

35 posted on 05/19/2013 11:37:59 AM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: cripplecreek

What about all those Freepers who said they would stay at home rather than vote for Romney. I’ll wager that some of those who stayed at home are the loudest critics today. I voted against Obama and I can hold my head high when I complain about Obama’s miserable record.


36 posted on 05/19/2013 12:04:06 PM PDT by monocle
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To: monocle

I don’t care. The simple FACT is that if the GOP tries to run a moderate again, they will lose again. None of the whining about last time means a damn thing.


37 posted on 05/19/2013 12:07:06 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Liz

” What exactly does Valerie Jarrett do in the WH? “

Uh....she RUNS it?


38 posted on 05/20/2013 9:22:19 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker
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