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Confusion and Staff Troubles Rife at I.R.S. Office in Ohio
NY Times ^ | May 18, 2013 | NICHOLAS CONFESSORE, DAVID KOCIENIEWSKI and MICHAEL LUO

Posted on 05/19/2013 5:41:58 AM PDT by Pharmboy

During the summer of 2010, the dozen or so accountants and tax agents of Group 7822 of the Internal Revenue Service office in Cincinnati got a directive from their manager. A growing number of organizations identifying themselves as part of the Tea Party had begun applying for tax exemptions, the manager said, advising the workers to be on the lookout for them and other groups planning to get involved in elections.

“I don’t believe there’s any such thing as rogue agents,” said Bonnie Esrig, a former senior manager in the I.R.S. office in Cincinnati.

The specialists, hunched over laptops on the office’s fourth floor, rarely discussed politics, one former supervisor said. Low-level employees in what many in the I.R.S. consider a backwater, they processed thousands of applications a year, mostly from charities like private schools or hospitals.

For months, the Tea Party cases sat on the desk of a lone specialist, who used “political sounding” criteria — words like “patriots,” “we the people” — as a way to search efficiently through the flood of applications for groups that might not quality for exemptions, according to the I.R.S. inspector general. “Triage,” the agency’s acting chief described it.

As a grim-faced President Obama denounced the “inexcusable” actions of the I.R.S. last week and lawmakers of both parties lined up in Washington on Friday to accuse it of an array of misconduct, everything seemed so clear: the nation’s tax agency had deliberately targeted conservative activists, violating the public trust — and perhaps the law.

While there are still many gaps in the story of how the I.R.S. scandal happened, interviews with current and former employees and with lawyers who dealt with them, along with a review of I.R.S. documents, paint a more muddled...alienated from the broader I.R.S. culture and given little direction.

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


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Ohio; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: impeachnow; irs; mediabias; ohio; partisanmediashill; partisanmediashills; waronterror
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The Times spinning as fast as it can in a front page news story in its Sunday edition. No malice...just incompetence...nothing really to see here, we need more funding.

Click through to read the last two paragraphs where an IRS Cincinnati worker gives a good quote saying, essentially, that she does not think this could have happened without DC direction. THAT should have been the lead.

And, they name the woman who was the "lone IRS agent."

1 posted on 05/19/2013 5:41:58 AM PDT by Pharmboy
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BS Meter on overload.


2 posted on 05/19/2013 5:44:10 AM PDT by SC_Pete
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Yeah, it’s such a non-scandal that the Obama Admin sat on it for months before the November election.


3 posted on 05/19/2013 5:46:19 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: Pharmboy

beeeee essssssssss

Ohio, my eye.

The White House ordered the illegal tax torture


4 posted on 05/19/2013 5:46:29 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Pharmboy

Just because the NYT couldn’t see Stalin killing and starving the Ukranians or the rest of Russia for that matter, the Turks killing Armenians, or those pesky Jews in deathcamps doesn’t mean they are covering up the Fascist Obama Administration.


5 posted on 05/19/2013 5:47:22 AM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: Pharmboy

Then our side needs to shut down that office. Lets see the leftist pigs squeal.


6 posted on 05/19/2013 5:49:10 AM PDT by ilgipper (The lesson for the GOP is simple - don't let the opposition define you)
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To: Pharmboy
Over three years, as the office struggled with a growing caseload of advocacy groups seeking tax exemptions, responsibility for the cases moved from one group of specialists to another, and the Determinations Unit, which handles all nonprofit applications, was reorganized. One batch of cases sat ignored for months.

Heh...just wait until the IRS starts managing Obamacare and see what happens then.

7 posted on 05/19/2013 5:52:38 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Pharmboy
In 1913, the 16th Amendment gave the government the power to levy an income tax, and saddled the American people with the most burdensome, intrusive and abuse-prone revenue-generating system imaginable. (It bears noting that the federal income tax is a product of the same Progressive Era of American history that gave us Prohibition.)

Given that it was imposed by constitutional amendment, one cannot argue that the income tax is unconstitutional per se. But certainly, it is at odds with the spirit, if not the letter, of many of our most basic constitutional rights.

Consider that the income tax system has the following attributes:

 Notwithstanding our 5th Amendment rights against self-incrimination, as well as our 9th Amendment right to privacy (see Roe v. Wade), the government requires us to provide a tax return signed under penalty of perjury, in which we are obligated to provide detailed testimony regarding every aspect of our financial activities and relationships, legal or otherwise.

 Notwithstanding our 4th Amendment rights against search and seizure, any American citizen is subject at any time -- even in the complete absence of probable cause – to an intrusive federal audit in which the government has the unmitigated right to demand and search our private papers and financial records.

 Notwithstanding our 5th Amendment rights against seizure of our property without due process, the government can seize and hold our financial assets indefinitely without a trial.

 The complexity of the Tax Code generally requires that Americans hire professional advice, often at significant expense, to help ensure compliance.

 The Tax Code is so complex that its meaning is not always clear even to experts or employees of the federal government, and its enforcement may be subject to arbitrary interpretation by federal employees who may, in fact, disagree with each other.

 The income tax requires citizens to bear the burden of preparing, maintaining, storing and recovering voluminous sets of records over a period of years, where such records otherwise have no useful purpose except to assist the government in enforcing the tax code against the citizen.

 The Tax Code provides our federal legislators with a means of bestowing specifically targeted benefits on favored special interests.

8 posted on 05/19/2013 5:55:07 AM PDT by Maceman (Just say "NO" to tyranny.)
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Question 1: If Determinations was a dead end job, why would the dead enders care? They weren’t going anywhere. Grab the rubber stamp until Carpal Tunnel sets in. Question 2:
Could they have been planted in the “backwater” to do just what they did? Question 3: How many are still there vs how many have been promoted or transferred? Question 3: Why were some applications treated differently from other applications? Sounds like “Animal Farm”. Question 4:Who wrote the directive memo? Question 5: Does anyone remember the Brit eggheads at Bletchley Park? They were in a “backwater” as well but their contribution to winning WWII is inestimable. Conclusion: The IRS action was a civil Black Ops to do just what it did.


9 posted on 05/19/2013 5:56:29 AM PDT by Repulican Donkey
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Great point, dirtboy...that had not occurred to me.

Here's my favorite quote from the article in reference to the Cincinnati IRS office staff: "Few if any of the employees were experts on tax law,..."

Not only does the Obama regime know nothing, they don't know about tax law at the IRS office. That should be a line from an Onion article.

10 posted on 05/19/2013 5:57:00 AM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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Start with the low level worker and move up the food chain. Reading lists?

WHO CAME UP WITH THOSE LISTS OF QUESTIONS.?


11 posted on 05/19/2013 5:57:35 AM PDT by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: Pharmboy

Anyone who’d buy this story would also buy the NYT Sunday edition.


12 posted on 05/19/2013 5:59:04 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

LOL!


13 posted on 05/19/2013 6:01:03 AM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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-——— The Specialists———

Translation: The apparatchiks


14 posted on 05/19/2013 6:02:01 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....History is a process, not an event)
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“It would be tragic to see the I.R.S. be debilitated by this,” he said. “Its work is too important.”

Outside the Cincinnati office on Thursday, employees on smoking breaks voiced many complaints. Pay freezes, mandatory furloughs and the effects of sequestration were all testing their already low morale. But the scandal, some said, had made things worse.

It's only a dream, but we should hope their morale gets low enough that they all quit! (They never will, of course.)

15 posted on 05/19/2013 6:03:29 AM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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OK, NYT, which is it:

During the summer of 2010, the dozen or so accountants and tax agents of Group 7822 of the Internal Revenue Service office in Cincinnati got a directive from their manager. A growing number of organizations identifying themselves as part of the Tea Party had begun applying for tax exemptions, the manager said, advising the workers to be on the lookout for them and other groups planning to get involved in elections....

...interviews with current and former employees and with lawyers who dealt with them, along with a review of I.R.S. documents, paint a more muddled picture of an understaffed Cincinnati outpost that was alienated from the broader I.R.S. culture and given little direction.

Do they have editors over there?

They were given a directive but little direction.

That sounds like a contradiction to me.

16 posted on 05/19/2013 6:04:24 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: Maceman

REPEALING THE 16TH AMENDMENT would be a great start to restoring our lost representative republic. Then start work on repealing all that followed with the exception of the twenty first.


17 posted on 05/19/2013 6:05:15 AM PDT by Tupelo (The Government lies, then the media lies to cover up the government lies.)
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To: Pharmboy
the Tea Party cases sat on the desk of a lone specialist, who used “political sounding” criteria — words like “patriots,” “we the people”

Not even close, NYT. I'm supposed to pretend that two offices in CA and the main office in DC weren't doing exactly the same thing, with the same discriminatory criteria, to generate the same kinds of letters, at the same time.

18 posted on 05/19/2013 6:06:48 AM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: Pharmboy

This is nothing more than a NY Times “cover their asses” piece. Propaganda.


19 posted on 05/19/2013 6:07:59 AM PDT by AlphaOneAlpha
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To: bert

The more writers the Slimes uses on a story, the bigger the lie. By using three people, they are leading the reader to believe they did their due diligence.


20 posted on 05/19/2013 6:08:41 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (The reason we own guns is to protect ourselves from those wanting to take our guns from us.)
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It is not yet clear which manager in Cincinnati asked for an initial keyword search of Tea Party applications, Congressional aides said.

Huh. Yet these procedures coincided with the presidential election.

The New York Times isn't bad, but Scotts toilet paper is a better value.

21 posted on 05/19/2013 6:08:46 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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“It would be tragic to see the I.R.S. be debilitated by this,” he said. “Its work is too important.”

Get over yourselves...

22 posted on 05/19/2013 6:11:20 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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Lemme get this straight -Obummer, the EXECUTIVE in charge of the EXECUTIVE BRANCH of Govt., takes no responsibility for Benghazi, IRS, SEAL crash etc., but a couple of years ago VOILA!

2010=President Barack Obama meeting with BP EXECUTIVES at the White House in June 2010 to discuss the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. On 1 October 2010, Bob ...

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23 posted on 05/19/2013 6:11:45 AM PDT by bunkerhill7 (("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.))
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Start with the low level worker and move up the food chain. Reading lists? WHO CAME UP WITH THOSE LISTS OF QUESTIONS.?

It's so easy, even a congressman could do it. So why aren't they?

24 posted on 05/19/2013 6:12:47 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: bunkerhill7

Just imagine how the guy feels whose name appeared in question #26

It’s like the IRS Gestapo.


25 posted on 05/19/2013 6:20:42 AM PDT by RummyChick
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To: Pharmboy

“The Times spinning as fast as it can in a front page news story in its Sunday edition”

Same pap on the front cover of the L.A Times this morning. I found exactly nothing on Fridays testimony in the Sat. edition. I guess they needed 24 hours to get their heads together with the NYT on what the spin would be.


26 posted on 05/19/2013 6:28:07 AM PDT by DAC21
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Aint that the truth.

I like this sentence:For months, the Tea Party cases sat on the desk of a lone specialist, who used “political sounding”

One person did all of this? Bull -—I say Bull Big Daddy.

Mendacity.


27 posted on 05/19/2013 6:29:08 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Pharmboy
More New York Times 'journalism' in the tradition of Walter Duranty and Herbert Matthews.
28 posted on 05/19/2013 6:40:27 AM PDT by Will88
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To: Pharmboy

LOL...you forgot the barf alert!!


29 posted on 05/19/2013 6:55:34 AM PDT by BerniesFriend (Sarah Palin-"Lord knows she's attractive" says bitter Andrea Mitchell and the rest of the MSM)
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This quote from the article pathetically laughable:

“Not all conservative groups that got special scrutiny received follow-up requests for additional information. But some liberal groups did: Progress Texas, part of a national network of liberal advocacy groups, . . .”

Also amusing are many of the comments at the NYTs site.


30 posted on 05/19/2013 7:25:36 AM PDT by Auntie Mame (Fear not tomorrow. God is already there.)
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To: Pharmboy
Boy, this really inspires confidence in the IRS's ability to administer the Obamacare directives:

“The I.R.S. is pretty dysfunctional to begin with, and this case brought all those dysfunctions to their worst,” said Paul Streckfus, a former I.R.S. employee who runs a newsletter devoted to tax-exempt organizations. “People were coming and going, asking for advice and not getting it, and sometimes forgetting the cases existed.”

The IRS is a monster and to entrust it with even more responsibilities and power is cutting our own throats.

31 posted on 05/19/2013 7:37:02 AM PDT by randita
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Ah, yes. The IRS targeting political enemies was all just a matter of incompetence. You know, like Watergate was all just a big misunderstanding. Oh, wait! That’s not right. Nixon was a Republican. He was evil. Obama is just an incompetent boob and his IRS is just in chaos, not evil. I fell SO much better now that I understand the difference, especially when I realize that boob Obama’s chaotic, incompetent, not-evil IRS will be administering my health care plan. Don’t ya’ll feel better too, now?


32 posted on 05/19/2013 7:42:42 AM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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I would like to know the racial demographics of the IRS Exempt Organizations Division. We already know the members of the National Treasury Employees Union overwhelmingly support the Democrat party in their political contributions. I surmise that the Cincinnati staffing includes disproportional numbers of Holder’s people. I doubt there was anyone in that culture who would voice an objection to the targeting that occurred even though it was blatantly obvious. Plus, they were being pressured by Democrat members of congress to do more of the targeting. Almost a perfect storm of governmental political corruption. The IRS is terrifying, but think of the targeting that may be occurring in the myriad of government agencies.


33 posted on 05/19/2013 7:55:36 AM PDT by Temujinshordes
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Hmmm, it’s not like Ohio was ground-zero in the last election or anything.

It’s just a coincidence./sarc


34 posted on 05/19/2013 8:04:54 AM PDT by Smokeyblue
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The first response to the article, copied below, is actually very interesting, and I did follow the instructions to obtain the letter from Miller to Hatch.

Cmus Boston

I find the Q & A contained in the letter dated April 26, 2012 between Steven Miller and Senator Orin Hatch (Ranking Member, Senate Committee on Finance) to be most interesting, and urge all readers here to click on the pdf file listed as footnote #46 in Wikipedia [whose subject title is "501(c) Organization".] Of particular significance to me is the nature of Senator Hatch's questions, written less to elicit clear, objective responses (which Mr. Miller does extremely well, given the semantic maze he must deal with in clearly explaining 501(c)(4)), than to complain - with some degree of subtlety, to be sure - that his Conservative social welfare organizations aren't being treated very well (i.e. given immediate tax-exempt status) by the IRS.

By means of the very last question (more a demand than a question)Senator Hatch gives himself away. Reading it was for me an "Aha!" moment, and I was happy to see Mr. Miller responding with a straight face.

I certainly hope Treasury officials will study the contents of this letter, and inquire what the nature, if any, of Senator Hatch's response was once he and his counsel had studied the detailed nature of Mr. Miller's replies to The Honorable's inquiries.

We can all learn much if we take a little time in reading this correspondence. Again, click on Wikipedia's footnote #46.

May 19, 2013 at 7:10 a.m.

Most interesting is this sentence in the letter to Mr. Hatch: http://www.finance.senate.gov/newsroom/ranking/download/?id=e67b4d42-c368-48fb-bc87-720f62c86ad4

"The applications are sent to unassigned inventory, where they are held until a revenue agent with the appropriate level of experience for the issues involved in the matter is available to further develop the case."

In other words, an appropriate ring of Dante's hell.

35 posted on 05/19/2013 8:05:04 AM PDT by Excellence (9/11 was an act of faith.)
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“The IRS is terrifying, but think of the targeting that may be occurring in the myriad of government agencies.”

Rush said it well last week. This is the true face of Liberalism on display, the natural outgrowth of its own culture of control.

The ultimate end, if unchecked, would be tyranny.

Thank God the agenda is being exposed.


36 posted on 05/19/2013 8:06:02 AM PDT by Rennes Templar (The true Obama persona is emerging, the one from his first Presidential debate.)
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To: Venturer

I can believe one person was assigned to this. Government inefficiency at it’s best.

What I can’t believe is that management did not know this, condone it, and cover it up. It is the job of the supervisors to monitor this and I am sure they were aware of the problem and realized the “political advantage” of allowing the problem to fester.

If you want to screw someone in a bureaucracy you simply assign inadequate or incapable staff to the problem and the rules of bureaucracy will screw it up. Add in a few lawyers to “give additional guidance” and all of a sudden you have created the Department of Motor Vehicles. Simple - saw it many times in the military with the worst of the necessary offices staffed with civilians who didn’t care.

It’s still a scandal. One thing I will give the article credit for is recognizing the problem foisted upon it by congress. Congress is infamous for unintended consequences with legislation and this is a perfect example. The comments to this article really piss me off. The Tea Party used the same “social” crap that leftists organizations have used for years. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

The job of management in all businesses outside of government is to identify and address problems that are not customer friendly. IRS management failed. We will probably find out the “best and brightest” were not assigned to process these applications and someone in the chain understood the political ramifications of this and condoned it by not addressing the problem and that is the cancer that must be removed and prosecuted.

The worst thing about government is this simple fact - if I took 2 years to submit my taxes I could be jailed. If they took 2 years to process my taxes they can excuse it with bureaucracy. This is the real danger of big government and this case should illustrate to Americans capable of simple analysis why Obamacare will be such a disaster.

They should depose the employees and grill the managers because that is who is responsible. Having GS-15’s and SES career civil servants blaming GS-5’s and GS-7’s is ridiculous. The little people are drones and they are not in a position to understand the big picture management does.

The IRS scandal illustrates the power of a bureaucracy and the danger of putting partisans in charge. The days of career civil servants who act in a non-partisan manner are fading. Dangerous. Very dangerous.


37 posted on 05/19/2013 8:24:52 AM PDT by volunbeer (We must embrace austerity or austerity will embrace us)
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Someone had to come up with those questions in written form. I want to know the fascist that wanted to know the content of one organizations prayers.
38 posted on 05/19/2013 8:29:25 AM PDT by mware
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This whole article is just chock full of garbage. Spin, spin, spin

"By January 2012, employees in Cincinnati, apparently without consulting senior officials, chose new keywords, including “educating on the Constitution” and “social economic reform/movement.” That month, the specialists in Cincinnati and elsewhere began sending out increasingly exhaustive, sometimes intrusive questionnaires."

So they are so overwhelmed with applications that they decide to expand the keyword search from tea-party and patriot to flag even more applications increasing the volume of applications they would ignore into a pile on a "lone" specialists' desk out in the backwater office?

Again, only new keywords that would target the right.

39 posted on 05/19/2013 8:35:20 AM PDT by Smokeyblue
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40 posted on 05/19/2013 8:37:20 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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I can believe one person was assigned to this. Government inefficiency at it’s best.

I think you are too trusting. They gave this to one agent because they wanted the Tea Party groups and other right-of-center groups to have to wait and wait and wait...

41 posted on 05/19/2013 8:54:11 AM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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A growing number of organizations identifying themselves as part of the Tea Party had begun applying for tax exemptions,

Boom there it is. Target the right.

For months, the Tea Party cases sat on the desk of a lone specialist, who used “political sounding” criteria — words like “patriots,” “we the people” — as a way to search efficiently through the flood of applications for groups that might not qualify for exemptions, according to the I.R.S. inspector general. “Triage,” the agency’s acting chief described it.

Yeah, it was a triage to stop the Tea-Party and ANY other organizations that weren't leftist, union, or pro-Obama/Democrats.

That poor, poor LONE SPECIALIST hunched over his laptop who rarely discussed politics.

Do they let him out occasionally? It must be tough on this non-existent person searching for people using words like patriot and constitution. Oh the horror.

Maybe the could transfer the poor bloke to the section where they keyword applications for "social justice", "progressive", or "Kenyan-loving muslim brotherhood." I'm sure there is no backlog in that division.

42 posted on 05/19/2013 8:58:03 AM PDT by Smokeyblue
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This is equivalent to a referee in a boxing match pinning one boxers arms back and saying:

“Well, how else were we going to block his punches?”


43 posted on 05/19/2013 9:16:01 AM PDT by Smokeyblue
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Of course they ALL knew it from the top on down. They picked the keywords. It’s all self-evident.

KEYWORDS. End of story.


44 posted on 05/19/2013 9:20:50 AM PDT by Smokeyblue
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To: Smokeyblue

Don’t forget the intrusive questionnaires that—to my knowledge—none of the leftwing groups ever had to answer.


45 posted on 05/19/2013 9:24:10 AM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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Some former agency officials and outside advocates said they worried about the chilling effect the controversy could have on legitimate enforcement. Even as the agency was scrutinizing small nonprofit organizations, critics say, it appears to have done little to crack down on large 501(c)4 groups

As opposed to this illegitimate enforcement?

46 posted on 05/19/2013 9:27:52 AM PDT by Smokeyblue
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And what of all the “special attention” and searches related to the word “occupy” that must have been flooding in around the same time?


47 posted on 05/19/2013 9:28:21 AM PDT by The Toll
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To: Pharmboy

They are so confused by direct deposit of large bonuses.


48 posted on 05/19/2013 9:29:53 AM PDT by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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"Yeah, it’s such a non-scandal that the Obama Admin sat on it for months before the November election."

Yeah, it's such a non-scandal that the Acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller and Lois Lerner, IRS director of tax exempt organizations, had to devise a scheme to plant a question in a Q and A session at an American Bar Association conference to release the news.

49 posted on 05/19/2013 9:41:12 AM PDT by Smokeyblue
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Did this inadequate or incapable staff also contact other government agencies to harass and intimidate? That lone specialist sure is a busy guy.

IRS wasn’t only agency hassling True the Vote

http://watchdog.org/85047/irs-wasnt-only-agency-hassling-true-the-vote/

Since filing for tax exemption as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 2010, the founders of True the Vote, a Houston-based group that tries to prevent elections fraud, have been overwhelmed with scrutiny from a host of government agencies, in particular, by the Internal Revenue Service.

Catherine and Bryan Englebrecht have suffered through 18 separate encounters with five government agencies, from surprise audits to FBI visits to never-ending demands for paperwork.

The government has been scrutinizing True the Vote, the Engelbrechts’ tea party group, which is called King Street Patriots, and the family’s oil services manufacturing business.

True the Vote spokesman Logan Churchwell sent Watchdog.org a timeline of the encounters, which include two unscheduled audits by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, six visits or phone calls by the Federal Bureau of Investigation looking for domestic terrorists, five rounds of questioning by the IRS over True the Vote’s application and one round over King Street Patriot’s application, both of which were filed in July 2010, and neither of which has been approved yet.


50 posted on 05/19/2013 10:05:46 AM PDT by Smokeyblue
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