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(IBD) Lois Lerner Targeted Dick Durbin Senate Opponent
Investor's Business Daily ^ | June 3, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS

Posted on 06/03/2013 7:04:42 PM PDT by raptor22

Scandal: Before his 2010 letter urging the IRS to target conservatives, the Senate majority whip's 1996 campaign benefited from the targeting of his opponent by a Federal Election Commission official with a familiar name.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the IRS scandal may have its roots in Illinois politics with the 1996 targeting of Illinois conservative Al Salvi by a familiar name, Lois Lerner, then head of the Enforcement Division of the Federal Elections Commission.

That year, Democrat U.S. Rep. Dick Durbin and Republican State Rep. Al Salvi were locked in a battle for the U.S. Senate seat Durbin would eventually win.

As the journal Illinois Review details, Salvi was confronted with an "October surprise," not one, but two, FEC complaints filed against him — one by Illinois Democrats about the way he reported a loan he made to himself, and another by the Democratic Senatorial Committee about a reported business donation.

The late inning complaints stalled Salvo's campaign against Durbin. "We couldn't get our message out because day after day, the media carried story after story about the FEC complaint," Salvi told Illinois Review.

This tactic of keeping political opponents busy was repeated by IRS Exempt Organizations Division chief Lerner on her targeting of Tea Party and other conservative groups in the 2012 presidential campaign.

Salvi recognized Lerner when she invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination before Rep. Darrell Issa's House Oversight Committee as the woman who made him an offer: "Promise me you will never run for office again, and we'll drop this case."

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: alsalvi; chicago; chicagoway; dickdurbin; englebrecht; fec; ibd; irs; irsscandal; loislerner; teaparty

1 posted on 06/03/2013 7:04:42 PM PDT by raptor22
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To: raptor22

She seems to be a real prick.


2 posted on 06/03/2013 7:06:49 PM PDT by jimfree (In November 2016 my 12 y/o granddaughter will have more quality exec experience than Barack Obama)
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To: raptor22

Anyone surprised by this?


3 posted on 06/03/2013 7:07:22 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier who has survived 24 months of Combat deployment.)
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To: raptor22

1996 campaign , is that where she wanted 200k and him to promise to never run again or is there another


4 posted on 06/03/2013 7:07:34 PM PDT by molson209
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To: raptor22
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5 posted on 06/03/2013 7:08:19 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: 1010RD; BillyBoy; Impy; PhilCollins; Dr. Sivana; BlackElk; chicagolady

Speaking of Al Salvi as I mentioned in my earlier post... The Combine has had help from DC in sabotaging IL Reformists going back 2 decades now.


6 posted on 06/03/2013 7:09:40 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Nachum; markomalley; Clairity; Carlucci; grey_whiskers; meyer; WL-law; Para-Ord.45; ...

IBD EDITORIAL PING


7 posted on 06/03/2013 7:11:50 PM PDT by raptor22 (Visit my blog at True Conservatives on Twitter: http://t.co/IKpP3cwq)
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To: jimfree

These democrat cretins in the Obama administration make the book 1984 look like a kids fairy tale


8 posted on 06/03/2013 7:12:30 PM PDT by Democrat_media (IRS rigged election for Obama and democrats by shutting down tea party)
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To: cripplecreek

She needs to be looking down at her feet with shackles and an orange jumpsuit on.


9 posted on 06/03/2013 7:13:57 PM PDT by Shady (The Truth will set us free....WE KNOW THE TRUTH!)
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To: Shady

You’re being far too kind. The truly evil among us deserve to lose whatever is most important to them in life—whatever it might be.

What is hers? I have no clue, but everyone has something.


10 posted on 06/03/2013 7:17:11 PM PDT by Windcatcher (Obama is a COMMUNIST and the MSM is his armband-wearing propaganda machine.)
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To: Democrat_media

If these totalitarian SOB’s want 1984 so badly, perhaps they should be sent to room 101.


11 posted on 06/03/2013 7:18:39 PM PDT by Windcatcher (Obama is a COMMUNIST and the MSM is his armband-wearing propaganda machine.)
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To: SoldierDad
Lois Lerner is a typical democrat: a criminal communist , socialist thug hell bent on destroying all our freedoms and America. The Democrat party is a a criminal organization and the enemy of Americans. The democrat party also completely controls the media. that is their most powerful weapon to enslave us
13 posted on 06/03/2013 7:19:45 PM PDT by Democrat_media (IRS rigged election for Obama and democrats by shutting down tea party)
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IBD EDITORIAL PING


14 posted on 06/03/2013 7:20:30 PM PDT by raptor22 (Visit my blog at True Conservatives on Twitter: http://t.co/IKpP3cwq)
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To: raptor22
If the people who authorized and directed the IRS harrassment -- people like Lois Lerner and her ilk -- don't go to jail over this blatent criminality, we will have lowered the bar forever on the behavior of public "servants".

Prosecutions and prison time are absolutely necessary in the face of such corruption.

15 posted on 06/03/2013 7:27:44 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE --)
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To: okie01

I was disappointed when President Bush refused to prosecute the Clinton crime cartel. In my opinion, you can forget about anyone being prosecuted for this scandle unless they happen to be a Republican.


16 posted on 06/03/2013 7:34:04 PM PDT by sport
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To: cripplecreek

Is that Pelosi’s twin sister???


17 posted on 06/03/2013 7:40:35 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: jimfree

People are going to jail over this one...


18 posted on 06/03/2013 7:52:27 PM PDT by GOPJ (Swedes bring their cars..savages their flames..burning cars a metaphor. D. Greenfield)
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To: Still Thinking; StopGlobalWhining; Straight Vermonter; Tampa Caver; TChris; ...

IBD EDITORIAL PING


19 posted on 06/03/2013 8:08:03 PM PDT by raptor22 (Visit my blog at True Conservatives on Twitter: http://t.co/IKpP3cwq)
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To: raptor22

I want this woman out of government forever! She is a partisan hack and an evil, vile woman who is not fit to serve!


20 posted on 06/03/2013 8:25:17 PM PDT by lone star annie
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To: jimfree

Prick and a criminal prick at that. If she did what they said she did, and she is not prosecuted and convicted, what message does that send?


21 posted on 06/03/2013 8:36:33 PM 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: okie01

Abuse of office, is there no law?


22 posted on 06/03/2013 8:39:06 PM 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: GOPJ

Are you kidding? She was asked to resign, she refused so “they” placed her on paid administrative leave and the message this sends is crystal clear, she isn’t going quietly into the night. As I see it, either she has the goods on someone and they are terrified of her. Or, she has been instructed to lay low, the new guy Werfel will take care of things. WERFEL was tapped by Obamas chief of staff for the job. He proudly testified that obama instructed him to “clean house” which really means BURY THE BODIES.


23 posted on 06/03/2013 8:53:16 PM PDT by Toespi
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To: raptor22
No wonder Lerner took the 5th. She is not just the key to the IRS scandal but to 20 years of Democrats criminally subverting bureaucracies for political leverage.
24 posted on 06/03/2013 10:02:46 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: jimfree

Maybe this woman will be walking down a city in Chicago and be asked to join in the knock out game this would be just desserts for this ball breaker kind of gal.


25 posted on 06/03/2013 10:46:23 PM PDT by funfan
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To: The_Media_never_lie

The message is that she has friends in high places.


26 posted on 06/03/2013 10:47:43 PM PDT by funfan
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To: raptor22

Toxic jerk. How does a person like this end up getting a job at the IRS, and promoted and promoted again, and PAID right now while suspended....FOR WHAT?


27 posted on 06/04/2013 12:37:38 AM PDT by cookcounty (IRS = Internal Revenge Service.)
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To: Toespi

“She was asked to resign . . .”

Unfortunately, we can only talk about this with a passive construction. We cannot say for example, “Werfel asked her to resign.” Yesterday’s hearing addressed this question. I’ve forgotten who, but one of the Republican’s on the committee tried to get Werfel to say, yes or no, whether he had asked for anyone’s resignation, and Werfel slip slid all around with qualified statements. He would not admit to having asked her (or anyone else) to resign. Maybe he did not, but the buzz was that he had done so.

I can understand why he tried to evade the question because Lerner may later be forced to testify, and she may well say that Werfel asked for her resignation. The point of the congressman’s questioning was that resignation is not really holding someone accountable. Just getting rid of Lerner is more throwing people under the bus and driving on.

I would speculate that there is a possibility that Werfel committed perjury in that exchange, and if so, that would be to shield Obama.


28 posted on 06/04/2013 12:50:31 AM PDT by Cap Huff
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To: Shady

Twenty years without parole at a maximum security prison with at most one hour outside for exercise. True justice would require her to return her wages and benefits to the government and to be financially liable for the entire cost of her incarceration.


29 posted on 06/04/2013 12:59:46 AM PDT by monocle
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To: fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy; Impy; PhilCollins; Dr. Sivana; BlackElk; chicagolady

When Obama first became a candidate I warned everyone, including Dems and liberals, that he’s a Cook County Dem and that the entire Cook County Democratic Party is a criminal enterprise.

It was founded by criminals: http://www.amazon.com/The-Gambler-King-Clark-Street/dp/0809328933

This doesn’t surprise me at all.

Read this entire article on the alliance between Chicago politicians and Chicago gang leaders:

http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/January-2012/Gangs-and-Politicians-An-Unholy-Alliance/index.php?cparticle=1&siarticle=0#artanc

That’s how corrupt this state is and there’s no way some ‘conservative savior’ is going to get through that. You’re proving my point over and over and over again.


30 posted on 06/04/2013 4:47:18 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: raptor22

Most everyone has some sort of past that they don’t want out. For dems, it’s major stuff like belonging to gay bathhouses in Chicago, embezzlement, extortion, cattle futures manipulation, theft, rape, selling Senate seats....

For conservatives it’s the one weak moment when they cheated on their wife, the Christmas party where they drank too much and made a fool of themselves, not reporting their yard sale income on their tax form, the time they said the F word, ....

The dems skate because they have no shame. Then they dig the “dirt” on conservatives and either make it public or threaten to. The conservatives are ashamed of bad behavior and intimidated into backing off, quitting the campaign, resigning from office, or dropping the investigation of the democrat.

As conservatives, we have to be impossibly perfect to defend ourselves. Look at Watergate vs. all the Zippygates erupting. That doesn’t excuse Nixon for anything, but there is NO comparison as to the seriousness of the crimes.


31 posted on 06/04/2013 4:52:30 AM PDT by generally (Don't be stupid. We have politicians for that.)
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To: raptor22

Progressives; scu*bags dressed in sheep’s clothing, sprayed with the cachet of faux legitimacy.

IMHO


32 posted on 06/04/2013 5:01:46 AM PDT by ripley
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To: The_Media_never_lie

There are two types of law: natural law and positive law.

We have positive law which is essentially lawlessness.


33 posted on 06/04/2013 5:08:18 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

She’s the face of modern government. There need be no formal conspiracy or even a meeting. They know where their bread is buttered, plus they’re true believers and careerists rewarded again and again in their service to their masters. Brazeness and criminality are to be expected.

That’s the history of big government. Read Bastiat’s the Law.


34 posted on 06/04/2013 5:09:59 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: raptor22

She should have been arrested and charged with extortion under state and federal law.


35 posted on 06/04/2013 6:19:53 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: GOPJ

People BETTER go to jail over this one,
or we’d better have a real and tangible uprising in response.


36 posted on 06/04/2013 6:21:43 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: The_Media_never_lie

Abuse of office - no other reason, if you’re a leftist, to attain that office.


37 posted on 06/04/2013 6:22:13 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: GOPJ

hopefully so. But they will all have their sentences commuted as one of the last things that Obama will do as president.


38 posted on 06/04/2013 7:07:10 AM PDT by Cyclone59 (Obama is like Ron Burgundy - he will read ANYTHING that is on the teleprompter)
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To: Cyclone59

If this is as bad as it seems Obama might not be able to keep the Presidency. The smart ones will make a deal and talk...


39 posted on 06/04/2013 8:15:06 AM PDT by GOPJ (Swedes bring their cars..savages their flames..burning cars a metaphor. D. Greenfield)
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To: MrB
Dem operatives have been sticking us every which way they can hoping for an uprising.

An uprising could be used to justify the atrocities done against conservative citizens. But it's not going to happen. We're cool. And we'll continue to be cool.

That leaves the little liberal liars out there twisting in the wind - with no cover for the stuff they've told about us. Ever wonder why liberal networks like NBC always jump to the conclusion that any terrorists act was done by right wingers?

The lone wolf gun shop - an old sting operation (IMHO) was meant to fame the right wing. We didn't take the bait on that one either. We're good.

Dems are stuck - they've painted us as monsters - extremists - and there's ZERO to back it up.

This might get interesting.

40 posted on 06/04/2013 8:29:27 AM PDT by GOPJ (Swedes bring their cars..savages their flames..burning cars a metaphor. D. Greenfield)
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To: GOPJ

If conservatives were half the monsters the left paints us as, they wouldn’t exist.


41 posted on 06/04/2013 8:34:28 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: 1010RD; BillyBoy; Impy; PhilCollins; Dr. Sivana; BlackElk; chicagolady

You singlehandedly “warned” everyone, eh, 1010RD ? As far as I can tell, you’re more than a little late to the party, pal. What the rest of us are telling you about, which seems to be either disinteresting to you or flies over your head, is that the corruption has deep roots in the IL GOP. And you’re making pointless strawman arguments about ideology and pandering to the left in order for the “IL GOP” to “win.” It’s the CORRUPTION, stupid !

Face facts: the IL GOP walks hand in hand with most of the IL Democrats (I’m sure there are a few non-Combiner Democrats, but these are desultory, nothing on par with the threat ex-Gov. Dan Walker posed. Most, like Quinn, get assimilated once in power).

IL did get as close to a savior for the anti-Combiner GOP Reformists as imaginable in Pete Fitzgerald. He broke through the wall. But it wasn’t the IL Democrats that worked to undermine him for not being a part of the Combine... it was IL Republicans. Ray “LaThug” being the lead kneecapper (and Speaker Hastert was fine and dandy with that, for that matter).

In almost any other state, a clean government pol like Fitzgerald would be a Godsend. In IL, he was a threat to the unholy Combine and had to be destroyed at all costs. That paved the way for Zero all the way to the White House (with his good buddy LaThug being rewarded with a Cabinet post — the stench of payback corruption could be smelled all the way from Pluto).

1010RD, as soon as folks like you start showing some interest in purging the mass-scale corruption and collusion within the IL Republican wing of the Combine, the rest just isn’t going to matter.


42 posted on 06/04/2013 9:12:51 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Toespi
Some of Nixon's boys tried the same tricks Obama's team's trying now. It didn't work for Nixon and it's not going to work for Obama. Too many people know too much... and they're starting to talk.

Woodard was on O’Reilly last night... Bill was under the impression Watergate had the backing of the press at the time - it didn't. It took years to get ‘all the President’ Men’ ... but it happened. It's going to happen again. Woodward and Bernstein stayed with the story against unrelenting criticism and scorn... and Woodwards staring to look at this mess... just starting, but you can feel his intellect moving and searching - prodding...

Nixon's boys were just as confident and contemptuous as Obama’s are... and it's gonna end the same.

43 posted on 06/04/2013 9:18:47 AM PDT by GOPJ (Swedes bring their cars..savages their flames..burning cars a metaphor. D. Greenfield)
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To: 1010RD
I Googled Bastiat. He seems to have a timeless philosophy. I liked this one:

“They will come to learn in the end, at their own expense, that it is better to endure competition for rich customers than to be invested with monopoly over impoverished customers.”
—Frederic Bastiat

44 posted on 06/04/2013 9:58:56 AM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: The_Media_never_lie
Abuse of office, is there no law?

I'm not aware of such a law. And doubt there is one.

The charge has been employed in impeachment proceedings -- as among "high crimes and misdemeanors" -- but I suspect it is a judgmental crime rather than a statutory one.

I could be wrong...

45 posted on 06/04/2013 4:20:57 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE --)
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To: raptor22

Durbin had to be in on it.

Don’t forget that he was one of the senators who signed a letter demanding that the IRS go after TEA Party organizations.


46 posted on 06/04/2013 5:20:16 PM PDT by old curmudgeon
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To: Brad from Tennessee

See if you can find his The Law. It’s outstanding and something every HS student in America should have to read and understand. It would save us a lot of trouble.


47 posted on 06/04/2013 5:32:30 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy; Impy; PhilCollins; Dr. Sivana; BlackElk; chicagolady

In politics losers don’t get to play. I’m interested in winning. Listening to you guys reminds me of the Chinese proverb:

“The person who says it cannot be done shouldn’t get in the way of the person doing it.”

I’m doing it, not posting about it from political fantasyland.

I’m not interested in debating it.


48 posted on 06/04/2013 5:43:42 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: 1010RD; BillyBoy; Impy; PhilCollins; Dr. Sivana; BlackElk; chicagolady
Winning what exactly ? Pray tell, what have you won ? You think Kirk is a "win" ? It's a victory for the corrupt Combine who set up that false set of choices between him and the "Democrat." The people lost, at least those who care about corruption and ridding the state of it.

For someone who brags how they were warning folks about Zero, how is it you seem to have no problem willfully ignoring the two-ton elephant in the room and pretending this game isn't rigged ? You don't want to discuss it, don't want to debate it ? Then why the hell are you on this website ? You want folks to compliment and applaud you on your brave naivete and cognitive dissonance ? I submit you're the one living in political fantasyland, sir. You need to wake up.

49 posted on 06/04/2013 6:38:37 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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