Skip to comments.EMAIL: IRS planned secret new rules to justify targeting tea party groups two years ago
Posted on 02/05/2014 1:55:22 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee
Republicans clashed with the Internal Revenue Service's new commissioner Wednesday in a Capitol Hill hearing that featured the unveiling a document indicating that the agency planned as early as 2012 to change its rules in a way that justified singling out tea party groups for special scrutiny.
The document, an email from Treasury Department tax policy attorney Ruth Madrigal to a group of IRS officials including the disgraced Lois Lerner.
'Dont know who in your organizations is keeping tabs on c4s,' Madrigal wrote, quoting an election law blog and referring to the 501(c)(4) tax-exempt groups that were the subject of the tea party targeting scandal, 'but since we mentioned potentially addressing them (off plan) in 2013, Ive got my radar up and this seemed interesting.'
House Ways and Means Committee chairman Rep. Dave Camp insisted Wednesday that Madrigal's note indicated that new regulations were planned as a 'remedy to the target[ing]' back in 2011 and 2012. 'Im pretty sure [off-plan] means "hidden from the public",' he said.
The revelation that the IRS planned two years ago to change the way it approached approving those groups for tax-exempt status is raising eyebrows because it indicates the agency was aware early on that its practice of singling out conservative groups was out of sync with existing regulations. . .
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Another phony scandal.
The UK Daily Mail has millions of readers and they’re not afraid to spill the beans on Bozo’s administration. Glad to see this being covered on their site.
not a smidgeon of scandal
I don’t think that’s a smidgen. Is that a smidgeon?
If people would read Shakespeare they would see we are being led by lady Macbeth
But I’m told people hate Shakespeare.
They’re on Facebook gaining no wisdom about our place in history. People don’t change, and this is a Shakespearean political frame
And of we get out of it, and that will only be if we stop killing babies, our kids are going to be pissed and they’re going to say we are the stupidest generation
Most transparent administration ever!
If the House Republicans had any balls they would cite these people with Contempt of Congress and send the Sergeant at Arms to arrest and jail them.
And what will be the result of this investigation? Nothing.
People should be getting dragged out of their million dollar homes and being sent directly to jail for this outrage.
... starting with Lois Lerner!
Double Secret Probation
What I don’t understand is why.
It’s true that perhaps the Tea Party groups would have been more effective if the IRS hadn’t intervened, so we have to bear that in mind. But from what I have seen of “Tea Party” groups, they’re fractious, they don’t get along with each other, they tend to splinter internally over various issues of conservative purity, and they never really back a serious candidate.
So what was Obama so afraid of?
In my opinion, it was that one big gathering in DC a few years ago. Most of the people there really weren’t members of any group, Tea Party or no, but had found out about it from miscellaneous groups, blogs, mailings, etc., some of which may have used the title “Tea Party.” I think Obama and the Dems were much more scared by that than they wished to admit, and this is the reason for the targeting of the dysfunctional, circular firing squad Tea Party groups who represented no threat and surely would have killed each other off in any case.
I used to always see infowars stories as the tippie top of the tinfoil hat internet news networks.
Now I worry those nutbags are just ahead of the curve because they are always looking for the conspiracy.
Problem for us is Boehner et al. want the Tea Party to be suppressed as much as Obama does. That's why nothing is being done about this outrage - Nixon was impeached for less.
The Tea Party is a movement, like the civil rights movement, not a national party. Remember the blacks were divided, too.
Yes, that’s what I meant. These are little groups, not connected among themselves or part of a larger organization, not even collecting for or contributing to the same projects, and apparently even this is a threat to Obama.