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IRS Revokes Tax-Exempt Status of Conservative Group
Washington Free Beacon ^ | 02/21/2014 | Alana Goodman

Posted on 04/21/2014 1:52:13 PM PDT by Siegfried X

The Internal Revenue Service has revoked the tax-exemption for a conservative charity, saying the group’s criticism of Hillary Clinton and John Kerry violated rules against political activity.

The Patrick Henry Center for Individual Liberty engaged in “deliberate and consistent intervention in political campaigns,” according to the IRS decision released Friday and first reported by USA Today...

Tax-exempt groups are restricted from engaging in certain political activity, including participating in partisan campaigns in support or opposition to a candidate.

The IRS said the Patrick Henry Center violated this rule, in part, by publishing “alerts” on its website that highlighted columns by its president, former FBI official and longtime Clinton critic Gary Aldrich.

In one column cited by the IRS that appeared to be published by Townhall on April 2, 2004, Aldrich wrote “if John Kerry promises otherwise ill-informed swing-voters lower gas prices at the pump, more than a few greedy, registered ignoramuses will follow him anywhere.”

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


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Arkansas; US: Massachusetts; US: New York; US: Rhode Island
KEYWORDS: arkansas; conservative; fbi; garyaldrich; hillaryclinton; irs; irsscandals; irsteapartyscandal; johnkerry; massachusetts; newyork; patrickhenrycenter; rhodeisland; townhall

1 posted on 04/21/2014 1:52:13 PM PDT by Siegfried X
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To: Siegfried X

So they’re really doubling down dirty....ain’t they?


2 posted on 04/21/2014 1:54:12 PM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: Siegfried X

So are they doing this to liberal groups as well?

When is someone going to file a RICO suit already?


3 posted on 04/21/2014 1:54:43 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead...)
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To: Free Vulcan

I think it’d be less of a problem if they did indeed apply the same rules to liberal groups.

That’s the outrage right there.


4 posted on 04/21/2014 1:55:48 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Siegfried X

John Kerry and Hillary Clinton are candidates for what offices? When did they file?


5 posted on 04/21/2014 1:56:41 PM PDT by centurion316
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To: Siegfried X

This is not Semi-news/Semi-satire, is it?


6 posted on 04/21/2014 1:56:54 PM PDT by Tonytitan
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To: Free Vulcan
When is someone going to file a RICO suit already?

When is someone going to abolish the IRS already?

For God's sake, what does it take to provoke the Stupid Party into action?

When he was a kid, Boehner must have apologized to anyone who kicked in the groin...

7 posted on 04/21/2014 1:57:40 PM PDT by Regulator
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To: Siegfried X

Let’s review a few Black Churches and see how well their non-partisan tax-exempt status holds up!!


8 posted on 04/21/2014 1:57:59 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Siegfried X

Get rid of the irs.
Under the communist democrats (redundant) it will be used more and more as a tool.


9 posted on 04/21/2014 1:59:01 PM PDT by Post5203 (For the first time in my life, I despise this country.)
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To: TexasCajun

Not just Black Churches . . . all the climate change and left slanted TEOs.


10 posted on 04/21/2014 2:00:14 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: TexasCajun
Let’s review a few Black Churches and see how well their non-partisan tax-exempt status holds up!!

"I Don't Feel Noways Tired ..."

11 posted on 04/21/2014 2:01:48 PM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Siegfried X

What about Media Matters?


12 posted on 04/21/2014 2:04:08 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheelbarrow)
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To: Siegfried X
In one column cited by the IRS that appeared to be published by Townhall on April 2, 2004, Aldrich wrote “if John Kerry promises otherwise ill-informed swing-voters lower gas prices at the pump, more than a few greedy, registered ignoramuses will follow him anywhere.”

Hot evidence from only 10 years ago !

These people do not mess around !


13 posted on 04/21/2014 2:04:23 PM PDT by Iron Munro (NSA reports Malaysia Flight 370 black box signals detected in Bermuda Triangle)
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To: MrB

They do not apply the same standards to liberal groups; I.e churches, Sierra Club etc.


14 posted on 04/21/2014 2:04:36 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (The media must be defeated any way it can be done.)
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To: Regulator

Well, people settled for a lot of ‘lesser evil’ Republicans so they could “win” “No matter what.”

This is what “what” looks like when one elects undocumented Democrats. Actions have consequences. Next time, if there is a next time, and every time after, people should tell the voices of moderation to sit down and shut up, then vote for principled leadership instead of the crap they vote for now.

Because standing their with ones thumb inserted while their friends across the aisle is every bit as bad as their friends themselves.


15 posted on 04/21/2014 2:06:21 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: The_Media_never_lie

The government and their hired asses are the “Domestic Terrorists”.


16 posted on 04/21/2014 2:06:36 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...
Thanks Siegfried X.
The Internal Revenue Service has revoked the tax-exemption for a conservative charity, saying the group’s criticism of Hillary Clinton and John Kerry violated rules against political activity.

17 posted on 04/21/2014 2:07:34 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Siegfried X
Here is a link to USA Today article which has a little more information:

http://onpolitics.usatoday.com/2014/04/21/hillary-clinton-tax-exemption-revoked/

18 posted on 04/21/2014 2:08:12 PM PDT by Siegfried X
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To: Norm Lenhart

Edit: Because standing their with ones thumb inserted while their friends across the aisle destroy the country and screw their political opponents is every bit as bad as their friends themselves.


19 posted on 04/21/2014 2:08:24 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: Siegfried X

20 posted on 04/21/2014 2:09:05 PM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: Siegfried X

So they’ve revoked the tax-exempt status of all those black and left-wing churches who had political rallies, Obamacare sign-ups, gay marriage protests, Trayvon demonstrations and the like, right?


21 posted on 04/21/2014 2:10:59 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: Norm Lenhart

Ay-Yup.

Just cuz they gots the R next to the name don’t mean they is one...

And here in Overrun California, “if there is a next time” is already a done deal.

Ain’t gonna happen...


22 posted on 04/21/2014 2:11:00 PM PDT by Regulator
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
So they’ve revoked the tax-exempt status of all those black and left-wing churches who had political rallies, Obamacare sign-ups, gay marriage protests, Trayvon demonstrations and the like, right?

Oh Dear Mercy Me No, that would be WACIST!!

23 posted on 04/21/2014 2:12:16 PM PDT by Regulator
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To: Siegfried X

RICO, RICO, RICO


24 posted on 04/21/2014 2:12:46 PM PDT by kaehurowing (FIGHT BULLYING, UNINSTALL FIREFOX)
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To: Siegfried X

Environmental group abuses:

http://www.inhofe.senate.gov/download/?id=42d61495-c8b0-4de3-a3e2-58e033b19452&download=1


25 posted on 04/21/2014 2:18:10 PM PDT by kaehurowing (FIGHT BULLYING, UNINSTALL FIREFOX)
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To: Siegfried X

meanwhile SEIU can have Ds share their office space


26 posted on 04/21/2014 2:28:54 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Gaffer

nobody will stop them

McConnell is likely cheering it on


27 posted on 04/21/2014 2:29:58 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Siegfried X

Vulnerable Democrats urge IRS to step up scrutiny of tax-exempt groups
February 14, 2014
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/02/14/vulnerable-democrats-urge-irs-to-step-up-scrutiny-political-groups/

The IRS is still being used as a political attack dog, AND NO ONE IS GOING TO JAIL.


28 posted on 04/21/2014 2:31:57 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: GeronL

It appears so my FRiend. It appears so. It is why I get so combative here when I am presented with many good minded Freepers who cannot understand that continuing to vote for GOPe RINOs does nothing for us conservatives.

One almost wonders why is that these anxious Republicans trying to maintain the voting integrity of the flock don’t spend more time biting the collective a$$es of the do-nothing they want us to keep voting for. It is entirely frustrating.


29 posted on 04/21/2014 2:36:26 PM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: GeronL; All

This is really targeted at Americans For prosperity, folks.


30 posted on 04/21/2014 2:39:06 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: Siegfried X

Here is how to beat the IRS.

They actually went after and recruited IRS employees to join their church and then started an IRS employee whistleblower’s organization. they gave the IRS so much grief that the IRS caved and accepted them as a church!

Timeline of Scientology versus the IRS

http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/Cowen/essays/timeline.html

This is an excellent example of Sun Tzu’s Art of War being applied.


31 posted on 04/21/2014 2:46:33 PM PDT by tired&retired
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To: Siegfried X

That’s going back what...10 years? There is nothing more recent?


32 posted on 04/21/2014 2:53:07 PM PDT by mdmathis6
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To: tired&retired

Here is an interesting history of a battle of a non-profit with the IRS:(Maybe the Tea Party should read this!!!)

Cindy Raymond (Collections Officer in the US Information Bureau of the GO) in Los Angeles, California, sends a directive to Michael Meisner (Assistant Guardian for Information, Washington, DC) ordering him to recruit a loyal Scientologist to be placed as a covert agent at Internal Revenue Service in Washington, D.C.

The agent is to obtain employment with the Internal Revenue Service for the purpose of taking from that agency all documents which dealt with Scientology, including those concerning pending litigation initiated by Scientology against the United States Government.

A number of Scientologists are interviewed as prospective agents. However, none are found to be suitable.

Ref: Stipulation of Evidence, United States of America vs Mary Sue Hubbard et al, Oct 1979, p. 18

Sept 1974: Gerald Bennett Wolfe is selected by Raymond to infiltrate the IRS on behalf of the Church of Scientology.
Ref: Stipulation of Evidence, United States of America vs Mary Sue Hubbard et al, Oct 1979, p. 18

21 Oct 1974: Jane Kember, the Guardian World Wide (based in East Grinstead in England) issues Guardian Order 1361. Its “operating targets” include the following:
Immediately get an agent into DC IRS to obtain files on LRH, Scientology, etc. in the Chief Council’s office, the Special Services staff, the intelligence division, Audit Division, and any other areas.

Collect data on the Justice Dept. Tax Division for the org board, the current terminals, and the people handling Scientology.

When the correct areas are isolated, infiltrate and get the files.

It also calls for the planting of “an agent, trustworthy and well grooved in, to infiltrate the IRS LA office” (target 2). That agent is “to obtain any files on LRH, Scientology”, etc. from both the Intelligence Division (target 3) and the Audit Division (target 4) of the Los Angeles IRS Office. It also calls for the location (target 20) and infiltration (target 22) of the IRS office at the US Embassy in London, England in order to “obtain all documents” (target 22).

Ref: Stipulation of Evidence, United States of America vs Mary Sue Hubbard et al, Oct 1979, pp. 19-21

1 Nov 1974: Michell Hermann, the GO’s Information Branch I Director, plants an radio transmitting bug in the conference room of the IRS’ Chief Counsel, where a confidential meeting is to be held concerning Scientology. The meeting is to discuss pending legal actions involving the various churches of Scientology and to establish general guidelines for determination of what constituted a “religious institution” entitled to exemption from taxation under the Internal Revenue Code. The entire meeting is recorded and transcribed by GO agents in a car outside the building.
Ref: Stipulation of Evidence, United States of America vs Mary Sue Hubbard et al, Oct 1979, pp. 23-24

18 Nov 1974: Scientology agent Gerald Wolfe obtains employment at the IRS as a clerk typist.
Ref: Stipulation of Evidence, United States of America vs Mary Sue Hubbard et al, Oct 1979, p. 18

4 Dec 1974: Using fake passes, Hermann and Meisner illegally enter the Exempt Organization Division of the IRS and steal a file on Scientology, which they describe in a telex as “two shipments from DC . . . about ten inches” thick.
Ref: Stipulation of Evidence, United States of America vs Mary Sue Hubbard et al, Oct 1979, p. 38

around 30 Dec 1974: Hermann orders Wolfe to obtain all documents related to Scientology from the IRS office of Barbara Bird, an attorney in Refund Litigation Service.
Ref: Stipulation of Evidence, United States of America vs Mary Sue Hubbard et al, Oct 1979, p. 41

Jan - July 1975: Wolfe steals thousands of documents, totaling some 10 feet in height, from the offices of Barbara Bird and Lewis Hubbard of the Chief Counsel’s Office and from the Chief Counsel’s file room, as well as from other offices within the suite of offices comprising the Office of the Chief Counsel.
Ref: Stipulation of Evidence, United States of America vs Mary Sue Hubbard et al, Oct 1979, p. 53

May 1975

“Project Horn” is devised by Greg Willardson (Deputy Deputy Guardian for Information) and the order to implement it given to Meisner. Its aim is to “provide a cover for PR [Public Relations] and legal for the way they obtained IRS docs.” This project further implements Guardian Order 1361, Target 6, which already provides for the creation or a “suitable cover” to disguise the true manner in which stolen documents have been obtained from the IRS so that the Public Relations Bureau can use them without fear of being connected to the thefts.

Meisner is ordered to steal documents concerning organizations other than Scientology. Thus, whenever any stolen IRS documents are later released, those other organizations will also be perceived as having received them and their publication will not point to the Church of Scientology alone. Additionally, the project orders the theft of IRS stationery so it might be used by the GO to draft false letters from a fictitious IRS employee disgruntled with the organization. Wolfe is tasked with the actual thefts and accomplishes them successfully.

Ref: Stipulation of Evidence, United States of America vs Mary Sue Hubbard et al, Oct 1979, pp. 48-49

7 May 1975: Willardson requests the Guardian’s Office World-Wide to approve an additional expenditure of funds for the excerption, xeroxing and cross-filing of 15,000 documents stolen from the IRS. This is so that Mary Sue Hubbard and other senior GO personnel can be advised “as fast as possible as to the IRS’s intentions in regards to the Church during the ongoing IRS tax exemption negotiations.” The letter adds that “[t]his was a valuable action in that it resulted in a more real estimate as to the IRS scene than was visible [sic] from the Legal viewpoint.”
Ref: Stipulation of Evidence, United States of America vs Mary Sue Hubbard et al, Oct 1979, pp. 55-56

27 May 1975: Mary Sue Hubbard writes a letter to her deputy, Jane Kember, on Scientology’s “IRS Strategy”. It states:
Our overall strategy with the IRS shall be as follows:

1. To use any method at our disposal to win the battle and gain our non-profit status.

2. To buy all the time we can in terms of years ... So we work to win, but also to delay as time works on our side, not theirs ...

Ref: Stipulation of Evidence, United States of America vs Mary Sue Hubbard et al, Oct 1979, pp. 65-66

11 June 1975: The GO gets wind of a major financial audit to be made by the IRS of the Church of Scientology of California. Accordingly, the GO decides to obtain as much inside information as possible on the IRS’ “line of attack”. Meisner devises “Project Beetle Cleanup” for obtaining “all DC IRS files on LRH, Scientology, etc., in the Intelligence section, OIO [Office or International Operations], and SSS [Special Services Staff]”.
The project proposes the placement of “FSMs” (Field Staff members, or agents) in the “required areas or good access developed”, and further that “Pitts” (the code name for Nancy Douglass - a GO agent who had infiltrated the Drug Enforcement Agency) and “Silver” (Wolfe) attempt to obtain employment at the Internal Revenue Service Intelligence Division and Office of International Operations respectively.

Ref: Stipulation of Evidence, United States of America vs Mary Sue Hubbard et al, Oct 1979, pp.70-71

July 1975: The Church of Scientology brings a Freedom of Information Act suit against the IRS. Raymond orders Meisner to obtain information from the office of Charles Zuravin, the IRS attorney who would be defending the FOI case. This establishes a pattern: Scientology systematically sues the IRS and other Federal agencies, then penetrates the agencies’ attornies’ offices to steal the papers which Scientology was trying to access through FOI in the first place.
Ref: “A Piece of Blue Sky”, Jon Atack (1992), p. 233

5 Dec 1975: L. Ron Hubbard orders the Guardian’s Office to establish an “Early Warning System” to alert him of any moves by US Federal and State authorities against Hubbard personally. This is to be achieved through the planting of agents in dozens of different official bodies. The Assistant Guardian for Information (i.e. intelligence) in Washington, DC is ordered to “Place a separate agent into the IRS Office of International Organizations (OIO) (as this office has a case preparation or investigative action going on LRH personally for income tax evasion or something similar).”


33 posted on 04/21/2014 2:56:28 PM PDT by tired&retired
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To: tired&retired
Here is how to beat the IRS ... This is an excellent example of Sun Tzu’s Art of War being applied.

Someone on a different forum pointed out something very important recently.

If you go out to the USAJobs website and look for the IRS jobs, you'll quickly find that anything other than entry-level positions are restricted to existing IRS employees only.

They don't allow outside candidates - even career civil servants from other Federal agencies - in at the higher levels, and use the entry-level positions to screen out undesirables. The ones who play ball (esp those who excel at playing ball, like Lois Lerner did) get advanced up the management chain. It's pretty obvious what's happening - little thing called infiltration.

In fact, I'd LOVE to see their numbers on how many new-hires, at the entry-level, get tossed out during their probationary period, and for what reason(s). And how the probationary terminations stack up against other Fed agencies.

The political/ideological culture of corruption in the IRS doesn't start or end with Lois Lerner. She's just the one who got caught.
34 posted on 04/21/2014 3:07:06 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: tired&retired

I do not agree with Scientology in any way, but I am a student of strategy, even of those whom I do not agree with. The following summarizes how they beat the IRS. Sorry the source is the NY Times... http://www.nytimes.com/1997/03/09/us/scientology-s-puzzling-journey-from-tax-rebel-to-tax-exempt.html

The full story of the turnabout by the I.R.S. has remained hidden behind taxpayer privacy laws for nearly four years. But an examination by The New York Times found that the exemption followed a series of unusual internal I.R.S. actions that came after an extraordinary campaign orchestrated by Scientology against the agency and people who work there. Among the findings of the review by The Times, based on more than 30 interviews and thousands of pages of public and internal church records, were these:

*Scientology’s lawyers hired private investigators to dig into the private lives of I.R.S. officials and to conduct surveillance operations to uncover potential vulnerabilities, according to interviews and documents. One investigator said he had interviewed tenants in buildings owned by three I.R.S. officials, looking for housing code violations. He also said he had taken documents from an I.R.S. conference and sent them to church officials and created a phony news bureau in Washington to gather information on church critics. The church also financed an organization of I.R.S. whistle-blowers that attacked the agency publicly.

*The decision to negotiate with the church came after Fred T. Goldberg Jr., the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service at the time, had an unusual meeting with Mr. Miscavige in 1991. Scientology’s own version of what occurred offers a remarkable account of how the church leader walked into I.R.S. headquarters without an appointment and got in to see Mr. Goldberg, the nation’s top tax official. Mr. Miscavige offered to call a halt to Scientology’s suits against the I.R.S. in exchange for tax exemptions.

After that meeting, Mr. Goldberg created a special committee to negotiate a settlement with Scientology outside normal agency procedures. When the committee determined that all Scientology entities should be exempt from taxes, I.R.S. tax analysts were ordered to ignore the substantive issues in reviewing the decision, according to I.R.S. memorandums and court files.

The I.R.S. refused to disclose any terms of the agreement, including whether the church was required to pay back taxes, contending that it was confidential taxpayer information. The agency has maintained that position in a lengthy court fight, and in rejecting a request for access by The Times under the Freedom of Information Act. But the position is in stark contrast to the agency’s handling of some other church organizations. Both the Jimmy Swaggart Ministries and an affiliate of the Rev. Jerry Falwell were required by the I.R.S. to disclose that they had paid back taxes in settling disputes in recent years.

In interviews, senior Scientology officials and the I.R.S. denied that the church’s aggressive tactics had any effect on the agency’s decision. They said the ruling was based on a two-year inquiry and voluminous documents that showed the church was qualified for the exemptions.

Mr. Goldberg, who left as I.R.S. Commissioner in January 1992 to become an assistant secretary at the Treasury Department, said privacy laws prohibited him from discussing Scientology or his impromptu meeting with Mr. Miscavige.


35 posted on 04/21/2014 3:07:23 PM PDT by tired&retired
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To: Siegfried X

Some feminist nonprofits were allowed to indulge in not-for-profit politics during the ‘90s, and both sides let that kind of activity fly.


36 posted on 04/21/2014 3:07:47 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: tanknetter

The IRS has gone outside the organization and hired some top people... primarily from the CPA profession. While the offers have been there, few jumped ship to cross over.


37 posted on 04/21/2014 3:10:07 PM PDT by tired&retired
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To: tired&retired

This paragraph from the NY Times is unbelievable. I specialized in Church & Clergy Tax Law back then and followed the cases.

“*Scientology’s lawyers hired private investigators to dig into the private lives of I.R.S. officials and to conduct surveillance operations to uncover potential vulnerabilities, according to interviews and documents. One investigator said he had interviewed tenants in buildings owned by three I.R.S. officials, looking for housing code violations. He also said he had taken documents from an I.R.S. conference and sent them to church officials and created a phony news bureau in Washington to gather information on church critics. The church also financed an organization of I.R.S. whistle-blowers that attacked the agency publicly.”


38 posted on 04/21/2014 3:12:49 PM PDT by tired&retired
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To: Siegfried X

what would one expect from the South African IRS ? anyone appointed by Obama would make a great commissar


39 posted on 04/21/2014 5:29:04 PM PDT by Understand the stimulus
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To: Siegfried X


40 posted on 04/22/2014 4:25:25 AM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: Siegfried X
saying the group’s criticism of Hillary Clinton and John Kerry violated rules against political activity.

Time for all of us to make a small donation to them.

41 posted on 04/22/2014 4:26:14 AM PDT by MarMema (Run Ted Run)
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