Skip to comments.REMINDER: IRS Commissioner John Koskinen is Major Democratic Donor
Posted on 06/24/2014 6:51:32 AM PDT by smoothsailing
BY: Washington Free Beacon Staff
June 23, 2014 11:35 am
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen is in the spotlight as he is set to further testify to Congress regarding the IRS targeting of conservative groups. It is important to remember that Koskinen has shelled out nearly $100,000 to Democratic candidates and groups.
Koskinen has been contributing to Democrats for four decades, starting with a $1000 contribution to Democratic candidate for Colorado Senate candidate Gary Hart in 1979.
Koskinen has been a reliable donor over the years, contributing a total of $19,000 to the Democratic National Committee from 1988 to 2008. He has made a contribution to the Democratic candidate for president in each election since 1980, including $2,300 to Obama in 2008, and $5000 to Obama in 2012.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has received $3,000 from Koskinen since 2008, and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee received $2,000 from 2004 to 2006.
Hillary Clinton has received $3,800 for her various political campaigns from Koskinen.
Koskinens most recent contribution was $2,500 to Sen. Mark Warner (D., Va.) in February of 2013.
Koskinen was appointed IRS commissioner later that year, and was tasked with revamping the tax agency in the wake of criticism that it was allowing partisanship dictate which groups applying for tax-exempt status would receive extra scrutiny.
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R., Utah) said at the time that he was more than a little mystified at the partisan appointment in a time that the agency was under fire for just that...
I don’t think his donations to dems was the key factor in hiring him. It was his incredible facility for brazen lying and arrogant smirking that won the day.
He looks like Jiminy Cricket, but in his heart, he's a thug. They can't break him because he's confident the machine has his back.
We need to imprison this chooch for a long time to wipe that smile off his face.
Spammin your thread.
This mornings IRS hearing is live now. White House attorney and an archivist from the National Archives and Records Administration to testify.
No worries, I don’t consider it spam. Thanks for the link.
Cummings has already attacked the Bush Administration.
Trey Howdy wiped that smirk off his face last night, lol.
He lied to protect the boss.
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen strikes me as a bad person...
perhaps senior staffers should not be allowed to donate to anyone.
He comes across as deceptive and slimey, which makes him a good fit for the coverup crew.
Start with ten years in Leavenworth...
A hundred grand. Holy crap.
Can you imagine the fury brought to bear by the media if this clown was the IRS Commissar under Fuhrer Bush?
He reminds me of the classic evil Nazi General in some old black and white movie. Johnny Koskinen is one bad actor.
He is also one big corrupt liar.
All he needs is a black eye patch and a scar on his cheek...and a thick German accent.
He's the type of guy I'd like to take outside...
He was given the position, so that he could sit there and say “I wasn’t here at that time.” It seems every scandal in this administration ends up with retirements and promotions. They need to subpoena some of the lower rung people who are involved that don’t have a golden parachute or great job prospects.
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Respectfully disagree. Anyone should be permitted to donate any amount to anyone; that's called FREEDOM. But the recipient can't sell influence for money if he does not know who the donor is. So require that all political donations be anonymous. Make it a felony to reveal or to attempt to discover the identity of the donor.
So you get to back whoever you believe will act in your best interest, but you can't "buy" their favors. Combine that with term limits and you'll be rid of the career politicians, the "what's in it for me" class. Those remaining will be true public servants, who will go back to business after a couple of terms of service.
There will be a few who are worthy of continuing, and wish to do so; they can seek another elected position if they choose. But have them deal with retirement the way most of us have to do; no cushy pension funds.
Love Trey! But that Koskinen bastard is one arrogant lying SOB. As a lawyer, I just love watching Gowdy. One of his great skills is not letting the witness control the conversation or grandstand. He cuts him off right away after getting the answer and has the backbone to speak forcefully enough to stop the witness from trying to filibuster. If we had 20 Trey Gowdy’s in key committee positions, we might just be able to wrestle the government back from the bastiges in DC.
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My feeling too...
He’s creepier than most liberals... which says a lot...
Don’t forget the esteemed journalist Judy Woodruff assured us on FNS that she’s known him a long time and he’s a great guy.
Trey Gowdy is rapidly becoming one of my heroes! :)
Yes. Anonymous donations. You can’t sell your influence unless you know who the buyer is and what he wants. It would also force candidates to state their positions on a wider range of topics, so donors would know who they wanted to back.
But anyone revealing a donor’s identity or a candidate seeking to discover it should go to jail. Do not pass “GO”, do not collect $200.00.
Just why is it that lawyers in particular, who can easily make $300-500,000 a year are so hot to get elected to $170k jobs, unless there’s a huge upside?
The people who hold the whips in any tyranny are inherently going to be the worst of the worst.
How old IS this guy?
I had his brother as a college prof and I’m OLD.
That's where a good team of reporters needs to start too... at the bottom - working their way up.
You’re right. Thanks.