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REMINDER: IRS Commissioner John Koskinen is Major Democratic Donor
Washington Free Beacon ^ | 6-23-2014 | staff report

Posted on 06/24/2014 6:51:32 AM PDT by smoothsailing

REMINDER: IRS Commissioner John Koskinen is Major Democratic Donor

The IRS commissioner has been contributing to Dems for four decades

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.

Koskinen’s 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.

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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...


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1 posted on 06/24/2014 6:51:32 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

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.


2 posted on 06/24/2014 6:54:18 AM PDT by JewishRighter
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To: smoothsailing
He'll have lots more money when the capos of the Democratic Party pay him for standing tall through his testimony ordeal.

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.

3 posted on 06/24/2014 6:58:02 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: smoothsailing

Spammin your thread.

This morning’s IRS hearing is live now. White House attorney and an archivist from the National Archives and Records Administration to testify.

http://www.c-span.org/video/?320133-1/missing-irs-emails


4 posted on 06/24/2014 6:58:41 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: cripplecreek

No worries, I don’t consider it spam. Thanks for the link.


5 posted on 06/24/2014 7:05:13 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Cummings has already attacked the Bush Administration.


6 posted on 06/24/2014 7:06:19 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: JewishRighter

Trey Howdy wiped that smirk off his face last night, lol.


7 posted on 06/24/2014 7:07:34 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

He lied to protect the boss.


8 posted on 06/24/2014 7:15:37 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible. Complicit in the destruction of this country.)
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To: smoothsailing

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen strikes me as a bad person...


9 posted on 06/24/2014 7:19:25 AM PDT by GOPJ (Hey IRS - those receipts you wanted? The dog ate 'em. -New Name:"Washington Thinskins" -FR. coloeo)
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To: smoothsailing

perhaps senior staffers should not be allowed to donate to anyone.


10 posted on 06/24/2014 7:19:52 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: GOPJ

He comes across as deceptive and slimey, which makes him a good fit for the coverup crew.


11 posted on 06/24/2014 7:28:26 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: dead

Absolutely.
Start with ten years in Leavenworth...


12 posted on 06/24/2014 7:32:30 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: smoothsailing

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?


13 posted on 06/24/2014 7:34:50 AM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: GOPJ

He reminds me of the classic evil Nazi General in some old black and white movie. Johnny Koskinen is one bad actor.


14 posted on 06/24/2014 7:39:14 AM PDT by Irish Queen ("Don't fence me in")
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To: smoothsailing

He is also one big corrupt liar.


15 posted on 06/24/2014 7:49:40 AM PDT by mulligan (I)
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To: Irish Queen

All he needs is a black eye patch and a scar on his cheek...and a thick German accent.


16 posted on 06/24/2014 7:57:49 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: dead
We need to imprison this chooch for a long time to wipe that smile off his face.

He's the type of guy I'd like to take outside...

17 posted on 06/24/2014 7:59:07 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: smoothsailing

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.


18 posted on 06/24/2014 8:07:36 AM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

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http://www.nachumlist.com/


19 posted on 06/24/2014 8:29:36 AM PDT by Nachum (Obamacare: It's. The. Flaw.)
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To: longtermmemmory
perhaps senior staffers should not be allowed to donate to anyone.

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.

20 posted on 06/24/2014 9:06:06 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: Irish Queen
Koskinen also resembles a particular B class actor of the 40s...don't know his name, but you'd see him in Nazi movies. Both of these guys had/have that same smarmy, smug look on their faces, that you want to slap so hard into oblivion.
21 posted on 06/24/2014 9:46:09 AM PDT by itssme
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To: JimRed

Anonymous donations?

Hmmm...


22 posted on 06/24/2014 10:05:51 AM PDT by gogeo (If you are Tea Party, the Republican Party does not want you.)
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To: smoothsailing

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.


23 posted on 06/24/2014 10:27:37 AM PDT by JewishRighter
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To: Nachum

Thanks for the ping...


24 posted on 06/24/2014 11:55:22 AM PDT by GOPJ (Hey IRS - those receipts you wanted? The dog ate 'em. -New Name:"Washington Thinskins" -FR. coloeo)
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To: Irish Queen

My feeling too...


25 posted on 06/24/2014 11:57:25 AM PDT by GOPJ (Hey IRS - those receipts you wanted? The dog ate 'em. -New Name:"Washington Thinskins" -FR. coloeo)
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To: smoothsailing

He’s creepier than most liberals... which says a lot...


26 posted on 06/24/2014 11:58:04 AM PDT by GOPJ (Hey IRS - those receipts you wanted? The dog ate 'em. -New Name:"Washington Thinskins" -FR. coloeo)
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To: smoothsailing

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.


27 posted on 06/24/2014 11:59:47 AM PDT by Lacey
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To: JewishRighter

Trey Gowdy is rapidly becoming one of my heroes! :)


28 posted on 06/24/2014 1:22:32 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: gogeo

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?


29 posted on 06/24/2014 1:55:20 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: GOPJ

The people who hold the whips in any tyranny are inherently going to be the worst of the worst.


30 posted on 06/24/2014 1:56:23 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: smoothsailing

How old IS this guy?

I had his brother as a college prof and I’m OLD.


31 posted on 06/24/2014 1:57:04 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: Starstruck
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.

That's where a good team of reporters needs to start too... at the bottom - working their way up.

32 posted on 06/24/2014 2:42:09 PM PDT by GOPJ (Hey IRS - those receipts you wanted? The dog ate 'em. -New Name:"Washington Thinskins" -FR. coloeo)
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To: MrB

You’re right. Thanks.


33 posted on 06/24/2014 3:06:16 PM PDT by GOPJ (Hey IRS - those receipts you wanted? The dog ate 'em. -New Name:"Washington Thinskins" -FR. coloeo)
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