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IRS employee: Washington showed “unprecedented interest” in Tea Party groups
Hotair ^ | 06/09/2013 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 06/08/2013 8:36:49 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Elizabeth Hofacre has turned out to be a gold mine to investigators of political corruption at the IRS. The Cincinnati-office specialist didn’t take kindly to having the entire mess dumped on the shoulders of her colleagues and herself, and has made it plain in depositions that this was no low-level innovation. The Hill became the latest media outlet to peruse the transcripts, and added a little more to the growing public record of the targeting effort’s genesis in Washington rather than Cincinnati:

An IRS staffer in Cincinnati told congressional investigators that a Washington official was the driving force behind the targeting of Tea Party organizations in 2010, and showed unprecedented interest in those groups’ tax-exempt applications.

Elizabeth Hofacre, the Cincinnati staffer, said that she started receiving applications from Tea Party groups to sift through in April, 2010. Hofacre’s handling of those cases, she said, was highly influenced by Carter Hull, an IRS lawyer in Washington.

As it turns out, the scapegoating wasn’t the only thing that angered Hofacre. Normally, the IRS doesn’t interfere with rank-and-file agents when they choose targets for their investigation and make decisions on applications. When it came to Tea Party and other conservative groups, Hofacre suddenly found that her autonomy had been stripped, which she found “demeaning”:

Hofacre said that she integrated questions from Hull into her follow-ups with Tea Party groups, and that Hull had to approve the letters seeking more information that she sent out to those organizations. That process, she said, was both unusual and “demeaning.”

“One of the criteria is to work independently and do research and make decisions based on your experience and education,” Hofacre said, according to transcripts reviewed by The Hill. “Whereas in this case, I had no autonomy at all through the process.”

“I thought it was over the top,” she added, in interviews held by investigators in both parties from the House Oversight and Ways and Means committees. “I am not sure where it came from, but it was a bit unusual.”

In the end, even Hofacre ended up getting stalled and stonewalled by Hull, she claims. Hofacre got so tired of dealing with angry applicants who couldn’t fathom why the IRS kept stalling that she took another position. Hofacre also told investigators that requests for donor lists were “appalling,” but those requests came after she had already left.

The “low-level employee” defense is crumbling in both fact and perception. Gallup’s latest survey shows that 59% of all adults believe that high-ranking IRS officials knew full well about the targeting of conservatives, and even a plurality of Democrats do too:

Nearly six in 10 Americans believe that high-ranking IRS officials in Washington were aware the IRS had a practice of targeting conservative political groups for greater scrutiny in recent years. One-quarter think knowledge of this was mainly limited to the agency’s office in Cincinnati where the mishandled applications for tax-exempt status were processed.

Almost as many — 50% — believe that high-ranking Obama administration officials knew about it, too. That includes 54% of independents. Barack Obama’s approval rating on handling the issue is just 32/58, and with 77% of Americans believing this to be a serious matter (49% say very serious), that’s a bad position to be in — especially with two NSA scandals being added to the Scandalabra this week.


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1 posted on 06/08/2013 8:36:49 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

It sounds to me like Valerie Jarrett freaked out after 2010 and wasn’t going to let it happen again in 2012. She put her Gestapo to work to save Barry’s ‘nads.


2 posted on 06/08/2013 8:39:32 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (If you think ObamaCare is a train wreck, wait until you see the amnesty bill.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Shutting down conservative community organizing groups is not voter suppression, but demanding photo ID is.

Who knew?

3 posted on 06/08/2013 8:42:46 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Forget it, Jake. It's Eric Holder's people.")
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To: SeekAndFind

Hey FBI/NSA/purple lipped faggot...I’m just about done.


4 posted on 06/08/2013 8:44:17 PM PDT by IrishPennant (Excuse me...Here's your nose. I found it in my business....agian!)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

I wonder what gives her reason to believe she’s untouchable by our intel community.

Who are not a bunch of EOE hires, they actually care about the work they do.


5 posted on 06/08/2013 8:50:54 PM PDT by txhurl (RNC 'voter suppression': attempting to limit each voter to ONE vote!)
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To: SeekAndFind

bttt


6 posted on 06/08/2013 8:52:47 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

It sounds to me like Valerie Jarrett freaked out after 2010 and wasn’t going to let it happen again in 2012. She put her Gestapo to work to save Barry’s ‘nads.

That’s exactly what happened. They never talked about it, they just got very busy destroying the opposition. In a way it’s ironic cause look at the sh&^ they are facing now. Almost worth him winning just to watch the fall in such a spectacular way.


7 posted on 06/08/2013 8:53:31 PM PDT by dandiegirl
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To: SeekAndFind

So... we know what ‘codewords’ they are searching for.

Just overwhelm the system.

TEA Party, DOMA, Patriot, Constitution. (repeat in every communication you make)


8 posted on 06/08/2013 8:56:47 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: dandiegirl
They never talked about it, they just got very busy destroying the opposition.

au contraire.

"Everyone not with us is against us and they better be ready because we don't forget. The ones who helped us will be rewarded, the ones who opposed us will get what they deserve. There is going to be hell to pay"


9 posted on 06/08/2013 8:59:32 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

OOPS. Post #9 should have included you.


10 posted on 06/08/2013 9:01:19 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: UCANSEE2

TEA Party, DOMA, Patriot, Constitution. (repeat in every communication you make)

a great tagline!


11 posted on 06/08/2013 9:02:16 PM PDT by man_in_tx (TEA Party, DOMA, Patriot, Constitution. (repeat in every communication you make))
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To: dandiegirl
That’s exactly what happened. They never talked about it, they just got very busy destroying the opposition. In a way it’s ironic cause look at the sh&^ they are facing now. Almost worth him winning just to watch the fall in such a spectacular way.

This doesn't bother his voter base. They secretly want your whole family sent to the gas chambers. If anything, Barry isn't anywhere near cruel enough for them.
12 posted on 06/08/2013 9:03:35 PM PDT by Wanderer99
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To: UCANSEE2

She’s one strange-looking woman.
Valerie and the Reptoids. Great name for a Star Wars cantina band.


13 posted on 06/08/2013 9:04:07 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Tar, feathers, split rail, short rope, high tree limb, and a rickety chair.

Hang em all!


14 posted on 06/08/2013 9:06:53 PM PDT by Forty-Niner (The barely bare, berry bear formally known as Ursus Arctos Horribilis.)
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To: UCANSEE2

That’s one Evil creature.

FUVJ


15 posted on 06/08/2013 9:09:39 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The left has publicly been trying to tell anyone who would listen that the Tea
Party is done, finished, kaput. Turns out the Tea Party is the only real movement they thought had a chance to challenge their neo-com rise.

We’re doing something right.


16 posted on 06/08/2013 9:12:05 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: FlingWingFlyer; All

Absolutely .. right on the money.

But .. her orders come directly from the TOP .. maybe orders is too strong a word, but maybe it was her idea and he just agreed with it.

I know he’s involved; indirectly or otherwise. He was telling crowds for months that the repubs were bad for the country, or bad for democracy, etc. etc. etc. It’s no wonder people were so willing to be fed that pablum to the point of actually causing harm to fellow citizens.

I’m at puke already with these people.


17 posted on 06/08/2013 9:17:25 PM PDT by CyberAnt ("America is the greatest nation on the face of the earth" (in spite of BO))
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To: UCANSEE2

I think I may need to drink more tea. Good for the constitution, you know;)


18 posted on 06/08/2013 9:25:06 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: dandiegirl

Actually, there was a lot of talk from the usual suspects about how everyone should “fear” the Tea Party, they were huge, extremist and wanted to take America back to the 1950’s and put women back in the kitchen...but thanks to the IRS the Tea Party barely EXISTED!


19 posted on 06/08/2013 9:31:06 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: man_in_tx

I have modified for my tag line.


20 posted on 06/08/2013 9:32:21 PM PDT by MtnClimber (TEA Party, DOMA, Patriot, Constitution, 9/12, Anti-communist...There, come and get me zer0!)
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To: SeekAndFind

I found a picture of Carter Hull. He just now conveniently retired... how does that protect him. He is a pale faced old guy with teeth like a bad picket fence. His facebook page has been scrubbed.

http://sfcmac.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/meet-carter-hull-the-irs-lawyer-who-oversaw-the-targeting-of-tea-party-groups/

Did anybody find a picture of Elizabeth Hofacre?


21 posted on 06/08/2013 9:43:48 PM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: FlingWingFlyer
It sounds to me like Valerie Jarrett freaked out after 2010 and wasn’t going to let it happen again in 2012. She put her Gestapo to work to save Barry’s ‘nads.

If they freaked out after 2010, what do you think they'll do to avoid losing in 2014...and 2016?

As it is, the usurpers are sooooooooooo close to their goal -- totalitarian power -- they can smell it.

Will they risk losing an election...an election that might cost them their chance to "fundamentally transform American society"?

22 posted on 06/08/2013 9:53:49 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE --)
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To: SeekAndFind














23 posted on 06/08/2013 10:01:21 PM PDT by LyinLibs (If victims of islam were more "islamophobic," maybe they'd still be alive.)
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To: SeekAndFind
"especially with two NSA scandals being added to the Scandalabra this week."

LOL, the Scandalabra!

24 posted on 06/08/2013 10:04:27 PM PDT by cookcounty (IRS = Internal Revenge Service.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Do the names Valerie Jarrett, Rahm Emanuel, David Axelrod and Timothy Geithner ring a bell for the possible persons(s) who directly controlled the IRS targeting of Conservatives?


25 posted on 06/08/2013 10:21:20 PM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: UCANSEE2

You gotta wonder if Valerie Jarrett has blackmailed Republicans against so much as even raising her name in connection with these scandals. Ssshhhhh....


26 posted on 06/08/2013 11:18:51 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: SeekAndFind
Hofacre’s handling of those cases, she said, was highly influenced by Carter Hull, an IRS lawyer in Washington.

We have a name. It would be good to write this one down. BTT

27 posted on 06/08/2013 11:37:37 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Shutting down conservative community organizing groups is not voter suppression,<<<...No! IT’S TREASON!!!...Think about it...


28 posted on 06/08/2013 11:38:07 PM PDT by M-cubed
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To: Sequoyah101

Carter Hull needs to be subpoenaed and convicted of Treason!!!...if he cooperates and names names....he could plea bargain for a life sentence..Follow the chain up!!


29 posted on 06/08/2013 11:45:36 PM PDT by M-cubed
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To: Billthedrill
We have a name [Carter Hull]. It would be good to write this one down. BTT

Mr. Hull will likely prove to be a "middle-manager" in the organization chart.

Several arrows pointing down. But, maybe, only one pointing up...

30 posted on 06/08/2013 11:49:04 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE --)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’ve read where Robert Bauer, Obama’s lawyer and Anita Dunn’s husband, was also involved in the IRS scandal.


31 posted on 06/08/2013 11:53:45 PM PDT by bronxville (Margaret Sanger - “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population,Â)
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To: Sequoyah101

“. . . picture of Elizabeth Hofacre?”

I’m going to hold off regarding her as one of the culprits in this scandal. I would not welcome her photo being broadcast all around right now. From what has been released of her deposition it seems she was trapped in a bad situation and is now able to give valuable information.

Cindy Thomas was her department chief and Paz and Lerner were the next higher ups. Hofacre had to take orders from Hull in D.C. Who could Hofacre complain to, Thomas?, Paz?, Lerner? She might have contacted congress, but that would have been her only out, and that would have been taking a huge personal risk. Hofacre even started to look for another job because of the situation.

At this stage, I doubt Hofacre is lying to congress.


32 posted on 06/09/2013 12:19:15 AM PDT by Cap Huff
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To: Sequoyah101

If anyone is soiling their pants in fear of being silenced its mr. Hull. I can’t possibly see how he decided all this on his own. Whoever he listened too is going to tire of sweating while waiting to see if he flips.


33 posted on 06/09/2013 1:25:44 AM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: dandiegirl
Was it Valerie Jarrett or Obama who said "we will Reward our Friends and PUNISH our enemies"?? THUGS...we are RULED by THUGS!!

We all need to PRAY!!

34 posted on 06/09/2013 2:48:08 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: UCANSEE2

The face of EVIL.


35 posted on 06/09/2013 2:48:48 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: SeekAndFind

If there is not serious jail time for the IRS perpatrators, then our democracy has no meaning. Just what do these guys think empowers them to behave this way?


36 posted on 06/09/2013 4:15:46 AM 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: Liberty Valance
Turns out the Tea Party is the only real movement they thought had a chance to challenge their neo-com rise.

Bump. Is the RNC paying attention? Never mind.

37 posted on 06/09/2013 4:42:28 AM PDT by VRW Conspirator (The Lefties can drink Kool-Aid; I will drink Tea. - VRW Conspirator)
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I don’t believe for one minute the leftists and Holders people that populate the cubicles of the government agencies aren’t willing participants in this, they just don’t want to get all the blame for something that their bosses asked them to do.


38 posted on 06/09/2013 4:51:46 AM PDT by newnhdad (Our new motto: USA, it was fun while it lasted.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Valerie Jarrett.

5.56mm

39 posted on 06/09/2013 4:58:30 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: UCANSEE2

The White House She-Devil.


40 posted on 06/09/2013 5:09:15 AM PDT by abclily
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To: Billthedrill; All
We have another name too, digging deeper:

Hull was not acting alone, although sources say he was the first to begin handling tea-party applications in Washington in March 2010. His colleagues in the Technical Unit were also involved in guiding the Cincinnati office. Hull reported to Michael Seto, the manager of the Exempt Organizations’ Technical Office, where some 40 lawyers offered advice to IRS agents across the country. Though not all of those lawyers worked on the tea-party cases, a handful certainly did.

41 posted on 06/09/2013 5:17:55 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: tumblindice

She puts me to mind of Jiang Qing (Mao Tse Tung’s wife) and the infamous “Gang of Four”. History repeats itself.


42 posted on 06/09/2013 5:22:25 AM PDT by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Just like the British showed “unprecedented interest” in the patriot movement.


43 posted on 06/09/2013 5:45:23 AM PDT by ez (Muslims do not play well with others.)
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To: SeekAndFind
This whole thing is just freakin creepy. It even appears congress either has no power to stop it or lacks the will.

From this point forward, there should be no IRS. Congress should move to abolish this agency. They certainly should be blocked from any enforcement of healthcare. Damn, just damn.

Guilty until you prove your innocence? Maybe I'm skewed in my thinking, but isn't that just a tad anti-American in values?

44 posted on 06/09/2013 5:46:22 AM PDT by servantboy777
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To: tumblindice

Double coyote.


45 posted on 06/09/2013 5:48:57 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Sequoyah101

There is the face of American fascism. Take a real good look, fascists may be leaving right next door to you, any Federal Government employee is suspect...

46 posted on 06/09/2013 5:51:44 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: tumblindice
She played Chaka as a child on the Saturday morning TV show Land of the Lost. They didn't have to use any makeup or costume.

"One day when I grow up, I'm going to be a part of the most corrupt POTUS administration in history!"

47 posted on 06/09/2013 5:55:38 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: tumblindice

Oh yeah, all kidding aside, did you know Valerie was born and raised as a toddler in Iran? Her father was a doctor and she was raised there till the age of 5 which may explain why she is possessed by the devil today.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valerie_Jarrett


48 posted on 06/09/2013 6:01:53 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: Ann Archy

Quoting Barack Hussein Obama from a Univision interview he gave in October 2010.

“We’re gonna punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us”

Source:
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2010/10/transcript-of-president-barack-obama-with-univision.html


49 posted on 06/09/2013 6:05:08 AM PDT by fulltlt
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To: SeekAndFind
DC Tea party:



NOT, DC Teaparty:

 

"Behind the Violence, Says Jane Alpert, Was Sex"

--November 09, 1981--
"The leaders of the Weather Underground, she believes, followed a similar pattern of constantly shifting sexual alliances..."

http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20080637,00.html

 

"...the Weathermen, when not engaged in group sex, committed such revolutionary acts as parading with a Viet Cong flag through a local park on Independence Day and spray-painting the walls of a high school with the slogans, "Off the Pigs," "Viet Cong Will Win," and "F#$k U.S. Imperialism."..."

Campus Wars: The Peace Movement At American State Universities in the Vietnam Era

 

50 posted on 06/09/2013 6:27:47 AM PDT by TArcher ("TO SECURE THESE RIGHTS, governments are instituted among men" -- Does that still work?)
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