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Ben Carson Audited After Prayer Breakfast Speech

From the Washington Times:

IRS targeted Dr. Ben Carson after Prayer Breakfast speech

By John Solomon | Thursday, October 3, 2013

Just months after he gave a speech earlier this year that challenged America’s leadership in President Obama’s presence, Dr. Ben Carson was targeted by IRS agents who requested to review his real estate holdings and then conducted a full audit without finding any wrongdoing.

"I guess it could be a coincidence, but I never had been audited before and never really had any encounters with the IRS," Dr. Carson said in an interview Thursday with The Washington Times. "But it certainly would make one suspicious because we know now the IRS has been used for political purposes and therefore actions like this come under suspicion." …

Lest we forget, this isn’t new with Obama. In fact, it has long since been the standard practice for Democrats, going back to FDR.

For instance, the wonderful Bill Clinton sicced the IRS on just about every conservative publication and foundation under the sun, including but not limited to: The National Review, the American Spectator, the Christian Coalition, Citizens for a Sound Economy, Oliver North’s Freedom Alliance, the Heritage Foundation, the National Rifle Association, the Western Journalism Center, the National Center for Public Policy Research, Fortress America and Citizens Against Government Waste.

Dr. Carson first hinted at the problem earlier this week during a speech in Alabama when he made a vague reference to having his first "encounter with the IRS" earlier this year.

Dr. Carson told The Times that IRS agents contacted him in June — less than four months after the speech — and requested to review his real estate holdings. After finding nothing that concerned them, the agents then informed him they were conducting a full audit of his finances, and then asked to go back an additional year to review his records, he said.

They finally ended the review in August after finding no problems, Dr. Carson said.

His audit only lasted from June to August? He is very lucky.

"They told me everything was in good standing and left," he said. Asked whether he thought the audit was a retaliation for his speech, Dr. Carson quipped: "I guess I’m surprised it took them that long."

He said the more serious issue is that the IRS has been politicized — "something that should never have happened" — and that leaves all of its activities open to suspicion.

Such as its enforcement of Obama-Care.

Meanwhile, speaking of the IRS, we have this from the Washington Examiner:

Three years later, TheTeaParty.net finally gets IRS tax-exempt OK

By PAUL BEDARD | OCTOBER 1, 2013

One of the groups at the center of the IRS scandal has finally received its tax-exempt status after a three year delay prompted by a politically driven move to block Tea Party and other conservative groups, many that slammed the president during his reelection, from winning the special status.

TheTeaParty.net, one of the nation’s largest tea party groups, told Secrets that the long-sough declaration arrived Monday, well over three years after they applied for 501c(4) tax-exempt status in March of 2010, the start of the Tea Party movement. The notice came in a letter from the IRS.

The group said that the IRS branch headed by the recently retired Lois Lerner endured harassment by agents targeting mostly conservative non-profit groups for their political donors, agenda and even reading lists, all against the rules.

"After four years battling Lois Lerner’s shock troops, we are relieved that the IRS has relented and finally recognized our right to operate as a non-profit,” said Todd Cefaratti, founder of TheTeaParty.net. “First they tried to ignore us. Then they tried to discredit us. And then they tried to deny our legal rights. Hopefully this is the beginning of the end to a sad chapter in our government’s targeting of its own citizens," he added.

What a cockeyed optimist! Just wait until conservatives have to ask the IRS for hip replacements.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, October 3rd, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Ben Carson Audited After Prayer Breakfast Speech”

  1. captstubby

    “in good standing and left,”

    Secret Police Speak for;
    “don’t make us come back after midnight!”

  2. O’Donnell tax information possibly ‘misused’
    http://tinyurl.com/owl4ek5

    Christine O’Donnell, the 2010 U.S. Senate candidate and tea party favorite, wants to know whether a Delaware state official improperly accessed her personal federal tax records…

    “Possibly?” –if there is any doubt at all, the answer is ‘yes.’

    Ohio IG Report: Joe the Plumber’s Records Were Improperly Searched
    http://tinyurl.com/o6obelk

    Jones-Kelley told investigators that it was agency practice to check the backgrounds of someone “thrust quickly into the public spotlight,” but Thursday’s report from Inspector General Thomas P. Charles said there were “no policies or procedures to support her.”

    Just like the loyal IRS agents. The minions automatically do what is necessary to advance the cause without any direct orders from above, then pass along that information hoping it finds its way into the right hands. And hopefully, the secret inquiry into who leaked the useful information will result in a promotion of some sort.

    (Wikipedia) On January 6, 2009, Governor Ted Strickland signed House Bill 648, creating civil and criminal penalties for violations of rules concerning access to personal information on state databases.

    Actually there should be 1000s of more bills passed punishing government employees who are trusted with power, given arrest abilities, carry guns, have access to our personal / medical / financial records. There should be an automatic recall and punishment for any elected official who violates the public’s trust.

    • There has yet to be so much as a slap on the wrist or a rap of the knuckles of any of these perpetrators. Nope, only paid vacations and desirable early retirements to parts unknown. Corruption pays…….big and often.


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