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Head Of IRS Tax Exempt Office Is Obama Donor

From the National Review:

Director of IRS Tax-Exempt Determinations Office Is Obama Donor

By Eliana Johnson | May 15, 2013

The director of the Office of Rulings and Agreements, which oversees the determinatons of tax-exempt organizations, is a donor to Barack Obama. Holly Paz donated $2,000 to Obama’s 2008 campaign, according to Open Secrets, which maintains a database of individual political donations…

Paz heads the office in which the wrongdoing is said to have occurred. National Review Online reported earlier today that agency officials are currently copying the hard drives of every employee on Paz’s watch. That data will be made available to investigators working on a second IG investigation focusing on the potential criminal activity individual agency employees.

The House Oversight Committe [sic] is requesting that Paz and four other employees be made available for transcribed interviews starting next week.

Data from the Center for Responsive Politics indicate that Paz’s donations are consistent with broader trends at the IRS, where agency employees donated overwhelming to President Obama in both the 2012 and 2008 presiential [sic] Elections.

Indeed, we noted yesterday, the employees at the IRS donated more than twice as much to Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign than they did to Romney’s presidential bid.

Out of the $160,303 donated from IRS workers, $54,116 went to Obama from 2011 to 2012, compared to $20,991 to Romney.

Meanwhile, this local report might be about the aforementioned ‘four other employees’ who will be made available to investigators.

From the Cincinnati Fox affiliate, Fox19:

FOX19 EXCLUSIVE: Four local IRS workers allegedly connected to scandal

By Ben Swann | May 15, 2013

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) – FOX19 has exclusively learned that as many as four people may be the first Cincinnati Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employees to face disciplinary action, and possibly even criminal charges, for allegedly targeting Tea Party and Liberty groups applying for non-profit status…

However, despite [Steven Miller's] claim of just two employees being involved, FOX19 has exclusively learned from two separate sources that there could be at least four Cincinnati employees involved.

Those four employees, whose names we have chosen to withhold until they have been officially confirmed, have each worked in the IRS Exempt Organizations Department…

Which is headquartered in Cincinnati. (A detail that the news media has studiously avoided reporting.)

FOX19 has also confirmed those four Cincinnati employees made large requests of information from:

    The Richmond, Virginia Tea Party in January of 2012.
    The Ohio Liberty Council in January of 2012..
    Dan Backer, a lawyer based in Washington D.C. who helped six small conservative groups apply for 501c4 status in February of 2012.   
    The Liberty Township Tea Party in March of 2012.

One of FOX19’s two sources went on say that these four IRS workers claim "they simply did what their bosses ordered."

And who can really doubt that? But hopefully, they will not fall on their swords to try to save their careers.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, May 16th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

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