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IRS Targeted Groups Critical Of Gov’t Spending

From the Wall Street Journal:

Wider Problems Found at IRS


The Internal Revenue Service’s scrutiny of conservative groups went beyond those with "tea party" or "patriot" in their names—as the agency admitted Friday—to also include ones worried about government spending, debt or taxes, and even ones that lobbied to "make America a better place to live," according to new details of a government probe…

So, any and all criticism of government could get you flagged. (It’s a wonder such ‘keywords’ aren’t used to look for domestic terrorists, too. That is, assuming they aren’t.)

The investigation also revealed that a high-ranking IRS official knew as early as mid-2011 that conservative groups were being inappropriately targeted—nearly a year before then-IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman told a congressional committee the agency wasn’t targeting conservative groups…

Yes, it’s increasingly obvious that Lois Lerner,the  head of the IRS tax-exempt-organizations division, has lied made some inaccurate statements. Such as when she claimed to have just found out about what was going on in the last few days.

The details emerged from disclosures to congressional investigators by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. The findings, which were reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, don’t make clear who came up with the idea to give extra scrutiny to the conservative groups…

Don’t worry, care will be taken so we never know. Just like we will never know who gave the order(s) for the rescue team in Benghazi to ‘stand down.’

The inspector general’s office has been conducting an audit of the IRS’s handling of the applications process and is expected to release a report this week. The audit follows complaints last year by numerous tea-party and other conservative groups that they had been singled out and subjected to excessive and inappropriate questioning. Many groups say they were asked for lists of their donors and other sensitive information.

What a coincidence! Those ‘low level workers’ in Cincinnati just happened to be interested in who the donors to these conservative groups were. Which also just happened to be an obsession with the Obama campaign.

On Sunday, a government official said the report will note that IRS officials told investigators that no one outside the IRS was involved in developing the criteria the agency now acknowledges were flawed.

And we believe Ms. Lerner, too. Even though, as we have noted, she has already been caught in several lies inaccurate statements.

On Friday, Lois Lerner, head of the IRS tax-exempt-organizations division, said the agency was "apologetic" for what she termed "absolutely inappropriate" actions by lower-level workers. She said those workers had selected some conservative groups for extra scrutiny to determine whether their applications should be approved. She said they had picked groups for extra scrutiny according to whether they had "tea party" or "patriot" in their names, among other criteria…

Complaints poured in from at least 27 conservative groups, located all over the country. It is hard to believe this was all done by low level workers in a solitary IRS office in Cincinnati.

The IRS also said the report reflects that "IRS senior leadership was not aware of this level of specific details" at the time of a March 2012 hearing where Mr. Shulman denied any targeting of conservative groups. Mr. Shulman, who no longer works for the IRS, declined to comment.

And, once again, no one in the media was curious enough to bother to investigation these charges. Which is a lot like the kind of curiosity they showed about Benghazi. That is, they didn’t want to investigate anything that might hurt Obama’s re-election.

The new details suggest that agency workers were examining statements in applications for tax-exempt status to determine whether groups had political leanings…

Just like they asked Occupy Wall Street, you can bet.

The timeline contained in the draft report indicates that IRS scrutiny of tea-party and other conservative groups began as early as 2010 and came to the attention of Ms. Lerner, the head of the tax-exempt-organizations division, at least by the following year.

And yet Ms. Lerner pretended that she just found out about all of this in the last few days.

The report’s timeline indicates that the criteria were changed to be more neutral in July 2011 after Ms. Lerner "raised concerns." The criteria for heightened scrutiny continued to evolve over the next year or so, even as complaints from tea-party groups—and questions from GOP lawmakers—mounted over IRS inquiries to various groups about their activities…

According to the draft report, on April 24 and 25 of last year, officials in Ms. Lerner’s office were reviewing "troubling questions" that had been asked of organizations, including "the names of donors." …

Gee, why would the Obama administration want to know the names of donors to conservative organizations?

The report indicates that in 2010 and 2011, some IRS workers weren’t just singling out groups because their names contained certain words, as IRS officials suggested on Friday, but appeared to be probing for indications of political interests or leanings.

According to the report, by June 2011 some IRS specialists were probing applications using the following criteria: "issues include government spending, government debt or taxes; education of the public by advocacy/lobbying to ‘make America a better place to live’; statements in the case file criticize how the country is being run."

Which, of course, makes it even worse. Big Brother is here.

But don’t worry. Such things will never happen when the Obama administration and the IRS start administering every facet of our healthcare.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, May 13th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “IRS Targeted Groups Critical Of Gov’t Spending”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    “IRS Targeted Groups Critical Of Gov’t Spending”

    You don’t say


  2. Mithrandir says:


    Director Helen Jones-Kelley said her agency checks people who are “thrust into the public spotlight,” amid suggestions they may have come into money, to see if they owe support or are receiving undeserved public assistance.

    Niekamp told The Dispatch she is unfamiliar with the practice of checking on the newly famous. “I’ve never done that before, I don’t know of anybody in my office who does that and I don’t remember anyone ever doing that,” she said today.

    So, Job and Family Services officials will run checks on you if you expose yourself as a non-democrat. Hillary Clinton had opposition FBI files laying around the White House. And we are lead to believe the IRS doesn’t do the same thing?

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