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Obama Donor In DC Reviewed Tea Party Groups

From the Associated Press:

IRS supervisor in DC scrutinized tea party cases

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER | June 17, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Internal Revenue Service supervisor in Washington says she was personally involved in scrutinizing some of the earliest applications from tea party groups seeking tax-exempt status, including some requests that languished for more than a year without action.

Holly Paz, who until recently was a top deputy in the division that handles applications for tax-exempt status, told congressional investigators she reviewed 20 to 30 applications. Her assertion contradicts initial claims by the agency that a small group of agents working in an office in Cincinnati were solely responsible for mishandling the applications.

Oh, well. What difference does it make now, anyway? Elijah Cummings has proclaimed that the IRS scandal has been solved.

Paz, however, provided no evidence that senior IRS officials ordered agents to target conservative groups or that anyone in the Obama administration outside the IRS was involved.

And she didn’t provide any evidence to the contrary, either.

Instead, Paz described an agency in which IRS supervisors in Washington worked closely with agents in the field but didn’t fully understand what those agents were doing. Paz said agents in Cincinnati openly talked about handling "tea party" cases, but she thought the term was merely shorthand for all applications from groups that were politically active — conservative and liberal.

And we’re supposed to believe this? And we are also supposed to believe that Ms. Paz never noticed that the 20 to 30 cases she reviewed all involved conservative groups?

And never mind that we now know that Ms. Paz is a registered Democrat who donated $2,000 to Obama’s 2008 campaign. (A detail the AP never mentions for some odd reason.)

Paz said dozens of tea party applications sat untouched for more than a year while field agents waited for guidance from Washington on how to handle them. At the time, she said, Washington officials thought the agents in Cincinnati were processing the cases.

Right. It was all an innocent mistake. And never mind that we have been told by the Cincinnati employees that they were under oppressively close supervision from Washington. Especially from Carter Hull, who also is a registered Democrat.

Paz was among the first IRS employees to be interviewed as part of a joint investigation by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee.

Speaking of which, lest we forget, Ms. Paz is also known for sitting in on 36 of 41 interviews that the Treasury IG conducted with IRS employees. But it probably kept her subordinates from ever blaming her. Or maybe she is just an innocent ‘babe in the woods,’ who didn’t know any better.

Since the revelations became public last month, much of the agency’s leadership has been replaced and the Justice Department has started a criminal investigation. Both Paz and her supervisor, Lois Lerner, who headed the division that handles applications for tax-exempt status, have been replaced.

Agency officials told congressional aides that Lerner was placed on administrative leave. They did not disclose the status Paz, other than to say she was replaced June 7…

You can be she has not been fired.

Paz told congressional investigators that an IRS agent in Cincinnati flagged the first tea party case in February 2010. The agent forwarded the application to a manager because it appeared to be politically sensitive, Paz said

It sure was. The midterms were coming. And the Democrat Party didn’t want Tea Party types competing with any opposing views.

Paz said she didn’t think the agents in Cincinnati were politically motivated.

"My impression, based on, you know, this instance and other instances in the office is that because they are so apolitical, they are not as sensitive as we would like them to be as to how things might appear," Paz said…

– You see? All of these Tea Party applications were sat on because everybody was too apolitical. Like her. An Obama donor.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, June 17th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Obama Donor In DC Reviewed Tea Party Groups”

  1. Voter suppression at a level to make Huey Long pee his pants.

  2. …supervisors in Washington worked closely with agents in the field but didn’t fully understand what those agents were doing.

    In making excuses for the incompetence of every aspect of our government, they actually point to evidence for the conservative argument. Either our glorious leaders have no problem with the political machine using the IRS to target political enemies, OR government is so big that even if you are working closely with someone, since there is SO MUCH happening at any given time, you can’t know exactly what’s going on. It’s either gross incompetence, or malicious abuse of power.

    Solution : Smaller government.




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