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Treasury: Taxes Of Political Candidates Breached

From the Washington Times:

EXCLUSIVE: Feds admit improper scrutiny of candidate, donor tax records

Justice has declined to prosecute any of the cases

By Dave Boyer and Ben Wolfgang | July 15, 2013

The Treasury Department has admitted for the first time that confidential tax records of several political candidates and campaign donors were improperly scrutinized by government officials, but the Justice Department has declined to prosecute any of the cases.

The DOJ can find the time to go after George Zimmerman, again, but they can’t be bothered to prosecute this?

Its investigators also are probing two allegations that the Internal Revenue Service “targeted for audit candidates for public office,” the Treasury’s inspector general for tax administration, J. Russell George, has privately told Sen. Chuck Grassley.

In a written response to a request by Mr. Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, Mr. George said a review turned up four cases since 2006 in which unidentified government officials took part in “unauthorized access or disclosure of tax records of political donors or candidates,” including one case he described as “willful.” In four additional cases, Mr. George said, allegations of improper access of IRS records were not substantiated by the evidence.

Mr. Grassley has asked Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to explain why the Justice Department chose not to prosecute any of the cases. The Iowa Republican told The Washington Times that the IRS “is required to act with neutrality and professionalism, not political bias.”

Surely, Mr. Grassley was being sarcastic here.

The investigation did not name the government officials who obtained the IRS records improperly, nor did it reveal the identities or political parties of the people whose tax records were compromised. By law, taxpayer records at the IRS are supposed to be confidential…

We’re willing to go out on a limb and guess it was Republicans who had their tax records compromised. Maybe even Mitt Romney’s. So, naturally, there is no outrage. (After all, history tells us Richard Nixon did this to his political, when in reality this is what his enemies did to him.)

But, hey, just wait until the IRS has access to our medical records, too.

[T]he IRS has denied that the tax records of political candidates or donors were improperly accessed.

“The Justice Department should answer completely and not hide behind taxpayer confidentiality laws to avoid accountability for its decision not to prosecute a violation of taxpayer confidentiality laws,” Mr. Grassley told The Times. “With the IRS on the hot seat over targeting certain political groups, it’s particularly troubling to learn about ‘willful unauthorized access’ of tax records involving individuals who were candidates for office or political donors. The public needs to know whether the decision not to prosecute these violations was politically motivated and whether the individuals responsible were held accountable in any other way.”

A spokesman for the Justice Department did not respond to a request for comment Monday. Mr. Grassley has given Mr. Holder until July 26 to answer his questions…

If he runs true to form, Mr. Holder will either continue to stonewall, or he will simply lie to Congress. After all, there will never be any consequences.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, July 16th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Treasury: Taxes Of Political Candidates Breached”

  1. Noyzmakr says:

    In the full story they state that someone “inadvertently” targeted candidates three times and purposely targeted a candidate once and the DoJ declined to prosecute.

    First thing, how do you inadvertebtly target someone? It’s not like a gun that you point into a crowd and fire then hit some random person. With tax records, you have to search for these files.

    Smells like Chicago to me.

  2. captstubby says:

    There ain’t nothin’ more powerful than the odor of mendacity!

    Harvey ‘Big Daddy’ Pollitt
    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

  3. canary says:

    Shocking to hear the DOJ head’s recent comment that the little people need to have some honesty.

    Holder should be raising heck with Obombie and raise heck, that in spite of the Muslim terrorists
    Major Hasan who has begged to plead guilty to working for the Taliban that he will have a charge at the minimum added of a hate crime against people who did not share his religion. He sure didn’t kill the one Muslim doctor he worked with who spoke to the media trying to sweep things under the rug.

    They should be calling the dozens of families personally, or at least publicly give lip service that
    they will investigate to what is holding up the trial such as the terrorists Hansan’s holding up for over 6 months just the issue of not wanting to shave his beard. How religious does this Muslim terrorist that attacked a US military base have to be that he can’t shave as he signed a contract that he would comply with.

    Now I think a fair offer would be to tell Maj Hasan that if he will in the meanwhile accept a court-marshall for failing to shave that would penalize and take away his pay which which as a doctor and officer amounts to hundreds of thousands of dollars in pay and benefits no doubt this religious freak would give up his pay from the Americans he hates to honor allah and keep his bleeping beard.

    We are helping Lebanon, when they chopped a supposed gay head’s off, and the cutting off of their son-in-laws genitals for marrying their daughter when they had another man planned. At least he’s in the hospital. But, no one has seen the daughter since they were lured with a fake act of reconciliation with the family. Only, even Saudi Arabia and all our other friends do these honor killings.

    An American couple who murdered their daughter for seeing a boy was caught right here in the US because the FBI were wire-tapping her parents home and got the mother holding her down as the father butchered her, and then they pretended an intruder did it.

    Where is the outcry of these acts in America by the most intolerable people on this planet.

  4. GetBackJack says:

    Were any Democrat related files inadvertently disclosed?

    Didn’t think so

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