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Wednesday, April 23, 2014 11:22 pm

Remember how the IRS was only targeting conservative groups?

Filed under: More fact-based arguing, please — Lex @ 11:22 pm
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Yeah, me neither.

Darrell Issa needs to be impeached, and every screaming RWNJ who was accusing the Obama administration of persecution and yadda yadda yadda needs to sit down and drink an icy cold, 1-liter mug of STFU. I have had it with you people.


  1. Why should Catherine Englebretch shut up . She has been harassed , intimitaed, abused and put through a living hell by a tyranical federal government for no justifiable reason other than being a conservative .

    What’s going on between the IRS and True the Vote?

    “Texas businesswoman Catherine Engelbrecht says she never had trouble with the government. That is, until she founded two groups with conservative causes. Now, she’s telling a fascinating story of alleged harassment not only by the IRS but also other agencies that she believes targeted her and her organizations because of their political ties.

    IRS officials have recently admitted improperly giving special scrutiny to conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status because the agency was “swamped with applications” and looking for “shortcuts”. But in a federal lawsuit filed last week, Engelbrecht claims the IRS’ actions toward her interests actually created a great deal more effort and paperwork for all concerned.

    The trouble began shortly after Engelbrecht founded True the Vote, which trains election volunteers and aims to root out voter fraud; and King Street Patriots, a group with ideals similar to the Tea Party. Both sought tax-exempt status from the IRS in July 2010. And both organizations drew the ire of Democrats. Democrats accused True the Vote of intimidating voters in its poll watching efforts, which the group denies. And the Texas Democratic Party successfully sued King Street Patriots, arguing that it’s an unregistered political action committee.
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    But Engelbrecht’s attorney, Cleta Mitchell, says it’s not just the Democratic Party that went after the conservative causes, but also the federal government. Within months of the groups filing for tax-exempt status, Engelbrecht claims she started getting hit by an onslaught of harassment: six FBI domestic terrorism inquiries, an IRS visit, two IRS business audits, two IRS personal audits, and inspections of her equipment manufacturing company by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Texas environmental quality officials.

    Taken alone, any of the visits and actions might seem perfectly reasonable. But Engelbrecht and her lawyer says it’s the pattern and the timing of the attention paid to Engelbrecht’s interests that led them to conclude something was amiss.

    All the while, the IRS tax-exempt applications seemed to languish. Engelbrecht says the IRS requested additional information from True the Vote five times, requiring thousands of pages of documentation. Engelbrecht estimates she’s spent more than $100,000 in attorney and accountant fees to process the IRS requests. With its tax-exempt status in limbo, she says True the Vote had to return a $35,000 grant and cannot effectively fundraise. “I just kept thinking this can’t be happening.” Engelbrecht says, “it never ends.”

    Engelbrecht’s attorney, Mitchell, says the IRS process for conservative groups was relatively painless, often taking just a few months, until about 2010 when there was an abrupt shift: simple questions became intrusive, lengthy interrogations requiring professional legal help. Applicants sometimes had to spend tens of thousands of dollars in attorney fees, they lost revenue, and in some cases, got so discouraged that they gave up on tax-exempt status altogether.

    Washington, D.C., attorney John Pomeranz represents liberal organizations seeking tax-exemption. He told CBS News that he has found some of the IRS requests of tea party groups “new” and “very troubling,” and said he doesn’t recall getting similar demands for his liberal clients.” ( Hear that Lex ? )

    She testifies about the nightmare:

    Chilling !

    Comment by Fred Gregory — Friday, April 25, 2014 8:12 pm @ 8:12 pm

  2. UPDATE… More than a smidgen Mr. President !!

    Report: IRS ‘fundamentally transformed’ by Obamacare, Tea Party targeting

    “Targeting conservative and Tea Party nonprofit applicants for harassment during the 2010 and 2012 campaigns was the most obvious, but far from the only illustration of how deeply President Obama politicized the daily operations of the IRS, according to a new report from a congressional oversight panel.

    “Most American taxpayers find themselves at the mercy of the IRS — they must turn over sensitive information and even successful efforts to fight off erroneous agency actions can create life-altering turmoil,” said the report that will be made public Tuesday by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

    “Trust in the IRS is essential — Americans want and expect an IRS that treats them fairly and does not discriminate based on factors like race, religion, political beliefs, or legal participation in our democracy. The facts surrounding wrongdoing by the IRS and the agency’s wholly inadequate response have broken the trust that Americans placed in the IRS as a neutral and unbiased enforcer of the tax code,” it said.

    The 210-page report was prepared by the majority staff to update the public on the current status of an investigation that has continued for four years. The hope is that doing so will “improve the transparency and accountability of the nation’s tax administration,” the authors said.

    Events and decisions that led to the targeting of more than 200 conservative and Tea Party groups, as well as a handful of liberal applicants, received the bulk of attention in the report, but the committee’s investigators also pointed to how what they described as the IRS’s “outsized role in implementing ObamaCare — a highly partisan law rammed through Congress without any meaningful bipartisan compromise — has fundamentally transformed the tax agency.”

    The tax agency could add as many as 19,000 new agents to ensure the Obamacare program’s health insurance premium subsidies go only to qualified individuals.

    The transformation has produced “an IRS responsive to the partisan policy objectives of the White House and an IRS leadership that coordinates with political appointees of the Obama Administration.”

    The inability of tax agency officials “to keep politics out of objective decisions about interpretation of the tax code damaged its primary function: an apolitical tax collector that Americans can trust to treat them fairly.

    “Not only did IRS employees allow politics to seep into their work from February 2010 to May 2012, but even after agency officials learned of misconduct, the response from senior agency officials was to manage the fallout rather than quickly expose and correct the misconduct,” the House investigators said.

    The targeting activities were led by former IRS Director of Exempt Organizations Lois Lerner and included chronic delays and intrusive questioning of applicants about their political beliefs, as well as demands for donor lists and even the content of prayers offered during meetings.

    The report also noted that IRS officials considered at other means of silencing the nonprofit groups, including imposing a gift tax on donations to them: “In late 2010 and early 2011, the IRS initiated audits of five individuals who had donated to 501(c)(4) organizations. Although the IRS denied any broader attempt to tax gifts to 501(c)(4) groups, internal documents suggest otherwise.”

    Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., has been chairman of the panel during its IRS probe, but he is ineligible to continue in that role as a result of term limits adopted by House Republicans. Issa will be succeeded in the 114th Congress by Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, who has said he plans to continue the investigation.

    The report was described in its concluding paragraph as an attempt to update the public on “what we know and what remains clouded in secrecy,” and acknowledged that “recent revelations that e-mails from officials like [Lerner] that the IRS once said were lost forever can now be recovered, and other changes, including the departure of Attorney General [Eric Holder] who refused to empanel an independent investigative team, offers renewed hope that more answers may come in the next Congress.”

    Mark Tapscott is executive editor of the Washington Examiner.


    BOMBSHELL REPORT: IRS Targeted ‘Icky’ Conservative Groups

    “Top IRS officials specifically targeted tea party groups and misled the public about its secret political targeting program led by ex-official Lois Lerner, according to a bombshell new congressional report.

    The Daily Caller has obtained an advance copy of a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee report set to be released Tuesday morning that definitively proves malicious intent by the IRS to improperly block conservative groups that an IRS adviser deemed “icky.” (That’s right. “Icky.”)

    “The Committee has identified eight senior leaders who were in a position to prevent or to stop the IRS’s targeting of conservative applicants,” the Oversight report states. “Each of these leaders could have and should have done more to prevent the IRS’s targeting of conservative tax-exempt applicants.” RTWT

    Comment by Fred Gregory — Tuesday, December 23, 2014 5:58 pm @ 5:58 pm

  3. Once again, it’s Darrell Issa pulling stuff out o f his rear end and finding a RWNJ outlet to publish it. What does “fundamentally transformed” even mean? This is yet another attempt to make low-information voters feel resentful about the IRS over fake outrages so they will look at any reporting on the REAL outrages — what the wealthy and large corporations get away with — as merely a distraction. Issa spends millions in tax money to do this. If there were any honesty and any spines left, the House would remove him from office, but there aren’t.

    Comment by Lex — Tuesday, December 23, 2014 6:03 pm @ 6:03 pm

  4. Oh, and one other thing: With millions of dollars at his disposal, the Republicans admitted in the same report that there was no connection between the White House and the IRS on this issue. Issa lied about THAT, too. And the Washington Examiner declined to even mention it … because it would have rendered the entire rest of the article pointless.

    Comment by Lex — Tuesday, December 23, 2014 6:14 pm @ 6:14 pm

  5. Yeah no smoking guin… Yet.. Wait till 1/20/17

    Comment by Fred Gregory — Wednesday, December 24, 2014 1:31 am @ 1:31 am

  6. OK. But I won’t be holding my breath, and I would advise you not to, as well.

    Comment by Lex — Wednesday, December 24, 2014 8:40 am @ 8:40 am

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