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IRS officials in D.C. in on Tea Party targeting, Cincinnati office leaked tax docs

IRS officials in D.C. in on Tea Party targeting, Cincinnati office leaked tax docs

The whole fish is rotten, but the head doesn’t know?

Big, really big breaking stories showing that the targeting of Tea Party and conservative groups extended beyond Cincinnati and included leaked tax documents.

The Washington Post reports tonight, IRS officials in Washington were involved in targeting of conservative groups:

Internal Revenue Service officials in Washington and at least two other offices were involved in the targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, making clear the effort reached well beyond the branch in Cincinnati that was initially blamed, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post.

IRS officials at the agency’s Washington headquarters sent queries to conservative groups asking about their donors and other aspects of their operations, while officials in the El Monte and Laguna Niguel offices in California sent similar questionnaires to tea party-affiliated groups.

The head of the IRS was aware for over a year, Top IRS official didn’t reveal tea party targeting:

Acting Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Steven T. Miller repeatedly failed to tell Congress that tea party groups were being inappropriately targeted, even after he had been briefed on the matter.

The IRS said Monday that Miller was first informed on May, 3, 2012, that applications for tax-exempt status by tea party groups were inappropriately singled out for extra, sometimes burdensome scrutiny.

At least twice after the briefing, Miller wrote letters to members of Congress to explain the process of reviewing applications for tax-exempt status without revealing that tea party groups had been targeted. On July 25, 2012, Miller testified before the House Ways and Means oversight subcommittee but again was not forthcoming on the issue — despite being asked about it.

Pro Publica discloses, IRS Office That Targeted Tea Party Also Disclosed Confidential Docs From Conservative Groups:

The same IRS office that deliberately targeted  conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status in the run-up to the 2012 election released nine pending confidential applications of conservative groups to ProPublica late last year.

The IRS did not respond to requests Monday following up about that release, and whether it had determined how the applications were sent to ProPublica

In response to a request for the applications for 67 different nonprofits last November, the Cincinnati office of the IRS sent ProPublica applications or documentation for 31 groups. Nine of those applications had not yet been approved—meaning they were not supposed to be made public. (We made six of those public, after redacting their financial information, deeming that they were newsworthy.)

Update: This is actually a NY Times reporter (shock):

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[…] it was the IRS and who knew how much about their targeting of conservative groups.  There’s more on Benghazi, and now some involving Obama’s treatment of the […]

Poor Barry the narcissist thought everybody was in love with him. In addition to being an incompetent president, he’s an incompetent crook.

    JerryB in reply to JerryB. | May 13, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Wait — now Barry says everything is Rush Limbaugh’s fault.

      MaggotAtBroadAndWall in reply to JerryB. | May 13, 2013 at 9:50 pm

      The man is a lousy president, but he knows how to get liberals to open their wallets. All he has to do is mention Rush’s name and they can’t give him their money fast enough. Obama’s been using Rush, the Koch Brothers and Fox News to milk them since early in his first term.

      What a shyster.

    Neo in reply to JerryB. | May 13, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    It raises the question of why do we need a President who hasn’t a clue what is going on in his administration. Just what are we paying him for ? He has managed to wee-wee up just about everything. Shoot, Pee Wee Herman could do a better job.

    It also raises the question … is the federal government too big ?
    Are we really supposed to believe that the “smartest man in the room,” the “Chicago Jesus,” the “Mr Hope and Change” had some part of his administration running rogue for 3 years without somebody calling the White House to find out what was going on ? That he didn’t glean this straight from the minds of his minions ?
    Yeah, if Barack Obama can’t manage it, nobody can.

    Hey look, it’s “Recovery Summer IV” in the distance !!
    I guess next year, the Tea Party will invade DC wearing Guy Fawkes masks for “Recovery Summer V, for vendetta”

theduchessofkitty | May 13, 2013 at 9:27 pm

Maybe this should be the Tea Party Anthem now: Too Late to Apologize: A Declaration

Thomas Lipscomb | May 13, 2013 at 9:31 pm

Pro Publica has dirty hands in all this…. and their report leaves out the facts published elsewhere that other reporters were given copies of IRS filings they hadn’t even asked for.

They are covering their ass on what they actually did which was a co-conspiracy with the IRS to get their hands on and publish reports “in the public interest” which they seem to define as limited exclusively to reports on conservative organizations>

The whole sad story is here. Goldfarb is wrong. This wasn’t Katzenberg’s idea…. it was the noxious Sandlers’ of Golden West fame.

http://www.phoenix.edu/about_us/media-center/fact-checker/2009/12/propublica-investigative-journalism-or-liberal-spin.html

This tactic of using audits to harass, discomfit and financially attack one’s opponents seems to be SOP with Democrats: you remember Clinton and the 400 or so “mysterious” tax forms found in the White House, not to mention Øbama’s use of IRS information to attack Romney supporters and likely Romney himself. Yes, Nixon was a clear exception, but, as we know, he paid for his crimes. I don’t recall either Bush being accused of committing this type of harassment.

Is it coincidence that big government statists use big government entities as a club against their enemies (on enemies lists, no less)?

    DDsModernLife in reply to Dimsdale. | May 13, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    And as the government expands, so does the supply of nameless busybodies who can be blamed for Executive Branch misdeeds. “The actions of ‘low-ranking’ Internal Revenue Service employees…forced the IRS to apologize Friday…”

DDsModernLife | May 13, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Did 0bama just say, “If in fact IRS personnel engaged in the kind of practices that have been reported on…”?? Last Friday, Lois Lerner APOLOGIZED for IRS wrong-doing…she wasn’t referring to some off-the-wall allegation!

Considering he’s the Chief Executive, 0bama sure seems to have very little knowledge of what’s going on within his administration. Oddly, when he’s taking credit for something, he invariably says, “I’ve instructed members of my administration…” or, “I’ve instructed the FBI…”

(Try searching for “‘I’ve instructed’ +Obama” and you’ll find a shocking variety of departments and agencies of which he seems to be directly in charge.)

And, in this same press conference he mentioned THE VIDEO in regard to Benghazi! He’s really living in Cloud Cuckoo Land…

Henry Hawkins | May 13, 2013 at 9:42 pm

As all these scandals erupt and grow deeper and darker, I’d like to point out that George W. Bush was not perfect. This completely exonerates Obama.

“If only Stalin knew what is being done in his name.”

Obama knew exactly who he surrounded himself with. This kind of ruthless fascistic action is exactly what Obama taught when he was a ‘law professor.’ (BWHAAAAAAAAAA-HAAAAAAAA!!)

…Oh, excuse me, I needed that.

People are awakening as to just what kind of monster they put in highest office in the land.

Then there’s his disgusting wife. Then there’s the suspected child-molester he chose for VP.

BUT, look for the Democrat press to go back to full propaganda mode after they believe they’ve fooled enough dim voters that they actually do report news. (BWHAAAAAAAAAA-HAAAAAAAA!!)

Now the American public is starting to reap the effects of Chicago styled thug politics at its best!

It’s been a great week for conservatives though…

1. I see two narratives for Hillary and her people:

a. This proves that Hillary should have been President all along. Fortunately, we can correct our national mistake in 2016.

b. Because of Hillary’s experience with the Clinton impeachment, she is the only individual qualified to lead the nation through this crisis…if we can persuade her to run.

I see plenty of people who would fall for either or both.

2. I don’t see how Hillary could be implicated in the IRS thing, but I can dream.

Not that the WH’s tactic of using intimidation and coercion is something that would have surprised us in the first place, but has anyone noticed how the frequency is being ramped up, as well as notice the WH’s general reaction is becoming more blatant? No more “are you kidding? You think we would do something like?” to where we are now.

We’ve gone from “deny the accusation” to “dismiss the accusation”… soon we could be watching them actually defend and rationalize what they’ve done.

I’m afraid we aren’t far from hearing “For the public safety, we’ve decided ….”

keep watching folks…. there’s plenty still under the rug.

The First, Second and Forth Amendments are all under attack while Obama and Holder want to make sure terrorists have their Miranda rights read!

This is the “Know Nothing” administration. Whenever something bad happens (as it often does) the White House claims they know nothing about it except what they read in the papers.

I said right from the very beginning that BHO was an exceedingly dangerous man who should never have been elected president.

This entire episode in American history does not end well – there are so many barbarians at and beyond the gate.

Our Republic’s fiscal house is in utter disarray due to the malfeasance of Obama.

Our Republic is at war in places that he decried five years ago, and places that we do not know about due to the malfeasance of Obama.

Our Republic’s national defenses are being wrung dry through sequestration and through infiltration due to the malfeasance of Obama.

An Ambassador of the United States government was murdered, sodomized and his corpse desecrated as a direct result of the malfeasance of Obama. There was a political reason that Stevens was there that night that we are not being told about – that is the real crime that needs to be exposed, not the cover-up. I strongly suspect that Obama was running guns to elements of AQ.

I would like to go itemizing his crimes but I have to leave for work.

Suffice it to say that when this man said that he was going to fundamentally change this nation, he meant it.

What he has done, what he is guilt of, are not just high crimes and misdemeanors.

He is committing treason. He is an enemy of the Constitution of the United States.

The sooner people come to that dire realization, the sooner we can start to put this nation back together, but not before.

Freddie Sykes | May 14, 2013 at 7:45 am

I am sure that there is a simple lie which will explain all this and we will able be relieved and look back at this with laughter once we hear it.

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