IRS: Oh, by the way, we improperly targeted conservative and tea-party groups last year; Update: No disciplinary action

posted at 11:21 am on May 10, 2013 by Allahpundit

No hard feelings?

The Internal Revenue Service is apologizing for inappropriately flagging conservative political groups for additional reviews during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status.

Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS unit that oversees tax-exempt groups, said organizations that included the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their applications for tax-exempt status were singled out for additional reviews.

Lerner said the practice, initiated by low-level workers in Cincinnati, was wrong and she apologized while speaking at a conference in Washington.

Tea-party groups complained endlessly about IRS harassment last year. February 28, 2012:

Tea Party chapters around the nation are blasting the Internal Revenue Service after the federal agency sent them letters demanding information about their politics, contributors and even family members.

In letters sent from IRS offices in Cincinnati earlier this month, chapters including the Waco (Texas) Tea Party and the Ohio Liberty Council were asked to provide a list of donors, identify volunteers, financial support for and relationships with political candidates and parties, and even printed copies of their Facebook pages…

Tea Party leaders say they were particularly offended by demands that they name donors and volunteers, which is required by law, but were also asked to list any political ambitions of board members or their relatives.

News of the harassment made it all the way up to Congress last spring — and yet only now, months after the election, are we finally seeing the IRS come clean. Go figure.

To this day, the left-wing Democratic water-carrying hacks known as Media Matters remain fully tax-exempt. Congressional hearings are now a fait accompli; what I want to know is who’s getting fired in the meantime. Obviously house will be cleaned at the Cincinnati branch. What about Lerner herself? Stand by for updates.

Update: I want to know why the word “patriot” in particular triggered some sort of extra scrutiny. That smells like something you’d see on “Hardball,” treating tea partiers as if they’re some sort of nascent domestic terrorists simply because McVeigh-type nuts often use the word “patriot” too. Is that what happened here, smearing tea party groups with guilt by rhetorical association? Or was this more straightforward harassment of a political opponent?

Update: Some of these tea-party groups have since been granted tax exemption thanks to the ACLJ, which has been litigating on their behalf for more than a year.

As a recap to this past year’s efforts on this front, when these groups submitted their initial requests to the IRS, the IRS did little or nothing with respect to their submitted applications and, in some instances, waited for over 18-20 months to respond.

Once we informed the IRS of our representation of these groups, within days of our taking action we began to receive a high level of cooperation from the agency with regard to these organizations’ files…

Our original assessment of these cases last year raised serious Constitutional concerns. These intrusive requests for extreme amounts of information – in their content, breadth, and vagueness – implicated the free speech rights of our clients and their organizations. As we stated before, requests for the personal information of the organization’s membership lists ran afoul of NAACP v. Alabama and implicated their rights to freedom of association…

As we noted in our extensive coverage of this story last year, the IRS appeared to have been using the routine process of seeking and granting tax exemptions to undertake a sweeping, top-down review of the internal workings of the Tea Party movement in the United States. Such a review is far beyond its mission and directly implicated the First Amendment rights of all citizens.

Here’s a PDF of some of the questions asked by the IRS. Note page 8.

Update: Lerner apparently claimed today that no higher-ups at the IRS knew and that the harassment was not motivated by political bias, even though progressive groups mysteriously seem to have been spared these intrusive inquiries.

In some cases, groups were asked for their list of donors, which violates IRS policy in most cases, she said.

“That was wrong. That was absolutely incorrect, it was insensitive and it was inappropriate. That’s not how we go about selecting cases for further review,” Lerner said at a conference sponsored by the American Bar Association.

“The IRS would like to apologize for that,” she added.

Update: Glenn Greenwald notes on Twitter that the New York Times dismissed tea partiers’ complaints about this last year and encouraged the IRS to be similarly aggressive towards other 501(c)(4) groups.

Update: Darrell Issa’s going to have a busy summer.

Update: Mary Katharine e-mails with this link to remind me that The One joked about punitive tax audits of his opponents after first taking office in 2009. Tee hee! Who’s getting fired for this clusterfark, champ?

Update: As is usually true for Democratic scandals, the media’s angle on the story will quickly become not the scandal itself but the GOP’s reaction to it. Don’t focus on the misdeeds, focus on the politics.


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Apology not accepted.

Electrongod on May 10, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Louis Renault award?

Spade on May 10, 2013 at 11:27 AM

These are the people who will be on the board of Health “Death Panels”.

Is he a democrat? Give him the operation.

Is he a Republican? Let him die.

portlandon on May 10, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Remember this is the very same IRA that will be enforcing the terms of ObamaCare…with all your medical records and history…good times. And btw, what does an apology mean..?

d1carter on May 10, 2013 at 11:29 AM

d1carter on May 10, 2013 at 11:29 AM

s/b IRS….sheesh.

d1carter on May 10, 2013 at 11:29 AM

“Well, I’m not a crook…”

d1carter on May 10, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Dear OFA, Planned Parenthood, Sierra Club, et al.:

We will remember this.

Bat Chain Puller on May 10, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Or was this more straightforward harassment of a political opponent?

Allah, you are the master of the rhetorical question.

Physics Geek on May 10, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Just wait till the irs goes after those who don’t want bhocare? That is why they need so many more irs agents to make American’s lives miserable with their thug power!
L

letget on May 10, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Riddle me this, Batman: Why did IRS apologize, rather than low-key it until it finally faded away?

But actually, this is small potatoes. Imagine what IRS can do when they get your health records.

petefrt on May 10, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Update: I want to know why the word “patriot” in particular triggered some sort of extra scrutiny.

Because no self-respecting American left-wing agitation group would ever even consider using such a loaded, jingoistic, neo-imperialist term like “patriot” when describing themselves. They’re not “patriots” because the Right has co-opted and poisoned that word. Rest assured, however, that they are most certainly for “The People”.

Therefore, the IRS assumes that any group using “Patriot” in their name is almost certainly right of center. “Liberty”, “Freedom”, “Eagle”, and “Heritage” probably also set off flags.

JimLennon on May 10, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Just wait till they start running Obamacare.

vcferlita on May 10, 2013 at 11:35 AM

s/b IRS….sheesh.

d1carter on May 10, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Freudian.

EnglishRogue on May 10, 2013 at 11:35 AM

These are the people who will be on the board of Health “Death Panels”.

portlandon on May 10, 2013 at 11:28 AM

All people are entitled to medical services, but some people are more entitled than others. White male Christians need not apply.

petefrt on May 10, 2013 at 11:36 AM

And, only The Left is ‘surprised.’

The Nixonianism is strong with this administration…

Resist We Much on May 10, 2013 at 11:36 AM

This is actually pretty scary. IIRC, Nixon tried to use the IRS to hassle his political opponents and they told him to go screw. Today, it seems to be an ok practice. The folks who did this need to be fired. An apology isn’t enough.

joejm65 on May 10, 2013 at 11:36 AM

I will always vote Republican, because when Republicans are in office, this sort of thing is illegal.

Haiku Guy on May 10, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Congressional hearings about this are now a fait accompli;

Hearings which will be all over the conservative media and completely absent from the MSM, except when they’re characterizing them as a GOP partisan witch hunt.

what I want to know is who’s getting fired in the meantime. Obviously house will be cleaned at the Cincinnati branch. What about Lerner herself?

You can’t really be serious here, can you?

Gator Country on May 10, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS unit that oversees tax-exempt groups, said organizations that included the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their applications for tax-exempt status were singled out for additional reviews.

So who got fired?

Happy Nomad on May 10, 2013 at 11:37 AM

…Time for Americans to prove they give a cr@p enough to do something about it again – pick up the phone, call your Washington Representative, send him a text, use your Constitutional Freedom Of Speech & demand the IRS be reigned in!

One way to ensure the IRS never EVER gets used as a weapon by the sitting President of the United States again is to institute a flat tax. There is a great plan out there already that totally eliminates the need for the thousand plus page tax code, eliminates the need for the IRS, eliminates the massive mind-numbing tax loopholes, and still gives breaks for things like food, etc.

At the very least the tax code needs to be gutted, simplified. The bst answer, however, would be to get rid of the IRS and institute a fair tax – the money would be taken out automatically out of every paycheck & there would be no 15 April Tax Day. No forms, no need for H&R block & other Tax Preparation agencies, etc…

Of course if your job revolves around the IRS & doing people’s taxes you probably hate this idea because your jobs depend on it.

easyt65 on May 10, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Paging Richard Nixon. Mr. Nixon, please pick up the white courtesy phone.

RadClown on May 10, 2013 at 11:37 AM

I will always vote Republican, because when Republicans are in office, this sort of thing is illegal.

Haiku Guy on May 10, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Haha! Sell that to your less ideological dem friends – it’s a good argument.

BJ* on May 10, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Cripe

cmsinaz on May 10, 2013 at 11:40 AM

This is the hallmark of a Dictatorship…

Rampant, massive CORRUPTION at every Government agency.

O.K., this memo goes out to all leftists who pollute
this website.

WE WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU.

Oh, that’s right…to quote LibFree,

YAWN.

You people have no Fu*cking clue how idiotic you come across,
not only to the rest of us on this website, but in the
population at large..Congratulations.

ToddPA on May 10, 2013 at 11:40 AM

EnglishRogue on May 10, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Yep, I started to put an LOL after that correction…

d1carter on May 10, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Sovereign immunity should be removed from all civilian non-elected public officials.

Rich H on May 10, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Feature, not a bug.

Until the leftists start paying a price this type of game rigging will go on and on.

jukin3 on May 10, 2013 at 11:43 AM

HA troll union azzholes will be by to ‘defend’ this.

Maybe not. They don’t work hard on Fridays.

Schadenfreude on May 10, 2013 at 11:43 AM

The low level government employees are at it again…

d1carter on May 10, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Sort of related…what ever happened to those lawsuits where the Tea Party people in North Carolina (I think) sued because they paid like $10,000 to have a rally, but the OWSers got the park for free?

cptacek on May 10, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Goebbels and Stalin will marry their coffins, soon.

SHAME on the USA to emulate such charlatanic thugs and tyrants.

Leftists are NEVER lieberal or progressive.

Quit calling them that.

Schadenfreude on May 10, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Liberals aren’t just people we disagree with, they are the enemy. I’m sick of the GOP playing softball with these darn Marxist radicals.

Charlemagne on May 10, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Is any further proof really needed that the IRS has become the new Gestapo?

National sales in place of ALL income taxes – then eliminate the IRS entirely.

dentarthurdent on May 10, 2013 at 11:44 AM

I hope the tyrannical boots will kick all leftists in the azzes, until they are eaten alive by the ants.

Schadenfreude on May 10, 2013 at 11:45 AM

easyt65 on May 10, 2013 at 11:37 AM

I prefer to FairTax to the flat tax. The flat tax is still a tax on income, i.e. productivity. FairTax is a tax on consumption. However, whatever can bring an end to the IRS is a winner in my book.

Bitter Clinger on May 10, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Note to self: If you ever start a PAC or other tax exempt organization for any purpose name it The Organization for Ecocentric Social Justice and Advancement of Multiculturalism. Call it TOESJAM for short.

Oldnuke on May 10, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Apologize? If I “forget” to pay my taxes will the IRS simply accept my “apology”?

Some folks need to be fired and/or sent to be someone’s girlfriend in prison.

Dingbat63 on May 10, 2013 at 11:47 AM

What recourse as Americans so we have to push back against this abuse of power and thuggishness by the regime? Seems to the self evident truth that all men are created equal no longer applies in this New Statist America.

jawkneemusic on May 10, 2013 at 11:47 AM

And with the tax code being completely incomprehensible, they can “get” whomever they want.

forest on May 10, 2013 at 11:47 AM

“The IRS would like to apologize for that,”

No bitch! PEOPLE SHOULD GET FIRED!

GarandFan on May 10, 2013 at 11:48 AM

In some cases, groups were asked for their list of donors, which violates IRS policy in most cases, she said.

“That was wrong. That was absolutely incorrect, it was insensitive and it was inappropriate. That’s not how we go about selecting cases for further review,” Lerner said at a conference sponsored by the American Bar Association.

“The IRS would like to apologize for that,” she added.

Translation: We’re sorry we got caught.

Bitter Clinger on May 10, 2013 at 11:49 AM

I’m sick of the GOP playing softball with these darn Marxist radicals.

Charlemagne on May 10, 2013 at 11:44 AM

You betcha – I want some Republican leadership that actually has the balls to do something about this crap – when it happens – and does something to make sure it doesn’t happen.

This and the Benghazi ad they refused to run during the election, clearly show that GOP leadership is a bunch of pu$$ie$ – apologies to cats and female parts everywhere.

dentarthurdent on May 10, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Liberals aren’t just people we disagree with, they are the enemy. I’m sick of the GOP playing softball with these darn Marxist radicals.

Charlemagne on May 10, 2013 at 11:44 AM

THIS CANNOT BE STATED ENOUGH.

+ Infinity

ToddPA on May 10, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Just when you thought these destructive fools couldn’t be any more despicable…

I’m livid.

Common Sense Floridian on May 10, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Paybacks are going to be hell when the GOP takes the Senate next year.

Amazingoly on May 10, 2013 at 11:49 AM

This is actually a biggie…even if the media will ignore it. The tax authorities targeting people for their political views is serious. I remember listening to the Rush-man years ago complaining that he was constantly being audited…I wonder if there is a connection, even though this story seems more recent. Maybe it has been happening for years.

Worse, who will believe the IRS version on this…we have enough information this week about bald-faced lies coming from the White House and the State Department on a serious issue (again despite the media viewpoint) in Benghazi…why should anyone believe what is going to be said about his.

Talk about an !enemies list”!

Blaise on May 10, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Those crazy wingnuts and their paranoia about government tyranny!

Mark1971 on May 10, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Well, the IRS is obviously just tackling domestic terrorism. I’m sure they’re cracking down on those violent Catholics as well. And look how well they’re doing … the only recent terrorism has come from the most unlikely of places: from the practitioners of the Religion of Peace. I would have *never* guessed that a bomb would be detonated by a Chechen Muslim. Ever.

JSGreg3 on May 10, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Obama’s America. Forward!

visions on May 10, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Getting a call from the prez & on the cover of SI = “Hero.”
Calling yourself a “patriot” and standing up to the government makes you an “Extremist.”

The MSM likes to go after people for abusing the 2nd Amendment, how long ’till someone goes after them for abusing the 1st?

29Victor on May 10, 2013 at 11:51 AM

I’m sure it was just a coinky-dink.

Obama would NEVER do something like that.

myiq2xu on May 10, 2013 at 11:51 AM

F U IRS

txdoc on May 10, 2013 at 11:51 AM

ObamaCare… with all your medical records and history… good times.

d1carter on May 10, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Kinda chilling, huh?

Fallon on May 10, 2013 at 11:51 AM

I prefer to FairTax to the flat tax. The flat tax is still a tax on income, i.e. productivity. FairTax is a tax on consumption. However, whatever can bring an end to the IRS is a winner in my book.

Bitter Clinger on May 10, 2013 at 11:45 AM

I honestly have trouble remembering which pseudonym is used for which kind of tax – flat, fair, whatever.
I just always say sales tax to be clear.

dentarthurdent on May 10, 2013 at 11:52 AM

Update: Lerner apparently claimed today that no higher-ups at the IRS knew and that the harassment was not motivated by political bias, even though progressive groups mysteriously seem to have been spared these intrusive inquiries.

Right. Just like Benghazi. No one high up had anything to do with it. Nothing to see here. Move along.

Blaise on May 10, 2013 at 11:52 AM

Obama’s America. Forward!

visions on May 10, 2013 at 11:50 AM

SEIG HEIL!!!

dentarthurdent on May 10, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Cynical PR move. Don’t fall for it.

22044 on May 10, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Vladimir Putin to IRS: “Impressive. Well played,sir!”

Mark1971 on May 10, 2013 at 11:54 AM

The MSM likes to go after people for abusing the 2nd Amendment, how long ’till someone goes after them for abusing the 1st?

29Victor on May 10, 2013 at 11:51 AM

You mean like this guy?

Rich H on May 10, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Those crazy wingnuts and their paranoia about government tyranny!

Mark1971 on May 10, 2013 at 11:50 AM

The funny thing is that the average Leftist believes that “tyranny” is defined by government tanks rolling down Main Street. Anything short of that is no big deal. This is why they mock rational people for being suspect of Big Government.

It never once enters their thought process that hey, maybe handing over more and more power and liberty to unelected, faceless, nameless bureaucrats might be a bad idea.

visions on May 10, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Paybacks are going to be hell when the GOP takes the Senate next year.

Amazingoly on May 10, 2013 at 11:49 AM

If only that would happen….
Unless we change GOP leadership, the ones we have now don’t have the balls to do anything that should be done.
We need to toss out Boner, McLame and all the other old toothless RINOs and put people like Cruz in charge. THEN we’d see something happen.

dentarthurdent on May 10, 2013 at 11:56 AM

This is actually a biggie…even if the media will ignore it. The tax authorities targeting people for their political views is serious. I remember listening to the Rush-man years ago complaining that he was constantly being audited…I wonder if there is a connection, even though this story seems more recent. Maybe it has been happening for years.

Blaise on May 10, 2013 at 11:50 AM

This was a tactic Clinton used as well. Kathleen Willey got audited after she accused Clinton and she wasn’t the only one. They’re a bunch of brown shirted thugs, and I’m using that comparison deliberately.

JSGreg3 on May 10, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Update: Lerner apparently claimed today that no higher-ups at the IRS knew and that the harassment was not motivated by political bias, even though progressive groups mysteriously seem to have been spared these intrusive inquiries.

Bullsh1t.

Oh, and what’s the definition of ‘tyranny’ again?

Every day, every f*cking damn day, more evidence.

Midas on May 10, 2013 at 11:57 AM

F U IRS

txdoc on May 10, 2013 at 11:51 AM

You spelled Fuehrers wrong.

antipc on May 10, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Nixonian.

Captain Kirock on May 10, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Paybacks are going to be hell when the GOP takes the Senate next year.

Amazingoly on May 10, 2013 at 11:49 AM

I’m not sure whether to answer “no they won’t, because the GOP are spineless”, or “paybacks against *whom* – liberals or the GOP’s favorite target – conservatives?”

I’m not convinced – beyond not convinced, actually – that the GOP is an ally.

Midas on May 10, 2013 at 11:59 AM

The funny thing is that the average Leftist believes that “tyranny” is defined by government tanks rolling down Main Street. Anything short of that is no big deal. This is why they mock rational people for being suspect of Big Government.

visions on May 10, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Leftists believe tanks rolling down the streets are tyranny if it’s a Republican president. If Obama were to send the tanks out today, you wouldn’t hear a peep out 99% of them.

The only reason they talk about liberty is to advance the cause of Marxism. As soon as liberty is no longer useful to advance the cause, it will be done away with.

Doomberg on May 10, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Lerner said the practice, initiated by low-level workers in Cincinnati, was wrong

Yeah, those @#$% low-level workers. I’m sure their bosses were unaware of their actions, because they went upstairs and watched TV and went to bed early that night. Just fire the low-levels and it’s all OK.

Well, they can’t actually FIRE them; they’ll just send them to advanced lib/proggies sensitivitystealth training and then reassign them.

Marcola on May 10, 2013 at 12:02 PM

The IRS would have had better luck catching tax cheats it they’d set their computers to ping on “Organizing”.

antipc on May 10, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Unfortunately, you’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems. Some of these same voices also do their best to gum up the works. They’ll warn that tyranny always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave, and creative, and unique experiment in self-rule is somehow just a sham with which we can’t be trusted.

President Barack Obama, 5 May 2013

Tell that to the members of TEA Party and Patriot groups, chump. Your precious government used its power, illegally, unethically, and immorally, to tyrannise Americans for exercising their First Amendment rights of speech and assembly.

Resist We Much on May 10, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Bullsh1t.

Oh, and what’s the definition of ‘tyranny’ again?

Every day, every f*cking damn day, more evidence.

Midas on May 10, 2013 at 11:57 AM

Yep. While our Republican “leaders” try to play nice. Am I the only person who’s tired of ‘playing nice’? F that. These SoBs are destroying our liberties day by day and the most important goal is to get along with those doing the destruction? Destroy the Destroyers. Stop playing by rules that only we play by.

JSGreg3 on May 10, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Nixonian.

Captain Kirock on May 10, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Nixon was a harmless amateur compared to these scum.

dentarthurdent on May 10, 2013 at 12:04 PM

I’ve already called every single one of my representatives about this. This is very very bad. Just think about Obamacare. The IRS is the enforcement arm of Obamacare. Will you be flagged? Will your family and children be denied service because you’re a conservative? What was unthinkable a year ago is now reality: A political party is using the taxing agency of the United States of America to punish political opponents. We are now as bad as any other banana republic.

Weight of Glory on May 10, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Lerner said the practice, initiated by low-level Democrat workers in Cincinnati, was wrong and she apologized after O’bama safely won re-election while speaking at a victory party in Washington.

Corrected.

Del Dolemonte on May 10, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Leftists are NEVER lieberal or progressive.

Quit calling them that.

Schadenfreude on May 10, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Oh they are lie-berals. They are definitely that.

Lily on May 10, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Scandals worse than Watergate, since Watergate:

Obama: Benghazi
Obama: Fast & Furious
Obama: IRS enemy’s list
Clinton: FBI Files enemy’s list
Clinton: rapist
Clinton: perjurer

Things that lefties and the media (but I repeat myself) think are scandals since Watergate:

Reagan: Iran contra funding (even though it wasn’t for personal gain)
Reagan: Armies of homeless (that didn’t exist)
Bush: lied about WMD (even though he didn’t)
Bush: should have lost Florida to Gore (even though he didn’t)

Fenris on May 10, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Nixonian.

Captain Kirock on May 10, 2013 at 11:59 AM

And Clintonian too.

Del Dolemonte on May 10, 2013 at 12:06 PM

This is huge. And will get zero air-time on the news.

Welcome to Soviet America.

CycloneCDB on May 10, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Nixonian.

Captain Kirock on May 10, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Which of my freedoms were compromised by Watergate? I can’t think of one. Now if you’re referring to Nixon’s creation of the EPA … that’s another story.

JSGreg3 on May 10, 2013 at 12:07 PM

This is F&CK%NG infuriating.

Defenestratus on May 10, 2013 at 12:08 PM

We need something to distract from Benghazi. Hey, go tell the teabaggers the IRS tried to shut them down.

Mark1971 on May 10, 2013 at 12:08 PM

I pick my battles pretty carefully when proselytizing to LIVs and lefties.

This is one of them.

forest on May 10, 2013 at 12:08 PM

That’s not how we go about selecting cases for further review

Au contraire, obviously it is the way you go about selecting cases for further review or it wouldn’t have happened for that long a period of time. Supervisors and management allowed it to continue for 18-20 months without a single raised eyebrow.

Corruption is everywhere in government, and reviews don’t do diddley except to give bureaucrats the ability to do nothing about the corruption.

Dusty on May 10, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Update: Lerner apparently claimed today that no higher-ups at the IRS knew and that the harassment was not motivated by political bias, even though progressive groups mysteriously seem to have been spared these intrusive inquiries.

Right. Just like Benghazi. No one high up had anything to do with it. Nothing to see here. Move along.

Blaise on May 10, 2013 at 11:52 AM

Are there any “higher-up” anywhere in this government who actually earn their paychecks?

Why do we even HAVE “higher-ups” if they are just going to let the low level staff run amok?

Lily on May 10, 2013 at 12:10 PM

The funny thing is that the average Leftist believes that “tyranny” is defined by government tanks rolling down Main Street. Anything short of that is no big deal. This is why they mock rational people for being suspect of Big Government.

visions on May 10, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Leftists believe tanks rolling down the streets are tyranny if it’s a Republican president. If Obama were to send the tanks out today, you wouldn’t hear a peep out 99% of them.

The only reason they talk about liberty is to advance the cause of Marxism. As soon as liberty is no longer useful to advance the cause, it will be done away with.

Doomberg on May 10, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Excellent posts, both of you. This is the essence of the Communist movement in our country.

It is relentless, irrational and expanding [with every passing second].

OhEssYouCowboys on May 10, 2013 at 12:11 PM

THIS and so many other things is why I gave up News coverage.

It make my stomach CHURN, my heart bleed…

WTF has happened to AMERICA????

Phuck politics, phuck politicians…

Nothing will phucking happen yet again!!!

* SPIT *

Better get used to it, we no longer count for anything but to be damned!

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Why do we even HAVE “higher-ups” if they are just going to let the low level staff run amok?

Lily on May 10, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Ya know – htat is a VERY good question.
If none of the higher-ups in DC are in control of anything and don’t know anything about what’s happening – WHY THE HELL ARE THEY THERE collecting a paycheck????

dentarthurdent on May 10, 2013 at 12:12 PM

This is being portrayed as localized to the Cincinnati area. But we all know that’s a load of bullsh*t. Reports of harassment have come in from around the country.

If Boehner isn’t front-and-center with an immediate move to start a Congressional investigation, and a very loud demand of Holder to get the Justice Department involved in a very transparent and thorough manner, then we have proof positive the game is totally rigged. He has to take point on this one and run it into the ground.

This may very well be the camel’s nose. There’s an opportunity to break the back of the Democratic Party, if this goes deeply enough and the investigation isn’t half-assed.

In the meantime, I’m going to look into local ammo supplies. :-/

nukemhill on May 10, 2013 at 12:12 PM

I’m sure it wasn’t political. And it was so long ago, what does it matter?

red villain on May 10, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Where is the bill targeting such IRS activity making any individual who does such political action mandatory prison etc?
No free nation can tolerate such obvious one-sided government abuse. Is this the manner by which they will play election politics from now on? The answer is Yes,if the GOP response is less than severe punishment. This is not a “oops sorry” “you’re forgiven” crime.

Don L on May 10, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Lerner said the practice was initiated by low-level workers in Cincinnati and was not motivated by political bias.

Surprised you didn’t quote this bit, Allah. That’s comedy f**king gold, right there.

MadisonConservative on May 10, 2013 at 12:20 PM

We need something to distract from Benghazi. Hey, go tell the teabaggers the IRS tried to shut them down.

Mark1971 on May 10, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Hmmmmmm…………

BJ* on May 10, 2013 at 12:20 PM

vengeful, malevolent and punitive arm of the government (oh, cloaked within the powers of the federal government to levy taxes)

/tyranny

ted c on May 10, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Striped, pajama-like suits.
Let’s just learn to love ‘em.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on May 10, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Sort of related…what ever happened to those lawsuits where the Tea Party people in North Carolina (I think) sued because they paid like $10,000 to have a rally, but the OWSers got the park for free?

cptacek on May 10, 2013 at 11:43 AM

This reminded me of that too! I don’t know if it happened in North Carolina too but I do know it happened in Richmond, Virginia.

hayekite on May 10, 2013 at 12:21 PM

We live in an age where tin foil is the new reality…

voiceofreason on May 10, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Translation: They don’t matter and we don’t care. WTF!

jarhead0311 on May 10, 2013 at 12:23 PM

so who has been indicted?

paulsur on May 10, 2013 at 12:26 PM

We live in an age where tin foil is the new reality…

voiceofreason on May 10, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Says the liberal IRS agent caught specifically targeting conservative organizations?
Sometimes there’s good reason to be paranoid – especially when the proof is thrown in your face.

Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re NOT out to get you.

dentarthurdent on May 10, 2013 at 12:27 PM

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