Breaking: IRS admits current Commissioner knew of targeting … a year ago; Update: ProPublica: Same office leaked files to us

posted at 6:11 pm on May 13, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

The Associated Press, via the Washington Post, runs this breaking story about the exploding IRS scandal.  It turns out that while outgoing IRS commissioner Douglas Shulman told Congress twice in March 2012 that the agency wasn’t targeting conservative groups, just two months later his acting replacement Steve Miller knew all about it:

IRS says current acting commissioner learned in May 2012 that tea party groups were targeted.

The current commissioner knew for a full year that the agency was targeting Tea Party groups  and other opposition organization for aggressive auditing? And in the middle of an election year, no less?  And yet, today Barack Obama insists that he knew nothing of this practice until last Friday.

This is either the most incompetent administration ever, or one of the least honest.  I don’t think there’s a third option any longer, especially in this scandal.

Guess who gets to be on the hot seat for Friday?

The House Ways and Means Committee has scheduled a formal hearing Friday to probe the Internal Revenue Service for placing heavier scrutiny on conservative groups that applied for nonprofit status between 2010 and 2012.

IRS Commissioner Steve Miller and Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George are expected to testify Friday morning during the hearing, which committee leaders said would examine the agency’s “practice of targeting applicants for tax-exempt status based on political leanings.”

Expect Miller to get a lot of questions as to why he never mentioned this practice in June 2012:

The Internal Revenue Service says acting IRS Commissioner Steven T. Miller was first informed in May 2012 that tea party groups were inappropriately targeted for scrutiny.

A month later he wrote a member of Congress to explain the process of reviewing applications for tax-exempt status without mentioning the controversy.

Who told him to keep quiet? That will certainly be one of the questions.  At the same time, this poses a fresh set of problems for Shulman, too. It will be very difficult to argue that he didn’t know anything about the practice in March 2012 when his chief counsel knew about it in August 2011, but that Miller came up to speed on it just after his departure.  And both men will have to answer whether and when they briefed the White House on this — or whether the White House briefed them to put the practice in place.

Update: Funny how Lois Lerner never mentioned this in her Friday-afternoon dump attempt, huh?

Update: Wow … just wow:

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 madesixof those public, after redacting their financial information, deeming that they were newsworthy.)

It’s amazing that ProPublica is willing to burn its source, at least in a general sense, as the key update that it is.  This shows that the aggressive actions from this office were hardly apolitical.  All nine of the confidential files involved conservative groups, not just a cross-section of 501(c)4s applying for exemptions.  This was a coordinated effort to attack conservative groups, although ProPublica ran their article after the election.

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Obama cried today.

His gig is up. He knows it. He never expected to win re-election. He figured he’d pin all of his failures on Romney. And now all of the failures pin on the big gigantic donkey in the white house.

Boo Hoo.

Key West Reader on May 13, 2013 at 7:52 PM

Obama cried today.

Boo Hoo.

Key West Reader on May 13, 2013 at 7:52 PM

But he hasn’t cried enough yet. Not nearly enough.

Curtiss on May 13, 2013 at 7:55 PM

The Buck Stops Here….
Except for the IRS…
and the DOJ…
and the State Department…
And all those other departments…

Hey Look, a squirrel.

torerodrizzle on May 13, 2013 at 6:23 PM

Not enough time in the day to oversee those Secretaries, get enough sleep to go fundraising, call a gay basketball player and get in 18 holes.

socalcon on May 13, 2013 at 7:57 PM

call a gay basketball player and get in 18 holes.

I’m pretty sure he only has two.

EricW on May 13, 2013 at 8:00 PM

WHOA!

Did MKH dye her hair darker?

stunning.

ted c on May 13, 2013 at 8:06 PM

Obama cried today.

Boo Hoo.

Key West Reader on May 13, 2013 at 7:52 PM

But he hasn’t cried enough yet. Not nearly enough.

Curtiss on May 13, 2013 at 7:55 PM

Let’s get this straight, he was in tears when the PC started because he had just spent an hour getting a full dressdown from Mooch, the Mother-in-Law, and Valerie over all these scandals.

Compared to that team, the WH press club are pushies.

slickwillie2001 on May 13, 2013 at 8:06 PM

i went over to propublica.

this was obviously mainly a hit job on Crossroads. Propublica calls this Dark Money. Funny…another Dark Money org is Center for american progress Action Fund

Without your generous support, we cannot do this important work. Visit our donate page to make a contribution. The Center for American Progress Action Fund is a non-profit, non-partisan organization under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue code. Donations are not tax deductible and may be disclosed to the IRS.

but of course these are good people

We are creating a long-term, progressive vision for America—a vision that policymakers, thought-leaders, and activists can use to shape the national debate and pass laws that make a difference.Our mission is to transform progressive ideas into policy through rapid response communications, legislative action, grassroots organizing and advocacy, and partnerships with other progressive leaders throughout the country and the world.

and not evil people trying to influence elections.

their founder seems to be none other that Harold Sandler…you know the predatory lender in CA who sold at the tippy top…and then was made fun of by SNL…well, which was redactly later of course, how embarrassing.

And skip gates…the beer summit guy…stupid cops anyway

anyway, its all good and down home family times at propublica..just pitchin in when we can help fight Evil

r keller on May 13, 2013 at 8:15 PM

ProPublica states:

Just 13 days after ProPublica sent in its request, the IRS responded with the documents…

How many FOIA requests from conservative watchdog groups are still laying around at EPA, DOJ, White House, etc. after months – years even?!

We’ve put scofflaws and thugs in charge of the country, and we’re getting exactly what we as a nation voted for.

The Ritz on May 13, 2013 at 8:16 PM

The most accurate tell is when he doesn’t use the whistling “S”.

I especially enjoy it when he uses the “keepin’ it real” voice…”where’s yo dollah?”

BobMbx on May 13, 2013 at 6:48 PM

… and “Let me be perfectly clear”, that always means, “Let me be perfectly clear, what is about to come out of my mouth is a bald-faced lie”

AZfederalist on May 13, 2013 at 8:20 PM

Crap…

I think I’m running out of popcorn…

dominigan on May 13, 2013 at 8:36 PM

I’m a news junkie from hell, and I’m having a hard time keeping up.

DOJ, IRS, HHS, Benghazi.

The lies run thick.

It’s all lies.

God help us. Serious trouble on the horizen. This all has to fall apart.

wolly4321 on May 13, 2013 at 8:38 PM

The lid has blown

Glenn Reynolds.

A must read. Kudo’s are in order for the links.

Key West Reader on May 13, 2013 at 8:40 PM

The press will still cover for him.

Yes, first citizen Obama you can have my wife too and her stash….

Oil Can on May 13, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Reminder .. Levin will be on Hannity, upon the hour, ET.
Look out Boehner !!! LOL.

pambi on May 13, 2013 at 8:49 PM

This IRS thing being blown up by the ” media” ,
is it supposed to be like a ” Hurricane Sandy” event ??
Remember when Hussein was getting his buth kicked and then came Sandy and he got all ” bipartisan” and chummy with a few RINOs while the laplapdoggies drooled over his towering leadership and those pics of him looking all serious in the Situation Room came out and every Hussein incompetance and corrupt act just washed away with Sandy ?
Today, he came out looking all bipartisan and presidenty too.
Wonder what he’ll get out of it ?

burrata on May 13, 2013 at 8:49 PM

This IRS thing being blown up by the ” media” ,
is it supposed to be like a ” Hurricane Sandy” event ??

burrata on May 13, 2013 at 8:49 PM

It wouldn’t surprise me to see him make a spectacular, shock-and-awe display of cleaning house in the tax-exempt section of IRS. My bet is IRS brought the scandal to light to try to get out in front of the upcoming, worse-then-expected IG report, but that Obamabots decided (since there was no way to squelch the report) to seize on it to distract from Benghazi. Obama could showcase his fast, decisive leadership my making heads roll at IRS.

Besides, as Rush said today, he has to protect the IRS image, as it is the socialists’ meal ticket.

petefrt on May 13, 2013 at 9:01 PM

But you see, that’s the problem for the GOP. There’s so many targets right now, that if they go after all of them, the MSM will be able to paint it as a “desperate GOP, searching for something they can hit Obama with”.

Chris of Rights on May 13, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Sounds plausible, but I saw this happen with Nixon–ten minor scandals all at once nipping at his heels–and the actual result is a snowball effect that gains momentum with accumulation. John Q. Public won’t understand any single scandal, but all together they begin to smell.

More important than everything together (in my mind) is that ABC has begun seriously reporting about the White House’s lies. Let the competition (between the MSM outlets) begin!

Burke on May 13, 2013 at 9:21 PM

You should have heard the interview Houston Talker Michael Berry did with the founder of True The Vote, a poll watching group who also founded a Tea Party group. She was raked over the coals by the IRS, EPA, ATF repeatedly, sometimes on the same day.

Boy…..just wait until Obama hears about that in the news.

Spider79 on May 13, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Man, I take a simple ride on the ‘toon and come back to this. WOW.

Hey lefties, is this Hope and Change.

Bishop on May 13, 2013 at 9:29 PM

God help us. Serious trouble on the horizen. This all has to fall apart.

wolly4321 on May 13, 2013 at 8:38 PM

It’s a long shot but it’s out there as a possibility: Jumpin’ Joe Biden as the 2016 incumbent.

Bishop on May 13, 2013 at 9:31 PM

Man, I take a simple ride on the ‘toon and come back to this. WOW.

Hey lefties, is this Hope and Change.

Bishop on May 13, 2013 at 9:29 PM

This thing is blowing up all over the place…

d1carter on May 13, 2013 at 9:35 PM

This thing is blowing up all over the place…

d1carter on May 13, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Crazy blowing up, like daisy cutters going on every few minutes. Imagine the scene in the White House right about now, everyone and their brother shittin’ solid lead bricks and why, because there are more scandals lurking behind the scenes, new ones yet to arrive.

Bishop on May 13, 2013 at 9:37 PM

The lid has blown

Glenn Harlan Reynolds, USA Today

.
A must read. Kudo’s are in order for the links.

Key West Reader on May 13, 2013 at 8:40 PM

.
Thanks for passing that on, KWR.

listens2glenn on May 13, 2013 at 9:41 PM

Has anybody asked who exactly is going to prosecute this/these scandals?

I think some red-state AG’s need to start filing criminal and civil charges against federal officials on behalf of their injured constituents.

Nutstuyu on May 13, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Petreaus resigned the Friday after the election. He would not sign off on the talking points that his #2 did on Sept. 15. He held his tongue and Obama got elected and then Obama didn’t need him anymore.

Petreaus has nothing to lose regarding Benghazi.

DanMan on May 13, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Petreaus has nothing to lose, but he also has nothing to gain by speaking up. Memos and e-mails already reveal him playing an utterly disgraced role in this scandal. He rolled over for the White House, essentially allowing a fabricated set of talking points to be used by the Administration with the pretense that they were based on authentic CIA judgments. Anyone with half a brain by this point realizes he was being blackmailed and he chose anonymity rather than integrity. I don’t think he’ll stick his neck out; he was effectively shamed and marginalized by the Chicago mafia and getting involved now isn’t going to change that.

Burke on May 13, 2013 at 9:44 PM

did anyone see jeffrey toobin on ac 360…re: irs scandal…he was basically saying don’t get your panties in a wad over this, this is perfectly legal and we don’t know if any liberal groups were targeted as well…

even anderson couldn’t believe he was saying that…

c’mon

cmsinaz on May 13, 2013 at 9:49 PM

So where is our glorious GOP leader in the House? Mark Levin just said on Hannity that Boehner is standing in the way of investigations.

JellyToast on May 13, 2013 at 9:50 PM

This was a coordinated effort to attack conservative groups, although ProPublica ran their article after the election.

They may not have run the article until after the election, but did they share/disseminate the information with/to others who would benefit by having the information?

Dusty on May 13, 2013 at 9:52 PM

“… massive secondaries! Wow!…”

mojo on May 13, 2013 at 9:56 PM

O/T: Obama twitter page has American Eagle upside down.

GhoulAid on May 13, 2013 at 9:56 PM

This is either the most incompetent administration ever, or one of the least honest.

MOST CORRUPT ADMINISTRATION EVAH!

GarandFan on May 13, 2013 at 9:57 PM

This is what we expected from the Chicago Thugs. Alas, Mr. Boehner does not have to nads to seat a select committee let alone start impeachment proceedings.

Primary Mr. Boehner. Impeach Obama.

Zorro on May 13, 2013 at 10:00 PM

The American KGB

james23 on May 13, 2013 at 10:03 PM

Petreaus resigned the Friday after the election. He would not sign off on the talking points that his #2 did on Sept. 15. He held his tongue and Obama got elected and then Obama didn’t need him anymore.

Petreaus has nothing to lose regarding Benghazi.

DanMan on May 13, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Diana West: “Spontaneous protest, unplanned attack: That was Petraeus’ testimony as CIA director three days after U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed in Benghazi, Libya.

Within 24 hours of the attack, however, the White House and top officials at the State Department, the Pentagon and the intelligence agencies knew that no protest, spontaneous or other, had taken place. They knew the U.S. had been hit on the 9/11 anniversary by a planned attack by al-Qaida affiliates. Ruppersberger’s account, then, indicates Petraeus deceived the committee. When committed knowingly, as former federal prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy recently pointed out, such deception is a felony.

On Nov. 12, Fox News reported that “congressional leaders,” believing Petraeus lied to them in September, had “already considered charging Petraeus with perjury, but said they planned to withhold judgment until he testified this week.” (Under oath or not, it is a crime to lie to federal officials.) We have heard no such tough talk since.

Even though it appears the former CIA director lied to the House Intelligence Committee on Sept. 14, and may have lied again to the same committee on Nov. 16, he is starting to slip out of the inner ring of Benghazi cover-up suspects. We are losing sight of his official role in the
deception as the media lens ossifies over a tawdry love triangle. For this, he must be thankful. Maybe to ensure the good fortune continues, Petraeus has hired Bob Barnett, the $975-per-hour Washington superlawyer to officials with issues and/or big book deals, to manage what reports call Petraeus’ “transition to civilian life.”

Douglas Macgregor (retired Army colonel and author of “Breaking the Phalanx): “Petraeus is a remarkable piece of fiction created and promoted by neocons in government, the media and academia, How does an officer with no personal experience of direct fire combat in Panama or Desert Storm become a division CDR in 2003, a man who for 35 years shamelessly reinforced whatever dumb idea his superiors advanced regardless of its impact on soldiers, let alone the nation, a man who served repeatedly as a sycophantic aide-de-camp, military assistant and executive officer to four stars get so far?

How does the same man who balked at closing with and destroying the enemy in 2003 in front of Baghdad agree to sacrifice more than a thousand American lives and destroy thousands of others installing Iranian national power in Baghdad with a surge that many in and out of uniform warned against? Then, how does this same man repeat the self-defeating tactics one more time in Afghanistan? The answer is simple: Petraeus was always a useful fool in the Leninist sense for his political superiors and that is precisely how history will judge him.”

VorDaj on May 13, 2013 at 10:05 PM

My goodness but these “low-level staffers” sure are screwing up this second term.

dirtseller on May 13, 2013 at 10:05 PM

Wasn’t Harry Reid complaining about Romney’s payment of taxes?

I wonder (not really) where Dingy Harry got that information?

Let’s see articles of impeachment against Harry Reid as well then see how Harry Reid tries to directly obstruct his self being yet another perp of the regime deserving to be frog-marched into the big house.

viking01 on May 13, 2013 at 10:05 PM

John Thune on Greta:

Is this a police state, or what?

uh, yes

james23 on May 13, 2013 at 10:06 PM

There’s no better time than the present to eliminate the fascist income tax regime and replace it with a much fairer national sales tax more consistent with traditional American values of freedom and liberty.

FloatingRock on May 13, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Diana West: “There is more at work here [Benghazi] than a foundationally flawed strategy. In its drive to win Islamic hearts and minds, COIN doctrine has become an engine of Islamization inside the U.S. military. To win a Muslim population’s “trust,” U.S. troops are taught deference to Islam — to revere the Quran; not to spit [or pee] toward Mecca (thousands of miles away); and to condone such un- or anti-Western practices as religious supremacism, misogyny, polygamy, pederasty and cruelty to dogs. Our military has even permitted Islamic law to trump the First Amendment to further COIN goals, as when ISAF commander Petraeus publicly condemned an American citizen for exercising his lawful right to freedom of speech to burn a Quran.

This explains why the reports that CIA director David Petraeus went before the House Intelligence Committee in September and blamed a YouTube Muhammad video for the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, sounded so familiar. Whatever his motivation, it was all too easy for Petraeus to make free speech the scapegoat for Islamic violence. But so it goes in COIN-world, where jihad and Shariah (Islamic law) are off the table and the First Amendment is always to blame. If there is a lesson here, it is simple: A leader who will betray the First Amendment will betray anything.

VorDaj on May 13, 2013 at 10:10 PM

David Burge ‏@iowahawkblog 3m

Why do these low-level IRS agents keep auditing my political opponents? (NSFW) http://tinyurl.com/ylh2lch

lmfao

Resist We Much on May 13, 2013 at 10:11 PM

VorDaj,

Back in the day.

Lt. Gen. Lewis M. Walt, Commander I-Corps S. Vietnam.

Lots of leaks on the inserts of missions into Laos and areas near the DMZ where we were installing the senors for operation Igloowhite.

So he got some of us together under the wing of a C-130 with all the engines running. He put us on oral order only, he and we called it triple O’s.

We went in without any notice to the S. Viet goverment or any other U.S. unit because to many of our inserts were met with NVA ambushes which ment leaks aka spys.

Later he got to watching the goings on of the CIA drug deals and had some bear traps ordered from Alaska. Had without notice the bear traps sent to the CIA FOB’s in question. With a note from him.
If you keep selling dope to my Marines I will myself put your ass’s in these bear traps.

Two months after that LBJ ordered him relived by Gen. Cushman, (former duty with the CIA). Cushman was the one who would not relive the Special Forces guys cut off west of Ka Shan baseLan Viegh camp, and Gen Westmorland had to get in his command helo and go to Da Nang and over ride Cushman (Marine Gen.).

It has been down hill from that time with the top brass in the Army, Navy, Air Force and it is almost getting to the Marines but not as bad there yet.

The evil in D.C. runs deep and wide.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on May 13, 2013 at 10:44 PM

This is either the most incompetent administration ever, or one of the least honest. I don’t think there’s a third option any longer, especially in this scandal.

Ya think?

You sure are playing it soft here EM!

Sherman1864 on May 13, 2013 at 10:48 PM

All these scandals are coming out at precisely timed intervals. It’s designed to distract us from the one that came before.

Benghazi, IRS suddenly apologizes, now we have the wiretaps of AP and other news writers. Roger Simon just tweeted to Drudge asking if this wiretap leak of reporters is designed to cow any reporters thinking of digging any further on anything…

SauerKraut537 on May 13, 2013 at 10:56 PM

Overload the masses with so much kerfuffle that nobody can keep it all straight….

SauerKraut537 on May 13, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Overload the masses with so much kerfuffle that nobody can keep it all straight….

SauerKraut537 on May 13, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Did you notice how they suddenly released pictures of 3 of the perpetrators in Benghazi just as the hearings started? I think that was supposed to be the bone for us all to chew on while Obama skated to the next fiasco. They don’t just think we’re stupid, they think we all got a lobotomy, apparently.

stout77 on May 13, 2013 at 11:11 PM

Breaking on Drudge:

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

Looking more and more like the beginning of a tsunami.

Hard to blame Rush when the Washington Post is printing it.

Burke on May 13, 2013 at 11:14 PM

Mark Levin on fire tonight. And for the good work his Landmark Legal Foundation has done here, he’s entitled to strut a bit.

States that Boehner is too cowardly to bring a special investigation, and accuses (un-named) republican committee chairmen (pretty sure he used the plural “men”, not “man”) of having already begun to make deals with democrat members to weaken the investigations, to avoid supporting conservatives.

None of this sounds too hard to believe, if you’ve been awake for the last year or so.

bofh on May 13, 2013 at 7:44 PM

The GOP will betray you

True_King on May 13, 2013 at 11:23 PM

Why is no one asking for a Special Counsel?????? This makes the Valerie Plame non story look like a hiccup (which it was).

dapala on May 13, 2013 at 11:35 PM

Overload the masses with so much kerfuffle that nobody can keep it all straight….

SauerKraut537 on May 13, 2013 at 10:57 PM

That’s actually a key Alinsky tactic. That, and don’t even bother to try to remain consistent. Consistency is not a virtue. Keep everyone confused.

The Rogue Tomato on May 13, 2013 at 11:35 PM

The Rogue Tomato on May 13, 2013 at 11:35 PM

People pulling Alinsky’s ought to be taken out to pasture…

SauerKraut537 on May 13, 2013 at 11:38 PM

So you all are really going to claim that the IRS is micro managed by the White House. OK…….

libfreeordie on May 13, 2013 at 11:49 PM

Also: COINTELPRO

libfreeordie on May 13, 2013 at 11:50 PM

I am so disgusted, as is Roderic Deane!

http://rodericdeane.com/the-war-on-terror/the-american-gestapo-aka-the-irs/

ehvogel on May 14, 2013 at 12:05 AM

So you all are really going to claim that the IRS is micro managed by the White House. OK…….

libfreeordie on May 13, 2013 at 11:49 PM

K.I.S.S, Libfree…

Either the WH knew this was going on, and gave a wink and a nod’s worth of approval for it…

Or they didn’t know and they are shown to be utterly incapable of calling for some frickin heads to ROLL…

Damnit, don’t you get it? All of this has spiraled past the point of “normal” politics…there is no G-ddamned Leadership being exercised right now.

This isn’t a Community Organized event. Either Lead or let someone that CAN lead do it….There’s more to being the President than the title or riding around in AF1

BlaxPac on May 14, 2013 at 12:18 AM

So you all are really going to claim that the IRS is micro managed by the White House. OK…….

libfreeordie on May 13, 2013 at 11:49 PM

Did you believe Rumsfeld and/or Bush knew about Abu Ghraib?

Don’t wait for the translation! Answer now!

fossten on May 14, 2013 at 12:25 AM

I am so disgusted, as is Roderic Deane!

http://rodericdeane.com/the-war-on-terror/the-american-gestapo-aka-the-irs/

ehvogel on May 14, 2013 at 12:05 AM

Don’t know anything about Deane, but he may be right about this:

Now comes the latest scandal with the IRS. Excuse me, the American Gestapo. They are acting like partisan hacks for Obama! I know what’s going on. Over the last 20-30 years, we’ve allowed government jobs to become tenured at all levels. The liberal radicals have slowly infiltrated all levels of government. They just needed a Marxist crony in the White House, which they now have.

Unbridled radicalism and a Marxist fervor has unleashed them!

We know that sleeper cells of radical Islamists will lie in wait for years before blowing something up. Why do you think the same thing couldn’t happen with our “civil servants” in Washington?

The sad truth is that it already has. We’re just now starting to see the results!

Remember that the Left still maintains (and many actually believe) that there were no Communists in FDR’s administration or later:
(via Powerline)

Was Hiss a Communist spy engaged in espionage on behalf of the Soviet Union while working as a high-ranking State Department official? Weinstein began working on the book under the illusion that Hiss was innocent but found otherwise as he conducted his research. Early in the book Weinstein even takes the reader inside the Communist cell to which Hiss belonged.

The Hiss case propelled Richard Nixon to fame through his dogged work in the congressional hearings held by HUAC, and the left never forgave Nixon or anyone else involved in the case. Belief in Hiss’s innocence amounted to an article of faith on the left, which promulgated a conspiracy theory behind Hiss’s prosecution with more twists than the Copernican (aargh! sorry) Ptolemaic system. Weinstein’s book should have put an end to it, but Ron Radosh recalls what happened next in his salute to the new edition of the book:

Much of the opposition to Weinstein…derived not from the facts uncovered by his work, but from the need to demonize his findings lest the public realize that there really was an internal Soviet apparatus seeking to discover our nation’s top secrets. And primary in that effort was the Nation, which editorialized that Weinstein had “misquoted and misrepresented” sources and written “false history.” Weinstein, added the Nation, had “aligned himself with those Cold War intellectuals who presumably sleep better at night secure in the knowledge that there was an internal Communist espionage menace.”

AesopFan on May 14, 2013 at 12:38 AM

Even a lame duck deserves the kindness of a bullet to the head to end its suffering.

dirtengineer on May 14, 2013 at 12:40 AM

I’d like a copy of the application for a few approved 501(c)(4) organizations, to see how little was required of them in comparison. Let’s start with Organizing For Action, the shady campaign turned non-profit, then dig into all of the Soros sponsored ones, like Moveon and Media Matters.

Since Organizing For Action only sprouted up as a non-profit after the November election, they should have had to fill out as lengthy and intrusive questionnaires, if this is the new norm, right? Donor lists, communications, all of these we can have copies of, I assume.

Unlike the illegal release of pending applications, approved ones are public record.

Madisonian on May 14, 2013 at 12:42 AM

So you all are really going to claim that the IRS is micro managed by the White House. OK…….

libfreeordie on May 13, 2013 at 11:49 PM

So you’re saying that the Washingotn Post owes Richard Nixon an apology?

malclave on May 14, 2013 at 12:42 AM

So you all are really going to claim that the IRS is micro managed by the White House. OK…….

libfreeordie on May 13, 2013 at 11:49 PM

In this particularly peculiar case, hell yes.

Oh, by the way, I am not a crook.

~~~~~~ jowls jiggling ~~~~~~

libfreak, you really are obtuse if you do not see the inherent danger of what’s going on with your precious administration and their constant and repeated malfeasances.

It is to laugh to hear you deny the obvious.

Don’t damage your already limited credibility by keeping on with this blatantly political and patently false position. You do yourself and the rest of your ilk disservice by being so brazenly stubborn about facts which no sane being can seriously deny.

That is all.

hillbillyjim on May 14, 2013 at 2:23 AM

I’d like a copy of the application for a few approved 501(c)(4) organizations, to see how little was required of them in comparison. Let’s start with Organizing For Action, the shady campaign turned non-profit, then dig into all of the Soros sponsored ones, like Moveon and Media Matters.

All the SuperPACs are now eligible for nonprofit status, both conservative and the liberals ones you’ve listed. Before Citizens United, the IRS wasn’t even involved in the approval of politically oriented organizations for special treatment under the tax law. It was much better when the FEC was the only federal agency overseeing these groups. Better to keep the IRS out of the picture.

bayam on May 14, 2013 at 3:13 AM

All the SuperPACs are now eligible for nonprofit status, both conservative and the liberals ones you’ve listed. Before Citizens United, the IRS wasn’t even involved in the approval of politically oriented organizations for special treatment under the tax law. It was much better when the FEC was the only federal agency overseeing these groups.** Better to keep the IRS out of the picture.

bayam on May 14, 2013 at 3:13 AM

Of course. IF this story gets the pursuit it deserves, it should shake the foundations of many bureaucratic institutions. Of course this will never happen and the bureaucratic mud-bucket that is DC will only get fuller of s$$$ and slop over the top many a time more before anything is done, if ever.

** Better to keep the IRS out of the picture.

bayam on May 14, 2013 at 3:13 AM

I knew it had to happen some day.

I agree with you wholeheartedly.

(** emphatic “bolding” is mine, not bam-bam’s)

I must add this caveat though: If the FEC eff’s it up as badly as did the IRS, then they should be hauled before Congress, and made to serve the penalties prescribed for such un-American, unseemly, and obviously illegal behavior.

I, of course, will NOT be holding my breath in anticipation of ANYONE doing the right and proper thing.

hillbillyjim on May 14, 2013 at 3:37 AM

Whatever happened to Allahpundit’s cool headlines? We need more of this, although I’m sure AP would have done it better!

SHOCKA: IRS selectively targeting Tea Party and it’s associates.

BREAKING: Ojugears’ Administration caught with their guard up and their pants down in a sad response to Tea Party Patriots and Ordinary Joe finding their balls.

…and so forth…

hillbillyjim on May 14, 2013 at 3:49 AM

Has anybody asked who exactly is going to prosecute this/these scandals?

I think some red-state AG’s need to start filing criminal and civil charges against federal officials on behalf of their injured constituents.

Nutstuyu on May 13, 2013 at 9:43 PM

It must be Rudy Giuliani.

dogsoldier on May 14, 2013 at 5:50 AM

That is all.

hillbillyjim on May 14, 2013 at 2:23 AM

Lib free and nonpartisan are just sad people seeking attention.

dogsoldier on May 14, 2013 at 5:53 AM

Did these IRS events effect/change the 2012 election?

“Banana Republic” Obama may not have won except for the effect of his henchmen at the IRS going after organizations opposing him.

albill on May 14, 2013 at 6:20 AM

Obama cried today.

Boo Hoo.

Key West Reader on May 13, 2013 at 7:52 PM

Obama’s chickens are coming home to roost.

JellyToast on May 14, 2013 at 6:46 AM

I now know why Tea Party patriots are targeted by the IRS and the administration as well as to why they are considered “terrorists” while true Islamofascists are not considered threats. The Democrats perceive tea partiers, the right etc as a threat to their political power. Since political power is their birthright, and the right threatens that, then they are enemy #1. In contrast, Islamic terrorists do not threaten their political power and are not perceived as such a great threat.

ted c on May 14, 2013 at 7:06 AM

ProPublica is willing to burn their source because it is illegal for them to receive the files, illegal to read the files, illegal to not return the files and illegal to report on information in the files.

All 4 are individual felonies.

Sooner or later a trail of crumbs would lead to them.

I hope Harry Reid and the Obama Re-Election team are ready to get drug into their own, crap filled gutters.

zdpl0a on May 14, 2013 at 7:41 AM

The Administration is one big lie, but nothing has been, or will be done about it other than more of all these BS Blogs and Hearings in Washington that have accomplished nothing

HAGGS99 on May 14, 2013 at 8:48 AM

Don’t worry FOKES.

Our nation’s top law enforcement officer, the attorney general, is on the case.

jangle12 on May 14, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Gentlemen, I have a solution.

This is a CRISIS! The IRS and the President have abused their power and has demonstrated that the current government cannot be trusted.

It is time we do something NOW so that this abuse will never happen again. When a crisis such as this arises, we should never let it go to waste. Its time we implement the flat tax. We must pass a flat tax immediately to avoid any abuse in the next elections!

With the flat tax in place, no longer will the powers that be use this agency for tyranny, we can solve this crisis, this is not a crisis that has to ever happen again.

It is time we turn the tables on government using crisis to thwart liberty, this time, crisis will be used to thwart tyranny.

For the children.

Are you listening Rand? Marco? Ted? Boehner?

Are you all listening? Do you understand what we have here?

A Crisis…a real one.

Alinsky on May 14, 2013 at 10:24 AM

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