Open thread: Obama to address IRS scandal at 6 p.m. ET; Update: More than 75% of donations at Cincinnati IRS office went to Democrats; Update: Acting IRS commissioner resigns; Update: Was resigning anyway?

posted at 5:47 pm on May 15, 2013 by Allahpundit

Here’s all you need to know, really:

While we wait, let’s chew on some of the other claims of IRS bias out there. I’m leery of touting any single group’s allegations but the Thomas More Society has looked at the following and evidently thinks there’s enough evidence to justify taking on the Coalition for Life of Iowa as a client. No one’s alleging an agency-wide pro-choice policy, but this may well illustrate the tremendous power individual IRS agents have to quietly discourage political activity of which they disapprove. The news about tea-party groups being targeted gets headlines because it’s about systematic bias, but how often does the particular bias of an, ahem, “rogue” employee cause delays or denials for disfavored orgs?

In one case, the IRS withheld approval of an application for tax exempt status for Coalition for Life of Iowa. In a phone call to Coalition for Life of Iowa leaders on June 6, 2009, the IRS agent “Ms. Richards” told the group to send a letter to the IRS with the entire board’s signatures stating that, under perjury of the law, they do not picket/protest or organize groups to picket or protest outside of Planned Parenthood. Once the IRS received this letter, their application would be approved. After a series of letters following a request for more invasive information, Thomas More Society special counsel Sally Wagenmaker sent a letter to the IRS demanding the tax exempt status be issued immediately…

In another similar case, the IRS withheld approval of an application for charitable tax-exempt recognition of Christian Voices for Life, questioning the group’s involvement with “40 Days for Life” and “Life Chain” events. The Fort Bend County, Texas, organization was subjected to repeated and lengthy unconstitutional requests for information about the viewpoint and content of its educational communications, volunteer prayer vigils, and other protected activities.

Two cases doesn’t prove a “policy” but it’s a start. More on this, please. Meanwhile, here’s a pro tip from a former Republican National Committee staffer: If you change the name of your organization to something that sounds more liberal, it might just speed up your approval time. Go figure:

He submitted the paperwork to the IRS in July 2011 for a news site called Media Trackers, which calls itself a “non-partisan investigative watchdog dedicated to promoting accountability in the media and government.” Although the site has investigated Republicans like Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Florida Gov. Rick Scott, the site’s organizers are unapologetically conservative…

When September 2012 arrived with still no word from the IRS, Ryun determined that Media Trackers would likely never obtain standalone non-profit status, and he tried a new approach: Starting over. He applied for permanent non-profit status for a separate group called Greenhouse Solutions, a pre-existing organization that was reaching the end of its determination period.

The IRS approved Greenhouse Solutions’ request for non-profit status in three weeks…

In December 2012, Ryun simply made Media Trackers a project of Greenhouse Solutions and withdrew the Media Trackers application.

If you’re planning to apply for 501(c)(4) status for your own group, replace “tea party” or “patriot” with “occupy” and see how you do. It might spare you from having to submit the names of children your group is trying to help. Good lord.

Update: Tim Carney looks at the donations records for IRS employees in Cincinnati and finds a lesson about big government. Whether or not the White House was handing down directives, when federal power is as broad as it is now, partisan abuse by cogs in the state’s machinery is inevitable. Smoking gun?

In the past three election cycles, the Center for Responsive Politics’ database shows about $474,000 in political donations by individuals listing “IRS” or “Internal Revenue Service” as their employer.

This money heavily favors Democrats: $247,000 to $145,000, with the rest going to political action committees. (Oddly, half of those GOP donations come from only two IRS employees, one in Houston and one in Annandale, Va.)

IRS employees also gave $67,000 to the PAC of the National Treasury Employees Union, which in turn gave more than 96 percent of its contributions to Democrats. Add the PAC cash to the individual donations and IRS employees favor Democrats 2-to-1.

The Cincinnati office where the political targeting took place is much more partisan, judging by FEC filings. More than 75 percent of the campaign contributions from that office in the past three elections went to Democrats. In 2012, every donation traceable to employees at that office went to either President Obama or liberal Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio.

As someone noted on Twitter in response to Carney’s post, if you’ve made your career working in government — especially at the IRS — you have a heavy political interest in protecting the party of big government.

Update: The first head rolls: O announces that Steve Miller, acting commissioner of the IRS and a man who’s known for a year about the agency’s targeting of conservatives, is out. Worth noting, though: Miller wasn’t commissioner when most of the targeting occurred. That was Doug Shulman, who left in November.

Update: So the Miller resignation effectively meant nothing.

‘Lew took the first step by requesting and accepting the resignation of the acting director of the IRS,’ Obama said.

‘It’s important,’ he added, ‘to institute new leadership that can help restore confidence going forward.’

But in an email to IRS employees, Miller claimed he would only be leaving next month because his assignment would be over.

‘It is with regret that I will be departing from the IRS as my acting assignment ends in early June,’ Miller wrote. ‘This has been an incredibly difficult time for the IRS given the events of the past few days, and there is a strong and immediate need to restore public trust in the nation’s tax agency.’


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can_con on May 15, 2013 at 6:14 PM

lol

go with orville

cmsinaz on May 15, 2013 at 6:16 PM

The e-mails raise more questions than they answer.

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2013 at 6:16 PM

You are too good for that. Get over here and fight the thugs. Your child deserves it. With the best of wishes for you and family.

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2013 at 6:11 PM

..I shall in a bit. I am, like you know, what’d Sarah Palin say? Reloading. (literally; I just got a new Lee turret press in.)

Best to you, too, old friend!

The War Planner on May 15, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Chilling description of IRS religious intimidation of Dr. Anne Hendershott, “a devout Catholic and a noted sociologist, professor and author” here at the Blaze. H/T James Taranto who broadens the discussion here.

Buy Danish on May 15, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Has Obama ever been on time for a speech?

midgeorgian on May 15, 2013 at 6:16 PM

The War Planner on May 15, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Good to hear. Our LiB is not to be taken literally. Just burn the bugs.

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2013 at 6:17 PM

James Rosen’s round up of Benghazi emails shows the following have been thrown under the bus (so far).

1 – Nuland
2 – Rhodes
3 – Brennan
4 – State Department

wyntre9 on May 15, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Has Obama ever been on time for a speech?

midgeorgian on May 15, 2013 at 6:16 PM

He’d actually show up early if Beyoncé or Justin Timberlake were in the audience.

steebo77 on May 15, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2013 at 6:16 PM

not to the msdnc talking heads…this proves dear leader is innocent

cmsinaz on May 15, 2013 at 6:17 PM

go with orville

cmsinaz on May 15, 2013 at 6:16 PM

To optimistic to think maybe Obama will just say:

“Ah the hell with this, I’m outta hear!”

can_con on May 15, 2013 at 6:17 PM

W=on time class
Dear leader=LATE no class

cmsinaz on May 15, 2013 at 6:18 PM

What a rude man to be so late.

rbj on May 15, 2013 at 6:18 PM

He’ll throw Lew under bus?

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Here comes the trifekta.

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2013 at 6:18 PM

The IRS is scum. Anyone who works for them is fascist scum.

WhatSlushfund on May 15, 2013 at 5:55 PM

I have a friend of 45 years who works for the IRS and has since we both graduated from college with Accounting degrees, and she told me about 20+ years ago that the IRS “doesn’t have enough power”.

I wonder what she thinks now?

ladyingray on May 15, 2013 at 6:19 PM

2-minute warHe must be getting all choomed up. He’s late. Uhgain.

Key West Reader on May 15, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Just got the two-minute warning. The bowl must be cashed.

steebo77 on May 15, 2013 at 6:19 PM

can_con on May 15, 2013 at 6:17 PM

heh

cmsinaz on May 15, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Will he wear a yellow tie ?

burrata on May 15, 2013 at 6:19 PM

let me be clear
bush’s fault

cmsinaz on May 15, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Looks like TOTUS has been programmed. Two minute warning.

Dunedainn on May 15, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Anyone think Obumbler will be nearly as ticked as he was after his gun bill went down in flames?

Grace_is_sufficient on May 15, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Ok, so where the hell is it?? We’re past 6. I’m on CSPAN, they’re pimping this up big-time. Where is this loser??

WhatSlushfund on May 15, 2013 at 6:20 PM

The dam is funny to watch. He’s alone.

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2013 at 6:20 PM

WON’T listen to the POS so relying on live blogging here.

wyntre9 on May 15, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Who’s going to jail Obowma…?

Seven Percent Solution on May 15, 2013 at 6:20 PM

lew is going to take care of it, if anything goes wrong, blame him

anyone truly believe this internal investigation is actually bear any fruit?

cmsinaz on May 15, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Is that Valerie Jarrett’s shoeprint on his backside?

slickwillie2001 on May 15, 2013 at 6:20 PM

I di not have taxual relations with those TEA baggers

burrata on May 15, 2013 at 6:20 PM

What about Geithner?

Fallon on May 15, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Oh, “I’ll take questions tomorrow”.

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Can’t take questions until tomorrow, has to get his talking points in order.

midgeorgian on May 15, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Ok, here we go.

WhatSlushfund on May 15, 2013 at 6:21 PM

no props

cmsinaz on May 15, 2013 at 6:21 PM

I am angry that the scandal came to light.

rbj on May 15, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Wendall Goler FNC said, it’s not unusual for Obama to be late, but it is unsual he’s THIS late.
He owes me a monitor.

pambi on May 15, 2013 at 6:21 PM

So far only bullshit.

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Liar, liar pants of fire.

But there’s glee over at MSNBC. For sure.

Grace_is_sufficient on May 15, 2013 at 6:21 PM

He’s only angry that they got caught.

slickwillie2001 on May 15, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Oh, he’s angry… First lie.

Fallon on May 15, 2013 at 6:21 PM

The War Planner on May 15, 2013 at 6:09 PM

I am sorry that you went through that, you’ve been missed.

22044 on May 15, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Being late typically means you don’t have respect for your host

kurtzz3 on May 15, 2013 at 6:21 PM

The “rogue” employees broke the law did they not? Will they be willing to fall on their swords or will they cop a plea?

Rancher on May 15, 2013 at 6:21 PM

I did not have taxual relations with those TEA baggers

burrata on May 15, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Shut the thread.

Dunedainn on May 15, 2013 at 6:21 PM

i’m angry (professorial)

cmsinaz on May 15, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Things we will hear:

“Let me be clear”

“Rogue”

“I have always said”

“Transparency”

“Former administration”

“Unacceptable”

portlandon on May 15, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Is that Valerie Jarrett’s shoeprint on his backside?

slickwillie2001 on May 15, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Oh come on. Those are big army boots.

oldroy on May 15, 2013 at 6:22 PM

1st – Hold the responsible persons accountable…

Seven Percent Solution on May 15, 2013 at 6:22 PM

We know what he’s going to say, right? Boooooooooshhhhh.

dogsoldier on May 15, 2013 at 6:22 PM

ObamaCare…….

d1carter on May 15, 2013 at 6:22 PM

acting commissioner is gone

cmsinaz on May 15, 2013 at 6:22 PM

At least 0bama nixed the talking points that the lying trolls have been regurgitating.

cozmo on May 15, 2013 at 6:22 PM

it started, huh? I’m trying to block out imagining his angry voice. Good luck with that.

22044 on May 15, 2013 at 6:22 PM

2nd – New safeguards so this does not happen again…

Seven Percent Solution on May 15, 2013 at 6:22 PM

let me be clear
bush’s fault

cmsinaz on May 15, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Pretty well sums up any Obama Speech.

can_con on May 15, 2013 at 6:22 PM

1. Hold accountable…Lew to follow up. Nothing.

2. Resignation of a peanut. Nothing.

3. New safeguards. Foxes in charge instead of former wolves. Nothing

4. Work with Congress on oversight. Nothing.

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2013 at 6:22 PM

not watching, counting on HA.

pambi on May 15, 2013 at 6:22 PM

lol “i am angry” “i will not tolerate this” ahahaha he’s so fake. really funny!!

Sachiko on May 15, 2013 at 6:22 PM

What did Valerie Jarrett know and when did she know it..?

d1carter on May 15, 2013 at 6:23 PM

Generally conduct themselves????

skeeterbite on May 15, 2013 at 6:23 PM

Commissioner gone?

Welcome to the bus, guy who wasn’t even in charge when this sh*t went down.

KingGold on May 15, 2013 at 6:23 PM

our administration

not my administration this time

cmsinaz on May 15, 2013 at 6:23 PM

..if I understand your question and as I said over on another thread: since November last year, I have been an emotional eunuch, lying in bed in the fetal position, with the electric blanket up to 9.

You?

The War Planner on May 15, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Hey I know you. Howdy stranger

gophergirl on May 15, 2013 at 6:23 PM

3rd – will work with Congress on oversight…

Seven Percent Solution on May 15, 2013 at 6:23 PM

What about Benghazi…?

d1carter on May 15, 2013 at 6:23 PM

“Politics or agendas”.

“Everything is an outrage” Nothing

He is full of bullshit. He’s talking about nothing.

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2013 at 6:23 PM

I’m listening on the radio. Is his nose growing?

Fallon on May 15, 2013 at 6:23 PM

accountable

the new talking point

cmsinaz on May 15, 2013 at 6:23 PM

When does Eric Holder resign..?

d1carter on May 15, 2013 at 6:23 PM

The War Planner on May 15, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Welcome back.

dogsoldier on May 15, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Seven Percent Solution on May 15, 2013 at 6:22 PM

More this, more that, always more with this guy.

cozmo on May 15, 2013 at 6:24 PM

“the good news is that it’s fixable.’

lol. this guy is such a sleezbag.

WhatSlushfund on May 15, 2013 at 6:24 PM

No, the IRS is not fixable, Obama. It is a fascist, un-American organization that enables crony corruption and it needs to be closed down and dismantled along with Obamacare.

FloatingRock on May 15, 2013 at 6:24 PM

He made us wait for that?

DTTS on May 15, 2013 at 6:24 PM

acting commissioner is gone

cmsinaz on May 15, 2013 at 6:22 PM

…to a cushy job in one of the organizations run by the democratics’ favorite Nazi stooge George Soros.

Starts in two weeks.

slickwillie2001 on May 15, 2013 at 6:24 PM

It amounted to exactly NADA.

This is a charlatanic creep who just wasted the nation’s time.

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2013 at 6:24 PM

take questions tomorrow’s presser

he sounded more angry at the gop strawmen than today

cmsinaz on May 15, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Fake outrage like Rubio’s fake toughness on enforcement of immigration laws.

Wigglesworth on May 15, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Don’t say too much cuz it could come back to bite you in the backside…

d1carter on May 15, 2013 at 6:24 PM

He was 20 minutes late for a 1 minute statement?

ladyingray on May 15, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Now…a pic in the situation room looking all serious and presidenty and then….paaartttaaayy bbbaaaibay…it’s Wednesday !!!

burrata on May 15, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Obama is angry that LeBron James isn’t getting more playing time during the playoffs.

portlandon on May 15, 2013 at 6:24 PM

That’s what we’re gonna do….

I’m outta here. There’s still enough daylight to get some golf in.

Fallon on May 15, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Way to be 20 minutes late for five minutes of nothing, President Jackass.

KingGold on May 15, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Why hasn’t Lois Lerner been fired? She’s already been caught lying twice.

Resist We Much on May 15, 2013 at 6:24 PM

“That was a holding operation” — Krauthammer

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Ambiguity in the law? That’s worse than “the dog ate my homework.”

rbj on May 15, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Back to the Brady Bunch…

ladyingray on May 15, 2013 at 6:24 PM

I’m listening on the radio. Is his nose growing?

Fallon on May 15, 2013 at 6:23 PM

I can’t stand to listen to him drone and lie, lie and drone.

dogsoldier on May 15, 2013 at 6:24 PM

That was a record. Short

tru2tx on May 15, 2013 at 6:25 PM

dude…..

ted c on May 15, 2013 at 6:25 PM

“Report!”

“Bull$hit shield strength down to 60%, Captain!”

“Mister LaForge, reroute emergency power through main deflector to strengthen bull$hit shields. Engage!”

“Aye, Captain!”

Dunedainn on May 15, 2013 at 6:25 PM

the amount of time he was late is longer than the amount of time he spoke. haha

Sachiko on May 15, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Dr. K is ripping Dear Leader…

d1carter on May 15, 2013 at 6:25 PM

“Valerie. Valerie. What do I say?”

“It will be in the Teleprompter by the time you are in front of the cameras. Try not to Eff it up.”

“Yes Ma’am.”

oldroy on May 15, 2013 at 6:25 PM

holding operation
absolute minimun he could have done
-Dr K

cmsinaz on May 15, 2013 at 6:25 PM

“Meaningless” — Krauthammer

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Without the IRS there can be no Obamacare.

DTTS on May 15, 2013 at 6:25 PM

he’s said this before
hold accountable
dr k not digging it

cmsinaz on May 15, 2013 at 6:25 PM

He made us wait for that?

DTTS on May 15, 2013 at 6:24 PM

I don’t understand why he needed to wait 20+ minutes just to say that.

midgeorgian on May 15, 2013 at 6:25 PM

He was 20 minutes late for a 1 minute statement?

ladyingray on May 15, 2013 at 6:24 PM

It’s over already?

dogsoldier on May 15, 2013 at 6:25 PM

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