McClatchy: IRS targeting of conservatives may go beyond tax-exempt applications

posted at 8:41 am on May 31, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Could the situation at the IRS get any worse?  McClatchy joins CBS News in postulating that the scandal may well expand to more than just applications for tax-exempt status. Both news agencies are starting to take complaints about predatory and punitive audits and other actions and put them into a very ugly pattern — and ask some very difficult questions of the Obama administration:

While the developing scandal over the targeting of conservatives by the tax agency has largely focused to date on its scrutiny of groups with words such as “tea party” or “patriot” in their names, these examples suggest the government was looking at a broader array of conservative groups and perhaps individuals. Their collective experiences at a minimum could spread skepticism about the fairness of a powerful agency that should be above reproach and at worst could point to a secret political vendetta within the government against conservatives.

The emerging stories from real people raise questions about whether the IRS scrutiny extended beyond applicants for tax-exempt status and whether individuals who donated to these tax-exempt organizations or to conservative causes also were targeted.

Former IRS leaders have apologized for inappropriate scrutiny of conservative organizations. They haven’t to date, however, divulged who developed the criteria, how they were developed or when and how they extended to groups associated with conservative causes that didn’t have “tea party,” “patriot” or similar catchwords in their names.

Widening congressional investigations and federal lawsuits are likely to reveal more about the scope and intent of the inappropriate treatment of conservative groups by the IRS. The House Ways and Means Committee plans a hearing Tuesday to allow victims to testify for the first time. In earlier hearings, one IRS official pleaded the Fifth to avoid answering questions.

McClatchy includes the case of Catherine Engelbrecht, which CBS News’ Sharyl Attkisson co-reported yesterday.  That case, of course, goes far beyond the IRS; Engelbrecht’s business got harassed by the FBI, ATF, and OSHA as well, which would mean coordination far above the Treasury Department.  They also include the case of an anti-abortion group that was told they couldn’t picket Planned Parenthood locations if they wanted to keep their exemption, and a Nebraska veteran who got hassled in an IRS audit over his donations to his church once he began donating to conservative causes.

That may end up being the undercard next week, however.  The House Oversight Committee will hold hearings over the next two weeks to take testimony from the low-level employees in Cincinnati that Lois Lerner and her former bosses Douglas Shulman and Steven Miller tried to turn into scapegoats:

House investigators will interview four Internal Revenue Service employees over the next two weeks, POLITICO has learned.

The House Ways and Means and Oversight committees hope the four front-line employees from the agency’s Cincinnati office will help lawmakers better understand how the IRS targeting of conservative groups first began.

A committee aide declined to name the employees to be interviewed. But House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said earlier this month he wants the IRS to make available five employees for transcribed interviews including John Shafer, a screening group manager, Gary Muthert, a screener in the tax-exempt division, Liz Hofacre, a former case coordinator from April to October 2010, and Joseph Herr, a former advocacy group manager.

What will be the likelihood that these five will fall on swords and swear that no one told them to target these groups?   I’d put the odds on the low side for that outcome.

John Eastman wants a closer look at an already-known outrage in this scandal, too (via Instapundit):

In March of 2012 the Human Rights Campaign published a confidential tax return of the National Organization for Marriage, which was immediately republished byThe Huffington Post and other liberal news media outlets. The HRC and NOM are the leading national groups on opposing sides of the fight over gay marriage. HRC wants to redefine marriage to make it genderless, while NOM wishes to preserve marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

My organization was not the only conservative-linked political group or business that appears to have faced shady actions from IRS employees. ProPublica reported this week that the IRS handed over to them confidential documents of nine conservative organizations whose applications for non-profit status were still pending. Among them: Crossroads GPS, a key group backing Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign.

Our case was particularly egregious because the IRS leak of confidential information fed directly into an ongoing political battle. For months before March 2012, the pro-gay marriage HRC had been demanding that my group, NOM, publicly identify its major donors, something that NOM and many other non-profits refuse to do. The reason is simple. In the past, gay marriage advocates have used such information to launch campaigns of intimidation against traditional marriage supporters. …

At this stage, nobody is accusing the White House or the Obama re-election campaign of illegal activity. But there is a serious question about whether there was communication or possible collusion between the IRS and the HRC, and if there was, whether anyone at the White House or the Obama re-election campaign was involved.

It is imperative that congressional investigators get to the bottom of the issue. If the IRS can get away with leaking NOM’s confidential tax return to its chief political opponent, then no taxpayer is safe from political retribution by the federal government.

The retribution part has already been established.  We need to know who ordered it, and how that information got networked.

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The retribution part has already been established. We need to know who ordered it, and how that information got networked.

I think we all know who ordered it. The difficult part is proving it.

Fenris on May 31, 2013 at 8:44 AM

…B!TCH…!!!

KOOLAID2 on May 31, 2013 at 8:44 AM

We know who ordered it. We just need the evidence to prove it.

The Rogue Tomato on May 31, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Fenris on May 31, 2013 at 8:44 AM

GMTA

The Rogue Tomato on May 31, 2013 at 8:45 AM

As said by some left wing lawyer guest on Hannity yesterday..

“It’s the republicans fault for not making this a bigger issue a year ago when it was first known what the IRS was doing..”

Electrongod on May 31, 2013 at 8:46 AM

….Gibson Guitars!

KOOLAID2 on May 31, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Fenris on May 31, 2013 at 8:44 AM

GMTA

The Rogue Tomato on May 31, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Seriously, you don’t have to have a great mind, you only need two working brain cells to rub together. Which rules out lefties and 95% of the media.

Fenris on May 31, 2013 at 8:48 AM

As said by some left wing lawyer guest on Hannity yesterday..

“It’s the republicans fault for not making this a bigger issue a year ago when it was first known what the IRS was doing..”

Electrongod on May 31, 2013 at 8:46 AM

…Mitch McConnell was complaining already about “the targeting” over a year ago…but JugEars didn’t know anything about it until he read the paper…recently?

KOOLAID2 on May 31, 2013 at 8:48 AM

His re-election was illegitimate and fraudulent.

Key West Reader on May 31, 2013 at 8:49 AM

This is how an otherwise stable and free nation dies, and here we are repeating history as those who commit the crimes are allowed to sashay away with a blithe “No comment” accompanied by a huge smirk.

Put Lerner and everyone else in the dock already and quit with this toying at the edges, bring the hammer down already. As representatives of the people these aholes need to answer fully.

Bishop on May 31, 2013 at 8:49 AM

The universal bogyman as a political tool ?

Yeah, they went there.

Jabberwock on May 31, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Remember, folks — The trolls who come here all the time to annoy us are all for this kind of government intrusion.

Take all this, and the things the trolls say, personally.

Liam on May 31, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Is anybody going to get back to Harry Reid to ask him how he managed to know so much about Romney’s tax returns?

Just a thought….

Drained Brain on May 31, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Don’t blame me

cmsinaz on May 31, 2013 at 8:51 AM

Didn’t we already know this? That guy(I forget his name) who donated to Romney was on O’Reilly’s show weeks ago talking about how he had a bunch of audits for the first time after he made his campaign contribution and had his name posted by the Obama reelection team all over the internet. It’s pretty obvious this was all coordinated to intimidate and shut down conservatives and Republicans leading up to the midterms and the 2012 Presidential election.

Doughboy on May 31, 2013 at 8:53 AM

No one in this government is innocent.
Resistance is not futile.
We are prepared to carry out the punishment.
III

dirtengineer on May 31, 2013 at 8:54 AM

…Mitch McConnell was complaining already about “the targeting” over a year ago…but JugEars didn’t know anything about it until he read the paper…recently?

KOOLAID2 on May 31, 2013 at 8:48 AM

That’s the lie that we are suppose to believe..
until it gets debunked…
Then the low infos will again clap like trained walruses…

Electrongod on May 31, 2013 at 8:54 AM

I’ve never been audited, but I don’t think there’s ever been a time like this where the little common man out there might now have a previous unheard of advantage against these creeps.

Marcus on May 31, 2013 at 8:55 AM

As said by some left wing lawyer guest on Hannity yesterday..

“It’s the republicans fault for not making this a bigger issue a year ago when it was first known what the IRS was doing..”

Electrongod on May 31, 2013 at 8:46 AM

This is one of the dumbest and most patronizing talking points the left has put forward during this scandal. As if any Republican politician or pundit who made allegations about IRS abuse a year ago wouldn’t have been laughed out of the room?

Doughboy on May 31, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Don’t blame me

cmsinaz on May 31, 2013 at 8:51 AM

We have to. It’s impossible that Obama is at fault. It could be obstructionist tactics by a Conservative. So, you’re it.

Mourning Joe will be talking about YOU Monday.

There will be probing questions, like, “Do you let your kids hear the word ‘gun’? Why do want to harm your children that way?”

Being a liberal is so easy. All you need is a lobotomy and some tights. (and, staying the slut that I am, I bet you look GREAT in tights)

Liam on May 31, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Fascism. Pure and simple.

gwelf on May 31, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Nixon was a saint compared to these guys.

Chris of Rights on May 31, 2013 at 9:03 AM

I’ll pass :)

cmsinaz on May 31, 2013 at 9:05 AM

…the little common man out there might now have a previous unheard of advantage against these creeps.

Definitely would not put that one to the test.

shinty on May 31, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Coverup

Wade on May 31, 2013 at 9:08 AM

What will be the likelihood that these five will fall on swords and swear that no one told them to target these groups? I’d put the odds on the low side for that outcome.

Odds on the low side means that it’s highly likely they’ll fall on their swords. Looks like you meant either chances on the low side or odds on the high side (e.g., 100:1).

bgoldman on May 31, 2013 at 9:08 AM

IMO, I think as more people/groups start one by one coming out, others start feeling more comfortable in stepping up too… power in numbers.

We have not seen the end of this. I think many many many more people will slowly start coming forward knowing that its harder to paint a target on them due to the sheer numbers.

This administration is ugly to the bone. O and there are a lot of people that think that this was okay… deserved

watertown on May 31, 2013 at 9:09 AM

And, remember folks, the IRS will be right there implementing Obamacare ………….. We are screwed!!!!!

SC.Charlie on May 31, 2013 at 9:10 AM

WHO ORDERED THE CODE RED?!?!?

dforston on May 31, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Engelbrecht’s business got harassed by the FBI, ATF, and OSHA as well, which would mean coordination far above the Treasury Department

Jeffrey Lord’s two recent articles on the IRS scandal and the making of tyranny are super references:

The IRS and FBI: Breach of Faith


The VanderSlooting of America

petefrt on May 31, 2013 at 9:15 AM

What will be the likelihood that these five will fall on swords and swear that no one told them to target these groups? I’d put the odds on the low side for that outcome.

The low side being just a tad higher than NoBrain’s IQ.

Resist We Much on May 31, 2013 at 9:16 AM

So….we’re officially a Banana Republic now?

It’s not shocking that Big Government politicians would target their opposition using the levers of the bureaucracy.. What is shocking is how many Dem voters are 100% on board with it, or indifferent. Very sad.

visions on May 31, 2013 at 9:17 AM

flat tax…no IRS.

Oil Can on May 31, 2013 at 9:18 AM

That case, of course, goes far beyond the IRS; Engelbrecht’s business got harassed by the FBI, ATF, and OSHA as well, which would mean coordination far above the Treasury Department.

Great point. Right there you have the Departments of Justice, Labor and Treasury, and their executives all answer to one individual.

Usful Ijit on May 31, 2013 at 9:19 AM

WHO ORDERED THE CODE RED?!?!?

dforston on May 31, 2013 at 9:12 AM

You can’t handle the truth, bigot.

Bishop on May 31, 2013 at 9:19 AM

150+ trips to the WH – they knew and probably were behind this.

gophergirl on May 31, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Nixon was a saint compared to these guys.

Chris of Rights on May 31, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Nixon just talked about using the IRS to take out political enemies. This administration has actually done it.

Happy Nomad on May 31, 2013 at 9:19 AM

visions on May 31, 2013 at 9:17 AM

We are the late Republic Rome where the rule of broke down. People started to become more loyal to their patrons than the government.

“I vote for Obama because he gives me a free phone.”

Oil Can on May 31, 2013 at 9:21 AM

150+ trips to the WH – they knew and probably were behind this.

gophergirl on May 31, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Wrong. Most of those visits were to search for the Easter eggs that hadn’t yet been found.

Homophobe.

Bishop on May 31, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Nixon just talked about using the IRS to take out political enemies. This administration has actually done it.

Happy Nomad on May 31, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Yup. You could say a particular community was organized. *wink*

Jabberwock on May 31, 2013 at 9:23 AM

I said a long time ago that we had the fifth FDR term. Well, thanks to Team SCOAMT perfecting the methodology of Team FDR, we now have term six.

Steve Eggleston on May 31, 2013 at 9:24 AM

This isn’t hard to deduce.

Look at LibFree, he’s technically a public sector worker.

He’s employed at a collegiate level. His perception of reality is psychotic, but nonviolent.

Because no physical example of his delusional state is exhibited, he could say whatever he wants, and it will not effect his job.

His admitted belief system is so far outside the norm, it would disturb the vast majority to think he’s apart of any education program.

Yet, he feels comfortable in his job security, even though he deals directly with the population.

So what do you think is the sense of job security, for some federal bureaucrat, who holds a similar corrosive belief system, but doesn’t have to work directly with anyone outside their agency?

Now apply that to all levels; Federal, State, City, Muni.

When a system corrupts, you have to start clean. Once we start that process prog job security is going to be threatened, and wtf else are they supposed to do with their lives?

We got understand they’re in the public sector because they do not want to be in the private. Purging the public sector is akin to what Barry did during Stimulus; starve one group to feed another.

(Greece is the word, is the word that you heard)
Its got a groove, it’s got a meaning
Greece is the time, is the place, is the motion
Greece is the way we are feeling…

budfox on May 31, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Acorn, Move-On and other groups sent Obama organization voter registration lists.
Those registered as Republicans were more likely subjected to IRS audits than Democrat registered voters.

And with Google a big backer of Obama would not be surprised if they passed on information about people voicing conservative thoughts online or visiting conservative websites.
TIP: Never use your Facebook name to comment on anything.

albill on May 31, 2013 at 9:26 AM

I wouldn’t be surprised if people start disappearing.

forest on May 31, 2013 at 9:26 AM

What will be the likelihood that these five will fall on swords and swear that no one told them to target these groups? I’d put the odds on the low side for that outcome

…five early retirements with fully funded benifits…or they’ll get another better paying job…with some other mobster or department in the administration.

KOOLAID2 on May 31, 2013 at 9:26 AM

That may end up being the undercard next week, however. The House Oversight Committee will hold hearings over the next two weeks to take testimony from the low-level employees in Cincinnati that Lois Lerner and her former bosses Douglas Shulman and Steven Miller tried to turn into scapegoats:

What will be the likelihood that these five will fall on swords and swear that no one told them to target these groups? I’d put the odds on the low side for that outcome.

Actually, they’re pretty good. If they keep their mouths shut, they have golden pardons. If not, they’ll end up like Larventiy Beria (or is that term reserved for Shulman, Miller and Holder?).

Steve Eggleston on May 31, 2013 at 9:28 AM

Lavrentiy Beria, even. Fscking keyboard.

Steve Eggleston on May 31, 2013 at 9:29 AM

Wrong. Most of those visits were to search for the Easter eggs that hadn’t yet been found.

Homophobe.

Bishop on May 31, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Funny thing, about Easter eggs…

Douglas W. Jones said in 2006, “some Easter eggs may be intentional tools used to detect illegal copying, others are clearly examples of unauthorized functionality that has slipped through the quality-control tests at the vendor”. While hidden Easter eggs themselves are harmless, it may be possible for malware to be hidden in similar ways in voting machines or other computers.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter_egg_(media)

Fallon on May 31, 2013 at 9:29 AM

Catherine Engelbrecht got six visits from an FBI counter-terrorism unit.

She’s white and prolly Christian so, who knows what horrors she’s capable of?

Akzed on May 31, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Wrong. Most of those visits were to search for the Easter eggs that hadn’t yet been found.

Homophobe.

Bishop on May 31, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Those must have been some stinky eggs!

gophergirl on May 31, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Jim Treacher ‏@jtLOL 5m

#IRS agent Stephen Seok, who intimidated conservative groups, gets punished… with a promotion. http://dailycaller.com/2013/05/31/irs-agent-stephen-seok-who-intimidated-conservative-groups-gets-punished-with-a-promotion/

petefrt on May 31, 2013 at 9:33 AM

He’s employed at a collegiate level. His perception of reality is psychotic, but nonviolent.

Yet I doubt he would raise a finger if the “untermensch” were being herded into cattle cars.

Plenty of liberals might seem nonviolent and even profess to be so, but they would just as easily turn away from a mass grave while telling themselves that it’s probably all for the good.

Bishop on May 31, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Petefrt

Of course he did….holder will too

cmsinaz on May 31, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Plenty of liberals might seem nonviolent and even profess to be so, but they would just as easily turn away from a mass grave while telling themselves that it’s probably all for the good. Bishop on May 31, 2013 at 9:37 AM

I killed the hell out of him, shot him six times including once in the top of the head just to make sure. Oh, and he confessed to a triple murder we couldn’t solve. All in a day’s work.”

Akzed on May 31, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Engelbrecht’s business got harassed by the FBI, ATF, and OSHA as well, which would mean coordination far above the Treasury Department

Here’s the smoking gun, per Bill O’Reilly: http://www.mediaite.com/tv/bill-oreilly-rails-irs-commishs-157-white-house-visits-a-smoking-gun/

petefrt on May 31, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Fenris on May 31, 2013 at 8:44 AM

Under Oath. Drag every one under oath and go up the chain. It is not difficult.

antisocial on May 31, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Obama and the IRS: The Smoking Gun?

President met with anti-Tea Party IRS union chief the day before agency targeted Tea Party.

“For me, it’s about collaboration.” —National Treasury Employees Union President Colleen Kelley on the relationship between the anti-Tea Party IRS union and the Obama White House

Akzed on May 31, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Looking forward to the “low level” testimony… I’m sure the White House “isn’t”…

Khun Joe on May 31, 2013 at 9:52 AM

“For me, it’s about collaboration.” —National Treasury Employees Union President Colleen Kelley on the relationship between the anti-Tea Party IRS union and the Obama White House

Akzed on May 31, 2013 at 9:48 AM

That right there is the difference between the FDR/Kennedy/Johnson/SCOAMT successful use of the IRS against their political enemies and the mostly-failed Nixon use of the IRS against his political enemies. The rank-and-file called upon to do the attacks believe in the Leftist cause, so they “did their duty” for the Rats and ratted out Nixon.

Steve Eggleston on May 31, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Yet I doubt he would raise a finger if the “untermensch” were being herded into cattle cars.

Plenty of liberals might seem nonviolent and even profess to be so, but they would just as easily turn away from a mass grave while telling themselves that it’s probably all for the good.

Bishop on May 31, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Point of order, he would raise a finger – the longest, and display the back side of said finger to us.

Steve Eggleston on May 31, 2013 at 9:56 AM

Every time there is a Democrat president the IRS targets conservatives. Remember how Clinton’s foes all mysteriously got audited after they made news?

Of course Obama, as usual, took corrupt Clinton era policies to their logical extension fully using the IRS as just another partisan tool.

And I expect the Republicans to do nothing about it.

If they were not the stupid party they would be proposing abolishing the IRS at this point, as the government cannot be trusted with this level of power.

Make Obama and Reid fully own the IRS.

18-1 on May 31, 2013 at 9:58 AM

Those low level employees have already received their instructions on how to answer the committee’s questions from Shulman who gave the middle finger to Issa with his ‘I only went to the WH for the egg roll’ answer. Of course, Holder gave the ultimate instruction with his dumb and dumber show.

Kissmygrits on May 31, 2013 at 9:58 AM

18-1 on May 31, 2013 at 9:58 AM

How did I forget about S(l)ick Willie’s abuse of the IRS in my prior comment?

Steve Eggleston on May 31, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Sharyl Attkisson needs a modern day “Deep Throat”…

PatriotRider on May 31, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Both news agencies are starting to take complaints about predatory and punitive audits and other actions and put them into a very ugly pattern…

Those of us on the right started doing that many weeks ago. The people who were actually the targets of these audits starting noticing and comparing notes with each other, IIRC, well over a year ago.

Says a lot about how just on top of the “news” these “news agencies” are.

farsighted on May 31, 2013 at 10:13 AM

While the developing scandal over the targeting of conservatives by the tax agency has largely focused to date on its scrutiny of groups with words such as “tea party” or “patriot” in their names, these examples suggest the government was looking at a broader array of conservative groups and perhaps individuals.

They were using tax-exempt applications and intensive requests just to identify their targets. They’ve always gone beyond the tax-exempt issue once they identified the people and organizations to, uhhhh, investigate.

The media up until now has always keyed on the applications for tax-exempt status as if that was the only targeting going on. But what other reason do they have for wanting to know all the donors and volunteers?

This is an attempt to build up a database on the political grassroots opposition. That’s Axelrod’s specialty, and don’t forget the founder of Facebook is also a major Obama supporter.

There Goes the Neighborhood on May 31, 2013 at 10:16 AM

Says a lot about how just on top of the “news” these “news agencies” are.

farsighted on May 31, 2013 at 10:13 AM

They have been on “top” of “it”; of course, the “it” has been the lid they’ve used to keep the news out of sight. Their, and Team SCOAMT’s (though I repeat myself), problem is they put so much weight on the lid that the sides have been blown out and the news is getting out.

Steve Eggleston on May 31, 2013 at 10:17 AM

The commie cult has the EPA on U.S. full time.

They have Michael Manns fake and fraud hockey stick to use and nothing else other than the flat earth no growth tax and spend crapola.

The EPA passes rules without any input from we the people via the Congress, they then fine U.S. and they then pass to the Earth First nut jobs and the Greenpeace kooks the names of Americans, the addresses, the company location, all about them so that nut jobs can harass and cause great harm to the people, their incomes and ability to stay in bussiness.

Pelosi, Durbin, Schummer, Obama, and the lot of them lust for more of this on U.S. all.

Guilty as sin all of them.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on May 31, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Sharyl Attkisson needs a modern day “Deep Throat”…

PatriotRider on May 31, 2013 at 10:12 AM

And a small army of bodyguards.

petefrt on May 31, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Conservative blogs like this are next in line.
If not behind the line already.

Be on guard.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on May 31, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Just think how much blood, sweat, and tears — not to mention Congressional time — could be saved if Barack Obama would simply tell the truth. Lying is expensive.

MaxMBJ on May 31, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Welcome, one and all, to the “fundamental transformation of America”.

mel23059 on May 31, 2013 at 10:36 AM

If you’re going to be corrupt, be smart about it. These fools don’t even know how to be crooked. Their biggest mistake was the AP thing, never mind biting the hand that feeds you, they bit the hand that virtually created them, the media. Stupid beyond all belief, after all, the media didn’t touch the Benghazi crime for months, now all the slop is coming out. Real smart.

arand on May 31, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Not read thru all comments.

How can we forget the veiled threats from Obama during so many speeches he gave to varous orgs he spoke to eh?

How about the ‘hit list’?

How soon we forget what that man is all about!

Of course he is guilty! He stirred up his minions, no matter where they be to “Be in our faces”!

He told the whole country many times who his enemy was.

US!!

That louse in da House is GUILTY of causing all of this!!!

DO NOT FORGET FOLKS!!

Scrumpy on May 31, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Reminder via WaPo headline on Nov. 28, 2008:

“Ohio IG Report: Joe the Plumber’s Records Were Improperly Searched”

Read the article here to refresh your outrage.

MaxMBJ on May 31, 2013 at 10:44 AM

fail test

APACHEWHOKNOWS on May 31, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Where are the questions about how it just happened that once the IRS got on the applicants for non-profit status, all too often the FBI, ATF and even OSHA and the EPA showed up. That tells me that someone in the WH coordinated these efforts. That is bad enough, but if these agencies were coordinating among themselves, we have an even worse out-of-control government; one that has no respect for the Constitution and the rule of law. Sort of USSR-lite.

amr on May 31, 2013 at 10:50 AM

This is one of the dumbest and most patronizing talking points the left has put forward during this scandal. As if any Republican politician or pundit who made allegations about IRS abuse a year ago wouldn’t have been laughed out of the room?

Doughboy on May 31, 2013 at 8:56 AM

That’s why the immanence of the IG report was a crucial trigger. Just think that this would be “old news” if the GOP came out big with just accusations, and had kept on it until the IG report was released.

“Same case conservatives have been trying to make for years without evidence.”

Axeman on May 31, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Like the other scandals, what we know only scratches the surface, as they are trying really hard not to let the full extent of the problem ever see the light of day.

This republic is dead. Time to fix it.

Midas on May 31, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Give ‘em a break. They apologized, didn’t they? Doesn’t that make everything all beter?

bigbeachbird on May 31, 2013 at 11:03 AM

So once the IRS has all of our medical records, are we going to start hearing about every conservative who was ever diagnosed with depression, an STD, or some embarrasing medical condition? How about any/all conservatives who ever had an abortion? Will all of this become public knowledge. A leak perhaps.

Hell, why don’t we just start it right now. I heard that Dingy Harry had some some tearing in his posterior. Has anyone else heard that? Also, did you hear about the STD that the Clintons had to get cleaned up. So embarrasing.

We’ve been fighting a guerrilla war for some time. This is going to change the battlefield significantly. It’s on par with chemical weapons and roadside IED’s.

Perhaps the President will impose a red line or something.

strickler on May 31, 2013 at 11:04 AM

The retribution part has already been established. We need to know who ordered it, and how that information got networked.

This is exactly how communists rob people of their freedom. Tyranny. Yet they’ll steal all of your money.

These people will stop at nothing to destroy those with whom they disagree. What do these people think will happen when those who disagree with them – who are dealing with the effects of a biased justice system, a biased IRS, a statist-biased media, and politicians who are more interested to protect their own butts while spending this country into debt slavery??? When all else fails, sadly people will resort to the last available option. The “system” needs to be purged.

Matt Damon has never been so wrong. People like Hollywood liberals, media liberals, liberal politicians & those Republicans like them will reap what they sow.

The Romanian dictator Ceaucesu learned this the hard way. As did his family.

Sadly, time for a second civil war is approaching.

Danny on May 31, 2013 at 11:04 AM

We need to know who ordered it, and how that information got networked.

Let’s cut to the chase and ask Barry and Valarie.

GarandFan on May 31, 2013 at 11:05 AM

It’s all about stealing elections.

To put the magnitude of this malfeasance in perspective, had each of those 500 organizations swayed a mere 500 citizens each in either Florida, Ohio or Pennsylvania, Barack Obama would have lost the election.

Voter ID? Can’t do it because voters will be intimidated. Prosecute the New Black Panthers? Nope, nobody was intimidated. Use the IRS and the rest of the government to harass and intimidate people who oppose your agenda. Check! That’s the Chicago way!

Barack Obama cracks the foundation of American success: Trust

imperfectamerica on May 31, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Jim Treacher ‏@jtLOL 5m

#IRS agent Stephen Seok, who intimidated conservative groups, gets punished… with a promotion. http://dailycaller.com/2013/05/31/irs-agent-stephen-seok-who-intimidated-conservative-groups-gets-punished-with-a-promotion/

petefrt on May 31, 2013 at 9:33 AM

I yelled at my radio, cursing in frustration at Mark Levin last night. Maybe the first time I’ve done that.

He’s still in the ‘we can fix this from within the system; just make phone calls and vote!’ mode. Oh, and “I’ll be discussing how we do it in the months to come…” Yeah, Mark, sorry – we don’t have “months to come” to sit on our asses. You and others have been advocating that we sit on our asses already for the last few years – have things gotten better, or worse? And you want us to sit on our asses… more? F*ck.

Utter bullsh1t, and completely ignorant of reality. I love Levin, but if he doesn’t get yet that ‘the system’ is utterly corrupt and broken, and cannot possibly fix itself, well…

There’s no amount of wishing and hoping and pining for the days when this republic used to operate by its own rules is going to amount to squat.

Midas on May 31, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Those low level employees have already received their instructions on how to answer the committee’s questions from Shulman who gave the middle finger to Issa with his ‘I only went to the WH for the egg roll’ answer. Of course, Holder gave the ultimate instruction with his dumb and dumber show.

Kissmygrits on May 31, 2013 at 9:58 AM

Maybe the orders were inside the Easter Eggs.

trigon on May 31, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Danny on May 31, 2013 at 11:04 AM

It’s not ‘approaching’…

It’s here, festering in the living room, having eaten all of food, and taken a big steaming dump on the couch.

We continue to talk around it, ignore it even, but it’s here, having arrived quite awhile ago.

Midas on May 31, 2013 at 11:24 AM

I think the evidence is growing that the IRS may have been an unofficial member of the Obama 2012 campaign in which Obama would do anything, legal or illegal, to win the election.

I disagree with Ed Morrisey here. This wasn’t about retribution. Retribution was part of it. This was about winning the election at any an all costs.

Conservative Samizdat on May 31, 2013 at 11:26 AM

In the near future…Premium healthcare is reserved for liberal peacenik secularist multiculti moonbats…the rest of you religious gunclinging homophobic raaaacist wingnutz can suck it – Sincerely,IRS

workingclass artist on May 31, 2013 at 12:05 PM

I did NOTHING ILLEGAL, but I refuse to answer any questions because I may incriminate myself. What a pathetically transparent oxymoron.

RedManBlueState on May 31, 2013 at 12:07 PM

We are the late Republic Rome where the rule of broke down. People started to become more loyal to their patrons than the government.

“I vote for Obama because he gives me a free phone.”

Oil Can on May 31, 2013 at 9:21 AM

I think I’m getting an idea of how Cicero felt, with the Republic crumbling around him and nothing he could do to stop it.

makattak on May 31, 2013 at 12:20 PM

“What will be the likelihood that these five will fall on swords and swear that no one told them to target these groups?”

They can’t, if the House Investigators know what they’re doing.

Automated alerts were sent up the chain as applications languished. Either the people up the chain contacted these low level employees, and pushed them to get the applications finished (for which there would be documented proof), or they acquiesced in the IRS harassment of the Tea Party organizations.

Greg Q on May 31, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Lois Lerner. This arrogant lying evil broad belongs in jail.

RdLake on May 31, 2013 at 1:07 PM

I want to see consequences. Real ones. IRS employees/managers etc. in jail. Nose in the air Shulman losing his easter eggs while he rots in jail. It goes higher. Find them!

TerryW on May 31, 2013 at 1:13 PM

For all the Republican bluster and condemnation unless we see a move to de-fund or close the IRS we cannot take Issa et al seriously. It’s that simple.

E9RET on May 31, 2013 at 1:17 PM

I suspect the low level interviews are being conducted in the “Usual Suspects” manner where they act as if one of the other employees has already snitched. Only takes one to crack. Then. This house of cards catches fire and THEN collapses.

Bensonofben on May 31, 2013 at 1:57 PM

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