Wait, the IRS can’t find its receipts for a conference on which it spent $4 million?

posted at 11:21 am on June 5, 2013 by Allahpundit

GSA also blew a chunk of taxpayer money on a big conference/party, you’ll remember, but the $800,000 they spent is a drop in the bucket compared to the $4 million wasted by the IRS on its gala in Anaheim three years ago. And that $4 million is a drop in the bucket compared to the $50 million that the IRS flushed on conferences from 2010 to 2012. But the $4 million event deserves special attention, not just because the number’s so large but because, per CNN, America’s tax-enforcement branch apparently … doesn’t have all the receipts for it. Really. Watch to the end of the clip to see Cooper make a good point, too: This particular conference was held around the time they first started targeting tea partiers in the nonprofits division. While they were demanding reams of information from small groups, most of which have budgets under $25,000 a year, they were farting out millions of dollars you gave them with no serious attempt to account for how it was spent.

I asked on Twitter this morning, in honor of Susan Rice’s promotion to NSA and Victoria Nuland’s impending promotion to Assistant Secretary of State, whether anyone — anyone — has been held accountable yet for any of the scandals on Obama’s watch. Lois Lerner and one of the Benghazi scapegoats are on “administrative leave,” a.k.a. paid vacation, but haven’t been fired, thanks in part to union rules that make it difficult for the feds to can crappy employees. Steve Miller resigned as IRS commissioner, but he famously had just a few weeks left in his term when he did. Has anyone else been punished? Has Obama demanded a resignation from anyone inside the White House itself to prove his displeasure? He won’t boot Eric Holder over the DOJ leak dragnets either, despite the fact that some Democrats (including Democrats in the White House) also think he should go. What you’re seeing here, between the promotion/retention of malfeasors and incompetents and the IRS showering itself with cash with no serious effort made at keeping track of it, is the feds’ contempt for citizens who empowered them unleashed. There’s barely even a pretense of accountability; you’d think the IRS would have scrupulously tracked what it was spending money on so that, if challenged on its profligacy, it would at least be able to show that it was following the same basic record-keeping rules it applies to taxpayers. The fact that it didn’t means it’s unconcerned with even the appearance of responsible stewardship. The indulgence is bad enough but the double standard vis-a-vis the public is statism in its decadent phase. Time for a complete agency overhaul.

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Work harder. They need more “happiness counseling”, one on one.

Schadenfreude on June 5, 2013 at 1:56 PM

So now, according to CNN, the whole scandal was caused by a huge number of applications?

Do the math, Dana. Applications peaked in 1987 and declined since.

PattyJ on June 5, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Correct. The numbers show that there was no sudden burst of applications, and of the applications that were received, there was a typical split of conservative and liberal numbers.

Juan Williams has been repeating the same lies about the numbers of applications.

slickwillie2001 on June 5, 2013 at 2:04 PM

If I’m being audited by the IRS, can I plead the 5th? And if not, why not?

Anyone know?

Jabez01 on June 5, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Obama’s administration would come apart if he started firing people responsible for these scandals. There’s no honor, no sense of service, no pride of accomplishment holding his people in their jobs. Just the personal gratification of near-dictatorial power, the payoffs and slush funds, and the personal attraction of Obama himself. It’s a cult of personality for megalomaniacs. And since Obama has no executive ability himself, he’d be completely lost without his merry gang of thieves to carry out his wishes.

Socratease on June 5, 2013 at 2:09 PM

At the rate the IRS is going it will be going to tax court.

As a defendant.

ajacksonian on June 5, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Secret EPA man caves…work harder.

Schadenfreude on June 5, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Receipts? We don’t gots to show you no steenking receipts.

Secret ‘Man Caves’ in EPA warehouse:

I didn’t know that Samantha Power is married to Cass Sunstein.
So much incest in the 0bama regime.

LegendHasIt on June 5, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Here’s a new fun phrase: weaponizing the tax code.

Akzed on June 5, 2013 at 3:04 PM

This may have been covered up thread but I don’t really think there needs to be any government conferences much less the gold plated vacations masquerading as conferences. Why can’t training be bare bones and in house? With technology you can gather all the staff in the building meeting room and have the trainer on conference call and cover the essentials. And no, I don’t think “Leadership Through Art” is an essential topic.

hopeful on June 5, 2013 at 3:29 PM

whether anyone — anyone — has been held accountable yet for any of the scandals on Obama’s watch

That’s a rhetorical question- correct? Because the obvious answer is no.

You would believe that when putting this together with Mr. Obama’s mantra of “he will get to the bottom of this” the press would determine that since no one has been punished, his statement was, well, disingenuous.

The fact is that Mr. Obama’s lack of action shows a level of complicity with these events. Whether he directly knew of them, directed them personally or oversaw government employees who believe this was acceptable behavior is immaterial. It was grotesquely inept, incompetent, irresponsible and in some cases criminal behavior which has gone unpunished and is apparently without consequences.

He’s still looking for the investigation into Benghazi and who was responsible. Oh and he’s also looking for the people who ruined our economy. Maybe he ought to look in the mirror.

Marcus Traianus on June 5, 2013 at 3:40 PM

He’s still looking for the investigation into Benghazi and who was responsible.

Marcus Traianus on June 5, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Barry’s looking for the Benghazi perps on the same golf courses where O.J. Simpson is looking for the guy who murdered his wife.

AZCoyote on June 5, 2013 at 4:11 PM

As William Simon said years ago, this is not mismanagement or ineptitude.

This is viral corruption — a disease of Big Government.

matthew8787 on June 5, 2013 at 4:28 PM

o/t: people had better start raising Hell with GOP senators about this horrible immigration bill, because Cornyn is attempting to band-aid the enforcement problems with his amendment, which apparently got a decent reception today from the GOP caucus. The Senate Dems will go along, knowing full well they’ll kill the amendment or anything like it in conference.

The Senate GOP must not allow a bill to pass, because the House GOP majority doesn’t deserve to be thrown under the bus. If the Senate passes a bill, the House will have to pass something horrible or otherwise end up with a terrible conference report. And the GOP will get the blame either way.

matthew8787 on June 5, 2013 at 4:33 PM

The fact is that Mr. Obama’s lack of action shows a level of complicity with these events.

The fact is, Obama is giving us the finger on each of the scandals.

He doesn’t care, no one will be held accountable, and he knows his cheerleaders (including much of the MSM) like him all the more for it.

matthew8787 on June 5, 2013 at 4:36 PM

True on all you say. Also, if you notice Obama doesn’t bring in any new people. He is a paranoid personality and only trusts a few people.

He will not let Holder go, especially if there is a chance Holder gets jammed up.

You wait, the more trouble he gets into the more you’ll see him degrade into a Humphrey Bogart on the Caine Mutiny talking about strawberries.



archer52 on June 5, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Official IRS statement: Receipts? WE DON”T NEED NO STINKIN’ RECEIPTS.

TeaPartyNation on June 5, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Obama’s legacy…….8 years of scratching his nose with his middle finger pointed in the direction of the American people.

“I’m not giving you the finger, I’m just scratching my nose as I’m pondering what I can do to make all all of your live’s so much better”.

ardenenoch on June 5, 2013 at 6:00 PM

whether anyone — anyone — has been held accountable yet for any of the scandals on Obama’s watch

I can only think of two people who have ever been held to account (so to speak) for Obama’s criminal negligence:

1. US Ambassador Chris Stevens
2. US Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry

For everyone else apparently, just promotions.

SoRight on June 5, 2013 at 8:43 PM

thanks in part to union rules that make it difficult for the feds to can crappy employees

Umm, federal unions are an EO creation of the executive branch. They can just as easily be un-created.

Nutstuyu on June 5, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Yup! John F Kennedy authored that EO.

Dasher on June 6, 2013 at 7:32 AM

The IG is absolutely CRUCIFYING the IRS as he covers how the IRS did not track the entire cost and is listing in great detail the waste, freebies, gifts, misconduct found, etc by the IRS! He just stated he sent a recommendatin of actions to take against personnel/the IRS, which was ignored.

1) Who ordered the targeting?
2) Who knew/participated?
3) The IRS has been found to be guilty of not paying its own taxes – WHO is responsible?
4) Whose Idea was it to hold these wasteful – near criminal – conferences, who planned it, authorized the expenses, & is responsible for not keeping track of their own receipts?


Mr. Fink said that everything they did & everything that was spent was under under existing policies – which does NOT make it right, sir. The expenditures listed by the IG are CRIMINAL WASTE & MIS-USE OF TAX PAYER DOLLARS!

Issa just stated that he and his colleagues have stayed in that SAME hotel& that the IRS paid far more for rooms than he (Issa) & his fellow politicians paid!

easyt65 on June 6, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Fink was just shown his ‘Star Trek’ debut and was asked what the h#ll was he thinking…

Fink said it is embarrassing, it would not be done today, should not have been then, that he apologizes & how he regrets it…..

What he regrets is GETTING CAUGHT!

easyt65 on June 6, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Issa asked him about all the expenses & asked him if HE as a citizen & businessman would have claimed the items the IRS people who attended these conferences did, wouldn’t the IRS REFUSE to allow them these expenses/exemptions…..

“Yes, sir…Basically he stated the IRS would have rejected these for anyone else but allowed them for themselves for these events.

easyt65 on June 6, 2013 at 10:11 AM

$50 Million in lavish spending / wasting of tax payer dollars…

$16.855 TRILLION…and counting….in U.S. Debt….

The government that is sworn to protect, defend, & enforce the Constitution, U.S. Law, & the American people have become ENEMIES OF THE STATE, preying upon the evry American people they are supposed to represent. They are targeting, intimidating, silencing, & destroying their enemies & anyone who would dare to hold them accountable. They are fleecing our taxes, daring to declare to us that there should be a limit to the amount of money we make that we can keep and insist that THEY can spend our money more wisely & better for the good of the nation…yet all the evidence proves the opposite. They tack on millions…billions…to the LEGACY DEBT they intend to leave to our children & our nation, if there is a nation left when they are done!


easyt65 on June 6, 2013 at 10:17 AM

It appears that the more vocal of the readers who routinely comment on HA (and you know who you are! ;-)) are subject to topic overload and/or topic diver-Ooh! look! butterfly!-sion as a driver of their topic interest.

I wonder, when does the average post on HA begin to lose reader participation in the comments? one? one and half days?? I guess it takes Sibelius, Christie or “Moochelle” to generate the higher – close to 300 – comments threshold.

Just a curious observation.

E9RET on June 6, 2013 at 4:26 PM