Christine O’Donnell a victim of IRS abuse?

posted at 9:21 am on July 18, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

State officials can access IRS computer systems through a “back door” intended to allow for better communication in investigations, but with so little accountability that the process can easily be abused for political purposes.  That appears to have happened already — and the target was a Tea Party candidate for Senate.  According to the Washington Times, an official in state government illegally accessed Christine O’Donnell’s tax records on the day she announced her candidacy — and the same day the IRS slapped an erroneous tax lien on a property O’Donnell no longer owned:

On March 9, 2010, the day she revealed her plan to run for the Senate in a press release, a tax lien was placed on a house purported to be hers and publicized. The problem was she no longer owned the house. The IRS eventually blamed the lien on a computer glitch and withdrew it.

Now Mr. Martel, a criminal investigator for the Treasury Department’s inspector general for tax administration, was telling her that an official in Delaware state government had improperly accessed her records on that very same day. …

Investigators for Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, an influential Republican who serves on the Finance and Judiciary committees, have uncovered one key issue: a backdoor system in which state officials can access Americans’ private tax records in the name of investigating with little oversight or accountability.

The Treasury Department’s tax watchdog has informed Mr. Grassley that at least four politicians or political donors have had their personal tax records improperly accessed through that system since 2006, including one case in which a willful violation of federal law was identified.

O’Donnell’s case appears to be among those noted earlier this week in the IRS scandal.  This explanation still has a few gaps, too.  The state official may have illegally accessed O’Donnell’s records; what happened to the information?  Did it get sent to one of her competitors in the race?  How exactly does this relate to the IRS lien on the property O’Donnell no longer owned?  The investigation into this abuse should have found all of these answers, right?

Oh, wait — the DoJ isn’t interested in pursuing abuses when the victims are Tea Party activists:

But the Justice Department has declined to prosecute any of the offenders. Treasury officials have refused to give Mr. Grassley any specifics on the cases or to describe the disposition of Ms. O’Donnell’s case, claiming even people who improperly access tax records have an assumption of privacy under federal tax laws.

Mr. Grassley scoffs at that explanation and is demanding answers from the Treasury and Justice departments.

As Glenn Reynolds notes:

Seems like a lot of the “bad luck” that affected some Tea Party candidates wasn’t bad luck at all.

Glenn also points out that the House Oversight Committee will hold a hearing today to look into some of the other abuses at the IRS.  The hearing starts at 11 am.


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She’s not a witch.

Red Cloud on July 18, 2013 at 9:24 AM

The America your grandfathers fought for is gone.

wheelgun on July 18, 2013 at 9:25 AM

The Soviets weren’t this corrupt.They didn’t try to hide it,they just did it.

docflash on July 18, 2013 at 9:26 AM

The hits just keep on coming. These dems are despicable. Lying and cheating come so naturally to them. It’s like another day at the office.

Ta111 on July 18, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Every single layer of government in this country is thoroughly corrupt at this point. Except for the kitten rescuing fireman.

Flange on July 18, 2013 at 9:27 AM

There will be no repercussions, ever. Both sides do it. We have a government that is wildly out of control.

herm2416 on July 18, 2013 at 9:29 AM

She’s just like you.

And Obama and the IRS hate her for that.

Chris of Rights on July 18, 2013 at 9:29 AM

The hits just keep on coming. These dems are despicable. Lying and cheating come so naturally to them. It’s like another day at the office.

Ta111 on July 18, 2013 at 9:27 AM

I wouldn’t be surprised at all if a bunch of Republicans knew about this and were fine with it. Remember, while the woman was giving her damn victory speech the night of the primary, Karl Rove and John Cornyn were busy throwing her under the bus.

Doughboy on July 18, 2013 at 9:30 AM

This is just the tip of this corrupt iceberg. Obama’s band will continue to play while on the deck as our ship begins to go under.

Cherokee on July 18, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Without a doubt, the most corrupt administration in my lifetime.

And I remember watching the resignation of Nixon on TV.

Chris of Rights on July 18, 2013 at 9:32 AM

The America your grandfathers fought for is gone.

wheelgun on July 18, 2013 at 9:25 AM

In my case, my 87 year old WWII vet Dad.

Truly sickening.

ToddPA on July 18, 2013 at 9:34 AM

She’s just like you.

And Obama and the IRS hate her for that.

Chris of Rights on July 18, 2013 at 9:29 AM

And half the GOP as well. And then we’re lectured about “electability”.

ddrintn on July 18, 2013 at 9:34 AM

There will be no repercussions, ever. Both sides do it. We have a government that is wildly out of control.

herm2416 on July 18, 2013 at 9:29 AM

i don’t know about that. I have a feeling ol’ Christine will be on that broomstick and put it right in the eye of the IRS. She’s a very sympathetic character now. This is gonna be good.

gracie on July 18, 2013 at 9:35 AM

and the same day the IRS slapped an erroneous tax lien on a property O’Donnell no longer owned:

Isn’t that item still being thrown around by COD haters in the GOP?

ddrintn on July 18, 2013 at 9:36 AM

The America your grandfathers fought for is gone.

wheelgun on July 18, 2013 at 9:25 AM

It sure is. Let’s get it back.

dogsoldier on July 18, 2013 at 9:36 AM

How exactly does this relate to the IRS lien on the property O’Donnell no longer owned?

Could the lien have been a Trojan horse to get into the records? There might be some sort of protocol which allows lienholders to access financial records when they’re seeking attachment of their lien.

blammm on July 18, 2013 at 9:37 AM

As posted above…

Alexei Navalny sentenced to five years in prison

Protests expected in Moscow as Russian opposition leader is found guilty of embezzlement in trial seen as politically motivated

Compare and contrast the treatment of political enemies: Vlad The Impaler vs. Barack The Inhaler

Drained Brain on July 18, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Corruption at the highest levels. Win election for the Democrats at any cost! This is not the American way. These people need to be prosecuted and jail time to send a message. Didn’t see this type of scandals in the Bush years!!

karlinsync on July 18, 2013 at 9:42 AM

But the Justice Department has declined to prosecute any of the offenders. Treasury officials have refused to give Mr. Grassley any specifics on the cases or to describe the disposition of Ms. O’Donnell’s case, claiming even people who improperly access tax records have an assumption of privacy under federal tax laws.

The doublespeak and corruption are breathtaking. I really despise these people.

conservative pilgrim on July 18, 2013 at 9:44 AM

I donated a few buck to her …*ducks*… and so I suppose I’m on “The List” somewhere as well. Related to that, I made sure I purchased “audit insurance” when I filed through Turbo Tax this year on a sneaking suspicion that I’d be audited. I hope I don’t have to use it.

ted c on July 18, 2013 at 9:46 AM

No consequences.

Dongemaharu on July 18, 2013 at 9:47 AM

IRS has been harassing us too. As of recent-they seem to have trouble with conservatives.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 18, 2013 at 9:50 AM

But the Justice Department has declined to prosecute any of the offenders.

No shiite. This administration is criminal from top to bottom and peopled with thug jackasses, we’re on our own.

Bishop on July 18, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Late for work. Chat w/ Y’all after 2000hrs central time.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 18, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Could the lien have been a Trojan horse to get into the records? There might be some sort of protocol which allows lienholders to access financial records when they’re seeking attachment of their lien.

blammm on July 18, 2013 at 9:37 AM

That’s a damn good question. I never really was on Team Christine, but what happened to her here is complete BS.

Sekhmet on July 18, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Maybe I need to clarify:

BS as in unbelievably and unfairly crappy, NOT bogus.

Sekhmet on July 18, 2013 at 9:54 AM

I still love how that chick absolutely WAXED Mike Castle’s Liberal ASS!!

HondaV65 on July 18, 2013 at 9:54 AM

the attacks are personal, political, financial and are breathtaking in scope.

The System worked…./

ted c on July 18, 2013 at 9:55 AM

blammm on July 18, 2013 at 9:37 AM

the purpose of the tax lien was to try and embarass her. a lien on her house for failure to pay taxes. the story gets out but the retraction never gets as big a play as the original. as another poster stated that tax issue still gets brought up by her detractors when she is mentioned.

chasdal on July 18, 2013 at 9:57 AM

I wish she could turn the IRS into a newt.

22044 on July 18, 2013 at 9:58 AM

The IRS eventually blamed the lien on a computer glitch and withdrew it.

Perhaps the door is a two way door. Could the “state politician” have put the lien on the house?

A system with so little oversight that nearly anyone can access it is ripe for hacking and abuse.

unclesmrgol on July 18, 2013 at 9:59 AM

I still have the tee shirt!

Akzed on July 18, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Would anything be different if she had won?

Bmore on July 18, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Could the lien have been a Trojan horse to get into the records? There might be some sort of protocol which allows lienholders to access financial records when they’re seeking attachment of their lien.

blammm on July 18, 2013 at 9:37 AM

A more simple explanation would be that by placing the lien, they create 2-3 days of people bleating how fiscally irresponsible she is. And fiscal responsibility was a major point for that election. Followed by a quick correction days later after the meme has been created. But with the KGB like tactics being employed by the dims, who knows?

Flange on July 18, 2013 at 10:01 AM

If we had a Ministry of Silly Walks, it would be corrupt.

Akzed on July 18, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Would anything be different if she had won?
Bmore on July 18, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Doesn’t that question sort of answer itself…?

Akzed on July 18, 2013 at 10:02 AM

Akzed on July 18, 2013 at 10:02 AM

Perhaps I should rephrase. What would be different if she had won?

Bmore on July 18, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Bmore on July 18, 2013 at 10:00 AM

you think she would vote like Coons or you think that one extra GOP vote wouldnt matter?

chasdal on July 18, 2013 at 10:08 AM

I have absolutely no doubt that every single candidate was / will be scrutinized and harrased, on both sides. Dems, too, if they stray too far off the reservation.

Grieves me no end.

pambi on July 18, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Quoted WAPO article…

” The chief counsel’s office for the Internal Revenue Service, headed by a political appointee of President Obama, helped develop the agency’s problematic guidelines for reviewing “tea party” cases, according to a top IRS attorney.

In interviews with congressional investigators, IRS lawyer Carter Hull said his superiors told him that the chief counsel’s office, led by William Wilkins, would need to review applications that the agency had screened for additional scrutiny because of potential political activity.

Previous accounts from IRS employees had shown that Washington IRS officials were involved in the controversy, but Hull’s comments represent the closest connection to the White House to date…”

The IRS counsel is a political appointee. Obama appointed Wilkins to that position in April 2009, so he was there across the entire abuse regime. Previous testimony in the IRS scandal has revealed that Wilkins learned of the abuse by at least August 4, 2011, but White House spokesman Jay Carney told the press in May 2013 that Wilkins never bothered to inform the White House about it. This new information calls the previous testimony into question: Wilkins apparently knew of the abuse earlier than August 2011, because his own office was involved in it. His likely excuse: His staff went rogue and acted stupidly on their own. No one is ever in charge of, or accountable for, anything in Obama’s government, unless they’re in the military or otherwise expendable. Wilkins is probably too high to be expendable.

We’re getting ever closer to discovering that the White House through its counsel’s office was involved in, and probably directing, the abuse of citizens who were organizing to speak out against the Obama agenda. Catherine Engelbrecht’s case indicates that the IRS abuse is just one line of attack; the Obama government unleashed the full alphabet soup on her after she founded True the Vote.

That’s part of why Eric Holder has been unleashed on George Zimmerman. The right hand is hammering an innocent man while the left hand tries to wave Obama’s most dangerous scandal away. They’ll risk civil unrest to keep this particular scandal off the front pages…”

http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2013/07/17/bombshell-irs-chief-counsel-was-involved-in-targeting-tea-party-groups/

workingclass artist on July 18, 2013 at 10:14 AM

I hear folks at this site argue all the time. We shouldn’t primary x or why are we wasting resources on y. Coons is a D isn’t he?

Bmore on July 18, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Grieves me no end.

pambi on July 18, 2013 at 10:12 AM

But just think how safe you are with the government collecting all your personal data. And the children. Think about the children and how safe you are, and it will all be ok.

Flange on July 18, 2013 at 10:17 AM

I hear folks at this site argue all the time. We shouldn’t primary x or why are we wasting resources on y. Coons is a D isn’t he?

Bmore on July 18, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Coons? Who’s that? All I remember hearing is how horrible O’Donnell is.

ddrintn on July 18, 2013 at 10:20 AM

I still love how that chick absolutely WAXED Mike Castle’s Liberal ASS!!

HondaV65 on July 18, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Her loss to Coons helped your sweetie Barack Obama hold the Senate.

slickwillie2001 on July 18, 2013 at 10:21 AM

ddrintn on July 18, 2013 at 10:20 AM

; )

Bmore on July 18, 2013 at 10:23 AM

an official in state government illegally accessed Christine O’Donnell’s tax records on the day she announced her candidacy — and the same day the IRS slapped an erroneous tax lien on a property O’Donnell no longer owned:

We’re getting close to RICO time.

Or the Federal government and a state government were working in collusion to stop a candidate.

That would be impeachment time.

This is beyond Nixon.

faraway on July 18, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Her loss to Coons helped your sweetie Barack Obama hold the Senate.

slickwillie2001 on July 18, 2013 at 10:21 AM

With a huge assist from GOPe toadies.

ddrintn on July 18, 2013 at 10:25 AM

The state official may have illegally accessed O’Donnell’s records; what happened to the information? Did it get sent to one of her competitors in the race? How exactly does this relate to the IRS lien on the property O’Donnell no longer owned? The investigation into this abuse should have found all of these answers, right?

Yeah, but progressive Republicans don’t like her so this it’s okay if she’s harassed by the IRS, she probably did something to deserve it. /

Doomberg on July 18, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Yeah, but progressive Republicans don’t like her so this it’s okay if she’s harassed by the IRS, she probably did something to deserve it. /

Doomberg on July 18, 2013 at 10:25 AM

LOL, yeah. I was waiting for rumors of shallow graves.

ddrintn on July 18, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Hull is naming names.

““Top IRS officials in Washington, D.C. planned and oversaw the agency’s improper targeting of conservative groups, according to the 72-year old retiring IRS lawyer who will testify Thursday before the House Oversight Committee,” the Daily Caller reports:

Retiring IRS lawyer Carter C. Hull implicated the IRS Chief Counsel’s office, headed by Obama appointee William J. Wilkins, and Lois Lerner, the embattled head of the IRS’ exempt organizations office, in the IRS targeting scandal and made clear that the targeting started in Washington, according to leaked interviews that Hull granted to the Oversight Committee in advance of Thursday’s hearing.

Treasury Inspector General J. Russell George will return to Republican chairman Darrell Issa’s committee Thursday along with two central characters in the IRS saga: Hull and Cincinnati-based IRS employee Elizabeth Hofacre, who previously gave Hull’s name to congressional investigators, fingering him as her Washington-based supervisor.

Hull is naming names.

“In April 2010, Mr. Hull was instructed to scrutinize certain Tea Party applications by one of his superiors in Washington. According to Mr. Hull, these applications were used as ‘test’ cases and assigned to him because of his expertise and because IRS leadership in Washington was ‘trying to find out how [the IRS] should approach these organizations, and how [the IRS] should handle them,’” according to Oversight Committee documents….

Tomorrow (Thursday) should be fun if this report plays out:

FOX News reporter Carl Cameron told Bill O’Reilly tonight that on Thursday House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) has information that will move the IRS scandal up into the White House. “What he said to me today was make sure to watch tomorrow’s hearing because he’s going to present the evidence to prove it…. That he can get it right up all the way into the White House before it was all revealed.”

And just as a reminder, in 2009 President Obama “joked” about siccing the IRS on his enemies…”

http://pjmedia.com/eddriscoll/2013/07/17/irs-lawyer-says-scandal-was-overseen-by-dc/?singlepage=true

workingclass artist on July 18, 2013 at 10:27 AM

No shiite. This administration is criminal from top to bottom and peopled with thug jackasses, we’re on our own.

Bishop on July 18, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Would that we were on our own. As it is, the government is always here, watching and ready to help. To the death if need be, our death that is. Financial or otherwise.

Lily on July 18, 2013 at 10:27 AM

She fought through a three-year audit into her personal finances that ended with her repaying $1,100 to the federal government. Family and friends also were subjected to audits, though they were cleared, she said.

She had been warned that such events were possible.

As she was considering a Senate run, Ms. O’Donnell said she was told by a prominent political figure in Delaware that if she challenged Mr. Castle, the IRS and others would “F with her head.”

Stalin called, he wants his tactics back.

mankai on July 18, 2013 at 10:32 AM

But nobody ever accesses the NSA databases….
This clearly witch discrimination.

d1carter on July 18, 2013 at 10:38 AM

I still love how that chick absolutely WAXED Mike Castle’s Liberal ASS!! HondaV65 on July 18, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Castle never conceded defeat or congratulated her. He sits in a corner of the basement sucking his thumb these days, I hear. His wife’s getting concerned.

Perhaps I should rephrase. What would be different if she had won?
Bmore on July 18, 2013 at 10:06 AM

She’d be a senator…?

Akzed on July 18, 2013 at 10:38 AM

She’d be a senator…?

Akzed on July 18, 2013 at 10:38 AM

Lol! That too. ; )

Bmore on July 18, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Are you in Baltimore, Bmore?

Akzed on July 18, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Voltaire wrote, “it is good to kill an admiral from time to time, in order to encourage the others.”

I suggest that it would be good to hang a few IRS agents, to keep the others in line.

Of course, there should also be a penalty for attorneys general who choose not to prosecute blatant government corruption.

J Baustian on July 18, 2013 at 10:46 AM

No. I do get that all the time however. Apparently Bmore is a short for Baltimore. When I was given this nickname folks down South here weren’t thinking Baltimore. Its a wrong side of the tracks nic. For aspiring to improve my lot in life. ; )

Bmore on July 18, 2013 at 10:47 AM

I have been to Baltimore though. Odd town. Very blue collar at its heart from what I observed.

Bmore on July 18, 2013 at 10:49 AM

But just think how safe you are with the government collecting all your personal data. And the children. Think about the children and how safe you are, and it will all be ok.

Flange on July 18, 2013 at 10:17 AM

We’ve got little ones in our family. Our hearts are broken over what we see taking place in our country.

I’ll be long gone when our little ones are adults, and I shudder to think what kind of country they will be living in.

GrannyDee on July 18, 2013 at 10:51 AM

The hits just keep on coming. These dems are despicable. Lying and cheating come so naturally to them. It’s like another day at the office.

Ta111 on July 18, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Personally, I’m more inclined to think this was a joint Rep-Dem operation…hell, it was probably just the GOP. The country club Republicans hated her as much, if not more, than the Dems.

batter on July 18, 2013 at 10:58 AM

an official in state government illegally accessed Christine O’Donnell’s tax records on the day she announced her candidacy — and the same day the IRS slapped an erroneous tax lien on a property O’Donnell no longer owned:

We’re getting close to RICO time.

Or the Federal government and a state government were working in collusion to stop a candidate.

That would be impeachment time.

This is beyond Nixon.

faraway on July 18, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Nixon is a dot in the rear view mirror at this point.

There Goes the Neighborhood on July 18, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Oh, wait — the DoJ isn’t interested in pursuing abuses when the victims are Tea Party activists

Flashback:

Document drop: Witness affidavit in NBPP voter bullying case
By Michelle Malkin • May 29, 2009 02:44 PM

Takeaway quote:

“You are about to be ruled by the black man, cracker.”

ITguy on July 18, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Personally, I’m more inclined to think this was a joint Rep-Dem operation…hell, it was probably just the GOP. The country club Republicans hated her as much, if not more, than the Dems.

batter on July 18, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Democratics don’t need help from Republicans to do this, they own the corruption machine in the IRS, ATF, FBI, Labor, NSA, etc, and they are not stupid enough to share it with Republicans one-time for someone they both dislike.

slickwillie2001 on July 18, 2013 at 11:02 AM

My reading of this is that this was probably Mike Castle’s team exerting its influence, rather than a Democrat thing.

Robert_Paulson on July 18, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Bmore on July 18, 2013 at 10:49 AM

Lived in Baltimore most o’ me life, the city and burbs. It’s a prime example of what Democrats can do to a city, given enough time and demagoguery.

Akzed on July 18, 2013 at 11:06 AM

It’s not like it kept her from winning.

But yeah, dirty politics.

Moesart on July 18, 2013 at 11:07 AM

We’re getting close to RICO time. Or the Federal government and a state government were working in collusion to stop a candidate. That would be impeachment time. This is beyond Nixon.
faraway on July 18, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Wouldn’t it be something if Christine was not only directly responsible for Mike Castle’s forced retirement from obsessive-compulsive public office-holding, but also indirectly responsible for Obooba’s demise?

Akzed on July 18, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Akzed on July 18, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Yes I understand. Maryland is on my list of not healthy states. The influx of such huge numbers of Feral employees is not helpful. I think lest I be mistaken, the counties North and to the west are red but simply outnumbered these days. The shore is also fairly red, but changing and also out numbered. Would that be a correct observation in your view?

Bmore on July 18, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Wouldn’t it be something if Christine was not only directly responsible for Mike Castle’s forced retirement from obsessive-compulsive public office-holding, but also indirectly responsible for Obooba’s demise?

Akzed on July 18, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Yep. David and Goliath. War on Women too.

slickwillie2001 on July 18, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Akzed, it has also been brought to my attention that Md. is losing its wealth and some of its industry. True?

Bmore on July 18, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Akzed on July 18, 2013 at 11:09 AM

: )

Bmore on July 18, 2013 at 11:16 AM

MD has the misfortune of housing both Baltimore and DC. The endemic pathologies of course bleed into the burbs. The was an exodus into northern MD and south central PA from the city and lower Balto County in the 80s-90′s, the eastern shore is “blue.” Not having lived there for 20 years I don’t follow it closely except as informed by relatives.

The funny thing is, it contains hotbeds of Confederate sympathizers and “tax patriot” types. Save-A-Patriot is in Westminster.

Once we were at a wedding, and the bluegrass band was playing along while we ate, and they happened to play Dixie. Everyone dropped his fork and stood, and even this bluegrass band didn’t realize why at first.

It brings a tear to my eye to recall it!

Akzed on July 18, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Oh, and O’Malley is taxing the wealthy at such a rate that there will be no one but welfare parasites and leftist politicians left before long, standin’ ’round lookin’.

Akzed on July 18, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Iirc, a lot of folks around here assured me she was “unserious” because of those IRS investigations. She was bad with money, she never paid her bills, etc etc etc. gfy, all of you.

She may not be the sharpest pencil in the pencil box but she was no worse than most other schmucks trying to win a first office. Obozo included.

alwaysfiredup on July 18, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Akzed on July 18, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Last time through the area, took the Bay Bridge over to the Shore. Was surprised to see the stars and bars greet me on the other side. Took the Bay Bridge tunnel on the return back to here. Lots of pro 0 wares in Va’s part of the Shore. Sorry to hear Md’s Shore is blue. Small state. lots of move ins and retired folks I presume. My state is also changing due to all the move ins.

Bmore on July 18, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Coons? Who’s that?

ddrintn on July 18, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Ask Nancy Grace.

steebo77 on July 18, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Coons? Who’s that?

ddrintn on July 18, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Our ex-county assessor. Big scandal, lots of rich white people saw big increases in taxes in a year nobody’s values went up, so everybody raised a fuss and out he went.

…Oh wait, that’s not what you wanted, is it.

alwaysfiredup on July 18, 2013 at 11:38 AM

The IRS eventually blamed the lien on a computer glitch and withdrew it.

Is there anyone in the world who buys this lame excuse anymore?

SailorMark on July 18, 2013 at 11:39 AM

The IRS eventually blamed the lien on a computer glitch and withdrew it.

Is there anyone in the world who buys this lame excuse anymore?

SailorMark on July 18, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Only if the glitch was on COD’s computer when the government hacked into it.

Anyone doubt that her phones were being tapped as well?

slickwillie2001 on July 18, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Iirc, a lot of folks around here assured me she was “unserious” because of those IRS investigations.

alwaysfiredup on July 18, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Yep.

ddrintn on July 18, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Sorry to hear Md’s Shore is blue. Bmore on July 18, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Sorry, I mistyped. Red, although as I recall Steny Hoyer was an eastern shore rep.

I can’t get used to calling conservatism “red,” I always think commie when I think red, which is why I think democrat.

Akzed on July 18, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Akzed on July 18, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Glad you corrected. I was a wee bit upset by the revelation. I can say this. Eastern shore cantaloupes are the best! Though this year Cordele is growing some really really good ones. Yum!

Bmore on July 18, 2013 at 12:27 PM

My reading of this is that this was probably Mike Castle’s team exerting its influence, rather than a Democrat thing.

Robert_Paulson on July 18, 2013 at 11:06 AM

The article says a state government official accessed her tax file. Delaware is totally controlled by Democrats. Including Attorney General Beau Biden. And as we all know now, the IRA bureaucracy is pretty much 100% Democrat as well.

rockmom on July 18, 2013 at 12:42 PM

It is high time to end the IRS…

At the very least 0 out their budget until we have a thorough investigation and everyone involved is in prison.

But…the Republicans don’t really care. As long as the IRS was going after conservatives, the Republican establishment isn’t going to get that upset.

18-1 on July 18, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Seems like yesterday that Schumer’s staffers were busted for illegally obtaining Michael Steele’s SS#.

Christien on July 18, 2013 at 1:02 PM

This begs the question:

What about Sharron Angle?
What IRS info was leaked about her in 2010?

Harry?….Harry?

Another Drew on July 18, 2013 at 1:27 PM

Ms. O’Donnell was just another naive Citizen that thought we had an honorable Democratic/Republic and honest elections. What does she get, bulldozed by both the Drats and R-rats, investigated by the IRS and every damn lame media org in the country. They practically lived in her bedroom. She should sue for her Civil Rights!

el Vaquero on July 18, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Is it time we all can agree the Obama administration is the most corrupt in the history of this formerly great nation?

John the Libertarian on July 19, 2013 at 2:17 AM