Issa expanding IRS probe to include FEC

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

“If you thought the IRS targeting — scandal, controversy, whatever you want to call it — was forgotten, think again,” said CNN’s Jake Tapper, introducing Dana Bash’s report last night on House Oversight Chair Darrell Issa’s expansion of the probe. Issa requested information from the Federal Election Commission after leaked e-mails suggested that coordination may have taken place between the two agencies in pursuit of conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status. That may increase the focus on one particular figure in the scandal, as well as potentially add more to it:

House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa demanded Wednesday that the Federal Election Commission turn over records of more than five years of communications with the Internal Revenue Service – a move that significantly expands the California Republican’s ongoing probe of alleged federal targeting of conservative groups.

Issa has already received a response from FEC chair Ellen Weintraub, lamenting the possibility that news media have reported on “innuendo.” Nonetheless, she wants to turn the investigation over to the Inspector General simultaneously to releasing the documentation to Oversight (via Instapundit):

The stated reason for the request is “[t]o help ensure that the FEC has not coordinated with the IRS on the targeting of Americans on the basis of their political beliefs.” As you note, this is a grave allegation. If true, and I have seen no evidence of this to date, such targeting would be unacceptable. Even a suspicion of improper targeting affects the credibility of the agency. Therefore, after having read this same allegation in a National Review Online article the morning of our meeting, I immediately referred the matter to the FEC’s Inspector General for an impartial, independent review. I did not discuss the referral during our meeting because I had not yet conferred with the Inspector General as to what, if anything, may be made public during the pendency of such an investigation. She has confirmed that I may share the fact of the referral. …

The National Review Online article appears to have been based on an email exchange, which you now have, in which a staff attorney sought guidance on the process by which the IRS confers tax exempt status on 501(c)(4) organizations and sought assistance in obtaining publicly available information. No confidential tax information was requested or received in those communications, and as noted, the search for all other communications is ongoing.

That one particular e-mail didn’t ask for confidential information, but as Weintraub herself notes, the information it did explicitly request was publicly available. Why, then, ask the FEC to involve itself in an IRS investigation at all? Why didn’t the investigator look up the FEC filings on line, as many of us do? Lois Lerner, who worked at the FEC prior to the IRS, was known for politicizing her work in both places, and it’s very interesting that IRS investigators reached out to Lerner’s old haunts to target conservatives.

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Issa expanding IRS probe to include FEC…..

for what purpose? To get his face on more news shows? This guy and his efforts are nothing but a complete waste of time. He talks tough but when the rubber meets the road, nothing happens.

Obama should have been impeached by now for abuses of executive power and violating the 4th Amendment, but what do we get from his accomplices in the gop leadership in the House and Senate?

Nothingburgers.

#wasteoftime #tunedthemout #gopsuckssuckssucks

PappyD61 on August 8, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Lois Lerner, who worked at the FEC prior to the IRS, was known for politicizing her work in both places, and it’s very interesting that IRS investigators reached out to Lerner’s old haunts to target conservatives.

There’s that name again. Instead of her paid vacation, she should be in jail.

Happy Nomad on August 8, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Issa’s name is usually the last name mentioned before an item works it’s way down the memory hole.

Flange on August 8, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Cripe

cmsinaz on August 8, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Remember it took over two years for Watergate to get rolling, just sayin…

Johnnyreb on August 8, 2013 at 8:56 AM

I hope we get to see Lois Lerner marched before the cameras in an orange jumpsuit soon.

Bitter Clinger on August 8, 2013 at 8:58 AM

How to bury secret activity: chapter one:

a. Send it to be studied by a “Blue Ribbon Committee”
b. have congress investigate it to death
c. find a lesser body or two under the bad guy’s bus tires.
d. Have your maverick plants on the other side to complain about their side’s bad behavior.
e. Create a diversion -bomb a aspirin factory or call a terrorist attack warning.
f. The Judas Iscariot ploy: Have your media attack them for wasting money that could be used for the poor.

Chapter two: Repeat chapter one until they tire.

Don L on August 8, 2013 at 8:59 AM

It’s interesting that the CNN trolls emphasized the denials (Democrat party line) rather than the allegations, as if they were defending the government agencies and taking an anti-Congress posture. It’s also interesting that when describing the allegations and investigation, they trolls become stumble bum fumble mouths rather than being clear and concise commentators.
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It’s as if they are adding their own version of Democrat Party obfuscation and murkiness to any Republican-led effort to get at the truth of Executive Branch agencies’ activities. Disgusting and scary, at the same time.

ExpressoBold on August 8, 2013 at 9:02 AM

: )

Bmore on August 8, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Remember it took over two years for Watergate to get rolling, just sayin…

Johnnyreb on August 8, 2013 at 8:56 AM

It’s not that Issa isn’t getting somewhere in this investigation. Remember, in a few months we’ve gone from the claim that this was a couple of rogue low-level employees in Cincinnati to the IRS chief counsel’s office being accused of involvement. And obviously Lois Lerner is in the middle of all of this.

My concern is that in the end, nothing will be done about it. It’s obvious based on the rhetoric of Obama and the Democrats in Congress that they don’t care about this scandal. Probably because it benefited them immeasurably in 2012 and also since Obama was likely involved in some capacity. But as long as the Democrat Party is running the White House, Senate, and DOJ, no one is going to be punished.

Doughboy on August 8, 2013 at 9:07 AM

The ruling elite will have this guy busted to buck private. They answer to no one.

acyl72 on August 8, 2013 at 9:10 AM

It’s interesting that the CNN trolls emphasized the denials (Democrat party line) rather than the allegations, as if they were defending the government agencies and taking an anti-Congress posture. It’s also interesting that when describing the allegations and investigation, they trolls become stumble bum fumble mouths rather than being clear and concise commentators.
.
It’s as if they are adding their own version of Democrat Party obfuscation and murkiness to any Republican-led effort to get at the truth of Executive Branch agencies’ activities. Disgusting and scary, at the same time.

ExpressoBold on August 8, 2013 at 9:02 AM

Progressives worship power, their problem with the suppression of the TEA party is that it did not go far enough.

rob verdi on August 8, 2013 at 9:16 AM

Is anybody else tired of the lame “I just read about it in the papers like you did” excuse. Is there absolutely no accountability for anyone, anywhere, anymore? Why not throw open the gates of all our prisons, look at all the money we’ll save. And the people there are probably more honest than our government.

yesiamapirate on August 8, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Is anybody else tired of the lame “I just read about it in the papers like you did” excuse. Is there absolutely no accountability for anyone, anywhere, anymore? Why not throw open the gates of all our prisons, look at all the money we’ll save. And the people there are probably more honest than our government.

yesiamapirate on August 8, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Brilliant, BRILLIANT post.

ToddPA on August 8, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Karl Rove and the Bush’s were and are now happy to see conservative groups and tparty groups targeted by IRS, FEC, or anyone else. Nothing the Pub. establishment is now doing is more than a dog and pony show for the base. The Pub. party is dead as far as conservatives are concerned. Start a third party or just quit voting. Let the Dems. take over and then let it burn. The quicker the better. A Slowly dying democracy is the worse thing for saving America. If the collapse can happen overnight, it might wake the idiots from their communist stupor. So, let the Dems. have it. It is certain that if the Dems. have complete control, the country will go broke, regulations and corruption will bring about suffering for everyone, including the idiot liberal sheep. Until the suffering and loss of freedom is felt by everyone, we will never turn the tide. So, let it collapse. Quickly.

they lie on August 8, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Is there absolutely no accountability for anyone, anywhere, anymore?

yesiamapirate on August 8, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Apparently not. Filner is still in office. Weiner is still a contender in his race. Lerner is on a months-long paid vacation. The FEC clearly was coordinating partisan attacks with the IRS. Bradley Manning was found guilty but nobody in his immediate chain-of-command that allowed the leaks. Same with Snowden. And now, we are openly discussing sources and methods used to track down terrorists in Yemen…..

It seems as if nobody is in charge.

Happy Nomad on August 8, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Any day now this Reverend Wright thing is really going to blow up in Obama’s face.

Chris of Rights on August 8, 2013 at 9:37 AM

PappyD61 on August 8, 2013 at 8:45 AM

exactly!

NY Conservative on August 8, 2013 at 9:39 AM

I know that everyone would like the House to draw up Articles of Impeachment today (in fact, there is probably a group of staffers doing exactly that), but unless the GOP takes control of the Senate and enough Dem’s vote to convict and remove from office, the impeachment only further tarnishes an already dismal legacy (see Clinton, William Jefferson). It takes 67 Senators voting to convict. The Articles of Impeachment need to be so vast and prevasive that even the most liberal Senator would consider conviction. Otherwise, we are wasting our time.

I preach patience. Already this is possibly the most scandal-ridden presidency in history. Every day we learn of some new illegal, immoral, or un-Constitutional caper. Let them continue to mount. In time, the pile of scandals surround BHO will so high he’ll need to climb to the top of the Washington Monument to see over it.

We also need to tie some of these scandals to Dem Senators. Did the letters from Dem Senators to the IRS encourage the illegal targeting of conservative groups? Did Dingy Harry Reid receive confidential copies of Romney’s tax returns? What other Dem Senators are involved in the scandals? We need to use their involvement as ammunition to get them defeated in 2014, or if they aren’t running (as my Senator Carl Levin is not), ensure a GOP candidate wins. Only can we have a chance of removing BHO from office.

Hopefully, if Articles of Impeachment are so vast, pervasive, and persuasive, he’ll resign, rather than face possible conviction and removal from office. Then we get “Plugs”. Actually, I think that is a good think. I don’t think “Plugs” is evil (I do think BHO is), just suffering from dementia.

The other good aspect of a “Plugs” presidency is that he’ll be the front-runner for the Dem nomination for president in 2016. It’s very hard to defeat a sitting president in the primaries. That would keep HRC out of the running (who I think is also evil). I think any decent GOP candidate could defeat “Plugs” in 2016. “Plugs” would be such an embarassment that even liberal voters would vote for a decent GOP candidate.

GAlpha10 on August 8, 2013 at 9:40 AM

“thing”, not “think”

GAlpha10 on August 8, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Translation: Issa expanding more gas into ether.

That is, expending more government resources on show investigations intended only to con credulous conservatives into believing the GOP is fighting back against Obama.

rrpjr on August 8, 2013 at 9:48 AM

“thing”, not “think”

GAlpha10 on August 8, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Earlier today I typed thing when I meant think. Since you did the opposite the HA karma balance is back in line. :0

Condolences on your Senators. I’d like to think that Terry Lynn Land could win but I’m not optimistic that it is possible to turn a Senate seat unless there is some way to get rid of the eastern side of the state.

Happy Nomad on August 8, 2013 at 9:55 AM

PappyD61 on August 8, 2013 at 8:45 AM

u blow so much smoke all the time i can’t tell if your kidding or not.

issa is doing the heavy lifting here and must move methodically…and with race baiting dingalings like elijah cummings and this stinkin’ administration and liars in the irs, fec and dea, he has a herculean task.

cut him some slack

gracie on August 8, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Yawn

Philly on August 8, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Happy Nomad on August 8, 2013 at 9:55 AM,

I hear ya. My Congresscritter is Mike Rogers. I hope he runs. Although he has taken some heat lately from the right on the NSA snooping, he is a great guy. Former Army Captain, former FBI agent.

GAlpha10 on August 8, 2013 at 10:12 AM

as long as the Democrat Party is running the White House, Senate, and DOJ, no one is going to be punished.

Doughboy on August 8, 2013 at 9:07 AM

…got that right!
…can’t get anything else done either!

KOOLAID2 on August 8, 2013 at 10:26 AM

I want Lois Lerner sharing a cell for five to ten years with her new best friend, a 250-pound woman named LaKesha.

BuckeyeSam on August 8, 2013 at 10:37 AM

PappyD61 on August 8, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Hey, Pappy, at least Issa is making the effort to get to the whole truth of this scandal.

Quite frankly, I’m impressed that he has made the headway as much he has. This whole thing is like an onion that needs to be peeled away one layer at a time. So chill out for a bit until he finally gets to the heart of it.

Cherokee on August 8, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Every day I pray that this is the secret to big to keep. Here’s where I fall down. OK so say we find that there is a direct involvement and coordination between IRS, the elections commission, the White House and the POTUS himself. Will the GOP as it is currently staffed have the cojones to impeach the melanin enhanced one? With the CRINOs (cowardly RINOs) currently in “power” I’m not so certain. With crybaby Boner, turtleneck McConnell, and looneytunes McCain in charge I’m not holding my breath. As pappyD61 so eloquently states:

Obama should have been impeached by now for abuses of executive

power and violating the 4th Amendment, but what do we get from his accomplices in the gop leadership in the House and Senate?

This!

neyney on August 8, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Breitbart took his Pigford story, all wrapped up with a bow, to Issa. Issa wanted nothing to do with it. Wouldn’t touch it. I heard the story from Breitbart when he spoke to a gathering here in Los Angeles. Breitbart had contempt for Issa.

rrpjr on August 8, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Would someone please list who has been held accountable in any dog and pony show that Issa and the Pubs. have put on for the low information Pub. voter? Anyone? Anything? Has anyone gone to jail? Has anyone been terminated? Has anyone been thrown out of office? Has anyone at any level been impeached?

Crickets chirping.

they lie on August 8, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Breitbart took his Pigford story, all wrapped up with a bow, to Issa. Issa wanted nothing to do with it. Wouldn’t touch it. I heard the story from Breitbart when he spoke to a gathering here in Los Angeles. Breitbart had contempt for Issa.

rrpjr on August 8, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Then he’s part of the dog and pony show. The biggest barker keeping us on the edge of our seats waiting after all of this time for the other shoe to drop. And after the months and years go by and this slowly sputters to unnoticed, he’ll shrug and act all indignant.
No justice, no independent investigator. Just another progressive mole. I feel sick.

onomo on August 8, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Does Boehner even know what is going on..?

d1carter on August 8, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Remember it took over two years for Watergate to get rolling, just sayin…

Johnnyreb on August 8, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Exactly, the same “conservatives” who rip apart our candidates and not focus on the opposition, now of course rip Issa because they don’t see it moving along quick enough…meanwhile, look at the implications and the expansion.

This isn’t about “now” what we can get now, but it how to stop this epidemic of illegal activity. And that takes time, maybe too much for some, but that is the way justice proceeds.

The cry should be, “Go get ‘em Issa, no matter how long it takes, we are standing behind you”…and let it be known that any politician who stands in the way of Issa gets hammered.

But, being the “conservatives” that some are, Issa will never do enough, quick enough…nor will be ever have a worthy candidate for any office…a weak mind is easy to manipulate, the the media has a field day with “conservatives” minds.

right2bright on August 8, 2013 at 1:01 PM

If the House in 1973-74 went after Nixon re Watergate in the same manner that the House GOP leadership is investigating the numerous scandals and abuses of power by the Obama Administration, Nixon would have completed his second term in office – having not resigned or been impeached.

Issa owns much of the blame for not pushing through on issues like Fast & Furious (so what ever became of the contempt of congress charge vs Holder?), New Black Panther Party, DoJ politicization, DoE crony capitalism / corruption, the violation of the War Powers Act re Libya, and now Benghazi, NSA / James Rosen, and IRS / FEC abuses of power.

But let’s not give the spineless Speaker of the House a pass either – he and the rest of the GOP leadership are so afraid of the lamestream media that they are completely unwilling to focus on the corrupt Obama Administration. The saddest part of this farce is that the lamestream media will castigate the GOP regardless of what they do…

If one isn’t willing to stand on / defend principles, then one doesn’t have any principles.

Athos on August 8, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Issa expanding IRS probe to include FEC

The probe should be firmly ensconced within the confines of Ms. Lerner, and then expanded.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on August 8, 2013 at 1:18 PM

My concern is that in the end, nothing will be done about it. It’s obvious based on the rhetoric of Obama and the Democrats in Congress that they don’t care about this scandal. Probably because it benefited them immeasurably in 2012 and also since Obama was likely involved in some capacity. But as long as the Democrat Party is running the White House, Senate, and DOJ, no one is going to be punished.

Doughboy on August 8, 2013 at 9:07 AM

That’s my concern too. There’s a limit to what Issa can do, he can try and bring all these IRS malpractices and scandals to light despite all the obfuscations and machinations that this admin have dealt in at every turn to prevent the public from finding out the truth, but in the end it takes a strong will and a concerted effort to bring any of these thugs to justice. It is not his business (Issa’s that is) to take action and impeach/prosecute…Besides, apart from the recent CNN efforts (hat off to them and especially to Jack Tapper) and Fox News, I don’t expect the results of any of f these investigations,no matter how scandalous and ourageous, to be made widely available to the public through the LSM. They will bury them somehow, there will be a Sandra Fluke, squirrels, wiminz, blacks, latinos, illegals manufactured/faux ‘scandal’ tthat O’s propaganda machine will supplant tirelessly the moment any of these investigations gets dangerously close to and starts pointing clearly in the WH direction.

jimver on August 8, 2013 at 1:24 PM

right2bright on August 8, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Well said, right2bright.

Cherokee on August 8, 2013 at 1:24 PM

But, being the “conservatives” that some are, Issa will never do enough, quick enough…nor will be ever have a worthy candidate for any office…a weak mind is easy to manipulate, the the media has a field day with “conservatives” minds.

right2bright on August 8, 2013 at 1:01 PM

That!!!

jimver on August 8, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Ed;

Lerner lynchpin? NoooooO

Cindy Thomas, head of the Cincinnati IRS office is absolutely the Lynchpin in this scandal. And when calling Issa’s office, they refuse to discuss why they are not calling her and putting her under oath on this scandal.

Go see:

Reality Check: The connection between IRS management Lois Lerner & Cindy Thomas

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3GWh-tYO7g

and

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2psqUDTS9w

Falcon46 on August 8, 2013 at 4:43 PM

It seems that @DarrellIssa reads here at Hot Air.

Not too shabby, people!

DannoJyd on August 9, 2013 at 5:38 AM

Let’s try that again:

It seems that @DarrellIssa reads the Hot Air blog.

Not too shabby, people!

Sorry for the earlier post with bad links. If only we had the option to edit our posts…

DannoJyd on August 9, 2013 at 5:41 AM