Lois Lerner 2013 e-mail: Maybe I can land an office job at Organizing For Action

posted at 4:01 pm on April 9, 2014 by Allahpundit

Organizing For Action is, of course, the group founded by Team Obama in 2009 after he was sworn in to push his agenda while in office. It’s the successor to Obama For America, his 2008 campaign outfit. The first OFA got him elected, the second OFA is supposed to help get his policies through Congress.

Here’s who was running the scrupulously impartial IRS Exempt Organizations Division that targeted dozens of tea-party nonprofits for extra scrutiny.

Was she joking or wasn’t she?

That’s the juiciest bit released today by the House Ways and Means Committee, which voted — along party lines, natch — to send a criminal referral letter about Lerner’s IRS shenanigans to Eric Holder. They’ve also published a timeline of Lerner’s actions towards conservative groups based on the evidence gathered from their investigation. Note that she sent that e-mail about working for OFA just three weeks after she intervened in the review process to ask whether Crossroads GPS, an arm of Karl Rove’s American Crossroads, was being audited.

January 4, 2013:
Lerner Pressures Review Committee: Lerner inquires to the status of Crossroads, and finds that the group had not been selected for audit. She subsequently sent an email to the Director of Examinations in Dallas, TX, Nanette Downing, demanding to know why the group had not yet been audited. In her email to Downing, she notes that she wants all moves regarding Crossroads to be coordinated in DC. [See letter to DOJ]

That was done in the name of making sure that 501(c)(4) orgs weren’t spending impermissibly on political campaigns after the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. Oddly enough, though, only conservative 501(c)(4)s were of concern to Lerner; according to Ways and Means, she “turn[ed] a blind eye to similarly-organized liberal groups, like Priorities USA.” No wonder she thought of a job at OFA. She was working for O arguably as hard as they were.

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Lois, you deserve to break big rocks into smaller rocks.

John the Libertarian on April 9, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Exit question: Think Eric Holder will prosecute her?

I thought your questions were supposed to be at least mildly serious.

nukemhill on April 9, 2014 at 4:04 PM

The incestuous fever-swamp swaps from federal offices, to media, to leftist “non-profits” is vomit inducing.

Murphy9 on April 9, 2014 at 4:04 PM

I try to imagine some poor man being married to this woman.

Ugh!

jake-the-goose on April 9, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Thought: Want to be she runs for office soon?

jake-the-goose on April 9, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Holder prosecute a democrat? Hah! Isn’t he agitating to open the prisons and free all the criminals right now as it is?

Vanceone on April 9, 2014 at 4:06 PM

God, she’s one ugly broad.

lostmotherland on February 26, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Yep, ugly to the core.

slickwillie2001 on April 9, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Thought: Want to be bet she runs for office soon?

jake-the-goose on April 9, 2014 at 4:06 PM

jake-the-goose on April 9, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Exit question: Think Eric Holder will prosecute her?

OJ will find the real killers before this happens.

Kataklysmic on April 9, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Holder to prosecute one of Obama’s loyal foot soldiers? No chance! Besides Lerner knows where the bodies are buried….

Raquel Pinkbullet on April 9, 2014 at 4:08 PM

The fact that she’s one of the rubes that uses a script font to “sign” her name in an email tells me everything I need to know about her.

CycloneCDB on April 9, 2014 at 4:09 PM

This is Obama’s world. Use the power granted to him by the (stupid) people to crush his opponents in any way possible, legal or illegal.

There are probably hundreds more just like her in the IRS.

tommer74 on April 9, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Exit question: Think Eric Holder will prosecute her?

“You don’t want to go there, buddy!”

climbnjump on April 9, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Exit question: Think Eric Holder will prosecute her?

Bwahahahahahahahahahaha…stop it you’re killing me.

I haven’t laughed this hard in ages.

Sacramento on April 9, 2014 at 4:10 PM

The country is finished…

PatriotRider on April 9, 2014 at 4:10 PM

I thought your questions were supposed to be at least mildly serious.

nukemhill on April 9, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Beat me to it.

Steve Tsouloufis on April 9, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Exit question: Think Eric Holder will prosecute her?

Um no, not at all.

changer1701 on April 9, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Exit question: Think Eric Holder will prosecute her?

Nah. She’s actually a hero for their “cause.”

TarheelBen on April 9, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Exit question: Think Eric Holder will prosecute her?

Sure, why not ?
When Hussein is the most patriotic person and Moooch is the most beautiful woman on this earth , anything is possible .

burrata on April 9, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Do you mean will the Department of Just Us prosecute her?

DAT60A3 on April 9, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Just the fact that the House Ways and Means Committee voted along party lines tells you all you need to know.

bsinc1962 on April 9, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Yet another story that will never reach the LIVs because the Obama stenographer MSM will ignore and spike it.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on April 9, 2014 at 4:14 PM

What did Elijah Cummings know and when did he know it..?

d1carter on April 9, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Exit question: Think Eric Holder will prosecute her?

Nope. But I keep hoping that the House threw that to the DOJ to later using in ensnaring a snake….

dominigan on April 9, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Prosecute? No way. Holder has asparagus envy; scandal or no, she actually accomplished her goal. Holder’s efforts fall limp, and still cause scandal.

Fenris on April 9, 2014 at 4:18 PM

She will be a Democratic Senator or Congresswoman inside 2 years.

And her campaign will be based around IRS reform.

Any bets?

jake-the-goose on April 9, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Exit question: Think Eric Holder will prosecute her?

LOL

Erich66 on April 9, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Lois, you deserve to break big rocks into smaller rocks.

John the Libertarian on April 9, 2014 at 4:03 PM

And to lose her cushy retirement check.

NavyMustang on April 9, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Exit question: Think Eric Holder will prosecute her?

The Cubs will win the World Series first.

rbj on April 9, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Exit question: Think Eric Holder will prosecute her?

Is that the only option left at this point? Because we all know Holder won’t lift a finger, so if all Lerner has to do is continue to stonewall and not testify because she knows the DOJ will never go after her, then it’s no wonder she targeted conservative groups with impunity. Which then begs the question, what’s to stop any bureaucrat or politician from abusing their power in this manner if the inmates are running the asylum? Are there no checks and balances left in the government?

Doughboy on April 9, 2014 at 4:24 PM

They must give everyone a lieing ability test to get hired by O’Barry.

Sven on April 9, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Exit question: Think Eric Holder will prosecute her?

Sure right after he prosecutes himself for F&F.

Johnnyreb on April 9, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Exit question: Think Eric Holder will prosecute her?

Yup, right after he prosecutes the black muslim nation of islam thugs

burrata on April 9, 2014 at 4:25 PM

If the state run media and Eric J. Holder the Incorruptible have not already brought forth a list of viable charges, I for one am sure that she is innocent of all high crimes and misdemeanors. That is, I will not condemn this innocent woman barring some, nay, any sort of evidence of bias! Otherwise, I will not entertain any of these factually deficient and outlandish claims proffered in the strained and dying gasp of the southern racist Republican Party Klan members.

/sarc

jarthurmcgillicuddy on April 9, 2014 at 4:25 PM

I try to imagine some poor man being married to this woman.

jake-the-goose on April 9, 2014 at 4:05 PM

What are you, some kind of masochist?

When I think of her at all, I imagine her with a flannel wearing cellmate that could kick start a Caterpillar and has a tattoo: “I FIST”.

cozmo on April 9, 2014 at 4:25 PM

jake-the-goose on April 9, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Heh. My first thought on seeing the thumbnail was, Who’d want to pork that broad?

MisterElephant on April 9, 2014 at 4:26 PM

That’s the juiciest bit released today by the House Ways and Means Committee, which voted — along party lines, natch — to send a criminal referral letter about Lerner’s IRS shenanigans to Eric Holder.

Exit question: Think Eric Holder will prosecute her?

You bet he’ll prosecute the GOP members of the House Ways and Means Committee (and harass their families too).

rhombus on April 9, 2014 at 4:27 PM

As I mentioned in the headlines, this incident along with Fast & Furious has exposed a fallibility in our system. If the Justice Department is corrupt, the government breaks down and is helpless.

John the Libertarian on April 9, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Well, he prosecuted a baseball player about steroids but I think that was more important. It was also a Democrat majority House then and Roger Clemens probably made a donation to some Republican.

Cindy Munford on April 9, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Lois already has a signed open dated pardon in her purse. They can slow walk this baby for another 2 years, then all she has to do is enjoy her retirement.

butch on April 9, 2014 at 4:33 PM

You bet he’ll prosecute the GOP members of the House Ways and Means Committee (and harass their families too).

rhombus on April 9, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Then Hussein will be outraged when he reads about it in the newspapers a month later !

burrata on April 9, 2014 at 4:33 PM

Are there no checks and balances left in the government?

Doughboy on April 9, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Ah, a recent immigrant, I see. No, no, no. Checks and balances, it’s a 19th century concept. We’re well past that sort of outmoded thinking here in the Utopian States of America.

dreadnought62 on April 9, 2014 at 4:33 PM

Ok if he won’t prosecute or even investigate, can’t they impeach him for dereliction of duty? I realize the Senate won’t do anything but that is huge to be impeached by the House, isn’t it? They still whine about Bill Clinton getting impeached.

JAM on April 9, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Exit question: Think Eric Holder will prosecute her?

We’re dealing with John Mitchell on steroids here.

Erich66 on April 9, 2014 at 4:34 PM

I’m furious! There has to be some recourse. Can CrossRoads sue her civilly?

JAM on April 9, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Exit question Joke of the week: Think Eric Holder will prosecute her?

Fixed for you

Michh on April 9, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Frogmarch this Obama foot-soldier trash into the clink, and put Holder in there with her.

Nixon resigned for less than this.

Good Lt on April 9, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Ok, then we wait til Nov. right? After Rep. take the Senate they can fire Holder. I don’t think Barry will have a leg to stand on to keep him if both houses impeach him. Get a new AG and they investigate the IRS anew. Can that be done?

JAM on April 9, 2014 at 4:39 PM

Greta says the Republicans have been dragging their feet on this because they don’t want to look aggressive. Makes sense. They’ve been doing this in dribs and drabs but never getting to the nitty gritty. This letter to Holder is just a threat. They are hoping he’ll do something. Doing something is not to his advantage.

crankyoldlady on April 9, 2014 at 4:41 PM

butch on April 9, 2014 at 4:33 PM

I just read that they can make some kind of provision that gives them five years to make the charge, waiting for friendlier forces.

Cindy Munford on April 9, 2014 at 4:42 PM

No wonder she thought of a job at OFA. She was working for O arguably as hard as they were.

Lois Lerner was a craven, feckless, callous ideologue promoting the progressive fascist agenda during her tenure at the FEC prior to even joining the IRS.

She’s little more than the poster-criminal for just how corrupt the civil service / executive branch has become as an arm promoting and enabling progressive fascism. They see themselves, not as working for the American people, but that the American people exist to keep them in their elite little bubble where they, the elite and enlightened fascists, are destined to rule from within the bureaucracy.

Unfortunately, AG Holder will never prosecute her…not even to make her a martyr to the progressive fascist cause. The ends justifies any and all means – and loyalty to the ideology counts far more than anything else.

Athos on April 9, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Exit question: Think Eric Holder will prosecute her?

Good luck with your asparagus.

Mark Boabaca on April 9, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Exit question: Think Eric Holder will proselytize her?

Dude, talk about preaching to the choir!

HonestLib on April 9, 2014 at 4:50 PM

the House Ways and Means Committee, which voted — along party lines, natch — to send a criminal referral letter about Lerner’s IRS shenanigans to Eric Holder.

LOL.

Yes, Eric Holder will get right on that — just as soon as he finishes updating his resume’ and filling out his own job application to become OFA’s lead in-house counsel after his stint as AG is over.

AZCoyote on April 9, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Given the OSC report, why in the hell would Lerner think that she would be welcome at OFA?

In one case the Office of Special Counsel, which investigates federal employees who conduct politics on government time, said it was “commonplace” in a Dallas IRS office for employees to have pro-Obama screensavers on their computers, and to have campaign-style buttons and stickers at their office.

In another case, a worker at the tax agency’s customer help line urged taxpayers “to re-elect President Obama in 2012 by repeatedly reciting a chant based on the spelling of his last name,”

Another IRS employee in Kentucky has agreed to serve a 14-day suspension for blasting Republicans in a conversation with a taxpayer. “They’re going to take women back 40 years,” the IRS employee said in a conversation that was recorded. The employee also said that “if you vote for a Republican, the rich are going to get richer and the poor are going to get poorer.”

That employee went on to tell the taxpayer she knew she wasn’t supposed to be voicing her political opinions, and asked the taxpayer not to say anything.

Seriously, the IRS was turned into a detachment of OFA for 2012. Lerner was one of the generals who did it. Now that the partisan whore’s actions are clear, she needs to go to jail. Not that orange is her color.

Happy Nomad on April 9, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Why not? She’s already been heading up a branch office:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/apr/9/dallas-irs-office-plastered-pro-obama-stickers-scr/#.U0VzqjIp4xU.twitter

h/t instapundit

questionmark on April 9, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Can someone Fry this B*tch, as in Yesterday??

ToddPA on April 9, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Greta says the Republicans have been dragging their feet on this because they don’t want to look aggressive. Makes sense. They’ve been doing this in dribs and drabs but never getting to the nitty gritty. This letter to Holder is just a threat. They are hoping he’ll do something. Doing something is not to his advantage.

crankyoldlady on April 9, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Greta also says that the wronged groups need to go beyond this whole nonsense and post exactly what was demanded of them on social media. Stoke the fires by showing the official IRS document that demands to know if a group prays at their meetings and requires a list of donors (both illegal demands).

Happy Nomad on April 9, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Exit question: Think Eric Holder will prosecute her?

“You don’t want to go there, buddy!”

climbnjump on April 9, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Poor Mr. Holder’s feelings were hurt yesterday:

“..if you look at the way, forget about me, forget about me, if you look at the way the attorney general of the United States was treated yesterday by a House Committee, it had nothing to do with me, forget that, what attorney general has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment?”

Yeah, it had nothing to do with him – just those mean Republicans have no respect for the office of Attorney General. Right.

climbnjump on April 9, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Exit question: Think Eric Holder will prosecute her?

A better question would be if her eventual replacement will make 12 cents an hour less than her.

John Deaux on April 9, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Actually holder should prosecute her before Issa grants her immunity and makes her spill the beans!

tim c on April 9, 2014 at 5:25 PM

I try to imagine some poor man being married to this woman.

Ugh!

jake-the-goose on April 9, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Hubby is a well-connected DC lawyer who hosted an Obama organizing affair. I’m sure he views wifey as a hero:

http://dailycaller.com/2013/05/16/embattled-irs-official-lois-lerners-husbands-law-firm-hosted-an-obama-campaign-organizing-meeting/

bw222 on April 9, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Exit question: Think Eric Holder will prosecute her?

The Cubs will win the World Series first.

rbj on April 9, 2014 at 4:20 PM

And both the Lions and Browns the Super Bowl.

bw222 on April 9, 2014 at 5:31 PM

One important thing to remember is that Lois Lerner was appointed to her post by the Bush Administration.

http://www.irs.gov/uac/Lois-G.-Lerner-Selected-as-Director-of-IRS-Exempt-Organizations-Division

We need another member of this moronic family to run for President like (you fill in the blank).

bw222 on April 9, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Ok, NOW we know why Cummings is defending Lerner – he’s actually defending HIMSELF!

Emails Show Lois Lerner Fed True the Vote Tax Information to Democrat Elijah Cummings

climbnjump on April 9, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Prison! That is, if congress has any balls.

ultracon on April 9, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Holder to prosecute one of Obama’s loyal foot soldiers? No chance! Besides Lerner knows where the bodies are buried….

Raquel Pinkbullet on April 9, 2014 at 4:08 PM

And she doesn’t want to be one of them.

crankyoldlady on April 9, 2014 at 6:17 PM

My dream always ends with Obama, Holder and Lerner all in the same Federal prison.

Jaibones on April 9, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Off to prison with you, Lyin’ bitch!

If God Almighty hears me and grants two wishes, this Federal whore will start an ‘Obama’s All-Stars’ Conga-line, right into the Florence, CO ‘Supermax’ Facility for what they’ve done to America.

a5minmajor on April 9, 2014 at 6:42 PM

Lois Lerner must go to prison until she divulges all the additional felons in the IRS that perpetrated these persecutions of innocent Americans.

leader4hru on April 9, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Right this moment… it looks like Issa has caught at least one big fish!

Issa sent a letter accusing Cummings of obstructing the investigation to protect HIMSELF!

That’s right!

Cummings ordered the investigation of True the Vote.

petunia on April 9, 2014 at 7:25 PM

She is a just another foot soldier in Obama’s army to sabotage America.

albill on April 9, 2014 at 7:30 PM

She better have that Presidential Pardon (signed but not dated with lots of ‘fill in the blanks’) in some deposit box cause she will not look good wearing an orange jump suit.

But the way the Stupid Party is running this investigation and the way the Manure Spreading Prestitutes are blocking for the Gimmedats, I doubt it will be mentioned in our press. Foreign perhaps but not here.

It would be amazing to see a comparision between the administrative manipulations of Nixon compared to Obamugabe.

Missilengr on April 9, 2014 at 7:51 PM

Exit question: Think Eric Holder will prosecute her?

I can’t believe that you would treat the Attorney General of the United States in this manner!

But to answer the question, no, he won’t. He’s proven (despite his adamant claim yesterday) that he doesn’t take contempt charges seriously.

scalleywag on April 9, 2014 at 7:53 PM

Think Eric Holder will prosecute her?

Hahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!! Why? She’s on the same ‘Pardons list’ that Holder’s on.

GarandFan on April 9, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Are there no checks and balances left in the government?

Doughboy on April 9, 2014 at 4:24 PM

tar & feathers…

8 weight on April 9, 2014 at 8:49 PM

Exit question: Think Eric Holder will prosecute her?

Bawahahahahahahahaha!

Conservative_Hippie on April 9, 2014 at 9:53 PM

I just found this at Instapundit. Options are good.

Cindy Munford on April 9, 2014 at 10:06 PM

Lois Lerner was a craven, feckless, callous ideologue promoting the progressive fascist agenda during her tenure at the FEC prior to even joining the IRS.
She’s little more than the poster-criminal for just how corrupt the civil service / executive branch has become as an arm promoting and enabling progressive fascism. They see themselves, not as working for the American people, but that the American people exist to keep them in their elite little bubble where they, the elite and enlightened fascists, are destined to rule from within the bureaucracy.
Unfortunately, AG Holder will never prosecute her…not even to make her a martyr to the progressive fascist cause. The ends justifies any and all means – and loyalty to the ideology counts far more than anything else.
Athos on April 9, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Certainly describes upper management. Loathsome and to be avoided at all costs unless you want to be a scapegoat for one of their schemes.

Asurea on April 10, 2014 at 8:41 PM