Uh oh: Looks like the IRS violated federal tax law

posted at 5:31 pm on June 9, 2014 by Noah Rothman

According to documents recently obtained by House investigators, the Internal Revenue Service may have been caught violating federal tax law when the agency allegedly transferred confidential information pertaining to a number of 501(c)(4) groups to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

According to a report from the National Review‘s Eliana Johnson, the “information was transmitted in advance of former IRS official Lois Lerner’s meeting the same month with Justice Department officials about the possibility of using campaign-finance laws to prosecute certain nonprofit groups.”

Among the emails uncovered by House investigators is a conversation between Lerner and Richard Pilger, the director of the Justice Department’s election-crimes branch, in which Lerner confirms that she is preparing data for transfer to the FBI:

IRS Investigation

A letter to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee revealed on Monday that 21 disks containing over 1.1 million pages of information regarding tax-exempt groups was handed off to the FBI in October, 2010. The letter demands that the IRS produce any confidential taxpayer material transferred to the FBI.

Johnson reported:

The Justice Department never prosecuted social-welfare groups, and e-mails from IRS officials show their awareness that, as a result of the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in the Citizens United case, which allowed unlimited amounts of money from nonprofit groups and labor unions to flow into the political process, the law did not favor a crackdown on anonymous donations to politically orientated nonprofits, which sprouted up on all sides in the wake of the ruling.

“At the very least,” the letter from the House committee chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa (D-CA) read, “this information suggests that the IRS considered the political speech activities of nonprofits to be worthy of investigation by federal law-enforcement officials.”

“The IRS apparently considered political speech by nonprofit groups to be so troublesome that it illegally assisted federal law-enforcement officials in assembling a massive database of the lawful political speech of thousands of American citizens, weeks before the 2010 midterm elections, using confidential taxpayer information,” the letter continued.


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Big shocker there…

OmahaConservative on June 9, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Surprised ?

pambi on June 9, 2014 at 5:34 PM

My Shocked Face

BigGator5 on June 9, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Rep. Darrell Issa (D-CA)

Should be Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA)

s1im on June 9, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Dude! That was like 4 years ago!

BacaDog on June 9, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Duh…

22044 on June 9, 2014 at 5:36 PM

Well, now we know why Lerner wanted to take the Fifth.

Bitter Clinger on June 9, 2014 at 5:36 PM

Don’t worry. Issa will hold hearings.

Judge_Dredd on June 9, 2014 at 5:37 PM

In a GOP administration there would already be an Independent Counsel in place, investigating both main Justice and the IRS

MTF on June 9, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Remember the House vote to hold criminal lerner in contempt?
–just more meaningless theatrics from TheBoner. The House should use it’s enforcement personnel to ARREST HER AND PUT HER IN PRISON and stop playing games.

MicahStone on June 9, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Aaaaaaaannnnnnnnd – WHAT is anyone going to do about it?

dentarthurdent on June 9, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Not a smidgen, ay Barry?

Meople on June 9, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Does that amount to a smidgeon?

Sven on June 9, 2014 at 5:43 PM

In a GOP administration there would already be an Independent Counsel in place, investigating both main Justice and the IRS

MTF on June 9, 2014 at 5:37 PM

I believe Congress let the Independent Counsel statute expire after Ken Starr.

Bitter Clinger on June 9, 2014 at 5:43 PM

This is what I have been saying forever. Even if these people lose in court, they will have won. You can count on the fact that Democrats have the information on who the donors are or were. They have tied up these peoples ability to use their free speech because they have been spending money on lawyers and donors have been run off due to privacy or audits. Sorry but this situation is far more erosive to our freedoms than Benghazi and Bergdahl.

Cindy Munford on June 9, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Aaaaaaaannnnnnnnd – WHAT is anyone going to do about it?

dentarthurdent on June 9, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Eeeeeeeexactly!

Captain Betty on June 9, 2014 at 5:44 PM

This lawless administration strikes again.

Wendya on June 9, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Laws only apply to the subject of the United States, not to it’s aristocrats, other wise Congress would Impeaching Obama right now for TREASON.

oscarwilde on June 9, 2014 at 5:47 PM

It used to be that there were three branches of government and they were equal. Not anymore. Boehner has abdicated his power to harry reid and obama. The supremes are like the wicked witch in the Wizard of Oz and are meelltting! It will take an outside group like Larry Klayman’s org to file a lawsuit to stop these usurpers.

inspectorudy on June 9, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Looks like the IRS violated federal tax law

:O

Now what? Until these “people” are in jail there is no justice.
Lerner and all involved should forfeit all pensions, and bonuses/ monetary compensation should be paid back backdating to at least 2010.

/dreaming

Mark Boabaca on June 9, 2014 at 5:49 PM

It hit me today while reading the usual litany of crazy news that the government is in rebellion against the people, and trying to throw off the limits of Constitutional restraint. It’s sort of a coup. When the agencies of the executive branch capriciously make whatever law they want, often on the fly, and the President declares “open borders” in direct violation of law, when courts make social policy willy-nilly, and the Congress engineers fake fiscal crises routinely (so as to gain maximum donations), its hard to conclude anything else.

MTF on June 9, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Laws only apply to the subject of the United States, not to it’s aristocrats, other wise Congress would Impeaching Obama right now for TREASON.

oscarwilde on June 9, 2014 at 5:47 PM

He11 – if they followed and applied the law as it should be – they would also be impeaching Biden and most members of Congress as well – and most top level appointees would be in jail or out on bail.

dentarthurdent on June 9, 2014 at 5:50 PM

I’ll only be happy when she, and whoever she was taking orders from, does a perp walk.

OccamsRazor on June 9, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Silly people, laws only apply if you are a conservative. If you are progressive, you can do anything you want… especially if you are targeting conservatives. Haven’t you figured that out yet?

UnderstandingisPower on June 9, 2014 at 5:54 PM

So WHEN is someone going to PRISON?

GarandFan on June 9, 2014 at 5:58 PM

This DOJ will do NOTHING…..Speaker Boehner, your move.

Cindy Munford on June 9, 2014 at 5:59 PM

Can we trade Lois for some Taliban?

Sven on June 9, 2014 at 5:59 PM

May the name “Lois Lerner” gain the same infamy as “Benedict Arnold” … but requiring that you spit on the ground after you utter their names.

J_Crater on June 9, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Until the voters take action against corruption nothing will change. As long as criminals are elected, we all shall suffer. It all starts with elections.

Kaffa on June 9, 2014 at 6:00 PM

It all goes in the record.

Someone may do something, but not until we throw out the Whigs and put in some more Republicans.

formwiz on June 9, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Has Lois been measured for her orange jumpsuit and her stainless steel bracelets yet?

Bakokitty on June 9, 2014 at 6:05 PM

So WHEN is someone going to PRISON?

GarandFan on June 9, 2014 at 5:58 PM

Just as soon as they can find somebody who made a youtube video that they can blame all this on.

Oldnuke on June 9, 2014 at 6:05 PM

I make no apologies for it. It was a unanimous decision among my principals in my government, and a view that was shared by the IRS and the FBI. This is something I would do again and will continue to do whenever I have an opportunity.

Eff all of you,

Barack.

BobMbx on June 9, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Time to take another drive past Claude Rains’ grave…

Oh, and welcome aboard, Noah!

Del Dolemonte on June 9, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Okay, so – IMPEACH obama.

Seriously, what’s it going to take?

Pork-Chop on June 9, 2014 at 6:07 PM

The level of corruption in this administration just isn’t “news” anymore, it’s standard operating procedure. “News” would be reporting about something they did that legitimately benefited the American people they’re supposed to represent… without rewarding campaign donors, without appointing cronies to high level posts, without lying, without sidestepping the laws, without incurring massive debt. If they did something like that, THAT would be shocking. Issa has done a good job investigating a lot of corruption and misdeeds, but to my knowledge nothing has ever come of any of it. If it did, THAT would be shocking too. Being held in contempt in this administration even seems to be regarded as a badge of honor.

scalleywag on June 9, 2014 at 6:07 PM

The FBI also broke the law when they accepted the files.

RadClown on June 9, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Okay, so – IMPEACH obama.

Seriously, what’s it going to take?

Pork-Chop on June 9, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Ok. So you impeach him. Then what? You have Biden waiting. Then you have 50-70 million idiots ready to elect Hillary. America is done dude.

Judge_Dredd on June 9, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Cindy Munford on June 9, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Indeed, political, financial damage as well as personal destruction has been done. The nearest thing that will make good is long prison time for everyone that knew they were doing evil and did it anyway. There must be no immunity and whistleblowers elevated. That way future workers will think twice about doing such, especially if whistleblowers have a profit motive to burn anyone abusing their governmental powers that outweigh any promised protections. Start with making what Lois did a capital crime and cooperation will lead to a reduced sentence of life in prison. And even that can be revoked if it is discovered that the criminal left out additional co-conspirators. Harsh? Has to be if we are sovereign people and these rats work for us but wind up betraying us.

That said the 16th and irs needs to be abolished.

AH_C on June 9, 2014 at 6:15 PM

But the disks occasionally can inadvertently include confidential information, the IRS said, and it recently identified 33 tax returns on the disks – out of a total of 12,000 returns – that included “some non-public information.” The agency said the 33 groups represented a wide spectrum of organizations and most do not appear to have any connection to political activity.

http://online.wsj.com/articles/irs-sent-fbi-database-on-nonprofit-groups-in-2010-gop-lawmakers-say-1402339311?mod=WSJ_hps_sections_news.

jim56 on June 9, 2014 at 6:15 PM

I am chagrined that it took me so long to realize, many months ago, that Issa is part of the problem.

GaltBlvnAtty on June 9, 2014 at 6:16 PM

God, she’s one ugly broad.

lostmotherland on February 26, 2014 at 4:09 PM

You got one right for a change mofo.

slickwillie2001 on June 9, 2014 at 6:16 PM

I

t all goes in the record.Someone may do something, but not until we throw out the Whigs and put in some more Republicans.
formwiz on June 9, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Heh.

AH_C on June 9, 2014 at 6:17 PM

I’m tired of hearing about this stuff and they count on that. They don’t seem to know that we are buying pitchforks, gathering tar and feathers and building guillotines. Just let me know when the revolution begins.

crankyoldlady on June 9, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Finally. An actual scandal.

libfreeordie on May 19, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Girl, bye.

slickwillie2001 on June 9, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Lawless. The worshipers of power and position here in the dem and republican party have helped this along. The country just assumes that our “betters”(no one believes the are better) have a different set of laws(everyone knows this). This is what happens when you assume that the “smart” people are in charge – or rise to the top – in government. It’s all a bunch of thieves and grifters who succeeded because of simpletons in the Rs and Ds who worship title for titles sake – Who assume that because one is director of suchandsuch appointed by senator whoever that there is something inherently qualified in his/her make up. No, wrong , these are just petty crooks who were a bit better educated(and less coordinated) than the local car thief.

The RINO Moderate round table loving simpletons help let this happen. David Brookes pants crease types. Dumbdh*ts who actually think that a Yale, Columbia or Harvard degree means anything. People with bookcases full of books that they never read. Sniveling worshipers of power. This is why we have 2 sets of laws now. At least the aristocracy of old had to put on airs and act the chivalrous part. At least the Russian oligarchs have to fight tooth and nail for their ill gotten gains. Our DC ruling class doesn’t do anything but lie and take. They don’t have to even pretend to be model citizens. They don’t have live up to the title of an aristocracy. There is no challenge to their game. THey got theirs without a fight. Brown nosing is all they’ve got.

BoxHead1 on June 9, 2014 at 6:21 PM

I still want to know why FBI agents were part of normal IRS audits of Tea Party & conservative people.

Jpalm32 on June 9, 2014 at 6:28 PM

AH_C on June 9, 2014 at 6:15 PM

I don’t see it become a capital crime but the tactic is expanding, just look at the John Doe subpoenas used in Wisconsin.

Cindy Munford on June 9, 2014 at 6:29 PM

The FBI also broke the law when they accepted the files.

RadClown on June 9, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Crimes committed by conspiracy between different government departments demonstrates that this should be prosecuted using RICO.

slickwillie2001 on June 9, 2014 at 6:33 PM

…this should be prosecuted using RICO.

slickwillie2001 on June 9, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Who is going to prosecute? Holder? We need to prosecute the prosecutor. How’s that work?

Kaffa on June 9, 2014 at 6:36 PM

So what.

Republicans are too weak and incompetent to change anything.

No Chop Charlie on June 9, 2014 at 6:42 PM

Call me when they f*cking DO something about it.

Midas on June 9, 2014 at 6:47 PM

We get regular updates about the nefarious activities of what should be a pretty down the middle agency. I mean , my assumption all my life was that the IRS bureaucrat were egghead accountant types with boring simple lives. An occasional office party with some scandal maybe but …

I find out, to my surprise that these guys, from the top down to the the case managers, are political operatives who can lie and cheat like they’ve been doing it all their lives. Look, I couldn’t do it even if I was that cynical. Most people I know would be too frightened to get mixed up that deep with illegal activity – Even the bad people I’ve known.

No, these IRS people are seasoned. They are very comfortable doing shady things -Probably since childhood. That’s what I’ve learned. It’s not like our jobs. It’s not the work environment most of us have had. I assume that the managers and executives I’ve had throughout my life haven’t been involved in high crimes.

BoxHead1 on June 9, 2014 at 6:54 PM

So WHEN is someone going to PRISON?

GarandFan on June 9, 2014 at 5:58 PM

Too late for that. Someone needs to get medieval on their a$$es.

Nutstuyu on June 9, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Are there seriously no competent a$$asins left in the world??

Nutstuyu on June 9, 2014 at 6:57 PM

“At the very least,” the letter from the House committee chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa (D-CA) read, “this information suggests that the IRS considered the political speech activities of nonprofits to be worthy of investigation by federal law-enforcement officials.”

Umm…Darrell Issa isn’t a Democrat. I’ve highlighted the mistake above in bold. It should be (R-CA).

Just FYI.

Conservative Samizdat on June 9, 2014 at 7:13 PM

To paraphrase…..its government, jake.

jaywemm on June 9, 2014 at 7:21 PM

Dude! That was like 4 years ago!

BacaDog on June 9, 2014 at 5:35 PM

WINNER!!!!

patch on June 9, 2014 at 7:24 PM

China has capital punishment for corrupt bureaucrats. It’s barbaric but they do have some accountability.

Russia jails oligraghs. Their Oligarchs actually have to worry about their standing.

We are more live and let live. If you abuse your position or your relationships in government to enrich yourselves or to please your benefactor then you go girl! The Dems have stunk the whole place up. They trashed the place. The toilet is overflowing and the floorboards are rotting.

BoxHead1 on June 9, 2014 at 7:32 PM

Thank God for the rain which has helped wash away the garbage and trash off the sidewalks. All the animals come out at night – agency heads, operatives, politicians, silicon valley execs, lobbyist, dopers, junkies, sick, venal. Someday a real rain will come and wash all this scum off the streets. – Travis Bickle (revised)

BoxHead1 on June 9, 2014 at 7:40 PM

Uh oh: Looks like the IRS violated federal tax law

WE knew that…nice to know we’re no longer up for ridicule (for the most part…one never knows…) for saying as much…

Great first day, Noah!

Newtie and the Beauty on June 9, 2014 at 7:48 PM

Sadly for America, we will officially become a Banana Republic when the MSM, White House and even Congress does NOTHING.

Tard on June 9, 2014 at 7:56 PM

jim56 on June 9, 2014 at 6:15 PM

It doesn’t matter if there was just 1 tax return on them. None of it should have been sent to the FBI.

Barred on June 9, 2014 at 8:18 PM

If Issa was in charge at Nuremberg, the trials would still be gong on.

All this means nothing if they’re not gonna charge anybody.

mankai on June 9, 2014 at 8:18 PM

Wait. what? Didn’t the FBI know it was participated in an illegal transfer? The F. B. I.?! My head exploded.

Mekei on June 9, 2014 at 8:21 PM

Not only is she NOT going to do any prison time for it. Holder isn’t even going to prosecute her.

She gets off scot-free and we get to pay her pension for the rest of her life.

Congress isn’t going to do a damn thing, about this or any other law-breaking.

The only way Washington will ever be cleaned up is either with forced Congressional term limits, or burn it to the ground and start over.

Meople on June 9, 2014 at 8:47 PM

When the GOP gets control of the Executive, there had better be prosecutions in the IRS and if at least 15% of the revenooers don’t lose their jobs and their pensions it will prove that the GOP doesn’t give a deduction about what happens to it or this country.

njcommuter on June 9, 2014 at 10:17 PM

Is anyone in jail yet? Yeah, I didn’t think so.

earlgrey on June 9, 2014 at 11:55 PM

Time to invest in Lawlessness futures…you’ll make a killing. Go short on honesty and integrity while you are at it.

trapeze on June 10, 2014 at 2:58 AM

Who cares? No one in power will do anything about it and the public is so stupid they will simply let it go .

Give me my bread and circus…. the republic is dead.

Jabez01 on June 10, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Well, looks like some people need to be in jail! So, when will the prison sentences be handed down? What? NEVER?? Say it ain’t so!

BMG on June 10, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Time to invest in Lawlessness futures…you’ll make a killing. Go short on honesty and integrity while you are at it.

trapeze on June 10, 2014 at 2:58 AM

And I’d go long on gunpowder and lead futures.

GWB on June 10, 2014 at 2:14 PM

It hit me today while reading the usual litany of crazy news that the government is in rebellion against the people, and trying to throw off the limits of Constitutional restraint. It’s sort of a coup.
MTF on June 9, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Exactly. The Administration is in more-or-less open rebellion against the Government of the United States; which government is the Constitution and Laws of the US. The Administration would replace our Government with a corrupt dictatorship, like the one Mr. Obama grew up under in Indonesia. And that includes the Federal law enforcement agencies.

Sic Semper Tyrannis – our forefathers knew what to do.

ReggieA on June 10, 2014 at 3:28 PM