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Post  fshnski on Thu Sep 12, 2013 3:28 pm

Newly released emails show that Lois G. Lerner, the woman at the center of the IRS scandal over special scrutiny of conservative groups’ applications for tax-exempt status, specifically targeted tea party applications and directed they be held up in 2011 in order to come up with an agency policy.

The email, released by a House committee investigating the IRS, seems to counter Democrats’ arguments that tea party groups weren’t specifically targeted.

“Tea Party Matter very dangerous,” Ms. Lerner said in the 2011 email, saying that those applications could end up being the “vehicle to go to court” to get more clarity on a 2010 Supreme Court ruling on campaign finance rules.

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Re: Emails show IRS’ Lois Lerner specifically targeted tea party

Post  WHL on Thu Sep 12, 2013 7:17 pm

Political bias in the IRS is a dangerous thing. It it surprising?
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Post  News Hawk on Thu Sep 12, 2013 8:45 pm

WHL wrote:Political bias in the IRS is a dangerous thing.  It it surprising?
There are dangerous people in ALL Washington agencies: Senator McCarthy tried to weed them out.

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Re: Emails show IRS’ Lois Lerner specifically targeted tea party

Post  WHL on Fri Sep 13, 2013 7:22 am

Yes, way too many!
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Post  News Hawk on Tue Apr 08, 2014 1:02 pm


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Re: Emails show IRS’ Lois Lerner specifically targeted tea party

Post  News Hawk on Wed May 14, 2014 6:32 pm

WHL wrote:Political bias in the IRS is a dangerous thing.  

Is it surprising?

Not with Obama leading  Government agencies.

"In a July 2012 email, Holly Paz, who was then director of the IRS Rulings and Agreements division, asked IRS lawyer Steven Grodnitzky “to let Cindy and Sharon know how we have been handling Tea Party applications in the last few months.”

Cindy Thomas is the former director of the IRS Exempt Organizations office in Cincinnati, and Sharon Camarillo was a senior manager in its Los Angeles office.

The email conflicts with claims by Obama administration officials that the targeting effort was done exclusively by the government workers in the Cincinnati IRS office."
http://washingtonexaminer.com/new-irs-emails-describe-washington-direction-of-tea-party-targeting-efforts/article/2548426

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Re: Emails show IRS’ Lois Lerner specifically targeted tea party

Post  WHL on Thu May 15, 2014 7:19 am

Did you hear the most recent spending spree by the IRS?  They bought 100 million dollars worth of new furniture.
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Post  News Hawk on Thu May 15, 2014 8:04 am

WHL wrote:Did you hear the most recent spending spree by the IRS?  They bought 100 million dollars worth of new furniture.

That amount of furniture, whether bought from China or the US, is surely loaded with political "gifts" in mind.

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Post  WHL on Thu May 15, 2014 9:36 am

I think it's a little over the top.
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Post  News Hawk on Thu May 15, 2014 7:51 pm

WHL wrote:I think it's a little over the top.

Didn't Obama hire 16,000 new IRS employees?

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Lois Lerner’s Hard Drive Was SHREDDED

Former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner’s hard drive most likely crashed due to “an impact of some sort,” like somebody hitting it or smashing it, according to new congressional testimony.

Then the hard drive was shredded and its pieces were sold for scrap.

Lerner’s laptop, which crashed on June 11, 2011 between 5 and 7 PM, was sent to an IT technician two days later. The Hewlett-Packard technician looking at her laptop determined that the hard drive failed because of an impact of some sort.
(Excerpt) Read more at dailycaller.com ...

This Administration is being run like a criminal enterprise.

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Post  WHL on Fri Jun 26, 2015 7:34 am

It sure is! Chicago style!
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News on the Lois Lerner Front...

Post  News Hawk on Sat Jul 25, 2015 7:26 am



IRS Docs Show How the Renegade Tax Agency Used Donor Lists To Steer Audits

July 24, 2015: This Week's Headlines
•IRS Documents Show How the Renegade Tax Agency Used Donor Lists To Steer Audits
•Federal Judge Says State Department Must "Answer For" Destruction of Clinton Emails
•Judicial Watch Client McCann Testifies To Congress on Deadly Sanctuary Policies
Judicial Watch has released more blockbuster documents from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that confirm that the IRS used donor lists of tax-exempt organizations to target those donors for audits. The documents also show that IRS officials specifically highlighted how the U.S. Chamber of Commerce may come under "high scrutiny" from the IRS. We forced these records out through a Freedom of Information lawsuit seeking documents about the selection of individuals and organizations for audits, based application information and donor lists submitted by Tea Party and other 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organizations.

In a letter dated September 28, 2010, then-Democrat Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) informs then-IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman: "I request that you and your agency survey major 501(c)(4), (c)(5) and (c)(6) organizations ..." In reply, in a letter dated February 17, 2011, Shulman writes: "In the work plan of the Exempt Organizations Division, we announced that beginning in FY2011, we are increasing our focus on section 501(c)(4), (5) and (6) organizations."

Sure enough, in 2010, after receiving Baucus' letter, the IRS considered the issue of auditing donors to 501(c)(4) organizations, alleging that a 35 percent gift tax would be due on donations in excess of $13,000. The documents show that the IRS wanted to cross-check donor lists from 501(c)(4) organizations against gift tax filings and commence audits against taxpayers based on this information.


A gift tax on contributions to 501(c)(4)s was considered by most to be a dead letter since the IRS had never enforced the rule after the Supreme Court ruled that such taxes violated the First Amendment. The documents show that the IRS had not enforced the gift tax since 1982.

But then, in February 2011, at least five donors of an unnamed organization were audited.

The documents show that Crossroads GPS, associated with Republican Karl Rove, was specifically referenced by IRS officials in the context of applying the gift tax. On April 20, IRS attorney Lorraine Gardner emails a 501(c)(4) donor list to former Branch Chief in the IRS' Office of the Chief Counsel James Hogan. Later, this information is apparently shared with IRS Estate Gift and Policy Manager Lisa Piehl while Gardner seeks "information about any of the donors."

One of the most disturbing bits of information pulled from the documents concerns the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which sometimes works to support the free-enterprise system in the face of heavy-handed regulatory policies.

Emails to and from Lorraine Gardner point to a bias against the Chamber. An IRS official (whose name is redacted) emails Gardner on May 13, 2011, a leftist blog post responding to the IRS targeting of political and other activities of 501(c)(4), (5) and (6) organizations: "The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)(6) organization and may find itself under high scrutiny. One can only hope."

The subject line of the email highlights this anti-Chamber of Commerce comment: "we are making headlines notice the end regarding 501(c)(6) applicability enjoy." This critical comment is forwarded to other IRS officials and shows up attached to another Gardner IRS email chain with the subject line "re: 501(c)(4)" that discusses a pending decision about a tax-exempt entity.

In early May, once the media began reporting on the IRS audits of donors, IRS officials reacted quickly. One official acknowledges the issue "is a biggy" when a reporter from The New York Times contacts the IRS on May 9.

On May 13, 2011, former IRS Director of Legislative Affairs Floyd Williams discusses compliance with "interest" from Capitol Hill: "Not surprisingly, interest on the hill is picking up on this issue ... with Majority Leader Reid's office, has suggested the possibility of a briefing for the Senate Finance Committee staff on general issues related to section 501(c)(4) organizations. I think we should do it as interest is likely to grow as we get closer to elections."

Later that day, then-Director of the Exempt Organizations Lois Lerner weighs in with an email that confirms that she supported the gift tax audits. Lerner acknowledges that "the courts have said specifically that contributions to 527 political organizations are not subject to the gift tax-nothing that I'm aware of that about contributions to organizations that are not political organizations." Section 501(c)(4) organizations are not "political organizations." [Emphasis in original]

Lerner's involvement and support for the new gift tax contradicts the IRS statement to the media at the time that audits were not part of a "broader effort looking at donations 501(c)(4)'s." In July 2011, the IRS retreated after a public uproar and soon-to-be Acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller directed that "examination resources should not be expended on this issue" and that all audits of taxpayers "relating to the application of gift taxes" to 501(c)(4) organizations "should be closed."

By the way, we had filed a separate lawsuit for records about targeting of individuals for audit in November 2013. In that litigation, the IRS had refused to search any email systems, including Lerner's records. A federal court ruled the IRS' search was sufficient and dismissed the lawsuit earlier this month. So it took another lawsuit to get this new info from the IRS!

These documents that we had to force out of the IRS prove that the agency used donor lists to audit supporters of organizations engaged in First Amendment-protected lawful political speech. And the snarky comments about the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the obsession with Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS show that the IRS was targeting critics of the Obama administration.

President Obama continues to lie about his IRS scandal. He told a comedian the other day that "there was not some big conspiracy there." Obama also said, "Congress had passed a crummy law that didn't give people guidance in terms of what it was they were trying to do. They did it poorly and stupidly."

How does he know all this? The Department of Justice and the FBI supposedly are still conducting a criminal investigation.

The Treasury for Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) report exposing the scandal made no mention of "crummy laws" passed by Congress. Its audit revealed the IRS had used "inappropriate criteria" to identify potential political cases. "Early in Calendar Year 2010," TIGTA wrote, "the IRS began using inappropriate criteria to identify organizations applying for tax-exempt status to (e.g., lists of past and future donors)." The illegal IRS reviews continued for more than 18 months and, TIGTA reported, "delayed processing of targeted groups' applications preparing for the 2012 presidential election."

And these documents tell the truth - his IRS hated conservatives and was willing to illegally tax and audit citizens to shut down opposition to Barack Obama's policies and reelection.

Obama's IRS falsehood the other day contained an admission that few picked up on. He said, "You don't want all this money pouring through non-for-profits but you also want to make sure that everybody is getting treated fairly." Who doesn't "want all this money pouring through non-for-profits"? Barack Obama. There is no law prohibiting money "flowing through non-profits." But he didn't like the idea of this money being used against his reelection or his policies. So his IRS targeted these groups and their donors for lawless oppression.




This president and his administration are out of control.




That's why your JW is working on several fronts where the growing scandal over IRS audits is concerned.




In September 2014, another Judicial Watch FOIA lawsuit forced the release of documents detailing that the IRS sought, obtained and maintained the names of donors to Tea Party and other conservative groups. IRS officials acknowledged in these documents that "such information was not needed." The documents also show that the donor names were being used for a "secret research project."



Let's review some of the facts Obama chose to ignore.



The House Ways and Means Committee announced at a May 7, 2014, hearing that, after scores of conservative groups provided donor information "to the IRS, nearly one in ten donors were subject to audit." In 2011, as many as five donors to the conservative 501(c)(4) organization Freedom's Watch were audited, according to the Wall Street Journal. Bradley Blakeman, Freedom's Watch's former president, also alleges he was "personally targeted" by the IRS.



There's more.



In February 2014, then-Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee Dave Camp (R-MI) detailed improper IRS targeting of existing conservative groups:



Additionally, we now know that the IRS targeted not only right-leaning applicants, but also right-leaning groups that were already operating as 501(c)(4)s. At Washington, DC's direction, dozens of groups operating as 501(c)(4)s were flagged for IRS surveillance, including monitoring of the groups' activities, websites and any other publicly available information. Of these groups, 83 percent were right-leaning. And of the groups the IRS selected for audit, 100 percent were right-leaning.

Maybe President Obama can fool a comedian about the IRS scandal, but he isn't fooling Judicial Watch as we battle his Justice Department and IRS lawyers successfully in court to hold him accountable for his worse-than-Nixon abuse of the IRS.

Federal Judge Says State Department Must "Answer For" Destruction of Clinton Emails

There is a legal reckoning coming for Hillary Clinton's notorious email practices and policies. There is too much Judicial Watch legal pressure and too many federal court judges for the Obama administration and the Clinton gang forever to avoid the legal consequences of their email shenanigans. For instance, we are pleased to report that a federal judge has said that the State Department will "have to answer for" any destruction of Hillary Clinton's email records.

U. S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras made the statement at a July 9, 2015, status conference concerning a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for records about the State Department's vetting of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's potential conflicts of interest. The transcript of the July 9 court hearing is available here.

Recall that it was only four months ago, on March 2, 2015, that The New York Times reported then-Secretary Clinton used at least one non-"state.gov" email account to conduct official government business during her entire tenure as the secretary of state. It also was reported that Secretary Clinton stored these records on a non-U.S. government server at her home in Chappaqua, New York.

There are nearly 20 federal lawsuits that touch on Mrs. Clinton and her staff's use of secret email accounts to conduct official government business. In our various FOIA lawsuits, our lawyers have informed attorneys for the Obama administration that Hillary Clinton's account and any other secret accounts used by State employees should be secured, recovered and searched.

During this particular court hearing, Judicial Watch attorney Chris Fedeli raised the concerns JW had about the preservation of records, especially email records that were not part of the 55,000 records Clinton turned over to the State Department last year. Apparently, Fedeli struck the right note.

In response, Judge Contreras said he was also "concerned" about the preservation of these records:

If documents are destroyed between now and August 17, the government will have to answer for that, and, you know, if they don't want to do anything out of the ordinary to preserve between now and then, they can make that choice. I will allow them to make that choice, but they will answer for it, if something happens.

After a Justice Department lawyer attempted to assure him that the administration was asking for government records from former State Department employees, Judge Contreras questioned the State Department's position that it had no legal obligation to take additional steps to obtain other government records in the custody of Mrs. Clinton and other former officials who used her special email system:

[I]t is to state the obvious that this is not an ordinary case, and everyone should be working to make sure that whatever documents exist today remain in existence.

Judge Contreras also voiced concerns regarding the State Department's refusal to provide any information about the Clinton email issue:

But I am a little bit mystified that the government is not more forthcoming in just answering questions that will help this case proceed on a systematic basis, and on a basis that will allow everyone to get the answers that will eventually help resolve these cases...

This one court hearing shows that Hillary Clinton and her co-conspirators in the State Department will have to account for each and every email on Hillary Clinton's notorious email system. That's encouraging. It's become clear now to the public at large that Hillary Clinton has been telling fairy tales about the missing emails that are beginning to unravel. "Nothing Mrs. Clinton has said so far on the subject is correct," The Wall Street Journal's Kimberly Strassel has charitably observed.

Again, this administration is a criminal enterprise.

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Post  WHL on Sat Jul 25, 2015 7:27 am

The Chicago way!!
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