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May 15, 2013

The IRS Scandal Is Even Worse Than You Think, and It Exends Up to the Commissioner

Directors of the IRS are apparently "low level employees."

This article is full of important stuff but I'll just quote two parts. But read it all.

The director of the Internal Revenue Service division under fire for singling out conservative groups sent a 2012 letter under her name to one such group, POLITICO has learned. The March 2012 letter was sent to the Ohio-based American Patriots Against Government Excess (American PAGE) under the name of Lois Lerner, the director of the Exempt Organizations Division...at the time of the letter, the group was in the midst of the application process for tax-exempt nonprofit status — a process that would stretch for nearly three years and involve queries for detailed information on its social media activity, its organizational set-up, bylaws, membership and interactions with political officials. The letter threatened to close American PAGE’s case file unless additional information was received within 60 days.

And:

In February 2010, the Champaign Tea Party in Illinois received approval of its tax-exempt status from the IRS in 90 days, no questions asked. That was the month before the Internal Revenue Service started singling out Tea Party groups for special treatment. There wouldn't be another Tea Party application approved for 27 months. In that time, the IRS approved perhaps dozens of applications from similar liberal and progressive groups, a USA TODAY review of IRS data shows. As applications from conservative groups sat in limbo, groups with liberal-sounding names had their applications approved in as little as nine months. With names including words like "Progress" or "Progressive," the liberal groups applied for the same tax status and were engaged in the same kinds of activities as the conservative groups.

As @benk84's action-packed headline thread already noted, Obama's very own 501(c)4 -- Organizing for America, and yes, that's a 501(c)4 -- got approved in record time, as did a "charity" run by his half brother.

Lois Lerner, the senior IRS official at the center of the decision to target tea party groups for burdensome tax scrutiny, signed paperwork granting tax-exempt status to the Barack H. Obama Foundation, a shady charity headed by the president’s half-brother that operated illegally for years.

Labor groups were also granted their status without a hitch.

And note that seven Democratic Senators wrote a letter to the IRS demanding just this treatment of conservative 501(c)4's.

Which is all the more an intriguing clue when one considers this: An important event in this process, the inciting event, actually, is deleted from the IG Report's timeline.

This event is not the Democratic Senators' letter; that happened much later, in 2012. This event seems to have occurred on February 25, 2010. But we do know this sort of an idea is apparently attractive to Democrats, the idea that we have to use the IRS to deny the applications of conservative groups, because they're "abusing" the law. (Unlike OFA, MMFA, labor groups, etc.)

What happened on this day to set this witchhunt into motion?

Did someone in the White House or Justice give an order? The event is labeled as being an email sent.

We can't know because the IG report is blacking the event out.


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