IRS Admits Targeting Conservative Groups; Apologizes

 

[IRS Admits Targeting Conservative Groups; Apologizes by Stephen Ohlemacher] "Washington (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service apologized Friday for what it acknowledged was "inappropriate" targeting of conservative political groups during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status.

IRS agents singled out dozens of organizations for additional reviews because they included the words "tea party" or "patriot" in their exemption applications, said Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS division that oversees tax-exempt groups. In some cases, groups were asked for lists of donors, which violates IRS policy in most cases, she said.

The agency — led at the time by a Bush administration appointee — blamed low-level employees, saying no high-level officials were aware. But that wasn't good enough for Republicans in Congress, who are conducting several investigations and asked for more.

"I call on the White House to conduct a transparent, government-wide review aimed at assuring the American people that these thuggish practices are not under way at the IRS or elsewhere in the administration against anyone, regardless of their political views," said Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky..." Full text:
IRS Admits Targeting Conservative Groups; Apologizes Am 8:5, Re 13:17

Also see:


White House blames Bush
Flashback: Obama jokes about auditing enemies

 

IRS also targeted Jewish groups

 

IRS Probe Expands To Groups Opposed To Gov't, Teaching Constitution

 

Response to comment [from a Christian]: "All true, but this isn't exactly news..."

 

Jihad.... Constitution... Jer 7:6

 

Response to comment [from a Christian]: "The government has always hated the Ron Paul movement..."

 

He's still talking about Ron Paul.

 

Agency accused of leaking confidential tax documents during election

 

Reuters: Knew in 2011

55 questions sent to Tea Party group; Demand donor lists, volunteers' names

Probe Expands To Groups Opposed To Gov't

 

Response to comment [from a Christian]: "...President Obama remains a tabula rasa, a blank page, a clean slate. a teflon coated icon."

Liberals see themselves as the victim (Eccl 10:2, Jn 10:10). You feel harassed? I feel harassed? Am 8:5 "What difference does it make?!"

 

 

Response to comment [from a Catholic]:   "Liberals see themselves as the victim"

 

You removed the scripture from my quote (Eph 4:14, Jn 8:44, Jn 1:1, Isa 30:12). It is what you do.

Liberals see themselves as the victim (
Eccl 10:2, Jn 10:10).

 

"...[S]erpent is clinging to her belief that she's a victim..."

I am a conservative (Eccl 10:2, Jn 10:10).

As a reminder, Barbie does not have a biblical worldview.

See:


Barbarian

 

"...Just another whiny conservative, playing the victim card..."

 

Ad hominem

 

WH: Just because IRS apologized doesn't mean they did anything wrong

 

IRS Asked for Facebook Posts, Reading Lists, Private Thoughts

IRS approved liberal groups while Tea Party in limbo

IRS official Lerner approved exemption for Obama brother's 'charity'

 

Report: Agency demanded list of students trained by conservative group

Number of targeted groups swells to 500

IRS facing class action suit for stealing 60 million medical records

Exec Got $42K in Bonuses

 

Response to comment [from other]: "How's about getting to the bottom of the story.  Whoever did for whatever reason target a group because of their political affiliations be held accountable and fired or imprisoned..."

 

Obama claims to have heard about this on Friday (10 May 13) from the news media. On board Air Force On on Monday, Jay Carney said the president was notified nearly three weeks ago--the week of April 22nd.

 

Response to comment [from an atheist]: "Basic reading comprehension fail: he was notified about the investigation and that a report would be soon released detailing the results. He was not made aware the results of that investigation at that time."

 

Strawman

"...Carney said later in the press conference that although the White House was notified “weeks ago” about the IRS investigation, neither he nor the president were notified individually."
Vid: Carney: White House notified of IRS targeting tea party ‘several weeks ago’; Obama: I found out Friday

 

Congressman Claims DOJ 'Tapped House Cloak Room'

Employees at center of scandal: 'We were simply doing what our bosses ordered'

 

Response to comment [from an atheist]:  "Nice try in switching the link to remove his quote. Your first link had the exact quote."

 

A few housekeeping items:

I link to different sites for additional information on a given topic.

 

"...It is crystal clear from your 1st link. Is reading comprehension really that difficult?"

 

Ad hominem

[Obama: I ‘did not know anything’ about IRS targeting before reports by Justin Sink] "President Obama flatly declared Thursday he was unaware of the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative political groups.

Asked if he could ensure the public that no one in the White House knew about the IRS's actions before the White House counsel's office learned of a Treasury inspector general (IG) report in April, Obama said he “certainly did not know anything about” the scandal before reading news reports.

"I can assure you that I certainly did not know anything about the IG report before the IG report had been leaked through press," Obama said at a soggy Rose Garden press conference where he sought to battle back against a trio of controversies dogging his administration.

The president did not directly say whether anyone at the White House knew about the IRS's actions..." Full text:
Obama: I ‘did not know anything’ about IRS targeting before reports

"Obama found out Friday about the results of the investigation that IRS abuse was uncovered."

 

Strawman

 

Report: IRS denied tax-exempt status to pro-lifers on behalf of Planned Parenthood

 

Conservative Hispanic Groups Targeted

Former director of scandal-ridden IRS unit now heading Obamacare office

 

Response to comment [from a Christian]: [sister thread: IRS Targets conservatives, now what about your healthcare?] "The dishonesty of this Administration has reached new heights. Its political thuggery. You have to 'kiss their ring' to get what you need done. The Mob move over."

 

Glenn Beck's officially lost his mind.

See:


Mormonism

 

Glenn Beck Reenacts 'The Untouchables'

 

IRS asked group about 'content of their prayers'

Treasury Knew of IRS Inquiry in 2012, Official Says

 

Obama Aide: 'Law is irrelevant'

 

IRS War On Obama’s Enemies Began Day After He Met With IRS Union Chief At White House

 

Jay Carney: ‘Senior staff’ knew about IRS investigation, didn’t think Obama had to know

 

Commissioner knew more than year ago about IRS targeting conservatives

 

Busted: IRS chief admits it was his ‘incredibly bad idea’ to plant question that led to IRS ‘apology’

How convenient! IRS’ Lois Lerner will reportedly plead the Fifth before Congress; Update: Issa issues subpoena

 

IRS internal investigation ended 6 months before '12 election, was hidden from Congress

Jay Carney Shifts IRS Timeline (Again!)

 

‘Arrogance is bliss’

 

IRS higher-ups requested info on conservative groups, letters show

 

Report: IRS commish had most WH visits of Cabinet

 

Report: IRS audited five pro-Israel groups critical of WH policy

 

 

IRS Workers Say Supervisors Directed Targeting

Report: DC officials knew in 2010

 

Response to comment [from a Christian]: [Political cartoon] "That's about the way of it."

Your leftist term (Eccl 10:2, Jn 10:10, Eph 5:4) has a vulgar meaning. I regret looking it up.

 

Audio: IRS agent tells pro-life group, “Keep your faith to yourself.”

 

IRS agents training with AR-15 rifles

 

IRS About to Pay $70M in Union-Mandated Bonuses

 

IRS: Targeting Was Broader, Lasted Longer Than Previously Reported

Employees Directed to Treat 'Progressive' Groups Differently From 'Tea Party' Groups

 

Former GOP Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell told her tax records were breached

 

A Bombshell in the IRS Scandal: No, it wasn't confined to a few rogue workers in Cincinnati

 

Washington Times: Records of snooping into Christine O'Donnell tax file mysteriously go missing

 

IRS watchdog reviewing claims of improper audit of 'Tea Party' farmer

Also see:

Wide Load Wants to Control Your Food

 

Issa accuses IRS of obstruction, warns of consequences

E-mails Suggest Collusion Between FEC, IRS to Target Conservative Groups

IRS manual detailed DEA's use of hidden intel evidence on citizens

IRS Agent: Agency Still Targeting 'Tea Party' Groups 3 Months After Scandal Erupted

IRS Targeting Small Businesses

Treasury still hiding report on whether WH breached Koch Brothers' tax records

IRS targeting veterans' organization

Flashback:

The Obama administration calls those who are have a "Christian identity" or who consider themselves "Constitution defenders" or "Liberty Lovers" as terrorists (
Re 18:20-24).

See:


Joint Terrorism Task Force Guide

Army job: Internment / Resettlement Specialist (31E)

Right-wing extremists, war vets are dangerous

IRS continues to hound Tea Party Patriots, demands more data for tax-exempt status

New emails show IRS Lois Lerner specifically targeted tea party

Report: Holder, IRS coached black preachers how to engage in politics without violating tax-free status

IRS flagged 'anti-Obama' Tea Party language

IRS officials thought Obama wanted crackdown on tea party groups

IRS spied on 'tea party' after granting tax-exempt status

'Triangulates back up to Lois Lerner'

 

Response to comment [from other] : "...The IRS was doing its job. Obama was not involved. Yet you delight in suggesting that he was. Wicked man."

 

Ad hominem

 

"...[Your] opinions were the reflection of your lack of character."

 

Ad hominem

 

Response to comment [from a Christian]: [Sign on Truman's desk] "[E]ver hear the expression "the buck stops here"?"

 

Or as Obama puts it: "...The buck stops with me."

 

Lois Lerner, key player in Tea Party targeting scandal, retiring

 

WH IRS Exchanged Confidential Taxpayer Information

 

Response to comment [from a Catholic]: [Shutdown, corruption] "Will the IRS accept apologies from people who don't pay their taxes and leave it at that? I doubt it."

 

Any day the IRS isn't working--is a good day. Ex 20:15

 

Nelly: We Shouldn't Have to Pay Taxes When Government Shuts Down

IRS, White House officials that shared confidential taxpayer info had 155 White House meetings

Investigation ID's IRS Agent Who Leaked Conservative Donor List
Will Holder Prosecute?

 

Issa: FBI impeding inquiry into IRS targeting of conservative groups Am 8:5, Jn 8:36

House Oversight Republicans Blast IRS Chief Counsel: “I don't recall” a “staggering 80 times

 

Person heading IRS investigation - an Obama donor

Criminal charges not expected in IRS probe

Congress to ban targeting

IRS targets conservative group -- in Hollywood

Cruz, Cornyn Grill Holder on Tea Party Harassment

McConnell: Obama Using IRS to Block Conservative Nonprofits from Forming

Reversal: IRS to 'boost morale' with bonuses for employees

Report: Increase in criminal tax prosecutions under Obama

Email: IRS, Treasury Dept Secretly Drafted Rules to Restrict Conservative Groups

Lerner helped craft new IRS political crackdown

Ben Carson Targeted by IRS: We're in 'Gestapo Age'

Vulnerable Dems turn to IRS for election help

Caddell: Establishment Republicans 'Want the IRS to Go After' the Tea Party

Christian Airman Relieved of Duty for Marriage Beliefs Now Granted Military Honors

IRS hires ex-cop convicted of illegally snooping through FBI database

 

Lerner talked of job with Obama's 'Organizing for Action'

 

Issa Accuses Top Dem of Colluding with IRS

IRS Gave Dems Info on Targeted Conservative Group 

 

GOP fury after report claims IRS 'recycled' Lerner hard drive

 

Lois Lerner Received $129K in Bonuses

 

Huge trove of 'destroyed' Lois Lerner communications discovered

 

Response to comment [from a Christian]: "Of course they lied every step of the way. They went after people and groups for political gain (socialism) and used their office of power to do it. They obeyed the orders of Obama. The back up tapes will prove it."

 

I hope so.

IRS may broaden rule to police political nonprofits 

 

Revenge: IRS Deliberately Cut Its Own Customer Service Budget

 

Response to comment [from a Catholic]: "Bush had IRS Target Liberal Groups..." 

 

 

 

 

 

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Personal accountability scares you guys numb.

You're projecting again (Eph 4:14).

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Then, in 2010, we learned that Bush’s targeting operation...

Response to comment [from a Christian]:  "It's true. this began before O'Bama--selective news?  If you haven't heard it, it's news to you--in other words--you are wrong Dove of the Serpent. Pull some scripture on me."

Not a fan of child killer George W. Bush. Pr 8:26, 23:7, Ex 20:15, Mt 7:6

Obama IRS Revokes Nonprofit Status to Veterans Group That Hosted Trump on USS Iowa Am 8:5

DOJ announces no charges in IRS probe Am 8:5

Senators demand answers about IRS use of secret cellphone tracking systems Ex 20:15

IRS gains power to revoke passports

Judge: IRS 'Untrustworthy' in Tea Party Case 

IRS finally reveals list of tea party groups targeted for extra scrutiny 

IRS subjects 'tea party' groups to new round of scrutiny, publicizes tax return data

Fitton: Documents Confirm Obama IRS Targeted Conservatives   

IRS Director Needs to Take the Perp Walk  

 ‘After School Satan Club’ Received Fast-Tracked Tax-Exempt Status from IRS

 Lois Lerner: Public Can Never Know What I Did  

IRS Admits Targeting Conservative Groups; Apologizes