Obama’s IRS Still Persecuting Conservatives


IRS_office_APAbout three months after revelations first came out that the Internal Revenue Service was targeting Tea Party and other conservative non-profit groups, the targeting continues largely unabated with many of the same IRS officials doing the same kind of targeting in much the same way.

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Republican Dave Camp sent a letter on August 12, 2013 to acting IRS Chief Dan Werfel complaining that an IRS agent had told Ways and Means Committee investigators that they were still being instructed to flag groups with the term “Tea Party” in their name for extra scrutiny.

According to Camp’s letter, an IRS agent told his investigators that, per their manager’s instructions, all groups with “Tea Party” in their names would immediately be sent by the IRS agent for “secondary screening,” a designation assigned by the IRS to any group it deems to be involved in political advocacy.

In the letter, Camp points out that such indiscriminate flagging of Tea Party groups amounts to nothing less than a continuation of the “be on the lookout (BOLO)” policy which caused so much controversy when it was revealed:

In a spreadsheet dated August 12, 2010 produced by the IRS to the Committee, under the heading, ‘BOLO list’, (Be on the Look Out) are instructions to refer all Tea Party organization applications to Group 7822 for secondary screening. Today, according to information obtained by the Committee, those applications are still sent to secondary screening, but now they are sent to Group 7823.

Front Page Magazine has learned that Tea Party groups are not the only groups still being targeted. The Thomas More Society has represented a number of pro-life organizations. Peter Breen is Vice President & Senior Counsel of the Thomas More Society and in an interview with Front Page Magazine, Breen said three groups have contacted his organization since the revelations in May to complain of continued harassment.

In the case of pro-life groups, Breen said, the IRS would routinely ask these groups how often they intended on holding prayer sessions in front of abortion clinics.

“There has been a real fixation on the prayer activity,” said Breen.

He said that Emerald Coast Coalition for Life, Christian Voices for Life, and Cherish Life Ministries all complained within the last three months that the IRS was holding up their tax exempt application and continuing to ask such questions as how often the group planned on praying in front of abortion clinics.

The three groups were being handled by two IRS agents, Tyrone Thomas and Ms. R. Medley, two agents that Breen said harassed other pro-life groups in the past. In all three cases, concerns were raised by IRS case worker into July 2013 over the perceived propensity to pray of the members of the group. Both Thomas and Medley work out of the same Cincinnati IRS office that has become the subject of so much controversy.

Front Page Magazine has also learned that the continued targeting of at least one pro-Israel group continues. Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the principal of Z Street, a group designed to support the Jewish State of Israel.

Marcus said that her group’s battle with the IRS is more than three years old. On October 24, 2010, Z Street sued the IRS, alleging that the group was unfairly targeted for intrusive and inappropriate questions, thus violating the group’s due process rights.

Marcus said that as a result of the suit the IRS retaliated by putting off the decision on Z Street’s non-profit status indefinitely. The decision has still not been made almost three years later, and the IRS has said it won’t issue a decision until this court case has been settled.

Z Street was back in federal court on July 18, 2013 facing off with the IRS. The IRS continued to maintain in court that the organization would not make a final decision on the group’s status until after the lawsuit was settled.

Marcus said she believes that there are other pro-Israel groups being targeted but that people are afraid to speak up because they are worried that the IRS will target them if they do.

Front Page Magazine has found evidence to corroborate that claim. In one correspondence with an unidentified pro-Israel group, the IRS agent in charge of the case, Tracy Dornette, asks the group, “Does your organization support the existence of the land of Israel? Describe your organization’s religious belief system toward the land of Israel.”

Neither question, said Marcus, should have anything to do with determining the tax exempt status of a group.

While President Obama claimed when this scandal first broke to be taking it seriously, it appears as though, for the most part, it’s business as usual for the IRS. Many of the same IRS agents who were in the middle of the targeting which became the subject of the explosive Office of Inspector General report continue to work in the same capacity, carrying on the same way at the IRS.

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  • antioli

    Makes one wonder if Obama will write a special order to give himself a third term.

    • defcon 4

      A third term obtained w/o the imprimatur of a rigged election.

  • cedars rebellion

    Not to worry. Boehner has just told the GOP in the House that they’ll keep funding these folks. In the end, there are only two things Congress can do (1) take away the purse and (2) impeach.

    The GOP will do neither. It’s all bluff and bluster.

    Bawling Boehner and Mushy Mitch.

    This should be a “tipping” point for the GOP to draw a real line. Any bets?

    • MasterInnovator

      Now it is Mr. Boehner who is giving the stand down order while Americans are under attack. The Speaker should be replaced.

      • davarino

        Most repubs should be replaced.

        • Spyderman

          ….with Libertarians.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bryan-Schmick/100000836170959 Bryan Schmick

      Boehner is much better than Pelosi. attacks against Boehner only have the effect of reducing GOP voters by making them believe the GOP is no better than the DNC. I’ll agree that the conservative movement is better than the GOP, but insist the GOP is better than the DNC.

  • http://www.clarespark.com/ Clare Spark

    Bullying conservatives is what Dems do all the time, communists or not: see http://clarespark.com/2013/08/22/how-i-spent-my-summer-vacation/, especially the paragraphs on the Culture Wars anthology. Conservatives, they argue, are not the true populists: they are, and trot out state arts funding to prove their argument. “How I spent my summer vacation/rustic chivalry.”

  • Donald J DaCosta

    Obama is definitely taking it seriously. He intends to keep at it and maybe ramp it up a notch. Why not? Who has the courage to challenge him directly? Where is the so called investigation?

    There’s a lot of initial noise that quickly fades into media oblivion. Obfuscation, delay, increasingly dismissive and derogatory condemnation, denial, withholding evidence, Holder held in contempt of Congress etc., etc. Carney says the investigation has failed but nothing about the validity of the allegations except the declaration that the two most serious, concerning Benghazi and the IRS, are “phony scandals.” Actually this reveals a great deal but accomplishes nothing. No surprise……..just frustration now tinged with a bit of fear. Where, when, how, and is this going to end?

    The election of 2012 was critical. 2014 will be much more so. If the democrats gain control of the entire Congress, conservatives and republicans may as well fold their tents and seek refuge elsewhere because America is going down.

    • NAHALKIDES

      Agreed. Obama knows nobody is going to challenge him – he controls the Justice Department, and the only potential weapon Republicans have is Impeachment, which would be futile even if evidence surfaces to justify it. Which brings up another point: Obama has been frighteningly effective in stonewalling and covering up the truth. By now, we should know the full truth about Benghazi and whether Obama himself was in on the conspiracy to use the IRS to attack his political opponents, and in fact we still know very little.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bryan-Schmick/100000836170959 Bryan Schmick

        We learned in the Clinton era that Democrats would ignore the law in support of their own. The fact is that pres Clinton committed a federal crime by lying (for a stupid reason – the whole thing would have been a minor scandal if he was honest) and was impeached for it. The Democrats in the Senate decided that he didn’t lie despite overwhelming evidence.

        Let’s assume the Reps impeach pres Obama. Does anyone think the Dems in the Senate will admit his lawlessness?

  • defcon 4

    Of course the 0 doesn’t know the IRS is targeting his political enemies.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bryan-Schmick/100000836170959 Bryan Schmick

    1) President Obama recently claimed that limited government does not work historically (despite ample evidence that it does work including our own history). If limited government isn’t the answer he believes in, then there are only two options: unlimited government (e.g. dictatorship, socialism, kingdom) and no government (anarchy). Real history has shown that unlimited and no government do not work.

    2) President Obama has frequently complained that he doesn’t have enough power despite his unconstitutional take over of additional power.

    Does anyone not believe that president Obama wants to be dictator for life and then eventually become the dictator of the UN with full support from the DNC?

    He initially claimed outrage that the government was targeting his political opponents, but as evidence came out that the targeting has continued, he is claiming it is a phony scandal. Was he actually outraged that the targeting might have been stopped?

    He has continuously told people to bring a gun to a knife fight to support his will.

    • Spyderman

      Obama is nothing but a liar, plain and simple. When not on the golf course or on a taxpayer-paid vacation with his entourage, he must sit at his desk, plotting his next move on how to bypass the intent of the Constitution. How Democrats can continue to adore this clown defies common sense.

      As a newer member of the Tea Party Patriots…..OOPS….I had better keep my mouth shut or I might be targeted by the IRS. Oh, to hell with it. I’m tired of being afraid of the very people who depend upon me and millions of others like me who pay their over-inflated salaries.