The IRS Scandal Blows Wide Open

lerner_0A bombshell revelation has brought the IRS scandal to a new level. Judicial Watch has released internal IRS communications revealing that former Tax Exempt Organizations director Lois Lerner was in contact with the Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding whether it was possible to criminally prosecute tax-exempt groups she believed had “lied” about their political activity. Judicial Watch obtained the documents by successfully filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the IRS in October 2013, following the agency’s stonewall of four FOIA requests dating back to the previous May.

Contained in those documents is an email exchange between Lerner and Nikole C. Flax, then-Chief of Staff to then-Acting IRS Commissioner Steven T. Miller. On May 8, 2013, Lerner sent the following email to Flax:

“I got a call today from Richard Pilger Director Elections Crimes Branch at DOJ … He wanted to know who at IRS the DOJ folk s [sic] could talk to about Sen. Whitehouse idea at the hearing that DOJ could piece together false statement cases about applicants who “lied” on their 1024s –saying they weren’t planning on doing political activity, and then turning around and making large visible political expenditures. DOJ is feeling like it needs to respond, but want to talk to the right folks at IRS to see whether there are impediments from our side and what, if any damage this might do to IRS programs.

I told him that sounded like we might need several folks from IRS…”

Flax responded the next day:

“I think we should do it – also need to include CI [Criminal Investigation Division], which we can help coordinate. Also, we need to reach out to FEC. Does it make sense to consider including them in this or keep it separate?”

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) had chaired a hearing on Apr. 9, 2013 in which he discussed the abuse of the 501(c)(4) tax-exempt designation. During that hearing, he made his leftist agenda clear, insisting that “after the Supreme Court opened the floodgates to big money in elections in its disgraceful Citizens United decision, big donors like to use these non-profit entities to launder campaign spending and hide their identities.” 

Whitehouse also asked witnesses from DOJ and IRS why they hadn’t prosecuted 501(c)(4) groups who have made false statements about their activities, or donors who have used shell companies to mask their donations to Super PACs. He urged both entities to “put together a criminal case showing a fairly straightforward false statement or a fairly [straightforward] shell corporation disclosure violation.”

In a March 27, 2013 email to a top staffer at the IRS, Lerner revealed the impetus behind that meeting: 

“As I mentioned yesterday — there are several groups of folks from the FEC world that are pushing tax fraud prosecution for c4s who report they are not conducting political activity when they are (or these folks think they are). One is my ex-boss Larry Noble (former General Counsel at the FEC), who is now president of Americans for Campaign Reform. This is their latest push to shut these down. One IRS prosecution would make an impact and they wouldn’t feel so comfortable doing the stuff.

So, don’t be fooled about how this is being articulated – it is ALL about 501(c)(4) orgs and political activity”

An IRS prosecution for the sake of “impact” sounds remarkably like a show trial, but the fact that Lerner advocated such an idea is not surprising. She too had nothing but contempt for Citizens United, a reality she made clear during a 2010 speech at Duke University. At the time she insisted the Supreme Court “dealt a huge blow, overturning a 100-year-old precedent that basically corporations couldn’t give directly to political campaigns.” 

Apparently Lerner knew such a prosecution might be at odds with the law. Minutes before sending the above email she sent this one:

“Whether there was a false statement or fraud regarding an [sic] description of an alleged political expenditure that doesn’t say vote for or vote against is not realistic under current law. Everyone is looking for a magic bullet or scapegoat — there isn’t one. The law in this area is just hard.”

Just as damning are a trio of emails that show Lerner working to tamp down the emerging IRS scandal. They are important because all of them were sent before her May 10, 2013 speech attempting to blame the entire debacle on “low level” IRS employees in Cincinnati:

May 1, 2013: After receiving an email from an assistant showing that 501(c)(4) applications had increased from 1591 in 2010 to 3398 in 2012 , Lerner wrote back, “Looks to me like 2010-2012 doubled too. Oh well – thanks.”

May 2, 2013: Discussing an upcoming conference call with approximately 100 congressional staffers on May 22, Lerner cautions aides, “Need to be careful not to mention sequester/furlough unless asked although can allude to budget and resources restraints.”

May 2, 2013: In response to an email reminding her about the upcoming conference call with congressional staffers, Lerner responded, “Arrgh – I just saw it. Sharon [White] could skate, but Cindy [Thomas] is the person who could answer that stuff. We need to give them some type of language in the event that type of question comes up” [apparently in reference to earlier email referencing “sensitive issues”].

Emails sent after the speech are equally revealing. One sent on May 10 blows a hole in the left’s contention that IRS targeting was a bipartisan affair:

May 10, 2013: In an email to an aide responding to a request for information from a Washington Post reporter, Lerner admits that she “can’t confirm that there was anyone on the other side of the political spectrum” who had been targeted by the IRS. She then adds that “The one with the names used were only know [sic] because they have been very loud in the press.”

May 10, 2013: An email from former Cincinnati program manager Cindy Thomas excoriates Lerner for her comments blaming the aforementioned low level employees. Highlighting the words “low-level workers” in bold-face type each of the seven times she used it in a short email, Thomas asked, “How am I supposed to keep the low-level workers motivated when the public believes they are nothing more than low-level workers and now will have no respect for how they are working cases?” Lerner’s response nearly an hour later was a terse, “I will be back shortly and give you a call.”

May 15, 2013: In an email from an aide to Lerner, the aide specifically mentions “Tea Party Organizations,” the “Tea Party movement,” and “Tea Party Patriots” as organizations targeted by the IRS.

All of the above indicate a despicable level of strategizing aimed at not merely suppressing the efforts of conservative organizations — but targeting them with criminal prosecution and threatening them with imprisonment. Yet one sentence in the above emails stands out above all the rest. It is the one where Lerner states that “everyone is looking for a magic bullet or scapegoat.” 

Who is “everyone”? IRS emails released by the House Oversight Committee reveal staff members working for Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), the Committee’s Democratic Ranking Member, were in contact with the IRS multiple times between 2012 and 2013 regarding True the Vote, a conservative organization that works to prevent vote fraud. We now know the DOJ was in the loop as well. So was Lerner’s former employer, the Federal Elections Commission (FEC). They were given access by the IRS to highly confidential tax information about Tea Party groups, in clear violation of federal law. 

Who gave them that access? Lois Lerner in an email chain that began Feb. 3, 2009, when the FEC made its request to her. That revelation also comes courtesy of an FOIA request filed by Judicial Watch.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton illuminates the implications of these latest document releases. “These new emails show that the day before she broke the news of the IRS scandal, Lois Lerner was talking to a top Obama Justice Department official about whether the DOJ could prosecute the very same organizations that the IRS had already improperly targeted,” he said. “The IRS emails show Eric Holder’s Department of Justice is now implicated and conflicted in the IRS scandal. No wonder we had to sue in federal court to get these documents.”

Now that it is clear the DOJ is part of the scandal, it becomes clear that they are incapable of handling the investigation of it. Thus, there is only one alternative: an independent prosecutor must be appointed. There is no question that Eric Holder’s March 10, 2014 letter to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), saying that “such an appointment is not warranted” because the case does not present a conflict of interest or other extraordinary circumstances, is an utter fraud. Three major government entities—the IRS, the DOJ and the FEC–now known to be involved in the effort to harass right wing groups represents a gargantuan conflict of interest and the epitome of extraordinary circumstances.

The American people must rise up and demand such an appointment. The highest offices in the nation have been exposed colluding to persecute politically engaged citizens using any means at their disposal. The American people must do likewise to excise this rot from our most vital institutions.

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  • semus

    People should have risen up long before this. If we want a country at all these people should be prosecuted. Anyone who thinks Holder does anything without Presidential approval is either a liar or a fool.

    • sendtheclunkerbacktochicago

      OPERATION AMERICAN SPRING – beginning on May 16th, 2014. Come join the MILLIONS who have already committed to this event. This is the time to rise up. They have had 6 years to fix this nightmare and things have become worse. PUT UP OR SHUT UP!

      • SidSeven

        Millions huh, I’m guessing 1000, if you are lucky. And where the heck do you weirdos get the money to pay for this ridiculous crap? If it was a GOP Admin doing exactly the same things you accuse this admin of, you’d all stay home.

    • Phil McMorrow

      Or a foolish liar.

  • panola60

    The most corrupt administration in U.S. history. . . without doubt

    • Christopher Riddle

      You mean The Most”Transparently Corrupt Administration”In History,Don’t You?

    • Christopher Riddle

      The MOST”Transparently”Corrupt administration in US History!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • SidSeven

      Oh Puleeze! Check out Reagan’s Admin, Or Bush Jrs.

  • Berceuse

    This is not the smoking gun that the article is making it out to be, unfortunately. Making false statements on a federal form is a felony, and any group that did so SHOULD have been prosecuted, regardless of affiliation. (Of course, lying under oath is also a felony, but Democrats had zero problem with it when Clinton did it. But I digress.)

    • CaoMoo

      The question is is there any proof? Or is that an excuse. Talks of scapegoats and abuse of authority would make it seem to be an excuse.

      • Berceuse

        Good question, and the proof may well be there somewhere. I am convinced of culpability and guilt within the IRS, DOJ and WH, but proving it will be very difficult. Conservatives should focus on demanding independent investigations rather than claiming “bombshell” revelations that really are not. It becomes a cry wolf situation.

        • MLCBLOG

          While we are busy proving, they have moved on to their next onslaught against our institutions.

          • Berceuse

            That’s because Republicans seek to achieve their goals in the context of the rule of law in a two-party system, whereas today’s Democrats seek to obliterate all opponents in all-out zero-sum political warfare. Its a major reason I left the party.

        • NAHALKIDES

          Basically, I agree with you that it’s going to be difficult to nail anyone at the level of IRS Commissioner or higher, especially Obama himself who is almost surely guilty. But there would seem to already be enough evidence to convict Lerner for two separate violations, (1) Emailing confidential data to her private email account and then disseminating it from there, and (2) Unlawfully disclosing confidential Tea Party information to the FEC.

          • NAHALKIDES

            Forgot count 3: Perjury!

          • ExRepug

            (1) The IRS provides its managers and higher level (GS-13 and -14) employees with a Blackberry for use in official business. How do you know the email account was her “private one” and not one designated for use with the Blackberry?

            (2) The information that was shared with the FEC was already publicly available. See 26 U.S.C. section 6104. The tax returns (Form 990) of all charitable orgs are publicly accessible, through FOIA as well as through the online searchable database provided by Guidestar. Once an organization’s application has been approved, its application and all supporting materials that it provided in conjunction with the application process — including the names of and compensation paid to its directors, officers and highest paid employees — are also public. In fact, pursuant to section 6104, the organization itself is mandated to made the same information and documents available for inspection during business hours by any member of the public who so requests.

            Neither of your two points is evidence of criminal wrongdoing. At most, sending info to a private email account, particularly if it not encrypted, is a violation of agency policy, but is not a violation of any criminal statute.

          • NAHALKIDES

            It’s amazing how shameless you Democratic partisans can be – caught red-handed and obviously guilty, you’re hoping to obscure the essentials with enough squid ink that the average citizen might just have some doubt as to the monstrous wrongdoing your side has engaged in here.

            1. The letter from the House Committee to Eric Holder states that “Senior Technical advisor Meghan Biss, apparently at Lerner’s request, sent a summary of One Fund Boston’s 501(c)(3) application, which consisted almost entirely of section 6103 material, to Lerner’s personal email address” [emphasis added]. They also name the email account, and it’s not a government one, it’s at msn.com (how appropriate). That’s good enough for me, although Lerner will have adequate opportunity to explain when we finally bring her up on charges. And while you are correct that such a transmission may only be a violation of agency policy, if any non-IRS employee had access to her account, or if she transmitted this information to unauthorized third-parties, which is highly likely since there’s really no other reason for the transfer in the first place, then Lerner has indeed committed a federal crime.

            2. The tax law is so complicated that ultimately you could be vindicated, but I sure hope not: what Lerner did was terribly wrong, even if not technically illegal. I’m not at all sure you’re correct about these organizations being “charitable” or that their returns are public documents. Taking the brighter side, there’s a good chance Lerner did violate Sec. 6103 here and that she’ll be sentenced to some time in prison:

            “When we spoke last July, you had told us that the American Future Fund had not received an exemption letter from the IRS,” an FEC attorney wrote in a February 2009 e-mail to Lerner. But Section 6103 of the Internal Revenue Code provides that both
            “return information” and “taxpayer return information” are strictly confidential. An IRS source tells National Review Online that, within the agency, disclosing the information that Lerner appears to have provided is considered “a violation of Section 6103.”
            And:

            “Steven Willis, a professor of tax law at the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law, argues that it was. The law “does not allow for disclosure of pending applications,” Willis says, and though he acknowledges that the law is a “technicality,” he maintains that Lerner’s violation is something more serious.”

            [see http://beforeitsnews.com/opinion-conservative/2013/08/did-lois-lerner-illegally-disclose-information-to-the-fec-2697220.html

            And then there’s Lerner’s perjury before the committee, and her willfully misleading statements to the I. G. which I believe is another felony.

            Finally, her attempt to invoke the 5th is pretty good evidence of her guilt. No, it’s not admissible, but it’s pretty obvious she’s got a whole lot of lawbreaking to hide.

            And more to the point, even if Lerner isn’t technically guilty of a 6103 violation, it’s clear from the emails that both the IRS and FEC used this information to target Conservative groups specifically.

            Government agencies do not exist for the benefit of the party in power to abuse their rivals. People like Obama and Lerner have gone further than Nixon ever did, and they should be punished for it – period.

      • MLCBLOG

        Repubs look to prove; Dems just fling the accusations willy nilly.

    • NAHALKIDES

      But read Lerner’s admission that
      “Whether there was a false statement
      or fraud regarding an [sic] description of an alleged political
      expenditure that doesn’t say vote for or vote against is not realistic
      under current law.
      Everyone is looking for a magic bullet or scapegoat —
      there isn’t one. The law in this area is just hard.” [emphasis added]

      In other words, Lerner is here admitting that political advocacy short of naming particular candidates does not constitute “making false statements” under the applicable law. This was in March 2013, so if she and others still pursued possible prosecutions beyond that time (as it seems they did) they did so knowing the law was against them. I for one would like to know more about this aspect of the case.

      Lerner’s statement that “Everyone is looking for a magic bullet or scapegoat” is also highly revealing, It means there had been substantial discussion of how to kill off the Tea Parties, and the unintentionally accurate use of the word “scapegoat” suggests they had in mind “crucifying” someone as an example, the way that former EPA Regional director spoke of doing. Crucify one or two Tea Party organizations, and the rest will fall in line or disappear. This is truly chilling.

      Good work by Ahlert.

  • http://www.chaverimisrael.org Norbert Haag

    You know the difference between King Georg and those thugs?

    The majority of US citizens voted them into office. And don’t give me that “but we didn’t know what they where going to do” stupid answer. They voted for them twice not only once.

    So all that revolutionary blabber from the right is nothing but whining.

    Get up now, start organising now, stop blaming the dems for your bad performance and turn the USA into the land of the free again without leaving the democratic process.

    • Bandido

      King George was not nearly as tyrannical as this clique of communists.

      • http://www.chaverimisrael.org Norbert Haag

        Now lets not call for king Georgs sainthood posthum :)

        • Bandido

          Of course not. But 18th century tyrants could only dream of becoming an Obama and usurping power unimpeded by any Parliament.

          • http://www.chaverimisrael.org Norbert Haag

            On that I agree whole hearted :)

            Still they only came to power because they where voted in.

          • Bandido

            Nobody voted in George III or Alexander or Nicholas. Just this Congress of jellyfish and an America-hating racist.

  • Raymond Chuang

    There is now a big cloud of black smoke, figuratively. I think we’re going to find out very soon that this entire mess may point directly to Eric Holder and Valerie Jarrett–and that may also implicate people even higher.

    In 1974, one of the Articles of Impeachment against President Nixon was the threat of using the Internal Revenue Service to go after political enemies; it appears that the Obama Administration actually DID use the IRS for this very purpose.

    • ldwaddell

      There is no one “higher” than Valerie Jarret. She is president in absentia.

      • MLCBLOG

        She marches to the beat of the International Communist Party line, raised that way, along with Barack. They are all of one accord and, unfortunately, seem to be putting their ideas and devices over on the innocent and trusting American people by all manner of devious means for years now…long before O and VJ hit the White House. I know. I used to run with them. It’s like some banner in the sky that they all snap to but also there seem to be orders coming from HQ, as in This person is being promoted (I was one!) and This is what we are saying, etc.

    • NAHALKIDES

      The only difficulty will be tying Obama and others directly into the scandal. Nixon obligingly kept incriminating audio tapes lying around; Obama, Jarrett, etc. are a little better at cover-ups.

      • danhoch

        It won’t matter what everyone has on obama, until we get a Senate that will confirm the House’s guilt (assuming they do, and I’m not sure of this House at this point), then we’ll get nowhere. I am still of the opinion that the only way we’re going to jail this imposter is to have a civil/military coup. They can’t hold off 30 million people who storm “the castle” can they?

        • Drakken

          I agree.

        • NAHALKIDES

          I agree that I don’t think we can get Obama while he’s in office, although if we can prove he was behind the IRS scandal, then impeachment in the House becomes mandatory even though the corrupt Democrats in the Senate will never convict.

          No, the pro-Obama forces could not hold off 30 million people, but we’re not that organized yet. Besides, peaceful secession seems a more attractive option than staging a bloodless coup, don’t you think?

          • truebearing

            What Obama, Holder, et al. are doing is a bloodless coup. They are following Antonio Gramsci’s incremental coup template, where leftist infiltrate every institution in the country so that when the time comes, the Left already has control. Lerner is a perfect example.

            Even Gramsci recognized that when the final push came, there would be a short, violent conflict before the revolution was complete. We’re at that point now.

            What you are talking about is simply a loyalist reaction to a coup. Some would call it a counter-revolution, but no matter what you call it, if the Left refuses to follow the law, and they have so far, the battle won’t be bloodless. There is no way that the Left will relinquish their ultimate goal, power, without a bloody, vicious, ruthless fight. They will try to use blacks, illegal aliens, street gangs, the military, and government employees to crush the patriot resistors. Obama may already have a deal with Putin to provide troops if he needs to put down elements of our military who remain loyal to the constitution and their oaths. He may have a deal with various Muslim entities to do the same. He may have a deal with the UN. It won’t be bloodless.

          • NAHALKIDES

            You may be right about the Left ultimately begin unwilling to give up without a fight. I think it’s possible they could be intimidated when they realize their own skins are on the line. But either way, we’re not at that point yet, for we have neither completed the necessary intellectual groundwork to justify rebellion or secession (I’m actually working on this now), nor are we sufficiently organized. We don’t even have control of a political party! Only when those things are addressed would it be prudent to discuss actual plans of action based on various contingencies.

          • truebearing

            As long as the Left can suppress the truth with their stranglehold on the media, it will be hard to get apathetic Americans up to speed on what is really happening. Whatever plan you are working on, make sure it includes a viable media strategy.

          • NAHALKIDES

            Media is important. The main problem today is the Establishment Republicans don’t speak out often enough, and they’re the ones still in control of the Party. But we definitely need Conservative political leaders who communicate directly with the people, ignoring the dinosaur media as much as possible.

          • teatime

            WE don’t need the fkg, media! we the people can do it,we can also take out the RINO’s!

          • tic…tic…BOOM

            “Infiltrate” or INFEST?

          • SidSeven

            Seccession? Are you completely insane? We’ve been there & done that, At least MY ancestors STOPPED IT.

          • NAHALKIDES

            You misunderstand the situation – this time, the secessionists would be the northern freedom-fighters. To put our political situation today in terms of the 1850′s, you have to imagine that the South is firmly in power at the national level and is trying to spread slavery throughout the North (which is almost true, as the South wanted to spread slavery all over the Western territories). We, the free North, (assuming we can’t beat the South in elections anymore because they’ve got the game rigged), decide we’d rather secede than submit to the imposition of slavery.

            That’s the way to view our present predicament.

          • SidSeven

            Seccession is being pushed by billonaire/corporate interests, because if you can outright purchase enough State Governments, you can force a Constitutional convention. FIRST up: Amendment to the Constitution to BAN the Federal Government of ANY regulatory power over ANY business. And the other 4 they have in mind are equally bad. Corporations exist at the pleasure of the State, & we are ALL the State. It’s tacit approval, a privilege, but they think it’s some God-given RIGHT.
            Now that Corporations are considered people, it stands to reason we are all de-facto corporations, & WE should enjoy all the benefits that corporations enjoy, like no fed taxes, generous subsidies, etc. Hey?

  • CaoMoo

    makes water gate looks like a kids game of frozen tag

  • Realist

    No no no, this cannot be. The lib Lie Stream Media has assured us that lib groups were also “targeted”, and then the lib Lie Stream Media wisely dropped any coverage of this “phony” scandal (once they were fed the story they wanted). We can rest assured that that same lib Lie Stream Media will carefully avoid any reportage of the specific details of this criminality and instead feed us a steady diet of gauzy abstractions that are intended to deceive us and to protect their libcult political brethren.

    Damning statements like “everyone is looking for a magic bullet or scapegoat” will be carefully cleaned up and re purposed as being a case where their heroic libcult politicians simply “misspoke” or the new favorite “taken out of context” canard where the libcult media discussion focuses exclusively on accusations against those daring to inform the public of the simple truth and never focus on the easy to understand criminality which must be buried, squelched, intimidated and tortured until the truth is unrecognizable.

    They are libcult.

    • SidSeven

      The IRS was doing it’s job, twit.

  • Chiron_Venizelos

    So what?
    Those whom we send to DC to represent us aren’t going to do one thing about it when it comes to punishing the guilty for their crimes! Has history not taught you this?
    All we’ll get is the same old dog-and-pony show we’ve gotten since forever.
    For that matter, WHY won’t these same cretins abolish the IRS and go with a Federal consumption tax (i.e. “Flat Tax)?
    Simple: it’s because those not in power now want to reserve the IRS for a time when they want to persecute their own political enemies!
    The Repubikans and Deficraps are one in the same and they prove daily that “We the People” are stupid enough to trust them!

    • sendtheclunkerbacktochicago

      OPERATION AMERICAN SPRING – beginning on May 16th, 2014. Come join us or stop complaining.

    • trapper

      If there is a “flat tax”, the IRS would still be needed. Do you think there would no longer be a tax collection and administration agency?

      • Chiron_Venizelos

        Drastically reduced in scope and magnitude.
        Do you know there are currently >115,000 IRS employees and that the average compensation package for those employees is >$125,000/annum?
        By “eliminating the IRS” I guess I should have clarified for my critics and snipers more precisely what I meant. Mia culpa.

        • Drakken

          Once a government agency is formed, it takes an act of God to kill it, for once formed, it never goes away and grows every year.

        • ExRepug

          There are currently fewer than 90,000 employees as of the end of the fiscal year ended September 30, 2013. Source: IRS Data Book. In fiscal year 1992, the agency had 117,945 employees, according to data from TRAC-IRS at the University of Syracuse. By fiscal year 2012 this had fallen 23 percent to 90,280. At the same time, the number of returns that the agency must process increased 27 percent, from 113.1 million to 143.4 million.

          Exaggeration does not help your credibility.

          • Chiron_Venizelos

            I reported 115K employees and you said 117K employees in 1992. That my data was not fresh does not mean that I exaggerated DOES IT?
            In rechecking, I found the IRS now has some 92K people drawing a check and their sole purpose in life is to confiscate what other people earn.
            You imply that somehow the IRS has become more efficient. BULLFEATHERS! You neglect to observe the astronomical increase in e-filings, which would make the IRS need fewer parasites to leach off the US TAXPAYER. You also neglected to mention that your Messiah–Mr. 0bama, the king of “Hoax and Chains”–wants to hire an additional 16K more IRS parasites to increase the number of conservatives his tax goons can target.
            Trying to make people think you’re “just being fair” when you defend the IRS does not help your argument. The entire point is that the IRS are a bunch of Neanderthals who serve their lowbrow goon boss, and the more quickly we get the Fair Tax passed, the more quickly you and your fellow parasites will have to find honest work.

          • SidSeven

            If you don’t wanna pay taxes, there is a simple solution: Move to a country that has no taxes, if you can find one.

          • Chiron_Venizelos

            WHERE in my remarks have I stated that I do not wish to pay taxes? WHERE?
            OK my IRS troll, to borrow a well-worn phrase from your leader: Lemme be clear. I DEMAND value for value, and that is not what the taxpayers who support you are getting. That I am critical of those whom we elect to represent us are spending us into oblivion and then using the IRS as their private goon squad to persecute those who complain does not mean I cannot understand the necessity of taxes BUT here are my primary concerns:
            All those who wish to redistribute wealth tell us how we must all pay our “fair share.” This is an echo of “From each according to his ability to each according to his need.” That pony won’t win–it’s a loser every time!
            Then there are the millions who pay nothing. How is paying nothing their “fair share?”
            Of course, I might make some allowances by advocating those who do not pay should also not be allowed to vote. They don’t have skin in the game so what gives them the right to demand more from those of us who do?

          • SidSeven

            One of them is my cousin, who makes a good living, but she specializes in teaching IRS offices how to go after the real fraud & super tax-cheats, so they figure she’s worth every penny. This Country was founded on the idea of taxes paying to fund the Government, as in the (real) Boston Tea Party. (10% tea -tax)

  • Bandido

    The American people don’t understand this momentous issue and could care less if they did. This is how and why Obama and his caporegimes have been able to run wild and trample the law and the Constitution. The gutter is in charge in D.C. and no one has enough guts to wash out the filth. This is why the country is sliding into an abyss deeper than a Washington mudslide.

    • MLCBLOG

      I think they do care, just can’t quite believe it, are still gullible to the tactics of shame and blame and confuse that these commies bring to the table, and therefore, doubting themselves and not steeping themselves in the beauty and wisdom of our founders (not perfect, just the best idea for the most freedom and prosperity for the most people ever, proven), they are unarmed and unprepared. Sad. I hope it will change with Gen Y.

  • sendtheclunkerbacktochicago

    OPERATION AMERICAN SPRING – Come join the more than 2 MILLION who have already committed to the largest protest to ever descend upon Washington DC. It begins on May 16th, 2014, stay as long as you can endure and until the following resign – Obama/Biden/Holder/McConnell/Boehner/Pelosi/Reid. According to poll after poll these folks are failing miserably and have become corrupt and useless. Begin advertising this event at all the blogs and social networks and in your neighborhoods.

    • Chiron_Venizelos

      Good luck!
      Seriously.

    • ExRepug

      Do you have sufficient provisions to allow you to stay until January 2017?

      • SidSeven

        Good one. I think all these cries of secession & armed rebellion are completely lunatic. My ancestors certainly didn’t volunteer to give their lives, if necessary, so complete brain-damaged types could actually subvert the rule of law. Don’t they know they are tools for rabid right-wing billionaires who feel THEY should be running things? (And kind of already are?)

        • ExRepug

          I suspect that turnout will be a couple of hundred, and after a few days they will head home — without securing a single resignation.

          I was in DC back in the late 1970s when farmers had brought their protest to Washington. It was actually nice to see their tractors and other farm equipment lined up along Constitution Avenue in peaceful protest. When the time came for spring planting they went home. They petitioned their government in the manner envisioned by our founding fathers.

          • SidSeven

            I remember that, it was terrific. With the foot dragging on the recent Farm Bill I’m surprised they didn’t do it again. They showed up here in Wisconsin at our Capitol to protest Scott Walker, though. I like watching AgDay, & fully support farmers.

        • Randy

          They don’t know they are the tools. That’s what’s so scary. They are SOOOOOOOOOOO brainwashed.

  • Cappy1437

    Lois Lerner is a criminal and needs to be prosecuted for her devious, evil activities against the American people. She has become the lowest level of humanity.

    • MLCBLOG

      There are too many like her. No conscience as we know it.

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

    PJM covered this scandal yesterday. Meanwhile, the yearly meeting of the Organization of American Historians redefined their mission. They are now to act as policemen for the public square, by which they mean they are there to order and delimit the Tea Party and other potential voting Republicans. See http://clarespark.com/2014/04/12/the-organization-of-american-historians-taking-sides/. “The Organization of American Historians taking sides.” Someone should do an essay on this remarkable development as historians gladly take on the role of the disciplinary power of the State.

    • MLCBLOG

      Shades of Ukraine, Russia, any country that limits free speech by threat of force.

      • Drakken

        The amusing and sick joke of it all is, the Russians and Ukrainians are getting more free while we in the west are going the opposite route.

  • RAS

    Now it’s all about proof beyond a shadow of doubt. Remember, the Left doesn’t have to prove accusations. To them it’s the seriousness of the charge that matters. Prove you are not a racist, a homophobe, a corrupt heartless conservative pig.
    So now they are on defense on the IRS scandal, only one of many, and we must show pristine, “smoking gun,” proof; circumstantial evidence not accepted. And besides, according to President (I cannottell a lie) Obama there isn’t a smidgen of wrong-doing here. Lois Lerner takes the “Fifth.” Move along folks, nothing to see here. Hilleary Clinton atones, “What difference at this point does it make;” move along, nothing to see here either. Then there was Whitewater; “I don’t recall.” Will you people just keep moving and stop holding up progress. Damn noisy conservatives. By the way, whatever happened to poor old Vince Foster? Proof, proof, who needs proof? I aint got no proof. After all, it’s the serious of the charge that matters.

    • MLCBLOG

      They specialize in flinging accusations…proven or not, usually not.

  • Harry_the_Horrible

    Too bad the folks who are supposed to arrest Lerner, investigate her crimes, try her and jail her are also her co-conspirators.

  • Phil McMorrow

    Time for jail, Lois. Lesbian city with barbed wire.

    • A Z

      Who cares about any lesbian angle. I do not know that she is. I would not care. I certainly do not want inmates committing crimes against one another.

      I would just be happy for her to be in a 10 x 12 cell or cubed like in Judge Dredd, Minority Report or Battle Star Galactica.

      She tried to put the founder of the True the vote in the ‘poor house’ along with some jail time. We know the law. We know morality. The same should be done to her.

  • Hank Rearden

    After the Tea Party came out of nowhere and took the House in 2010, the admin would STOP AT NOTHING to steal the 2012 election, in this case by banishing the oppo – meaning us – from the playing field. Criminalizing political activity – if that ain’t Libs to a T.

    To a T.

    No respect for argument. No respect for the process. No respect for the public. Just power, power, power. And Obama is the WORST.

    • MLCBLOG

      Amen. Stolen election. People don’t want to believe it.

    • ExRepug

      So you concede that the real “social welfare” purpose of these organizations was to influence elections by supporting and endorsing candidates and political parties?

      Under 501(c)(3) and (c)(4) NO activities or spending to support or oppose candidates running for office are allowed.

      Thank you for acknowledging that the groups whose applications were delayed for enhanced scrutiny of their activities were engaging in prohibited activities intended to influence the 2010 and 2012 elections.

      • Hank Rearden

        You misunderstand.

        The purpose is to educate the public on the American Experiment, the values of limited government of enumerated powers, the dangers of tyranny from an expanding bureaucracy, the virtues of the free market to serve the needs of the public, and the financial unsustainability of the course we are on.

        • SidSeven

          You left out Oligarchy. Super rich billionaires purchasing entire State Governments, for instance.

          • Hank Rearden

            That’s a Lib fantasy.

            But If I have to choose, I’ll choose private greed over government greed. Private greed can’t tax you and can’t send the police. Government greed does both of those things every day. The whole point of hte American experiment was to keep government greed under control. The whole point of Progressivism is to unleash government greed without limit.

          • Randy

            Private greed can tax you and enslave you if the government isn’t there to stop it.

          • Hank Rearden

            No. It can’t. That is the whole point of the free market. If you don’t like the product, you can go down the street and buy it from a competitor. The government can put you in jail if you don’t buy it’s product. Big, big difference.

          • Randy

            You are such a fool. In a free market with government protections, you have those choices. If it were you against the wealthy with no government protections you’d be a slave. But the poor would form a government before letting that happen.

          • Hank Rearden

            hmmm…the history of the 20th century means nothing to you? Just an anomaly? The slaves in the 20th century were all slaves of the government. 100 million dead in the USSR, China, Germany (National SOCIALISM), etc. Ever hear of The Gulag Acrhipelago? Are you a Brandeis graduate?

          • Randy

            I didn’t study history. Business and economics. Good luck against the wealthy on your own. Let them dupe you into getting government out of the way for them.

          • Hank Rearden

            OK. No surprise. To be a Lib you have to be ignorant of history. And I am sure that Lois Lerner and Harry Reid are going to take good care of you.

          • Randy

            I’m doing just fine.

          • ChicoEscuela

            Yeah, If you think living a worthless life is “just fine” – then congratulations – you are doing well Randi

          • Hank Rearden

            Good to hear.

          • Randy

            Thanks.

      • SidSeven

        The IRS tries to do it’s job, & these idiots cry foul? Are they all snotty teenagers who can’t get a life? Most of the right wing groups who wan’t tax-exempt status seem to be headed up by charlatans & hucksters who FOUND A NEW WAY to make a lot of money. I assume they can pay themselves whatever they like, and spend the ‘donations’ anyway they want, on themselves mostly, while hawking books & dvds after lying to the folks who read their emailed ‘newsletters’. I could probably start up one of these things for what, 500 bucks?

      • SidSeven

        The IRS tries to do it’s job, & these idiots cry foul? Are they all snotty teenagers who can’t get a life? Most of the right wing groups who wan’t tax-exempt status seem to be headed up by charlatans & hucksters who FOUND A NEW WAY to make a lot of money. I assume they can pay themselves whatever they like, and spend the ‘donations’ anyway they want, on themselves mostly, while hawking books & dvds after lying to the folks who read their emailed ‘newsletters’. I could probably start up one of these things for what, 500 bucks?

        • Hank Rearden

          The only problem with “the IRS tries to do its job” is that Lois Lerner was there and she thinks it was criminal activity. She thinks that if she testifies about what she did she will incriminate herself.

          • SidSeven

            Another possibility is that the Justice Dept. is looking really hard at some of these groups’ activities, & she doesn’t want to jeopardize their investigations.

          • Hank Rearden

            Of course! That must be it. What was I thinking? Are you a Brandeis graduate?

          • Randy

            You don’t know what Lois is thinking. But we know Issa wants her arrested.

          • Hank Rearden

            I’m sorry, but we DO know what she is thinking. She has told us. If she testifies about her activities as a senior government official, she believes she will incriminate herself. She has the legal protection of not testifying – for now – although it is extremely unusual for a government official to plead the Fifth when accounting for their official actions. If using the Fifth in this context stands, it is the end of Congressional oversight of the Executive. But whatever the outcome of that, we can still draw conclusions as citizens from her doing so.

          • Randy

            She has said nothing of the sort. I didn’t bother reading the rest. Don’t start a post with BS. You’ll lose their attention.

          • Hank Rearden

            So, you ARE a Brandeis graduate? When you have no argument, throw a tantrum.

          • Randy

            Brandeis is a good school. Jealous of those who can attend? The school I attended was higher ranked. It’s business school was 2nd in the nation the year I graduated. You’d think I’d be a capitalist pig based on my education. I’d rather be happy.

  • DontMessWithAmerica

    We need a dozen patriotic Edward Snowdens in the DOJ, in the White House, and in all major departments to nails these sobs from Obama on down and save America.

    • Drakken

      Do you really think these folks in various departments are going to risk their pensions and families lives? Not bloody hardly.

  • jackcb

    Unfortunately, as we’ve seen, outside of a very few, our Congressmen take the opportunity of grandstanding, making grand speeches, but do nothing concrete. By now, there should have been much more progress in this case. However, just as with Benghazi, nothing has really been accomplished

    • Guest

      Blame the cowardly GOP which fails to fulfill its Constitutional obligations as expressed in their oaths of office. The MarxoCrats are defined by corruption and subversion and the GOP, by its lack of substantive – not just cosmetic – prosecution shares in the perfidy. We are betrayed by both parties.

      • Bogie’s Daddy

        I agree. With the stipulation that the media has let us all down.
        It goes back at least to Nixon and Watergate. Ever since that time GOP has feared headlines making them look corrupt or uncaring to the point of doing nothing that can be reported. The left understands this and uses their “guilt cards” to great effect. This is how one irritated citizen can send an email and get a judge to in effect outlaw perfectly normal societal behavior and promote behavior that has historically been the downfall of many great civilizations.

  • MrUniteUs1

    So, don’t be fooled about how this is being articulated – it is ALL about 501(c)(4) orgs and political activity”

    The real scandal is that starting 1959,the IRS without Congressional,approval started allowing groups applying for tax exempt status to engage in politically activities.That’s in direct violation of Congressional legislation. Congress needs to either tell the IRS to enforce the law or vote to change the law.. Legal none of the groups should engaging in politically should be allowed to engage in political activity. Ironically the only groups denied tax exempt status under Lerner’s watch were liberal groups.

    • NAHALKIDES

      You don’t understand the law. Read Lerner’s admission that political advocacy which doesn’t include promoting any particular candidate is not illegal under the law. And your assertion that only liberal groups were denied tax exempt status is just plain crazy – there are Conservative groups that are still waiting for approval after all this time! (That counts as denial, in case you don’t know that).

      • MrUniteUs1

        My assertion that only liberal groups were denied tax exempt status is true for 2012, the year the alleged scandal took place.
        That’s why you never heard anyone, not even Issa name Conservative groups that were denied.

        • NAHALKIDES

          Being held up in limbo all year counts as a denial, which it is functionally. In fact, we know the liberal groups were fast-tracked through the process and the Conservative ones were held up. That is the issue, not the pointless technicalities you’re raising.

          • MrUniteUs1

            Which liberal groups were fast tracked? Why hasn’t Issa mentioned any?

          • NAHALKIDES

            Do your own homework, troll. You might start with the I.G.’s original report. As I recall, Barry Hussein’s brother was one of the ones fast-tracked – that story should be easy for you to find.

          • ExRepug

            You need to stop practicing tax law. “Being held up in limbo all year counts as a denial” is a misstatement of the law. Let’s set the record straight: After an application for 501(c)(3) has been pending for 270 days AFTER ALL INFORMATION REQUESTED BY THE IRS HAS BEEN COMPLETED the organization has jurisdiction to go to the United States District Court in DC and file a suit requesting that the court make a determination of exempt status. ONLY (c)(3)s can do this.

            No court has ever ruled that a delay in approving or denying an application under any other subsection of 501 is deemed a “denial.”

          • NAHALKIDES

            Thanks for nothing – I wasn’t suggesting that one year of artificial delays counted as a legal denial, only a practical one. Without your tax-exempt status being approved, it’s as good as denied in the practical sense. In fact, partisan Democrats did more damage to Republicans this way than by outright denial, which might have allowed for appeals and might even have allowed them to hurt Obama in 2012 – and we couldn’t allow that, now could we?

  • Donald J DaCosta

    This pile of horse manure, the lies, corruption, collusion, deceit, etc. is growing into a colossal pile of stink. Where is the derelict clean up crew?

    The call for a special prosecutor has been around, off and on, since “Fast & Furious.” If the republican leadership in Congress expects the corrupt AG, Eric Holder, to appoint one they are living in La La land. It will not happen! Was that not obvious long ago??

  • USARetired

    Time to charge, try and imprison some political appointee’s!

    • Drakken

      I do not think the fickle crowd will be appeased by a few sacrificed by the political class. I think we are beyond that at this point and if Hildabeast gets anointed, its all over but the crying.

      • UCSPanther

        The Left Wing establishment remind me of both the French Monarchy and the Romanian Communists in one:

        Outdated, desperate to hold onto power, and out of touch with a major dose of arrogance and hypocrisy added.

        • Drakken

          I do think that you are on to something where those revolutions are concerned. The question I have is, are we too corrupt to fix our own problems without getting our hands dirty?

          • justquitnow

            Maybe we could try to get all this money out of our elections. Maybe we should have rules about how much people can give to what and maybe corporations shouldn’t be “people” that can give whatever they want to. Maybe we should start by prosecuting people that are abusing the rules we already have….oh…never mind.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            Let’s have Voter ID – which benefits everybody – and only hurts those who wish to subvert elections.

  • MLCBLOG

    I share your cynicism and hopelessness at times, but must keep hope alive for this great country. Things CAN change.

    • Chiron_Venizelos

      ONLY if enough people like you and me remain fully engaged and make them change.

  • SamZebra

    85% of c4 groups are conservative..duh!

    • ExRepug

      So they were UNDERrepresented in the population of applications selected for enhanced scrutiny. Only 32% of the groups on the “Emerging Issue” BOLO (96 of 296 total) were identifiable as conservative.

  • vnamvet1969

    The shame of all of this is that most of the country doesn’t seem interested. This dramatic split in the attitudes of American’s who dismiss these actions because of political affiliation is a travesty. The media is to blame for some of this but the sad reality is that such a gap exists between conservative and liberal ideology. This is becoming quite dangerous, even to the point of splitting families, and has the potential to tear the nation apart. I am quite concerned, as my family is experiencing this right now.

    • Boogie’s Daddy

      If family members cannot discuss political differences in a mature manner the have a problem unrelated to politics itself. Years of not discussing politics, religion have resulted in generations of people unable to organize their thoughts into logical points.
      It was no less dangerous in the mid – 1700′s or the mid -1880′s (heck, the 1960′s for that matter) than it is today. Two wars fought on American soil to preserve an idea. Maybe one is needed every hundred years to re-establish that cause.

    • SidSeven

      They are not interested because there IS NO IRS ‘Scandal’.

  • Drakken

    That is why I am starting to warm up to Robert Heinlein’s ideas that only veterans of military service can be citizens, because they are the only ones who can be entrusted to do the right thing, since the average low information voter is too ignorant and too stupid to be entrusted with his/her own well being and keep voting for more stuff.

  • Guest

    IRS + DOJ = KGB. Now is the opportune time for the GOP to take some Lefty scalps. It won’t, of course, it’s so afraid that blowback from the Leftstream Media will hurt GOP fortunes in upcoming elections. Better to just let America keep going on its path to becoming the USSRA and get fat on lobbyist dollars in the process.

  • glissando

    SINGING HER “FIXING TO DIE RAG” MS. LERNER PREPARES FOR PRISON

  • popseal

    DOJ, Congress, and the SCOTUS seem little more than bootlicks and water carriers for their KING PINOCCHIO. I don’t expect anything to come of any revelations about the corruption now seated in the national capitol. I need a drink!

  • nimbii

    it goes across federal agencies, time for an independent prosecutor.

  • krowbro

    I just did a search for something about this news item at The Nation and Huffington Post websites. Not a single thing was mentioned. How anybody can take those “news” sites seriously is beyond comprehension.

  • Christopher Riddle

    I wonder who will Lois go to for her”Orange JumpSuit”?Will it be Armani??

  • Ward Damon Hubbard

    A clear direct message needs to be sent to the present administration, and message is, we the people are sick and tried of this type of behavior, and this is why the sentence is so very harsh.

    • ExRepug

      Speak only for yourself. Many Americans are sick that the IRS didn’t come down on the cheaters who falsified their applications. Even the Inspector General’s report concluded that all but 17 of the applications that were identified for higher scrutiny had — on their face — indications that the applicants were engaging in prohibited campaign spending and activities and deserved the greater scrutiny they were given — even if those applications were selected using word-search terms that were inappropriately insensitive.

  • Randy Townsend

    The problem is two-fold: 1) Eric Holder is the AG; and his boss is 2) Barack Obama. These two men control the levers of law enforcement. Evidence is stacking up indicating Lerner is guilty of perjury, but to expect Holder to prosecute a woman he’s on the record as saying has done nothing wrong is pointless. Obama will wash his hands of all of it and, as usual, let Holder do the dirty work. And most of America doesn’t care….

  • antioli

    An administration of thugs.
    I hope after they are gone,if they are, that the next administration will have intention of bringing them to justice;or would that be impolite.

  • Thomas

    Ok…we now know laws were broken. Are 501(c)(4) applications being approved in 2013-14? How many?

  • Vladimir Soetero

    Just another nothing burger. Absolutely nothing has been blown wide open. More of the good cop bad cop game being played out by both parties on the American Citizen. Nothing is going to change unless the American people shake off their lethargy and change it by force. That’s it. There’s nothing more to it. The IRS Scandal, Benghazi, gun running, or whatever scandal you wish to name that the Republicans are supposedly addressing, continue (and will continue) to go nowhere in the so called hallowed halls of Washington DC. It’s all a game and the American citizens are the dupes.

  • justquitnow

    Well, I read through all the emails…many of the documents presented as if they were evidence are just the same emails with responses. This is key:

    “I can’t confirm that there was anyone on the other side of the political spectrum –I think that sentence presumes we keep track of which side of the aisle an or falls –we don’t. ”

    Yeah, FPM decided to cut this out. Apparently to Arnold, wanting hucksters, frauds and cheats to be punished is a leftist agenda. Just @^#*) insane. All this political theater because the FEC had evidence of fraudulent activity by Karl Rove’s “public welfare” half of his SuperPac…which because it could hide donors spent way more than the political side….funny that. Anyone care? Probably not here.

    What’s made clear by these emails is that there was little in place to do anything about growing (doubling each cycle) number of applications and thus possible fraud in the non-profit “public-welfare” gray area. The DOJ doesn’t prosecute unless it gets the recommendation and evidence from one of the other agencies. This requires that they communicate.

    Let me recap. There is a flood of new non-profit, non-taxed political entities in the guise of “public welfare”. The FEC has cases it would like to prosecute (Rove is one of them). A Senator working on this issue is asking why their meager filter and lack of regulation hasn’t nabbed a prosecution yet since all the agencies (and all of you) know that there is blatant abuse of the rules (whether or not you give a crap about the rules is another matter)..you know lying and fraud and so forth. The FEC also can’t revoke tax status even if they have evidence of fraud…that would be the IRS that would do that, in conjunction with the DOJ.

    All this dust kicking to keep there from being enforcement of the meager rules that still exist. It’s about large volumes of money from god knows where going into our elections and most of you aren’t just busy with the bobbles they give you, you run with it….and I mean out into the sticks.

    • ExRepug

      Judicial Watch — and the author of this article — are spinning what the emails are actually state. Typical.

      The reason that only the RW blogs and media are getting their panties twisted, and the MSM isn’t, is because people outside the bubble can read the emails just fine and understand that these do not provide evidence of anything other than the EO employees in an overburdened division of an overburdened agency were doing what they supposed to — scrutinizing the applications of blatantly political organizations engaging in blatantly political campaign spending.

  • ExRepug

    And I want a pony for Christmas, but that isn’t going to happen either.

    • Seewetoldu

      Should of asked Baraka Claus , he will bring you anything you want.

  • MarilynA

    Note that all mention of Nixon’s penny ante misdeeds have been dropped. Bill Clinton’s enemies lists and auditing , harassing, and prosecution of his enemies topped Nixon’s by far. Not to mention the out right theft, looting of federal agencies, theft of our natural resourses and funds by his “affirmative action Patsies.” He affirmative actioned unqualified minorities into positions in charge so he could scream racism when anyone questioned what was going on. Or threw them to the wolves because they were in charge. Did you know that when Clinton left office, not a single federal agency’s books were in a condition to be audited and $1 billion was missing from the Federal Reserve Bank in San Francisco? Not a mention of this was in the regular media. Jimmy Carter was just as crooked as Nixon but it was never reported. I was audited three times by IRS within 6 weeks after I signed up to run for State Office on the Republican ticket in 1980. Because they didn’t find anything wrong they gave me a letter saying I couldn’t be audited again. Did you know that the Dems seized the Nixon White House tapes and withheld those that made him appear innocent? The Nixon family is still tied up in court trying to get all those tapes released because the reason Nixon didn’t destroy them was because he felt they would prove he was innocent. But not when the Dems got control of them.

  • American1969

    If Republicans can retain control of the House and get control of the Senate, then Congress will need to appoint Special Investigators and Special Prosecutors for all of these scandals. Obama and Holder won’t do it.
    The fact is that if any other administration had this many scandals going on, the MSM would be all over them, and people would be demanding prosecutions. Under this regime?
    *crickets*
    It’s very telling. This is the most lawless, most corrupt administration we’ve ever had. The fact that so many Americans aren’t paying attention and don’t care is very troubling. They’re rights are being violated and taken away, and they refuse to face reality. As far as I’m concerned, these people get what ever they deserve for not paying attention.

  • popseal

    Facts are facts and with Congress in KING PINOCCHIO’s pocket and the judicial system salted bootlick judges, what can really happen, but a sycophant or two being thrown under the king’s rumbling bus. Look for some great presidential pardons sometime around 2016.

  • Lanna

    It is so blatantly obvious by the evidence, that this administration and IRS did not want the Teaparties and other Conservative groups to have another successful election season by empowering the people!