IRS Admits Targeting Conservative Groups Before Election

Discussion in 'Politics' started by pspr, May 10, 2013.

  1. pspr


    Obama's government is corrupt to the core!

    The Internal Revenue Service is apologizing for inappropriately flagging conservative political groups for additional reviews during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status.

    Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS unit that oversees tax-exempt groups, said organizations that included the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their applications for tax-exempt status were singled out for additional reviews.

    Lerner said the practice, initiated by low-level workers in Cincinnati, was wrong and she apologized while speaking at a conference in Washington.

    Many conservative groups complained during the election that they were being harassed by the IRS. They said the agency asked them an inordinate number of questions to justify their tax-exempt status.

    Certain tax-exempt charitable groups can conduct political activities but it cannot be their primary activity.
  2. pspr


    Sorry Tsing. I didn't see you had just posted this story. :(
  3. Tsing Tao

    Tsing Tao

    No worries, man.
  4. When a republican administration was alleged to have misued the IRS, it was an impeachable offense. With democrats, like obama and clinton, it was brushed off as "low level workers. Well, were they fired and prosecuted? Or given a wink and nod?
  5. Tsing Tao

    Tsing Tao

    Chicago style politics.
  6. My question is, what are the righties going to do about it? I do not consider you a rightie. I consider you the one libertarian on this board. As far as the righties go, they are not going to do anything.

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  7. Tsing Tao

    Tsing Tao

    I don't know what the groups that were targeted will do. If I were them, I'd probably sue the IRS.
  8. pspr


    TIME: Nixonian
    By Joe Klein

    The Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups is outrageous. Those who did this should be fired immediately. That’s obvious.

    It continues a slovenly week for Barack Obama. The President has been very proud of the absence of scandal in his administration, and rightly so. The inability of his opponents to find any significant corruption in the historic $800 billion stimulus package was a real achievement, given the speed of the payout. None of his top aides have been caught up in taking bribes while in office–although their race through the revolving door into lucrative private sector positions is well beyond nauseating.

    As in most presidencies, there have been an awful lot of political hacks populating the mid-reaches of this Administration. In the Obama instance, these have shown an anachronistic, pre-Clinton liberal bias when it comes to the rules and regulations governing many of our safety net programs, like social security disability. And now they have violated one of the more sacred rules of our democracy: you do not use the tax code to punish your opponents.

    Lois G. Lerner, the IRS official who oversees tax-exempt groups, said the “absolutely inappropriate” actions by “front-line people” were not driven by partisan motives.

    Does anyone actually believe this?

    Yet again, we have an example of Democrats simply not managing the government properly and with discipline. This is just poisonous at a time of skepticism about the efficacy of government. And the President should know this: the absence of scandal is not the presence of competence. His unwillingness to concentrate–and I mean concentrate obsessively–on making sure that government is managed efficiently will be part of his legacy.

    Previous Presidents, including great ones like Roosevelt, have used the IRS against their enemies. But I don’t think Barack Obama ever wanted to be on the same page as Richard Nixon. In this specific case, he now is.
  9. Best guess is this doesn't go far up the management ladder. If the IRS really wanted to help Obama in a meaningful way then Romney's tax returns would have been leaked out. Prediction: the guilty parties will be fired or demoted and one level above that will also receive some punishment.
    #10     May 12, 2013