IRS targeted conservatives

IRS officials processed zero Tea Party applications in 2011

Sarah Westwood, Washington Examiner

Officials at the Internal Revenue Service ignored the tax-exempt applications of conservative groups for years at a time, bringing the growth of new Tea Party nonprofits to a standstill in the run-up to President Obama's re-election.

Tea Party Lawyer Mitchell Rips Congress for Inaction on IRS Scandal

Cathy Burke, NewsMax

It's been two years since an inspector general's report revealed the IRS had targeted tea party and conservative groups for extra scrutiny – but the lack of action since then also illustrates "Congress's inability to exercise its constitutional oversight responsibilities," lawyer Cleta Mitchell charges. In a blistering op-ed commentary in the Wall Street Journal Thursday night, Mitchell, who represents many tea party and conservative groups, says it's time both the Obama administration and Congress do something to rectify the inaction.

IRS Tea Party-Targeting Scandal Continues

Tom Fitton, President of Judicial Watch for NewsMax

If the tea party and other conservative groups had been fully active in the critical months leading up to the 2012 election, would Mitt Romney be president today? The public will, of course, never know for certain. Thanks to Judicial Watch, however, the American people do now know the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) targeted right-leaning organizations applying for tax-exempt status and prevented them from having their voice heard during that period.

IRS Has Contract For Millions With Co. That HHS Fired

Richard Pollock, Daily Caller

7 months after federal officials fired CGI Federal for its botched work on Obamacare website Healthcare.gov, the IRS awarded the same company a $4.5 million IT contract for its new Obamacare tax program.

IRS Keeps Albuquerque TEAParty In Limbo 5+ Years

Stephen Dinan, Washington Times

Five years after the Albuquerque Tea Party applied for tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(4) of the tax code, they remain in limbo; their application apparently no closer to being approved or denied than it was the day they mailed it on Dec. 2009.

Obama Admin. Releases Just 4 Pages of WH-IRS Docs

Patrick Howley, Daily Caller

The Treasury Dept. released four new redacted pages of documents about the White House’s role in the IRS targeting scandal, bringing the total number of pages released up to 31, only 1% of the total number of pages.

How to Break Through the IRS Stonewall

Thomas Lifson, American Thinker

Using a little-known procedure, there is a way. First, see if Judge Jackson secures the IRS documents for Cause of Action. Congress should exercise their unique legal right to review the raw documents without deletions. If stymied, they too should sue.

Obama Admin Won't Turn Over Docs On IRS Abuse

John Hayward, Breitbart

The Administration has decided not to hand the docs over after all, citing a statute that basically says the privacy of the people whose privacy the WHouse violated would be violated by revealing details of the WHouse violation to the public. It sounds pretty fishy to Cause of Action.

IRS Forced to Admit They Never Even Looked for Lerner’s ‘Missing’ Emails

Greg Campbell, Tea Party News Network

IRS lawyers explained that the IRS had not searched the computer systems for the “missing” emails for a variety of reasons. They claimed that no search was conducted because “the servers would not result in the recovery of any information.”

Jeanne Shaheen Conspired W/ WHouse Insider On IRS Targeting Scandal

Patrick Howley, Daily Caller

Dem. NH Sen. Jeanne Shaheen was principally involved in a plot with Lois Lerner and Obama’s political appointee at the IRS to lead a program of harassment against conservative nonprofit groups during the '12 election.

Bob Woodward On IRS Scandal: ‘Lots of Unanswered Questions’

Alex Griswold, Daily Caller

Legendary Watergate journalist Bob Woodward said that he wished younger journalists would do more old-school investigative reporting, especially when it comes to the IRS targeting of Tea Party and conservative groups.

IRS Notches Legal Win in Tea Party Cases

Rachael Bade, Politico

The IRS may have inadvertently figured out how to win its legal battles against aggrieved tea party groups: Give them what they wanted in the first place — tax-exempt status.

GOP Pushes on Lost IRS Emails

Rachel Bade, Politico

House Republicans accused the Obama administration of barring them from interviewing an official they call key in learning about the loss of ex-IRS official Lois Lerner’s emails.

Lerner Awkwardly Tries to Avoid IRS Questions

The Right Scoop Staff

Author Jason Mattera tracks down Lois Lerner while she’s walking her dogs & questions her about the IRS scandal. She walks up to a neighbor’s house to avoid answering questions, but her neighbors won’t let her in. She just stands there while Matter says, ‘it doesn’t feel good to be targeted does it?’

Tea Party Controversy Increases IRS FOIA Backlog

Bernie Becker, The Hill

The IRS backlog for freedom of info. requests grew rapidly amid its Tea Party controversy, according to a new fed. audit. Treasury’s inspector general for tax administration said in its new report that 217 information requests were stalled at the end of the '13 fiscal year: an 84% increase.

Politico Wants You to Feel Sorry for Lois Lerner

Thomas Lifson, American Thinker

Liberal Politico published a textbook case of sympathy-mongering on the IRS' Lois Lerner, who can't get a job and has mounting legal bills. Nary a word on the fundraising efforts to pay her legal bills.

9 Tea Parties Still In Tax-Exempt Status Limbo

Michael D. Pitman, Hamilton Journal News

Nine Tea Party organizations, including the Liberty Twp. (Ohio) group, are still awaiting a response from the IRS, according to Gene Kapp, a spokesman for the American Center for Law and Justice.

The Lois Lerner IRS Targeting & Cover Up: All In The Nature Of Big Government

Once government reaches a certain size its prime directive ceases to be to serve the people who created it to become preserving itself and expanding its power. Obama, the Democratic Party and unionized government employees all have the same goal.

Outrageous IRS False Claim: 'We Follow the Law'

Mark J. Fitzgibbons, American Thinker

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen made a disturbing statement before Congress that the IRS follows the law “whenever we can.” As Thomas Lifson wrote, “The law, to Koskinen, evidently is a suggestion, not an ironclad requirement.” Actually, the situation is even worse than that.

Holder Staffer Involved in Sleazy Effort to Undermine House IRS Investigation

Jonathan Strong, Breitbart

A senior communications aide to Attorney General Eric Holder, Brian Fallon, seemingly called House oversight committee chairman Darrell Issa's staff by accident and asked for their help spinning new revelations about the IRS scandal, Issa said in a 9/8 letter to Holder.