Judicial Watch • JW Obtains IRS Documents Showing Lerner in Contact With DOJ about Potential Prosecution of Tax-Exempt Groups

JW Obtains IRS Documents Showing Lerner in Contact With DOJ about Potential Prosecution of Tax-Exempt Groups

JW Obtains IRS Documents Showing Lerner in Contact With DOJ about Potential Prosecution of Tax-Exempt Groups

APRIL 16, 2014

May 9, 2013, email reveals IRS plans to meet with Department of Justice over whether to prosecute groups that “lied” about plans for political activity 

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today released a new batch of internal IRS documents revealing that former IRS official Lois Lerner communicated with the Department of Justice (DOJ) about whether it was possible to criminally prosecute certain tax-exempt entities. The documents were obtained as a result of an October 2013 Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed against the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) after the agency refused to respond to four FOIA requests dating back to May 2013.

The newly released IRS documents contain an email exchange between Lerner and Nikole C. Flax, then-Chief of Staff to then-Acting IRS Commissioner Steven T. Miller discussing plans to work with the DOJ  to prosecute nonprofit groups that “lied” (Lerner’s quotation marks) about political activities. The exchange includes the following:

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…

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?

Lerner then “handed off” scheduling the issue to Senior Technical Adviser, Attorney Nancy Marks, who was then supposed to set up the meeting with the DOJ.  Lerner also decided that it would be DOJ’s decision as to whether representatives from the Federal Election Commission would attend.

Democratic Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse had held a hearing on April 9during which, “in questioning the witnesses from DOJ and IRS, Whitehouse asked why they have not prosecuted 501(c)(4) groups that have seemingly made false statements about their political activities.”  Lerner described the impetus for this hearing in a March 27, 2013, email to top IRS staff:

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

But in an email sent a few minutes earlier, Lerner acknowledged prosecutions would evidently be at odds with the law:

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.

The documents also include email exchanges showing that before Lerner’s May 10, 2013, speech to the American Bar Association blaming “low-level” employees in Cincinnati for targeting tax-exempt organizations, the IRS Exempt Organizations division was scrambling to defuse the emerging targeting scandal:

  • 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”].

The new documents obtained by Judicial Watch also include emails exchanged after Lerner’s May 10 ABA speech:

  • 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 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.

The Judicial Watch FOIA requests came on the heels of an explosive May 14, 2013, Treasury Inspector General report revealing that the IRS had singled out groups with conservative-sounding terms such as “patriot” and “Tea Party” in their titles when applying for tax-exempt status. The IG probe determined that “Early in Calendar Year 2010, the IRS began using inappropriate criteria to identify organizations applying for tax-exempt status to (e.g., lists of past and future donors).” According to the report, the illegal IRS reviews continued for more than 18 months and “delayed processing of targeted groups’ applications” preparing for the 2012 presidential election.

Lerner, who headed the IRS division that handles applications for tax-exempt status, refused to testify at a May 2013 hearing before Rep. Darrell Issa’s (R-CA) House Oversight Committee, demanding immunity concerning her role in the targeting scandal. Lerner retired from the IRS with full benefits on September 23 after an internal investigation found she was guilty of “neglect of duties” and was going to call for her ouster, according to news reports. On April 9, 2014, the Ways and Means Committee referred Lois Lerner to the DOJ for criminal prosecution. On April 10, 2014, the House Oversight Committee voted to hold Lerner in contempt of Congress.

“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,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “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.”

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  • beowolfe

    That is nothing new. All my life I’ve gotten insurance through my employer. With the advent of HMO’s, PPO’s etc, each enrollment period I had to ensure that my doctor was included in the group that accepted my insurance. There have been times I’ve had to change my plan because for some reason or another my doctor was no longer participating in my former plan.

  • joeblow1984

    You mean as if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor, period.
    If you like your healthcare plan you can keep your health care plan, period.
    If you own a business, you didn’t build that.
    If congress won’t act, I have a pen, and a phone.
    The constitution is an old and outdated piece of paper.
    Yeah real smart those typical dems.

  • joeblow1984

    And direct them to a youtube video that started it all.

  • joeblow1984

    The IRS needs to be abolished, and replaced with a flat tax, with massive cuts to entitlements and spending. We lived without the IRS at one time, and we can do so again. But RINOS, and Democrats are always getting in the way of true and meaningful reforms. Using your logic, it is only fair that the head of the AFL-CIO, Teamsters, and SEIU should go to jail too.

  • joeblow1984

    Perjury, obstruction of justice, interference with an ongoing investigation, spoliation of evidence for starters.

  • dale ruff

    Tea Party groups are not exclusively social welfare agencies, as the Congressional law mandates to qualify for tax exemption. None of them, nor those on the left, qualify. The IRS has perverted the law for 55 years. Karl Rove is hardly exclusively involved in social welfare work. No one believes this…he should go to jail for lying to the IRS, as should all those who have claimed to be doing social welfare work but actually are oganized for partisan purposes.

    The real scandal is 55 years of ripping off the public.

  • dale ruff

    For?

  • Howie_Roark

    Depends on perspective – they may not be able to claim majority support, but as of the end of last year, more people claimed to identify with the values of the Tea Party than any other political group or entity in America – more than the Democratic Party, more than the Republican Party, and more than the President…and I would wager that this sentiment has only grown since then.

  • Howie_Roark

    Obama could tear puppies in half, and stomp in babies’ heads on live TV, and the Left would cheer him on, then pretend it never happened.

  • joeblow1984

    Lerner should be imprisoned immediately! So should Elijah Cummings.

  • http://thegreatiamtheoriginallight.blogspot.com/ TheOriginalLight

    We already know the answer. To be a liberal is to be a hypocrite. They couldn’t care less about their consistent targeting of conservatives when it comes to partisanship. There was never a chance in the world that they would go after the holy grail of liberalism and target Planned Parenthood.

  • Steven Michaels

    Just thinking out loud about IRS. I didn’t notify the IRS that they owed me funds for a few years ( didn’t file ) But I did withhold a great deal more than I owed. So I should have received a minor fine for not telling them they owed me money but instead they tried to pump up fines on money they thought I owed but didn’t pay ! When I told them they couldn’t fine me for money they already had they tried to tell me they could because they didn’t know i had paid the money because i didn’t tell them i had !!! Of course after talking with a supervisor it got straightened out but It just seems to point out that the IRS isn’t exactly the smoothest operation we have in the USA. Most of those targeted were guilty of lying on their forms and were not eligible for tax exemptions . Was it handled wrong ? yes … but were the people targeted innocent? for the most part no . As far as Issa goes … he has wasted a lot of money going from one investigation to another with nothing to show us for his efforts but costing us millions for his witch hunts… Let’s get the IRS straightened out … get it properly funded and staffed so that it has no more excuses to operate properly .

  • Serenity

    Everything that Obama’s administration has done is worst than Watergate, but the mainstream media – and many citizens – no longer care about integrity.

  • beowolfe

    I’m glad you recognize a typical dem is a lot more factual than a typic repug.

  • KansasPatriot

    That said by a typical Democrat. I will consider the source and move on…

  • beowolfe

    I googled it. And it’s even more interesting. Thanks!!

  • Aleric

    Its the symbol John Constantine has tattooed on his arms, its a revealing symbol to force astral and demonic forces into the light.

  • beowolfe

    I still can’t make out what your avatar is. But it’s interesting.

  • beowolfe

    You would think that. But ‘giving’ and ‘not being able to prevent’ are two very different things. But I wouldn’t expect people on the right to get that. Obama wasn’t POTUS when the economy tanked; Bush was. So, if you’re going to blame Obama for anything vis-a-vis the unemployment rate, blame him for not being able to stop it from tanking.

  • delahaya

    I don’t know. To me dumb would be supporting the president (Obama) who gave us record high sustained unemployment rates, a tripling of the long-term unemployed, record high homelessness, record high food stamp dependency, record high deficits and debt growth, record destruction of middle class wealth, record increase in health insurance costs, and the country’s first-ever credit downgrade. Maybe dumb is not the right word, maybe “hates his own country” is the right word. After all, if an enemy had done to our country what our own President, Obama, has done we’d consider it an act of war. You can make all the snarky replies you want, but my post involved statistics that can be researched. Look them up.

  • delahaya

    That’s the problem with today’s liberals, they are all juvenile smartasses like you. You know exactly what he means but are just being difficult because that’s what you do – or either you’re just not very smart. Maybe both?

  • delahaya

    It did, but nothing will happen. The Democrats, and their supporters, are corrupt, and too many of the GOP are spineless.

  • Richard Doumani

    This should be enough to slaughter, butcher ,and Dan Ratherise all of the Left Wing Supportive media.
    Take Chris thrill up his leg Mathews . He criticized the so called crazies like Daryl Issa, and Louis Gomer for denying Lois Lerner her constitutional right by pleading the fifth.
    Should we halt all criminal probes and investigation as soon as a citizen invokes their constitutional rights to the fifth.
    Such fights for Freedom by Judicial Watch should hammer heavily about the subversive media support for all the scandals of this administration. Bob Schieffer is no longer competent to conduct an objective interview as displayed when he interviewed Elijiah Cummings.
    Maybe some criminal probes will turn out from media lies and cover ups which do not protect them under the constitution.
    .

  • GailfromPA

    Awesome comment TheFallofAmerica! The Obama list could be so much longer, but you’d probably give yourself carpel tunnel syndrome from too much typing.

  • twinstick1

    No worries. With this bunch in Office now, anything is possible…

  • Angie Nathan

    No that is not my definition of freedom, however individual liberty could be used as a barometer so to speak in determining how free a society is. Although there are other aspects to “freedom” in a society, I do not feel that there is true freedom without the highest protections being afforded to liberty of the individual. Can you have life and liberty without allowing the pursuit of happiness?

  • silence_dogoode

    Agreed, not as long as this administration and the 5th Columnist in the mainstream media continue to demonize the Tea Party and mis-inform the general public about the Tea Party in their collaborative campaign against them. This story should be head-lining and splashed all over the news, and would be if this were a republican administration and left wing organizations were the targets. But with the exception of a couple of shows on FOX news all we get are crickets.

    BTW. Not all these groups were Tea Party. One group Elijah Cummings, ( the minority chair of the Oversight committee, the committee investigating this scandal! ), went after is True The Vote and they aren’t Tea Party.

    This kind of deliberate ‘chilling’ of citizens’ 1st Amendment rights by a presidents administration and his political party is unprecedented in our country, yet the silence is deafening.

    And of course we can expect absolutely nothing from the republican leadership. Boehner and his cronies in D.C. are too busy attending D.C. cocktail parties with the elite and colluding on how to legalize the millions of illegal aliens from Mexico in hopes of picking up a vote or two for the R’s to be bothered with going after this administration.

    As with all the other blatant corruptions that we know of being perpetrated by this lawless administration, this too will be swept under the rug by the press, ignored by most republicans, and ALL the democrats, and no one but the American people will be made to “pay the price” because so many of them have bought into all the vitriol being spewed about the Tea Party and so excuse the behavior or don’t care enough to do anything about it.

    Today, conservative organizations and the Tea Party are being targeted, tomorrow, whoever they damn well please to target because the precedent will have been set without the majority of the good, complaisant people of this country raising a finger to stop it.

  • James Edward

    Is that how you define freedom?

  • robust

    Far sight and smarts,ie,none!!!

  • cmdprompt

    It will do no good, but I’ll address your disinformation. They admitted it. SHE admitted it, before pleading the fifth for fear of self-incrimination. Heck, the president as much as admitted it before he backtracked. This was just prior to the IG releasing the report on their investigation that this HAD INDEED been going on. The IG isn’t a partisan role. They are independent. Throw on top of that the emails in this article, you would have to be a brain dead moron (or a paid shill propagandist) to believe nothing was going on.

    I’m not a tea-party anything. I am however an American and seeing this level of abuse and corruption is chilling. Eventually, the shoe will be on the other foot Egan Foote (pun fully intended) and your “side” such as there are sides, will not be in power, but will be on the pointy end of this type of abuse. That alone should chill your soul; but it doesn’t. You foolishly think you will be immune from persecution. That isn’t the way political corruption works.

  • beowolfe

    Yes, I saw them. And neither one of them changes the meaning of what was said, unlike the poster I was responding to. You are a typical republican, dumb, but swears he’s/she’s smart.

  • Malcom Tent

    What difference, at this point, does it make?

  • Clarisse73

    Oh, please get over yourself. I have never actually realized what major drama queens you Teapartiers have turned out to be. What’s worse is that you are so frightfully boring. Boring!!

  • Tyler Warner

    Looks like the lid just came off the whole dirty mess.

    Like opening a can and finding a rotten, suffocated rat inside.

  • Mr_Rancor

    I see we have the vigilante group here.

  • Mr_Rancor

    The Tea Party will never gain broad support among the American population. Regardless of that fact. The targeting of groups because of their political beliefs by the IRS is despicable and someone needs to pay the price.

  • johnsmith500

    You know there is something wrong when your government takes the 5th.

  • Play ‘em as They Lie

    This is additional evidence that there was more than “a smidgen of corruption” in the IRS, contrary to the statement made by Barack Obama on Superbowl Sunday earlier this year. Just another lie in Obama’s house of cards!

  • http://GuardAmerican.com/ GuardAmerican

    THIS is why Lois Lerner took the 5th.

    Arrest her.

  • KansasPatriot

    It seems I found two typos in you answer: “That’s the problem with today’s Democrats, their actual words, it appears, are never what they meant..

  • Dave Turner

    Oh I completely agree. I’d really like the GOP to be subject to the laws that they’ve helped pass or ignored and allowed to pass rather than have them thrown in jail. I think that would be a more fitting punishment to let them be hoisted by their own petards.

  • JohnKimball

    So, why don’t I have milk in my fridge yet?

    Probably because:
    1. I didn’t turn my car on yet
    2. I didn’t drive to the store yet

    Or do I not understand how grocery stores work?

  • Aleric

    Join the club

  • blacknblue2

    Ha! He should have asked why haven’t they filed charges and then you would have been satisfied. It took quite a long and winding road before Nixon went down.

  • Edward E

    Why are ONLY white children taught to “embrace” racial diversity as they
    become minorities in Europe and ALL the lands their ancestors fought
    & died for with blood, sweat & tears?

    For thousands of years they fought & died to defend their lands for their beloved white children

    But now the anti-white establishment is destroying the white race by
    flooding EVERY & ONLY white countries with MILLIONS of non-whites
    and FORCE assimilating them

    iT’s wHitE geNOcide

    Anti-Racist is a code for Anti-White

  • alton smith

    No wonder the media said the Tea Party was dead, they thought the IRS had killed the Tea Party organizations.

  • blacknblue2

    This is like a hot coal on the dry prairie. Soon the wind will catch the red coal and start whipping it into a full fledged wild fire. I bet there is a lot that they are hiding, it is coming out in drips but I would wager this could be bigger than Watergate. If it wound its way back to the corrupt, lying President, I would be elated enough to buy and crack open a bottle of Dom.

    I’m starting to think that even the MSM will not be able to stifle this growing story.

  • beowolfe

    Not clueless, just a bit older with slightly worse eyesight than I had in my youth.

  • Aleric

    Lol clueless

  • beowolfe

    So, now you want me to read people’s minds? I took the post for what it said. If he meant the SHOULD be prosecuted, then that’s what should have been said. That’s the problem with today’s conservatives, their actual words, it appears, is never what they meant. I’m sorry, but I can’t let you make that my problem.

  • Crutch

    What a smartass.. You know the point of the comment was that they SHOULD be prosecuted, but a Democrat controlled Senate makes that difficult along with a President who is so lawless it has reached a laughable stage.

  • beowolfe

    And you have, what looks like a picture of hell as yours, is that were your allegiance lies? Also, so you think a year long investigation that has not resulted in charges or convictions is enough to put someone in jail????

  • Aleric

    You have a picture of Malcolm X as your avatar we know where your allegiance lies, and you missed the point of the original post referencing the fact that this has been going on now for over a year and nothing has been done.

  • beowolfe

    Since you wisdom is obviously light years ahead of mine, why don’t you list things from the article that point at political shenanigans and/or criminal behavior?

  • beowolfe

    So, you think someone is a tool who believes that before you can be put in jail you should have been charged with a crime and convicted. Interesting.

  • EEDDGGY1776

    The MSM must be busy right now, conjuring up a story in order to cover for and protect this criminal wench.

  • constantvigil

    This sounds like a triple “smidgen of corruption” to me…why is the most lawless, fraudulent, irresponsible, corrupt, tyrannical, incompetent administration in US history – the Obama regime – still in office???

  • Aleric

    Congress now needs to issue subpoenas and writs of contempt if they do not comply then issue arrest warrants when they fail to show up.

  • TahoeGuy

    hang them all

  • Aleric

    Tool

  • FreudianSlip

    Fantastic idea! A tax withholding protest.

  • beowolfe

    Probably because:
    1. They haven’t been charged with a crime
    2. There have not been convicted of a crime

    You come across as a non-american base on you lack of knowledge of our criminal justice system.

  • beowolfe

    If you really believe that; then it obvious you have NO clue as to the reasons Nixon was impeached.

  • Gas_Passer

    So, why aren’t Lerner and Holder in prison YET?!!?!?!?!???

  • StubbornlyRational

    Where are the pit bull investigative journalists from CBS, ABC, NBC.

    In particular, where is Pro Publica?

  • Kyle

    Doesn’t Holder have to be convicted of a crime, before he can be pardoned?

  • TheFallofAmerica

    Famous Presidential Lies (USA)
    LBJ:
    •We were attacked (in the Gulf of Tonkin )

    Nixon:
    •I am not a crook

    GHW Bush:
    •Read my lips – No New Taxes

    Clinton:
    •I did not have sex with that woman… Miss Lewinski

    GW Bush:
    •I’m gonna get blamed for everything

    Obama:
    •I will have the most transparent administration in history.
    •The stimulus will fund shovel-ready jobs.
    •I am focused like a laser on creating jobs.
    •The IRS is not targeting anyone.
    •It was a spontaneous riot about a movie.
    •If I had a son.
    •I will put an end to the type of politics that “breeds division, conflict and cynicism”.
    •You didn’t build that!
    •I will restore trust in Government.
    •The Cambridge cops acted stupidly.
    •The public will have 5 days to look at every bill that lands on my desk
    •It’s not my red line – it is the world’s red line.
    •Whistle blowers will be protected in my administration.
    •We got back every dime we used to rescue the banks and auto companies, with interest.
    •I am not spying on American citizens.
    •Obama Care will be good for America .
    •You can keep your family doctor.
    •Premiums will be lowered by $2500.
    •If you like it, you can keep your current healthcare plan.
    •It’s just like shopping at Amazon.
    •I knew nothing about “Fast and Furious” gunrunning to Mexican drug cartels.
    •I knew nothing about IRS targeting conservative groups.
    •I knew nothing about what happened in Benghazi .
    •I have never known my uncle from Kenya who is in the country illegally and that was arrested and told to leave the country over 20 years ago.
    •And, I have never lived with that uncle. He finally admitted (12-05-2013) that he DID know his uncle and that he DID live with him.

    And the biggest one of all:
    •”I, Barrack Hussein Obama, pledge to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America .”

  • jcd0101

    of course
    these tyrants in our liberal government
    want to throw all conservatives in JAIL..

    imagine the outrage if i had tried to lobby the irs to throw gay orgs in jail..

  • LadyImpactOhio

    Yup I stand corrected. Should have added the word “theory.”

  • TheFallofAmerica

    And the Biggest Lie of all:

    “I, Barrack Hussein Obama, pledge to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America

  • RonS76

    So where is the DOJ in the prosecution of ACORN, Planned Parenthood, all of Soros’ shell organizations that have filed for 501(c) and been openly caught supporting one political party over another?

  • Kyle

    Define that measuring stick you speak of, in detail. Do an A – B comparison.

  • Kyle

    Nixon resigned over a lot less, Obama gets away with things other presidents never could. Still betting on this all coming out sooner or later, Obama is making enemies even within his own administration, those people are only human, they will start to talk, write books, and we will know ALL we should have known BEFORE he was elected, count on it! Sebelius is the first one forced out, and if waved enough dollar signs in front of her for a book, she will sing like a bird, gladly. Just can’t make this stuff up.

    Every scandal will turn out to be traceable to the oval office.

  • Jack_Kennedy

    obama ………… crime
    obama………….felon
    obama………….loony
    obama…………..crook
    obama……………hater
    obama…………….crony
    obama …………….lying
    obama……………..fraud
    barakobama ………….. corruption

    barakhobama…………americahate

    obama ……………….. CANCER KILLING AMERICA

  • John

    Progressives….showing with their own words and actions why the Progressive Administrative State is a FAILED IDEA. There is NO SUCH THING as so called “political scientists” who can administrate a government free from partisan faction. That was the original idea behind this social experiment, wasn’t it?

  • fourwarschief

    Miller is a scum bag and his 152 times to the WH was not about the weather. If ever there was a time to bring up water boarding now is the time. I bet he would sing before you turned the water on .

  • OSR1

    Nothing to see here, let me turn on the TV and watch The Voice.

  • patroy75

    #1 “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what.”

    #2 “My administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in government.”

    #3 “We agree on reforms that will finally reduce the costs of health care. Families will save on their premiums…”

    #4 “I don’t want to pit Red America against Blue America. I want to be the president
 of the United States of America.”

    #5 “We’ve got shovel-ready projects all across the country that governors and mayors are pleading to fund. And the minute we can get those investments to the state level, jobs are going to be created.”

    #6 “And we will pursue the housing plan I’m outlining today. And through this plan, we will help between 7 and 9 million families restructure or refinance their mortgages so they can afford—avoid foreclosure.”

    #7 “I will sign a universal health-care bill into law by the end of my first term as president that will cover every American and cut the cost of a typical family’s premium by up to $2,500 a year.”

    #8 “We reject the use of national security letters to spy on citizens who are not suspected of a crime.”

    #9 “For people with insurance, the only impact of the health-care law is that their insurance is stronger, better, and more secure than it was before. Full stop. That’s it. They don’t have to worry about anything else.”

    #10 “We will close the detention camp in Guantanamo Bay, the location of so many of the worst constitutional abuses in recent years.”

    #11 “Allow Americans to buy their medicines from other developed countries if the drugs are safe and prices are lower outside the U.S.”

    #12 “We will revisit the Patriot Act and overturn unconstitutional executive decisions issued during the past eight years.”

    #13 “Will ensure that federal contracts over $25,000 are competitively bid.”

    #14 “We reject sweeping claims of ‘inherent’ presidential power.”

    #15 “Will eliminate all income taxation of seniors making less than $50,000 per year. This will eliminate taxes for 7 million seniors — saving them an average of $1,400 a year– and will also mean that 27 million seniors will not need to file an income tax return at all.”

    #16 “We support constitutional protections and judicial oversight on any surveillance program involving Americans.”

    #17 “If we have not gotten our troops out by the time I am president, it is the first thing I will do. I will get our troops home, we will end this war. You can take that to the bank.”

    #18 “Will not sign any non-emergency bill without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House website for five days.”

    #19 “The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.”

    #20 “We have a choice in this country. We can accept a politics that breeds division and conflict and cynicism…. That is one option. Or, at this moment, in this election, we can come together and say, ‘Not this time….’”

    #21 “We’ve got to spend some money now to pull us out of this recession. But as soon as we’re out of this recession, we’ve got to get serious about starting to live within our means, instead of leaving debt for our children and our grandchildren and our great-grandchildren.”

    #22 “[T]oday I’m pledging to cut the deficit we inherited in half by the end of my first term in office. This will not be easy. It will require us to make difficult decisions and face challenges we’ve long neglected. But I refuse to leave our children with a debt that they cannot repay – and that means taking responsibility right now, in this administration, for getting our spending under control.”

    #23 “I, Barack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear that I will execute the office of president of the United States faithfully, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the constitution of the United States.

  • Angie Nathan

    If you want to openly carry a rifle, go fishing without a permit or drive your truck with no seat belt, insurance tags, sell home made brew, walk down the street with an open container and see certain women of the night working the corner without being arrested…you may not have to travel as far as you think.
    You can even buy unpasteurized milk in some other countries if you can believe that.

  • Right Wired

    /bow

  • BusProf

    Bernie Madoff’s team is a bunch of saints when compared to this gang.

  • BusProf

    When you can’t win in the arena of ideas, you are forced to lie, cheat, and steal.
    Silly Americans, lies are for libs.

  • The_Toxic_Avenger

    He has, acting personally and through his subordinates and agents, endeavoured to obtain from the Internal Revenue Service, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, confidential information contained in income tax returns for purposed not authorized by law, and to cause, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, income tax audits or other income tax investigations to be intitiated or conducted in a discriminatory manner.

  • UnderGodNotGovt

    Now, now… why poison the wolves?

  • Chris

    These people are professionals and lawyers. They know what can create issues for them. The bottom line (regardless of documented evidence) is that there was a coordinated effort to hassle and diminish the impact of Republican advocates – teaparty and all.
    For the MSM, this is not voter fraud or disenfranchisement. But asking for Voter ID to reduce voter fraud is, because Democrats are the ones that have dead people voting, ballot-box stuffing, more voters than residents or registered voters etc.. Our society is made up of too many people who know very little (about political issues) and we have a MSM that muddles everything for them. The MSM is also biased in a way that they are deceitful. They are also advocates for the left. e.g. when Obama says he was against gay marriage, they all went along. when Obama says he is for gay marriage, the MSM make it such that if your head did not spin around like Obama, then you are a bigot. thus we have Bendan eich.

  • EpicMale

    So she was trying to prosecute Project Vote? KEWL! LOL….

  • cico31

    Not a ” smidgeon” of truth from The Prankster Obama

  • beowolfe

    It’s not a lowered expectation. It’s grading them all against the same measuring stick.

  • Gardenstateed

    Chicago politics.

  • CityOnHill

    25 years from now, today’s Democrats will be screaming, “Lies! Lies! All Lies! Mein Obama vas a gut man.”

  • fipper

    Gotcha. Lower our expectations. Good application of your problem solving skills there dude.

  • HansonBro

    I hope she hangs.

  • agentm0m

    BTW, this proves the REAL vote suppression is from Obama’s admin trying to stop grass roots campaigning against his corrupt regime. It is not voter ID, which only seeks to stop voter fraud, but from Democrats who seek to stop any grass roots efforts against them.

  • agentm0m

    Not a smidgeon of corruption! EH, Obama? Remember you said that about the IRS scandal But then YOU also said we could keep our doctor and our health plan if we like it. Lies and corruption from you and your administration just keep piling up. When do the stupid, er I mean your voters wake up to this reality?

  • BenDoverPls

    Ain’t Chicago style politics fun to watch?

  • Dan

    Great Fiction NEXT

  • beowolfe

    Obama isn’t doing anything that other presidents have not done. If you don’t believe that, do the research yourself.

  • AngryinOhio

    Who the h-ll is she to have a secret service detail…aren’t they for elected officials only?

  • beowolfe

    And you know this how?

  • johnross808

    This is exactly whats needed.
    People need to march into HR and change the w2 to exempt till we have a government that represents us.

  • Anthony

    The DOJ would never go after one of their own communistic bretheren. No they are too busy helping the BLM seize public land and hand it to the communist Chinese so that they will contribute to Harry Reids next campaign.

  • artie help

    I’ll have more flexibility after the election……….

  • davedoesthetruth

    Looks like the nuts are running the nut house.

  • callahan connor

    Never mind the drone strikes going up.

    He spoke of Al Qaeda. So here’s something to think about. He said:

    “If an American joins AQ, and begins making threats against the US or assisting non-American AQ members in planning or carrying out actions against US citizens, then yes, they are fair game.”

    You mean like when President Obama does it, by giving aid and comfort to US enemies by sending weapons to Al Qaeda through Libya through Ambassador Stevens and the ambassador is killed right before the election? Or when Obama refuses to negotiate with fellow Americans across the aisle so he can jump onboard Air Force One to go sit down to negotiate with America’s sworn enemies in Iran and give them access to money they will use to expand their nuclear weapons program which they fully intend to use against the US?

    Is that your definition of “fair game” . . . ?

  • Anthony

    Nixon was a boy scout, I am still not sure even to this day what he did that was illegal, that the Democrats were not already guilty of a 100 times over. For crying out loud Democats ignore that LBJ, and Kennedy voted against civil rights twice, and refused to dismantle the KKK, that was done with GOP suuport. Also Kennedy used the IRS to audit Nixon’s mother, and brohter, and Nixon himself in the election where Nixon campaigned against Kennedy. People really need to go back and read the private diary of Nixon, this sheds extensive light on the fact that Nixon was the real deal a politician who truly wanted to help America,. and America sh** all over him for ending Vietnam, fighting for civil rights, and other things.

  • cousin_vinny

    Wait – POTUS said there was ““not even a smidgen of corruption” in the I.R.S. Case closed no more discussion. Right? LMAO.

  • AsktheWhiteGuy

    No one will be charged unless a special prosecutor is appointed, and immunity is granted in exchange for full testimony.

  • BadDog91748

    very good! Most attribute it to Shakespeare’s “Othello.”

  • callahan connor

    Wolves would be too good for them.

    Like I told someone about Harry Reid, it should be a burial up to the neck in the desert sand. And then ants. Millions and millions of ants. Sugar ants, carpenter ants. And lots and lots of sugar and honey dumped on their heads. And then dozens of cobras in case the ants don’t cut it. And, just in case the cobras won’t do what needs to be done due to professional courtesy, a mountain lion in the distance as well.

    What’s that old Carl’s Jr. slogan? “If it doesn’t get all over your face it doesn’t belong anyplace?” Is that it?

    The environmentalists should be behind this one, too. It lets nature take care of it all uninterrupted.

  • Camera3

    Exactly ….

  • fipper

    Remember The Lord of the Rings where Gandalf called Sauramon insane for thinking the dark lord Sauron would share power ? The fact that these progressive minions don’t get that never ceases to amaze me.

  • fipper

    Now you are making too much sense.

  • fipper

    Just think, at the end of Barry’s administration Holder will have the dubious accomplishment of being pardoned by two Presidents for his misdeeds.

  • TK3

    Vote anyway you want but its a wasted effort as the Big Brother Electoral electronic voting System is rigged.

    “III%” LorD

  • bubbabird

    He is not playing us—he is playing golf and playing that he is commander-in-chief while Putin pwns him.

  • Sidhecat

    Two words, “Potomic Twostep”.

  • twinstick1

    It’s a conspiracy if it IS true. It’s just rumors if it isn’t…

  • The_RS_Gadfly

    It’s a catch 22. To put Holder in prison, you first have to ditch The Big 0. Once The Big 0 is ditched, Holder automatically goes to prison. But you can’t ditch The Big 0 because only Holder is allowed to prosecute him.

  • indy56

    And this woman is not behind bars WHY??

  • Right Wired

    Oh! what a tangled web we weave. When first we practise to deceive! -Walter Scott

  • http://www.saltusa.com/ Annie Ashe Fields

    How is this not criminal conspiracy?

    These people make Nixon look like a boy scout.

  • Egan Foote

    What “straw man” argument? Read the comments here – I’m not referring to some straw man, I’m referring to commenters to this very article.

  • cestusdei

    Obama had to give the quiet nod for all of this. Don’t be fooled.

  • Caveat Lector

    LOL! Whether or not that quote comes from Putin, it is by far the best description of Obozo’s modus operandi that I have ever read. His victory lap presser on Obozocare, vis-à-vis the mythical 7.1 million enrollees, is just one such example.

  • Steve in Katy

    No, flat tax.

  • The_RS_Gadfly

    Effectively? No.

    The House could hold in contempt, but that’s pretty meaningless these days. They could impeach, but the Senate would never convict.

    Welcome to the Empire. All Hail Cesar Barrack 0 Nero!

  • Billy the worm

    the republicans are up to their necks in this…they hate the tea party as much as the left which is why this is moving along so slowly

  • ATXHorn

    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 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.

  • Ed

    Real smart. They are right now warming up to amnesty, and the ACA. They are just the other puppet on the hand of the man sitting in the middle. Good luck with that.

  • horse777res

    I like the quote from Putin about Obummer but I think you can say it about his admistration,” Negotiating with Obama is like playing chess with a pigeon, the pigeon knocks over all the pieces, craps on the board and the struts around like it won the game.” Vladimir Putin.

  • Tester9

    Wow, what rock do you live under? You are totally ignorant about recent history and then you go with a straw man argument? Weak. Go back to the sandbox where the trolls like you belong.

  • vassago1

    And I don’t see an adult capable of thinking for itself.

  • Dave Turner

    Yet nothing will happen since it was done to conservatives.

  • iblewbubblesinthebathtub

    The only way we can fix this is vote right and nothing but right and then we can target, harass and ruin the lives of liberals and laugh while we do it.

    Since they continue to protect the most corrupt administration in this countries history, why play nice? lets cut off their balls (if they have any) and throw them to the wolves.

  • beyond partisan

    Wow! The new sock puppet is now on call and spouting the same propaganda line as the ones below! Deny deny deny! See how these guys act in total lockstep?

  • beyond partisan

    BTW, in case you didn’t know, the reason why we did not go to war in Syria is that the US MILITARY would not back Obama up and stood up against it. The left had nothing to do with him backing down.

  • notfondoflibs

    This administration, aka regime makes the Nixon Administration look like a bunch of miscreants from Boys Town who snatched the deviled eggs from the refrigerator at midnight. Obama claimed his administration would be the most “transparent” in history. Hardly. Lying just comes naturally for these creeps. Worse is the fact they are incompetent which makes Jimmy Carter rejoice.

  • beyond partisan

    Said by the so-called progressive who is above desperately trying to justify why the left is silent about Obama’s drone strikes. The real answer is – “I don’t see anything behind it, because I am irrationally attached to the Democrats and hating the Tea Party no matter what, so it doesn’t matter what my side does – I will defend it.”

  • vassago1

    Stonewall and defend, rinse and repeat.

  • beyond partisan

    Wow. Your rationalization is amazing. So that makes it OK? I thought Obama was supposed to be different? Why was he given the Nobel peace prize then? The bottom line is – the left is full of hypocrites. I remember the anti-war marches under Bush. People were sooo upset that we were at war in Iraq and supposedly marching for peace. Obama gets into office, and puts a ton more troops into Afghanistan, and immediately the left backs him up because, well, he did this in a “reasoned” manner. Then Obama tries to get us into a war in Syria based on a lie, and the left is silent. The ACLU is desperately trying to get justice for the victims of drone strikes, but other than them, the left is silent. Truly showing your true colors – hypocrites, who don’t actually give a damn about peace.

  • beowolfe

    When I read the article and saw that there was not really anything behind it.

  • vassago1

    Back peddle all you like. Communism/Socialism is crap. Anyone who thinks otherwise is fighting for the side of oppression and fear.

  • vassago1

    Anyone who complains about bush must be forgetting he has not been president for 6 years.

  • JallopyMacfurry

    “*improperly* targeted”
    Considering the disparity between the amount of targeting of Obama’s political enemies, to those who are not (and contextually with the amount of groups in the latter) it was obviously improper. Also, haven’t you read or heard about the over the top, invasive even, questions the IRS demanded of so many on the non-left? Why don’t you care, leftist?

  • Billy the worm

    This is the biggest scandal in u.s. history. Sickening

  • beyond partisan

    So let me lay this out for you so you might understand – I am not a climate change “denier” but it’s quite clear that there are people with money who want to use “climate change” to make a mint off of it. Think about the money that can be made by Wall Street trading carbon credits. You need to follow the money there.

  • Tester9

    I needed a good laugh. Thank you!

  • beyond partisan

    “You don’t seen anyone on the left cheering for drone strikes.” Actually, go read comments on Kos written last week about the situation in Nevada with Cliven Bundy. Numerous commenters there actually said they’d like a drone strike to kill Bundy. The left is totally OK with war and drone strikes as long as it is agains their “enemies,” which right now are the Tea Party and anyone who won’t go along with their progressive vision in America. So it’s not just that the left is quiet about drone strikes – which is enough hypocrisy – but when push comes to shove they are totally OK with violence being used against Tea Party people. Which is why they (and you) are perfectly OK with Lois Lerner going after so-called “wingnuts” because you have NO RESPECT for anyone in America who does not think like you do.

  • vassago1

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha…priceless.

  • vassago1

    Typical LOL. The only thing typical about anyone who follows the donkey, or the elephant, is their irrational belief that divide and conquer is not being used against them. Political parties are for those that can’t formulate their own ideas and opinions.

  • John (magnum)

    Where in the hell is Congress with the contempt charges and impeachment charges against Eric ‘the racist’ Holder and Fuhrer Obama ?

  • zagnut64

    Another shovel ready job creation.

  • Sidhecat

    LOL, glad I finished my drink before I read that. I heard a good slogan for libertarian’s recently. “Libertarians, quietly taking over the nation, and then, leaving you alone.” It’s a goal.

  • Joshua B.

    Holder needs to be thrown in prison first. Then the ball will get moving.

  • zagnut64

    Throw her in a cell with no windows and give her two items to choose her fate with. A tape-recorder and a noose.

  • beyond partisan

    See, you aren’t about principle. You are all about your side winning. Who cares if the NSA is recording your phone calls and reading your emails? YOU WON!! YIPPEE!!!

  • vassago1

    LOL, small minded indeed.

  • jas

    I noticed that too, and while I can’t stand Lerner and these political assassins on the left, I wonder what the exact wording is that they couldn’t quote it and make their point.

  • michaelnoaka

    Again Foote-in-Mouth will not answer questions only regurgitate his well practiced talking point.

  • vassago1

    With a name like Jeb…who could go wrong.

  • beyond partisan

    I’m a former Democrat turned libertarian. And yes, he is freakin’ evil, because progressives like you are so enamored with him and your side winning, you totally support him in evils like NSA spying, indefinite detention (and pre-crime), drone strikes, and his attempt at warmongering in Syria. Sad.

  • Sidhecat

    Wouldn’t that be fun, oh wait, Jeb is thinking about running. I remember reading a brilliant remark made by him when he was Governor of Florida. After watching “Old Sparky” misfired and the guy in the chair burned up he stated that the dead man did not feel any pain. There is some IQ for you.

  • vassago1

    Silly communist, freedom is for critical thinkers. You actually think there is a difference between the two parties? So how is the weather in fantasy land.

  • beyond partisan

    OOOOH so that makes it A-OK when Obama does it??? Dude, there are TONS of infographics on the Internet showing that drone strikes have gone up exponentially under Obama. The whole REASON the left supposedly supported Obama in the first place was that he was allegedly anti-war. Now you’ve thrown that all out the window. It’s really frightening to see how principle is completely destroyed just to defend “your side.”

  • Pro_sanity

    WHAT MORE IS NEEDED TO HANG

  • michaelnoaka

    Long story short- you’re a paid IRS block head.

  • Archer

    This is the most political and tyrannical regime in US history. It’s a gross negligent failure of the RNC to stand apart from this group, they are culpable.

  • beyond partisan

    So if you were outraged over Nixon recording his political enemies – and BTW, the reason why he did it is that Democrats had a mole in the government taking military info to the Vietcong so that Nixon would look bad and lose his presidential election – are you not also outraged that the Obama administration was gun-running in the Middle East, and that’s why our embassy was attacked in Benghazi? Oh, that’s right, that’s just another “non-issue” I guess. Gun-running is only bad if Republicans do it.

  • conservativegrizzliemom

    Go read the admission and apology! I doggie dare ya!

  • michaelnoaka

    Why plead the fifth if there is no scandal and how much are you being paid to do damage control here ? Are you pleading the fifth?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jon.sweeney.108 Jon Sweeney

    “Not a smidgen of corruption” bedwetter….

  • beyond partisan

    100% agree – but the reason why the left is OK with this total abuse of power is that they are delusional – they honestly believe that they have won the country and they will be in power forever more. Notice how often they’ll say things in the comments that so-called “white conservatives” are dying out? It’s not about “white male conservatives” – I am a female and former Democrat who woke up and became libertarian. The Mexican immigrants they are so desperate to bring into the country as a supposed sure voting bloc are extremely conservative socially and could end up turning their vote conservative if the Democrats keep going further left socially. So they don’t realize that they could lose big time and then we could have another Bush in the White House.

  • James Wordsmith

    The corrupt and cynical press will continue to provide cover for the Obama administration’s many lies, broken promises, abuse of power, flaunting of the Constitution and laws, crony capitalism, failures, etc. They ignore the awful reality.

    Why? They cling to the liberal progressive agenda and their fanatical belief in the Machiavellian “the ends justify the means”. In simpler terms, it’s their mantra “Bush lied, people died” which means Obama has a free pass to anything because his intentions are in the right place. (or so they think)

  • Sidhecat

    Well, I guess it is time to pull out the online Merriams-Webster or Dictionary. com, I gave up short, biting remarks for Lent.

  • beyond partisan

    See, you really don’t have any good arguments other than parroting over and over again “there’s no evidence.” That’s because your puppet masters didn’t train you to actually have any facts or reasoning for rebuttals, because there aren’t any.

  • beyond partisan

    There you guys go again…using a propaganda technique to deny the evidence that you know exists.

  • michaelnoaka

    You’re a more ignorant and bigger fool than I could have possibly imagined.

  • Mark Webb

    Off with her head. Seriously!

  • vassago1

    Bravo, you speak words that only a few of us understand.

  • beyond partisan

    No, you need to wake up. Because at least when Bush was in office, he was getting rightful criticism from the media and the left for his warmongering. Obama is placed in office, and the anti-war left is suddenly cheering on NSA spying and drone strikes. A fake progressive who is in reality a NeoCon (Obama) is FAR more dangerous than an overt NeoCon like Bush.

  • michaelnoaka

    I see that you are an ignorant fool.

  • conservativegrizzliemom

    Then you can’t read. They admitted it.

  • michaelnoaka

    When was the last time that you saw anything?

  • Sidhecat

    I think that you are fooling yourself there, most districts on both sides are a lock.

  • michaelnoaka

    The only ones who can do that are J. Boehnor and M. McConnell. Better shoot an email to them. My spell check just highlited Boehnor and offered this spelling correction- borehole!

  • common-sense-needed

    it is ALWAYS the lesser of 2 evils.. or maybe better put, we get what we get since you can’t please everyone.?

  • vassago1

    Lol “babbling asshat excuse” just about spit out my coffee.

  • Sidhecat

    He has been over the Fast and Furious issue, unless they successfully refer it to the DC District Court and get a conviction, the AG could be held in contempt from now until he resigns and it will not matter. Usually, a contempt charge from congress would have the President asking for the AG’s letter, but not here.

    By the way, my friends on the left, this does not bode well for you are any of us when the power changes hands. Obama is setting dangerous precedents that could come back on you when the pendulum swings. When the next guy comes in from the Elephants and if he has the same moral standing that this POTUS seems to have, you all are in deep deep trouble, because it may be you under the boot, as it were. At that point all the righties are going to be laughing at the lefties, and we all will go down the rabbit hole to hell a little bit further.

  • conservativegrizzliemom

    Google “IRS admits and apologizes for targeting conservatives”. Easy enough; why admit and apologize for something you did NOT do. Ms. Lerner even admitted it, then was, I am sure, advised she screwed up; HENCE pleading the fifth.

  • Egan Foote

    Oh, well when you put it that way (“c’mon” and “you know”) then how can I possibly deny it?!

  • dentabill

    EGAN: harumph harumph thats not evidence! Thats a rogue employee, insert mindless babbling asshat excuse here, i am paid to keep on denying no matter what, and if shown a blue sky i will deny it is blue until you are so tired of hearing it you finally agree just shut me up.

    Until you people ignore the troll, it will keep whining and making noise. Dont grease the squeaky wheel. Change it, or change vehicles.

  • vassago1

    I see a bunch of so called Americans suckling at the communists ideological teet. Sad, small minded people, that will trade freedom for fear.

  • beyond partisan

    What a fool you are to think that Obama is truly progressive and worth your energy in defending. He’s playing you, idiot.

  • beyond partisan

    Yet another Obot sock puppet here to do damage control. Tell me, are YOU perfectly OK with Obama’s kill lists and using drones to murder innocent civilians in Pakistan? What a good progressive “sheeple” you are.

  • vassago1

    Exactly, but hey we live in communist candy land. Any moment Stalin will come tumbling out of the factory dressed as Willy “the red” Wonka.

  • Robert Scott

    QED

  • beyond partisan

    C’mon, fess up. You know as well as I do that they purposefully targeted the Tea Party. You know they did, and you approve of it, because you stupidly believe the Tea Party is your enemy, and you are here (probably paid) to cover it up and do damage control. Sorry, we’re not buying it.

  • vassago1

    This guy is a commie shill. I have called him out half a dozen times and he still has yet to deny being one.

  • beyond partisan

    Don’t be so sure. I used to be a Democrat. Don’t like the GOP but you couldn’t pay me to vote Democrat now. GOP is the lesser of two evils now by far.

  • Egan Foote

    That’s not evidence, that’s your claim. I’m asking for evidence that that claim is true.

  • conservativegrizzliemom

    All he needs to do is google IRS admits and apologizes for the targeting of conservatives during the election process. Why would anyone admit, then apologize for something they did NOT do? Louise Lerner admitted, apologized then months later plead the fifth. I am sure was advised she made a big boo-boo but it was already out there.

  • Egan Foote

    By putting “for the people” in quotes, you seem to be trying to quote me. Don’t recall when I made some argument that “Obama is for the people.” Rather, I simply asked for evidence of the IRS scandal. It is now clear you have no intention of providing any.

  • Camera3

    Read the the articles of Impeachment drawn up for Nixon …

  • vassago1

    I ask that you forfeit your american citizenship and seek political asylum in Cuba. I hear the weather is nice down there.

  • beyond partisan

    I have provided it and so have many others. You are just using a stupid propaganda technique.

  • beyond partisan

    He’s purposefully lying and probably paid to be here to do it. They pay Obots to troll comment sections and do damage control.

  • beyond partisan

    What a good propagandist you are – keep repeating your one big lie over and over again that there is no evidence. Liar.

  • Egan Foote

    I asked for evidence and you STILL have not provided any. How is that a lie?

  • beyond partisan

    You keep repeating one big stupid lie – that there is no evidence when it’s right in front of you. Classic propaganda technique – repeat one big lie.

  • Egan Foote

    They weren’t scrutinized because of political affiliation; they were scrutinized because of engaging in political activity while claiming to be a social welfare group. And by “they” I mean both conservative and liberal groups attempting to subvert the law and who should (and were) subjected to scrutiny).

  • beyond partisan

    Clearly you do or read their off-shoots like Kos. You are a brainwashed fool if I ever saw one.

  • beyond partisan

    So please tell me…why are you so foolish to honestly believe that Obama is “for the people” when he was put into power with big Wall Street money, helped Wall Street cronies when in office, and uses drone strikes to kill people without trial?

  • James Wordsmith

    These investigations into this IRS abuse of power, need to be stepped up in priority and publicity.
    Otherwise this abuse of power will continue with impunity and brazen confidence, and just become a footnote in history.

  • vassago1

    Don’t deflect, no one likes a communist, well other than the people at your dinner parties.

  • beyond partisan

    I’m not here to do your READING and RESEARCH for you. You have the article in front of you and yet deny what it is in it. So let me ask you – do you feel good about empowering the Obama administration, which was put into place by big money interests (research his Wall Street donations), and is in fact just as if not more warmongering and NeoCon than Bush ever was (research his drone attacks). You are a total fool if you honestly think that the Democrats are truly “progressive” besides a few social issues they push as hot buttons. Meanwhile, they are hungry for power and looting the treasure for their own cronyism and corporate socialism. What a total, utter FOOL you are for believing them.

  • brain

    They have no evidence so they can’t answer your question.

  • indythinker99

    You are in deep denial, my friend.
    The “proof” is the lengths the IRS went to delay and keep Tea Party groups from obtaining 501(c)(4) status, while letting left-wing liberal groups fly through the process with no problem.
    It can’t any more clear it was politically motivated.

  • Egan Foote

    Name one lie I told.

  • Luxomni

    Again, this why the 17th Amendment is evil. If the Senators were responsible to the State Legislatures, and not another beauty contest. There would be a check on Federal overreach. This was supposed to be the United States of America. and not the People’s Republic of America. We were only to have such government over us as WE could control.

  • vassago1

    Neither am I.

  • Egan Foote

    I don’t read Media Matters.

  • Sidhecat

    No, the investigation is still in progress. This really needs to go to either a Special Select Committee or a Special Prosecutor should be appointed. It is time to rip into this and get it resolved, they need to have full supeopena power with the ability to refer for criminal charges if wrongdoing rise to that level. Also, contempt charges must carry some time at the gray bar motel, Kind of like what has happened in the past since Nixon.

  • Egan Foote

    Please point me to one thing above that is evidence.

  • vassago1

    Obviously you don’t see much at all.

  • Egan Foote

    Yet you cannot seem to cite a single thing.

  • beyond partisan

    It’s not really for him. I see these Obot propagandists all over the web trying to rewrite history in their comments and I’m not letting their lies and obfuscations stand when I see them.

  • Egan Foote

    I hope you realize that replying to “what is the evidence?” with saying things like “Issa and the committee uncovered additional evidence” is not in and of itself evidence.

  • brain

    Well said.

  • DavoHimself

    you’ll see a lot more clearly after 2016.

  • vassago1

    It would not bother him he is liar, and a communist. Che, Che , he’s our man, killing all the peasants, like a communist can.

  • JallopyMacfurry

    Lol, Detroit., and raised by their government educators. What a joke.

  • DavoHimself

    Can Holder be held in contempt of Congress, AND penalized?

  • translatetheBS

    Like an evil never sleeping viral infection the Obama “Masters of Deceit” march us ever so closer to their fascist dictatorial vision of society.

  • beyond partisan

    You are a one-note song. Please try another tactic because anyone with half a brain can read the information above and see the CLEAR evidence of collusion and targeting.

  • Luxomni

    No, this is their goal.

  • JallopyMacfurry

    They is the statists, or people who adhere to the ideology of leftism, like you. Leftism requires as many faiths, dogmas, beliefs, etc. as any religion. With the difference that many leftists can’t see the distinctions between their ideology and others, or the forest for the trees. Your specific world view is hurting lots of people, and has been at least since the Bolsheviks.

  • beyond partisan

    What a pathetic troll you are. The evidence is in the article above and documented all over this website as well as in congressional testimony.

  • vassago1

    Don’t try to reason with him. Communism has infected his higher thought processes.

  • Egan Foote

    There is no evidence in the last paragraph. What exactly am I supposed to take from that? That Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton believes there was a scandal?

  • beyond partisan

    IT IS IN THE ARTICLE ABOVE!!! Are you a dimwit or purposefully being dense? By the way, do you like to cite “Media Matters” as being the truth? Are you OK with the reports that when a writer tries to be critical of Obama on Media Matters, for example, on his policy of drone striking innocent civilians, Media Matters censors and fires that writer?

  • wkherbert

    I get the feeling trying to reason with you is akin to beating one’s head against the wall.

    The reason we know of the IRS abuse is due to Lerner’s confession that the IRS had targeted conservative groups. That is a piece of evidence. Eliana Johnson and Bradley Smith have provided extensive investigation and reporting and supplied other strands of evidence. The Washington times and Wall Street Journal have provided additional evidence and timelines. Issa and the committee uncovered additional evidence. The testimonies of those targeted is further evidence: perhaps listen to Catherine Englehect’s telling of 17 visits from federal agencies and one from Cummings who lied about his own involvement.

    I don’t know what evidence means to you but to most people the evidence is overwhelming that the IRS target conservative groups and continues to do so.

  • Egan Foote

    So, long story short, no evidence?

  • vassago1

    Even more hilarious you did not disagree with me calling him your master. Now what was that about hammers and sickles.

  • vassago1

    So if we twist the words and say that being scrutinized because of your political affiliation is ok, but being targeted is wrong, does that make you feel better about it.

  • beyond partisan

    Them and the corrupt NeoCons/establishment GOP that enables them.

  • Egan Foote

    Not pushing any lie. Simply asking for evidence. And you seem to be going out of your way not to provide any. I understand you FEEL deep down in your gut that there is something here, but I am simply asking for proof.

  • liven-in-iraq

    Until control of the government is taken away from Progressives, they will continue to collude, lie, deceive, and cover up their activities. Now I understand the meaning of “what difference, at this point, does it make?” They all gotta go.

  • JallopyMacfurry

    There was far, far, far, far less evidence against Nixon. He simply said on tape he wished he * ould* use the IRS, for what Obama has already clearly done. The evidence you’re asking for is why they take the 5th, and refuse to give requested documents. The evidence you’re looking for is around why tthe head of the IRS visited the White House more times after the 2010 election and before the 2012 election, than all IRS heads have visited the White House in US history. So you’re either a fool, or a lying leftist. (or both ;)

    “The bigger the government the smaller the citizen.”
    Dennis prager

  • Justwaitinforchange

    denying real numbers isn’t either. I know math is hard and so is reading comprehension, especially when you were raised and educated in Detroit.

  • Egan Foote

    Seriously? That is all you got? By that logic, partisan hack Darell Issa could convene a hearing claiming that President Obama is from Mars and you would believe it because “why the congressional hearing about it.” Again, you have not provided any evidence. That is all I am asking for: one shred of evidence.

  • beyond partisan

    I already told you below that this site has it all very well documented. You are here as a propagandist to DENY the evidence that is right in front of you – some of it is very well-documented and *cited* in this article. You are not interested in truth – but pushing lies and half-truths to get your side to win at all costs. It’s sad and pathetic frankly.

  • Sidhecat

    Egan, it is obvious that you will only grudgingly admit something may have actually happened when people start getting perp-walked, and even then you may not believe it, Nixon supporters were the same way (or so my grandparents told me). So, I am not going to try to convince you of anything. But consider this, digging for a truth takes time, sometimes years, this is not an episode of CSI that can be wrapped up in a bow in 60 minutes.
    Here is what we do know from this administrations past record to date, they stall and stall and stall. You have an AG held in legal contempt of Congress, because of his refusal to comply with Congressional requests for information on a different matter. Both Justice and the IRS have drug their feet on congressional queries for information on this. We are starting to see mounting evidence that Ranking Member Cummings may have (again may have) been consulting with IRS without divulging this to the Chair, a huge red flag. We also know that several members of congress, in particular the Senate are on public record demanding IRS act in light of the Supreme Court decision on speech. Add to that, the President of the United States in the State of the Union called the Supreme Court Justices out on their decision, which is very poor manners since the Justices could not respond. This is a pattern, maybe it is all just a misunderstanding we shall have to see. But in the end we are still a year or two out from this issue being resolved, so stay tuned.

  • Justwaitinforchange

    Egan,
    Didn’t your mother teach you that lying is bad? Other than a troll – no one is trying to pass on the IRS reviewed everybody equally meme.

  • Egan Foote

    Funny, you still haven’t provided any evidence. Spew all the personal attacks and create all the straw men you want, but I don’t think it’s unreasonable to ask for evidence of what you are claiming is true.

  • vassago1

    Why the congressional hearing about it? I know they totally convene those all the time with zero evidence, for fun on the weekends.

  • harleyrider1778

    This pretty well destroys the Myth of second hand smoke:

    Lungs from pack-a-day smokers safe for transplant, study finds.

    By JoNel Aleccia, Staff Writer, NBC News.

    Using lung transplants from heavy smokers may sound like a cruel joke, but a new study finds that organs taken from people who puffed a pack a day for more than 20 years are likely safe.

    What’s more, the analysis of lung transplant data from the U.S. between 2005 and 2011 confirms what transplant experts say they already know: For some patients on a crowded organ waiting list, lungs from smokers are better than none.

    “I think people are grateful just to have a shot at getting lungs,” said Dr. Sharven Taghavi, a cardiovascular surgical resident at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, who led the new study………………………

    Ive done the math here and this is how it works out with second ahnd smoke and people inhaling it!

    The 16 cities study conducted by the U.S. DEPT OF ENERGY and later by Oakridge National laboratories discovered:

    Cigarette smoke, bartenders annual exposure to smoke rises, at most, to the equivalent of 6 cigarettes/year.

    146,000 CIGARETTES SMOKED IN 20 YEARS AT 1 PACK A DAY.

    A bartender would have to work in second hand smoke for 2433 years to get an equivalent dose.

    Then the average non-smoker in a ventilated restaurant for an hour would have to go back and forth each day for 119,000 years to get an equivalent 20 years of smoking a pack a day! Pretty well impossible ehh!

  • JallopyMacfurry

    Read the last paragraph in the article, slowly, for your answer, leftist. (and no, it isn’t your nasty assumption you’ve shared)

  • harleyrider1778

    Smoke Free Florence used federal dollars for lobbying

    FLORENCE, S.C. – A government report confirms that Smoke Free Florence, the organization behind implementing the city’s controversial smoking ordinance in 2011, illegally used funds to lobby local elected officials.

    Though disciplinary action was taken, a government watchdog group is demanding the county be barred from receiving federal dollars as a result of the violation.

    It began in April of this year when Cause of Action (CoA), an advocacy group located in Washington, D.C., accused Smoke Free Florence of misusing monies from a $6 million grant used in an anti-smoking campaign that assisted with passage of a new smoking ordinance in the county’s largest municipality.

    The report, which included roughly 19 months of research, concluded that Smoke Free Florence misused grant monies from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The monies were managed through the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and facilitated through the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and Circle Park Behavioral Center in Florence.

    A separate report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office confirmed funds were improperly used, but only had DHEC repay $247.79 in funds deemed misused and required some staff members to attend additional ethics training.

    Dan Epstein, CoA executive director, said that isn’t enough, not by a long shot.

    “Ultimately, what needs to be happening on behalf of the taxpayers is (that) Florence County, South Carolina, can never receive another federal dollar ever again until it shows it has proof of concepts for ensuring that federal funds aren’t misused,” he said.

    Epstein and the CoA report point to documentation – personal emails and meeting minutes for the most part – that it obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests that show DHEC staff lobbying members of the Florence City Council to support a smoking ordinance. It shows that they attempted to manipulate meeting minutes to, Epstein said, mask their involvement in influencing the passage of the ordinance.

    At the heart of the CoA report lie a series of emails among Smoke Free coalition volunteers and DHEC employees attempting to sway the votes of two Florence city councilmen, Glynn Willis and Buddy Brand, to support the ordinance. One email from Lori Phillips, a DHEC employee, recounts a conversation between herself and Florence City Councilwoman Octavia Williams-Blake – a Democrat and the smoking ordinance’s chief proponent – in which she said possible political ramifications and re-election implications for the two Republican councilmembers was keeping them from supporting the measure.

    “I asked Octavia what we could do to help make up Glynn and Buddy’s minds,” Phillips wrote in the email. “She said that the arguments about this being non-Republican hit home with them and they are about getting re-elected. She said they need to know that a large section of the residents in the City of Florence want this. I shared that we will have poll results to back this up.”

    Other emails discuss political strategy and show Phillips, as well as other DHEC employees, strategizing ways to convince Willis and Brand. The two councilmen later faced criticism from the Florence County’s Republican Party for their eventual support of the ordinance.

    What’s more, the report show that Phillips, as well as another DHEC consultant, Ian Hamilton, advocated minutes of Smoke Free Florence meetings be changed and that certain details about DHEC’s involvement be removed. Officials with Circle Park Behavioral Center, who served as a fiscal agent to disperse the grant funds from DHEC to implement the coalition program itself, confirmed that they had issued a complaint to DHEC regarding this incident. They said that the meeting minutes were not altered.

    Williams-Blake said she wasn’t surprised that a group like CoA had filed a report related to the smoking ordinance. The source of much controversy communitywide, stemming mostly from conservative activists claiming the move violated civil liberties, Florence’s smoking ordinance debate was always a hot-button issue.

    With regards to her interaction with Phillips and other members of the coalition, Williams-Blake acknowledged that she was contacted by the group several times to discuss the ordinance.

    “It was always sort of talking about where we were at in the process of voting or did I think it was going to pass,” she said.

    Shortly after the CoA report was issued, the CDC launched its own investigation into Florence County and others named in the report. They concluded that lobbying had in fact occurred in violation of the CDC’s lobbying guidelines, resulting in DHEC refunding the $247.79 related to “planning activities,” according a report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Staff members were also required to receive additional training on lobbying restrictions under the CDC’s guidelines.

    “At the time of the event discussed, DHEC responded to the CDC’s inquiry, and DHEC agreed to follow CDC’s recommended remedies,” a statement issued by DHEC said. “CDC requested two remedies, both of which were completed, with follow-up sent to CDC in June of 2011. Furthermore, DHEC prohibits lobbying activity by employees in their official capacity.”

    A CoA spokesperson said the CDC’s actions “missed the mark” and that harsher action should be taken.

    As of Friday, Florence County is still receiving some federal dollars for select grants but other federal dollars are run through the state, according to County Administrator K.G. “Rusty” Smith Jr.

  • Egan Foote

    Not arguing anything. Simply asking for evidence. And literally no one has been able to respond with any.

  • Tmost

    Events like these seem to remind me of Nancy “we’re going to drain the Swamp” Pelosi for some reason.

  • John

    Where is the Special Prosecutor for this entire administration?!?

  • vassago1

    Ha ha ha ha ahhhh you people are hilarious. If it pleased your master you would argue that the sky is red.

  • harleyrider1778

    Dec
    6
    “Obama secretly gives billions to UN global warming” Senator Inhofe

    Hello, I am Senator Jim Inhofe, Republican Senator from Oklahoma, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, and chief critic of President Obama’s far left green agenda
    Over the past decade, I have been leading the charge in Washington to make sure the global warming hoax is exposed. A big part of that effort has been putting the spotlight on what takes place at the UN’s annual global warming conferences. While I have been unable to travel to the last few conferences, I have counted on groups like CFACT to provide “on the ground” reports. This year’s UN conference is in Doha, Qatar and I’m pleased that Lord Christopher Monckton is there working with his partners, including CFACT Executive Director Craig Rucker and Marc Morano of ClimateDepotdotcom. I’m certainly looking forward to the release of Climate Depot’s new report that debunks the alarmists’ extreme weather claims.
    The last time I attended a global warming conference was in 2009, when I spent only three hours at their gathering in Copenhagen. I arrived just after President Obama, Secretary Clinton, and Senator Kerry promised world leaders that the United States would act on cap-and-trade. I was in Copenhagen as a one-man truth squad: I said that the United States Senate would never ratify the Kyoto treaty or pass cap-and-trade. I was right, and now even the liberal media is admitting that these conferences are pointless. As Der Spiegel put it, the conference in Doha is “turning into a farce.” The UK Guardian said that “Doha is a byword for stalemate and failure” and the New York Times reported that after the failure of the Rio+20 conference held in June, “more and more people may be ignoring these global confabs.”

    It’s not surprising that this year’s conference has been ignored. Remember EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson admitted to me that EPA’s global warming regulations are based primarily on the now exposed Climategate science of the completely discredited UN IPCC. The Atlantic Monthly said of Climategate “the stink of intellectual corruption is overpowering.” And the UK Telegraph wrote that “This is the worst scientific scandal of our generation.”
    Of course, the focus of this year’s global warming conference – like all the conferences before – is not the environment. It’s about one thing: spreading the wealth around. As the Associated Press reported, “one of the main challenges will be raising climate aid for poor countries at a time when budgets are strained by financial turmoil.”
    Three years ago, President Obama helped create a United Nations Green Slush Fund that would redistribute over $100 billion from developed countries to developing countries. While he has been racking up huge deficits and talking up tax increases, the President has already sent billions of American taxpayer dollars to the United Nations – and he’s managed to do it quietly so that no one will notice.
    How many billions have already been handed over in the last three years? It’s hard to tell. There appears to be little in the way of transparency. Bloomberg reports that the European Union, the United States, Japan and other developed nations paid out in the range of $23 to $34 billion.
    Of course, this is just the beginning. United Nations Climate Chief Christiana Figueres explained her job this way: “It is the most inspiring job in the world because what we are doing here is we are inspiring government, private sector, and civil society to [make] the biggest transformation that they have ever undertaken. The Industrial Revolution was also a transformation, but it wasn’t a guided transformation from a centralized policy perspective. This is a centralized transformation that is taking place because governments have decided that they need to listen to science. So it’s a very, very different transformation and one that is going to make the life of everyone on the planet very different.” This is the top UN Climate chief: she sees herself as the overseer of “transforming” the lives of everyone on the planet.
    At the global warming conference in Milan, I asked an African delegate who I knew why he had attended and he said, “It has nothing to do with the science; it’s because it’s the biggest party of the year.” It’s time to put an end to these lavish, absurd global warming parties and focus on the real problems that we face.

  • Egan Foote

    I’m not demanding “more” evidence. I’m asking for ANY evidence.

  • harleyrider1778

    Illicit Lobbying
    Report: Local health departments illegally used federal stimulus money to lobby

    April 16, 2013 2:15 pm

    At least seven local health departments illegally used stimulus grant funds to lobby for greater taxes and restrictions on tobacco and unhealthy foods, according to a report released Tuesday by a nonprofit watchdog group.

    The stimulus-funded Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) program disbursed about $373 million intended to educate the public about tobacco use and obesity. Federal law prohibits grantees from using the funds for lobbying activities.

    According to the group Cause of Action, local health departments from Alabama to California used the funds to devise or promote legislation designed to curb tobacco use or combat obesity.

    The report detailing the allegations is the product of a 19-month investigation into the CPPW program.

    “[Cause of Action’s] investigation revealed that CPPW money went to support lobbyists and public relations companies who used taxpayer dollars to push laws and agendas that would lead to tax increases on tobacco and high calorie products,” the report said.

    The report said illicit uses of CPPW grant funds “essentially transform[ed] the CPPW program into a conduit for lobbying for higher taxes and bans on otherwise legal consumer products.”

    Federal law prohibits grant recipients from using federal grant funds to influence “an official of any government, to favor, adopt, or oppose, by vote or otherwise, any legislation, law, ratification, policy, or appropriation.”

    Internal guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which administers the CPPW program, clarifies that the law applies “specifically to lobbying related to any proposed, pending, or future federal, state, or local tax increase, or any proposed, pending, or future requirement or restriction on any legal consumer product.”

    Cause of Action executive director Dan Epstein criticized the CDC for faulty oversight in an interview with the Washington Free Beacon. He also said specific CPPW grantees may have “committed not just violations [of lobbying prohibitions], but fraud.”

    According to internal communications from South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) obtained by Cause of Action through public records requests, DHEC officials altered meeting minutes in order to hide the involvement of officials involved in grant fund disbursements after CDC expressed concerns about the use of grant funds for lobbying activities.

    “The DHEC stated outright that the purpose of altering the minutes was to hide the fact that its CPPW program coordinator had directed illegal lobbying in the pursuit of smoke-free ordinances,” according to the Cause of Action report.

    The DHEC did not return a request for comment.

    DHEC grant activities, like those of other state health agencies examined in the report, were explicitly geared toward specific legislative goals. Its application for CPPW funding said it would use taxpayer funds to “increase the support for and adoption of comprehensive smoke-free laws.”

    While that proposal and similar ones from other states appeared to violate laws governing the use of federal grant funds, Epstein says the CDC has made no effort to effectively oversee the CPPW program.

    “It’s not just a sign of misuse of taxpayer dollars,” Epstein said. “In fact, there’s some indication that the CDC encouraged this to occur.”

    Previous investigations of the CPPW program have produced similar findings.

    According to the inspector general for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), CDC’s parent agency, federal guidelines for CPPW grant recipients “appear to authorize, or even encourage, grantees to use funds for impermissible lobbying.”

    Members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce cited that report and apparent violations of the lobbying prohibitions in multiple communications with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius regarding the CPPW program. The committee’s investigative panel examined the program during a 2012 hearing.

    Annual CPPW disbursements are scheduled to grow to about $2 billion in 2015. When expenditures increase six-fold, Epstein said “we’re in a serious situation, because we’re going to undoubtedly see six times the fraud.”

    Florida’s Miami-Dade County Health Department, one of the agencies singled out in Cause of Action’s report, denied any wrongdoing in a statement emailed to the Washington Free Beacon.

    The Department “did not utilize any of the CPPW funding for lobbying activities, nor does the Department have any reason to believe that any of its contracted providers did so either,” said spokeswoman Olga Connor. “The Department of Health’s contracts specifically bar any provider from utilizing the CPPW funds for any type of lobbying activities.”

    The CDC did not return request for comment. Miami-Dade County was the only local government highlighted by Cause of Action to return a request for comment.

  • Tmost

    Tell that to Scooter Libby.

  • beyond partisan

    Note the complete denial of the facts by the disinfo sock puppets/Obot trolls like Egan Foote down below. This shows that they are scared and know this is a real scandal. They have to send out their comment board propagandists to try to do damage control.

  • beyond partisan

    LIE LIE LIE. Liberal groups were NOT equally scrutinized! Go take your propaganda and outright lies elsewhere. No-one is buying your BS here!

  • beyond partisan

    All you need to do is go through the archives on this website for the proof that they purposefully did the targeting. But you aren’t interested in proof – you are a sock puppet, paid to spread lies and disinfo on comment boards like this one.

  • vassago1

    Yes twist the words, Twist them while you giggle . New speak…the breakfast of communists.

  • Chrislongski

    Or use the IRS to harass them so badly they stop their activities.

  • Egan Foote

    Making up numbers is not evidence.

  • beyond partisan

    So how much is Organizing for Action paying you for this revisionist drivel? You know they targeted the Tea Party on purpose. In truth, you are *OK* with that because you are all about your side winning at all costs and who cares about actual fairness or integrity. If the shoe were on the other foot, and this were Bush’s IRS and DOJ behaving in this manner, you’d be screaming to high heavens about how wrong it was. Hypocrite.

  • Egan Foote

    Funny that you whine about obfuscation and my arguing tactics yet do exactly what you are so critical of. Perhaps you can simply answer the question.

  • vassago1

    A consumption Tax? Yeah that has been talked about before. They called the last guy racist and crazy when he brought it up. I don’t think that a flat tax will be happening. The true masters of this country are NOT democrat or republican. They are something far worse…faceless and mad with power.

  • Egan Foote

    The IG report found scrutiny of conservative groups, not TARGETING of them. Considering liberal groups were equally scrutinize, there was no such targeting. Still waiting for evidence. To cite the incomplete IG report reveals a complete lack of understanding of the facts here. Go brush up and get back to me when you have an ounce of evidence.

  • ComeToTheDarkSideWeHaveCookies

    “Who is ‘they'”? Seriously? Who is this article about? Jeez, you sound like my ex-wife. Learn to argue, not obfuscate.

  • beyond partisan

    BS!!! Get your facts straight! It is proven that they did, indeed, target Tea Party groups and a total fabricated lie that they also targeted “progressive” groups with equal scrutiny. By the way, Media Matters is total propaganda for the White House and the Democratic machine – it is NOT progressive and fires or silences writers who criticize Obama’s drone attacks.

  • Steve in Katy

    600 conservative sounding groups v 7 liberal sounding groups. And the 7 just made errors in their filing. Where have you been?

  • vassago1

    I am not 5 years old. I am also not an idiot. When you plead the 5th you don’t want to self incriminate. Gee I wonder why she doesn’t want to do that. God lord the self delusion you commie whack jobs create for yourselves is truly unmatched.

  • Robert Scott

    Alinsky said: always demand more evidence…(even in the face of overwhelming evidence)

  • Egan Foote

    How about something beyond “for starters”? Especially since pleading the 5th does not mean guilt (though I guess you hate the Constitution)… not to mention that any reasonable person would plead the fifth when the subject of a baseless political witch hunt.

  • Steve in Katy

    Agree, everyone should have skin in the game. 14% for people earning less than $150K and 18% for those making more. There’s a whole cottage industry of accountants and lawyers and IRS agents that would have to find meaningful purpose to the economy then.

  • vassago1

    Pleading the 5th for starters.

  • Egan Foote

    What actions?

  • cmdprompt

    Let’s see… the IG found otherwise. They admitted it. Lerner took the 5th because she didn’t do anything wrong… oh snap… probably not. You will one day regret your complicity with this activity. If these arsehats get away with it, they will just keep pushing the envelope.

  • Egan Foote

    Who is “they” and where does it say they admitted to targeting groups with conservative sounding names? The IRS scrutinized all groups. There is simply no evidence that there was political motive, nor has anyone answered my question offering any such evidence. I know you badly want it to be true, but evidence is required.

  • Gothamite

    He can’t prosecute her and he’s as guilty as his boss is. This was all from the top and Chavez, though he’s in the grave, is cheering still.

  • rickshelton

    Abolish the IRS. Replace the current tax code with something easy to implement and understand (flat tax… national sales tax… whatever works). The iRS has TOO much power and not enough concern for what they do.

  • vassago1

    Yeah cause Lerner’s actions are that of someone who is not guilty….Riiiiight.

  • Steve in Katy

    The House really has no hand. If they grant her immunity, Obama will pardon her.

  • cmdprompt

    What? Wrong. The IG reached a different conclusion. Anyone with an ounce of impartiality can look at what occurred and reach the same conclusion. This collusion with the now investigating authority just raises the stink level a few notches. This is pure political corruption of the most dangerous kind. I wonder if you will be so blase about it when the shoe is on the other foot. It will happen.

  • vassago1

    Blah blah blah, I support a socialist maniac, blah blah blah blah blah, I am not capable of thinking for myself, blah blah blah, i dont need rights , freedom or justice, blah blah blah do as I say, not as I do, blah blah blah you are all racist, blah blah blah, communism is neat, blah blah, PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN. blah blah blah

  • ComeToTheDarkSideWeHaveCookies

    Apparently you are blinded by your own bias. It says right in this article that by their own admission they targeted groups with conservative sounding names, while at the same time they have no evidence that groups at the other end of the political spectrum were targeted. Add to that the fact that they were considering criminal prosecution of those same groups and it is hard to believe that politically motivated intimidation wasn’t going on. I guess if there was documentation explicitly stating that that was their goal you might think that was enough evidence, but sometimes you have to go with a little less than that.

  • Egan Foote

    It is actually quite good. For example, I take from your comment that you cannot provide any evidence that there was political ideology-based targeting of 501(c)(4) groups. Read you loud and clear.

  • Me

    Your reading comprehension is beyond the pale.

  • Egan Foote

    What exactly is the “scandal” here? The IRS scrutinized 501(c)(4) applications and discussed with the DOJ prosecuting those who submitted false statements to the IRS. That is exactly what the IRS is supposed to do. There is still zero evidence that groups were targeted because of their political ideology. Just because you believe there to be some scandal here doesn’t make it so. Ordinarily people rely on evidence, not some gut feeling that President Obama is a Nazi so there MUST be some scandal.

  • MaryReilly

    You don’t have to convict. You never have to convict. All you need is to convene a grand jury and keep putting out press releases for the next two years while you bury them with discovery requests and interrogate them without the benefit of counsel.

  • http://eradica.wordpress.com/ Firepower

    Lerner is a pure Liberal nazi
    But this time, it’s her and Schulman
    and the rest of the “Irish” putting White Folks in the camps.

    Should we A: Resist or B:Drop the investigation?
    A↓ B↓

  • http://BibleSupport.com/ Josh Bond

    Parisian politics and the “my man is in the white house” mentality is transforming us from the rule of law to a thug-ocracy. Used to be, this kind of corruption would have been cleaned up and dealt with. Now, one half of the country or the other says, “no, my man is in the white house, so it’s ok”. The end result will be a government that makes Putin look good.

  • americanlatina11

    Part of the articles of impeachment against Nixon:

    Article 2

    Using the powers of the office of President of the United States, Richard M. Nixon, in violation of his constitutional oath faithfully to execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in disregard of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, has repeatedly engaged in conduct violating the constitutional rights of citizens, impairing the due and proper administration of justice and the conduct of lawful inquiries, or contravening the laws governing agencies of the executive branch and the purposed of these agencies.

    This conduct has included one or more of the following:

    He has, acting personally and through his subordinates and agents, endeavoured to obtain from the Internal Revenue Service, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, confidential information contained in income tax returns for purposed not authorized by law, and to cause, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, income tax audits or other income tax investigations to be intitiated or conducted in a discriminatory manner.

  • john Diamond

    They are dems and so is the press.simple as that.

  • john Diamond

    If these criminal actions were done by republicans,careers would be ended,all Americans would know about these scandals, the scandals would not be labeled” phony scandals ” and some reporter would be winning Pulitzers and Nobel’s. The real problem is the press which protects one party and tells lies about the other

  • Kosh94

    And just think – he was appointed by a DEMOCRAT. Lerner was appointed by a dbagger too. The same one. President LIAR.
    Why did the Dbaggers put such incompetent buffoons in charge? It that the best they could do?

  • TruthDetector

    If you like your ability to persecute your political enemies, you can keep the IRS — period.

  • IndianSoul

    DOJ = Department Of the Joke is on all law abiding American Patriots.

  • Chrislongski

    “If we can get these conservative groups convicted of something, they’ll have less credibility when talking about the illegal actions against them…”

  • IndianSoul

    Eric Holder has made faith in our DOJ impossible. He not only protects criminals that support Dictator Obama, he himself is a Criminal, a Liar, a Racist and the most Corrupt AG we have ever had to endure. If there were truly justice in our country, He would go to jail and we would throw away the key.

  • Stamos

    Tick, tick, tick, tick, tick……..Ka——BOOM!

  • David Wilkinson

    I know: why won’t the DOJ invoke the Rico Act? Oh yeah, they are part of the corruption.

  • Sam Spade

    she needs to be locked away

  • sek123

    This is the reason why I support Judicial Watch.

  • sek123

    Unfortunately, I think she will skate by-already retired & living the good life on a great pension!

  • James Edward

    I’m curious, who’s the “benchmark of freedom” these days?

  • Sam Spade

    The Dumbocrat Party is a front group for one of the largest organized crime syndicates in the World, rivaled only by the Chinese Communists, err ChiComs.

  • James Edward

    BIG government at work.
    It has to be shurnk down to a manageable size that is sustainable.
    We need a repeal of the current tax code and a simplified version enacted. Then the IRS needs to be significantly downsized appropriately.

  • PC_CORRECT

    Old Ms.Lerner needs to go away for about 10-15yrs.

  • Paul Richard

    Hang em all!

  • kayray444

    I feel like our Country is drowning in a sewer and there is no hope.

  • Jeffjr04

    Now we can see everything the AntiFederalists warned us about. The Senate approves presidential appointments, both houses are required to impeach, now the senate is popularly elected, the DoJ is run by the executive and the SCOTUS is nominated by the president. The antifederalists warned us of all of this. Over 200 years ago Even James Madison the Federalist predicted Congress using the “general welfare” clause to mean literally everything. This government is fully rotted because it was designed for corruption and rot.

  • mrbill59

    There is a nest of festering demograps at the bottom of this and no media attention. Shows you where we are, abcnbccbscnn you all suck!

  • Jeffjr04

    It’s way past time for Americans to make their physical presence in DC felt.

  • Nunya Bidness

    6 comments in his profile’s history. Total. Don’t even waste your time on this shilltroll.

  • arizonadiane

    This is wonderful, however, why is it that Congress could not get these things from IRS before now.? Maybe they should have filed for FOIA also!!

  • IndianSoul

    Just like Obama blocking justice to prosecute Holder for F&F. He was just as guilty! Period!!

  • startrek

    Disgusting. Sick. Wrong. Typical?

  • Dorian45

    No ones above the law??????
    1.) Then tell me how is it than that Harry Reid has not been arrested for his abject abuse of Power??
    2.) How come Eric Holder has not been arrested for Fast & Furious and for lying to Congress while under oath??
    3.) How come Impeachment Proceedings against the Communist Community Organizer are not under way??
    4.) How come Lois Lerner has not been arrested for her abuse of power and lying to Congress while under oath??
    5.) How come Nancy Pelosi has not been removed from office for being, well, just plain stupid??

  • ReaganFan

    Try reading the article before commenting. Specifically the emails between Lerner and her cohorts.

  • ReaganFan

    Can we get them all arrested for conspiring? Every single person who had their hand in this or turned a blind eye from it.

  • menofletters2005

    There are no words to describe the level of corruption.

  • 1mikejanz1

    The reason Holder won’t prosecute her, he is just as guilty as she is!

  • MoreFreedom2

    If the people in government aren’t being held accountable for breaking the law, why should we follow the law? If they are exempt from the rules, we should be as well, and that should start with our not having to pay taxes.

  • Dr_Hackemov

    Lois Lerner is a full blown NAZI. I hope she looks over her shoulders in fear when she goes outside.

  • THECARETAKER

    special prosecutor now, it is beyond corrupt to allow holder to continue this investigation farce

  • http://batman-news.com Kullikoff

    They have all been “dismissed” recently. It’s the same thing that other Marxist, Stalin, did when he took control of the Soviet Union.

  • The Kirby’s

    ‘Led by women?’. How about led by freedom loving citizens?

  • http://batman-news.com Kullikoff

    Arrest everyone in this kuffed up government (sic) we have lording over us. Then tar and feather their tyrant asses…

  • The Kirby’s

    They refuse to see the utter hypocrisy!!!!

  • IndianSoul

    Because he’s black.

  • Fed Up Taxpayer

    Arrest, prosecute, punish. All of them. Theses weren’t the ones we were waiting for.

    Where the hell are our military leaders? Have they not lost faith and confidence in our dear reader yet?

  • postman7z

    How many liberal and progressive tax exempt organization have we seen spelling out exactly who and what to vote for every election?
    How come they are never prosecuted for lying about their political activities especially when certain (many) churches that hold campaign events for certain Democrats running for office??
    Then there are all the other liberal/progressive groups directly involved in politicking from their 501(c)(4) orgs.

    Nothing is ever done about those groups.

  • Mahakala

    Why isn’t this POS in jail?

  • John D

    Another fool checks in.

  • chukalukabus

    Correct. Holder has been pre-pardoned for any crime he commits by BHO.

  • lbeacham

    The Democrats will stop at nothing to advance their ultimate goal of a permanent One-Party rule of Government. A ruinous idea/result no matter what the party affiliation. Just understand and comply with the US Constitution. We will never constrain the lust for power. We must turn our political attention to ending deficit spending and requiring an annual budget that dictates the spending priorities that have been debated and agreed upon. No agreement? Simple; no spending. Next step; new politicians that will take their cue from those they represent. The people must regain control of the politicians with their limitation of tax dollars.

  • chukalukabus

    Correct. You either plead the 5th or you don’t. You can give identity information only in the context of confirming that you are the person actually noted on the supeona… then declare your rights. That is it. You cannot make a statement of innocence and then decide to invoke the 5th when questioned upon that statement of innocence. That is contempt.

    There is a legal Latin term for this construct. Forgot it.

    Issa is doing everything in his power. There is no ace in the hole. There will be no special prosecuter because that legally has to go thru Holder’s DOJ. Holder has been illegally pre-pardoned by BHO for anything anyway. All this has to go thru the judiciary. That is the only option. That will take years.

    Remember, BHO had a closed door meeting with the SCOTUS on day 2. Unprecendented in US history. That meeting alone is enough to scare the daylights out of every Federal judge in the USA. The modus of declaring “no standing with the court” will continue unabetted.

  • IndianSoul

    That’s right. They need to go too.

  • John D

    You are the biggest idiot on this forum. I guess proof of Lerner’s crimes don’t mean anything to you. Keep drinking that Kool-Aid, fool.

  • postman7z

    Except we also have huge problems with many Repubs who are not doing the peoples business for the people. They are more concerned with those with lots of money than the rest of us.

  • IndianSoul

    I know. I think that is why so many that are actually paying attention feel sick to their stomachs knowing the American AG is not only a criminal, but a racist to boot. It really is absolutely disgusting.

  • conservativegrizzliemom

    Maybe they should start telling the truth instead of stonewalling and lying over and over and over again. You really don’t mind being lied to? Cool, I have a plat of land on the lake that is gorgeous I would love to sell you in Florida. Don’t worry, alligators don’t bite.

  • John D

    The Obama DOJ will never punish these thugs

  • John D

    Holder is one of the biggest criminals in DC.

  • John D

    The entire Obama Administration is a bunch of criminals. I can’t wait until Obama is history and we can arrest all of these thugs.

  • Amos2

    Some one in the White House? Now, who could that be?

  • SeanBusmc .

    Y’all know me. Know how I earn a livin’. I’ll catch this bird for you, but it ain’t gonna be easy. Bad fish. Not like going down the pond chasin’ bluegills and tommycods. This shark, swallow you whole. Little shakin’, little tenderizin’, an’ down you go. And we gotta do it quick, that’ll bring back your tourists, put all your businesses on a payin’ basis. But it’s not gonna be pleasant. I value my neck a lot more than three thousand bucks, chief. I’ll find him for three, but I’ll catch him, and kill him, for ten. But you’ve gotta make up your minds. If you want to stay alive, then ante up. If you want to play it cheap, be on welfare the whole winter. I don’t want no volunteers, I don’t want no mates, there’s just too many captains on this island. $10,000 for me by myself. For that you get the head, the tail, the whole damn thing.

  • Fip1

    All political hacks and lawless.

  • Kerry Mahoney

    Off Mic.

  • cornelius willoughby

    They could find dead bodies in Lerner’s basement and there still will be no consequences. And the DOJ was obviously in on the scheme- among so many others. Expect no punishment for Holder either. It’s the way it all works under tyranny.

  • chukalukabus

    Incorrect. This administration is a defacto carbon copy of how the Soviet Union operated. Pure corruption and propaganda. These idiots in this administration did not even bother to think about changing the Stalinist terminology. It is verbatum.

    Remember, the commie actually running the USA at the moment, Valleri Jarrett, once gave a speech to an auditorium full of high school students extolling the virtues of one Mao Tse Tung… The communist who owns the title as the biggest mass murderer in human history.

  • Kerry Mahoney

    Post hearing.

  • 1984ACO

    Correct ! End the absurdity of “Tax Exemption” once and FOREVER !

    Change the tax code— we need a tax code for free citizens– not a code to be used against the citizens.

    It’s time people— FairTax will never be the Perfect Tax—- but it does hold true on the idea of ” forming a more perfect union”
    which we strive for.

    Dis-arm the bureaucrats ! As you see — the tax code is where all their power originates.

    Tax the ads of Media Matters —- not the meager paychecks of over 100 million citizens !
    That’s called “fair share”

  • ChopperChopChop

    They’re more problematic for her bosses. That’s all that matters.

  • eponymous1

    How is the IRS and DOJ paying for their “#witchhunt against American citizens? With OUR money.

  • IndianSoul

    The DOJ actually stands for the Department of Just Us. Holder will only prosecute anybody that does not support Dictator Obama. We have GOT to flip the Senate this November people if we are to have any chance of replacing Holder and Obama with Honest leaders that work FOR all Americans.

  • ithnkso

    Well….maybe a teeny, tiny smidge.

  • eponymous1

    Absolutely — we need to give this wonderful administration yet more power. They are doing a fantastic job of shutting down all the political opposition around the country, why should they have to bother with any on Capitol Hill? They should have total control of all three branches and both houses, like they did from 2008-2010. Then we can gets us some more Obamacare-like laws!

  • Martin Wierzba

    We have Fortune 500 companies cheating Americans out of Billions in Taxes and Lerner thinks these non profits are more problematic than that? What’s worse than all of this is that Lerner is doing what she accuses these non profits of doing AS A PAID GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL – Don’t be fooled about how this is being articulated – Lerner is a political bully trying to Silence Americans. You CANNOT Stop free speech and creating ANY programs or laws that give benefits to any group or person cannot supersede or magically take away your right to free speech – I rather listen to lies spoken freely than someones words spoken at the barrel of a gun – I want the ability to discern the truth – Lerner is, I’m sad to say, UN-American….

  • Guest

    We have Fortune 500 companies cheating Americans out of Billions in Taxes and Lerner thinks these non profits are more problematic than that? What’s worse than all of this is that Lerner is doing what she accuses these non profits of doing AS A PAID GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL – Don’t be fooled about how this is being articulated – Lerner is a political bully trying to Silence Americans. You CANNOT Stop free speech and creating ANY programs or laws that give benefits to any group or person cannot supersede or magically take away your right to free speech – I rather listen to lies spoken freely than someones words spoken at the barrel of a gun – I want the ability to discern the truth – Lerner is, I’m sad to say, UN-American.

  • IndianSoul

    They are actually the party of KNOW. They KNOW exactly what’s up and need to stop it in it’s tracks if possible. This admin is destroying our country and they are doing it through lies, manipulation and intimidation.

  • chukalukabus

    Just another trampling of Freedom BHO will claim he knew nothing about. Maybe BHO will cook up another illegal pre-pardon like he did with Holder for Lerner.

  • eponymous1

    Yeah …. if by “justice” you mean when the party in power puts the screws to their political opposition.

  • juan_one

    Arrest the evil witch of the !RS immediately!

  • IndianSoul

    If you cared about this country and your fellow American citizens you would be tired of the Dictatorship and Treason of this administration.

  • kdhouse

    Not a smidgeon of corruption!

  • Angie Nathan

    If the Ruby slipper fits, let the house drop on the wicked

  • kdhouse

    When will justice be served along with lengthy jail terms? Here is the evidence to indict Lerner. Force her to testify as to who compelled her to engage in this activity–it was someone in the White House.

  • Srh S

    This is nothing more than a witch hunt from the republican’s in office that don’t ever seem to help work on any REAL legislation for important issues. Instead we get hearing after hearing, and no action as usual. Let’s send these guys packing in November. I am tired of the party of NO.

  • chukalukabus

    And the DOJ response was? Correllation is not cause. However, considering the modus of the America Last policy of Eric “the bagman” Holder…

    It would not suprise me one bit if it was not Holder who contacted Lerner in the first place. Hell, the whole operation could have been directed from the DOJ. It fits in nicely with Holders decades long corruption and crime spree.

    It bears noting that the most recent venture into totalitarian suppression of the people in Nevada appears to be a land grab scheme that none other than Harry Reid cooked up with communist Chinese. The real problem is that he had a lot of help from a compliant multitude of government agencies.

    To sum up the government under the guise of BHO’s leadership, I think it is best served to quote his most trusted advisor and the person who is actually running the country due to BHO’s lack of interest:

    First, BHO Oct. 2010:

    “We’re gonna punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our
    friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us.”

    Second, Vlaerie Jarrett Nov. 2012:

    “After we win this election, it’s our turn. Payback time. Everyone not
    with us is against us and they better be ready because we don’t forget. The
    ones who helped us will be rewarded, the ones who opposed us will get what they
    deserve. There is going to be he|| to pay. Congress won’t be a problem for us
    this time. No election to worry about after this is over and we have two judges
    ready to go.”

    This is going to get worse before it gets better folks. These genetically defective control freaks who never matured intellectually or morally past the 6th grade have been unleashed upon the general population of the USA. If you work and pay taxes, you are the enemy to them.

    Yes, this administration and government has declared war on the citizens of the United States of America who disagree with their communist policies. And people who are citizens of good standing under the Consititution must now be punished for their beliefs in said Constitution.

  • Willh33

    That may be true, but them Dem’s take it to a whole other level. Never before has this much corruption taken place!

  • Willh33

    exactly! good post!

  • mwayne09

    I’m going with dumb, he is.

  • Willh33

    Absolutely!

  • Angie Nathan

    It was not a smart move for her to tell Issa she was going to testify and then plea the 5th after he announced to the press that she was going to talk. I wonder if her atty. is an IRS employee because between that and her make opening statements (the first time) is the legal definition if incompetence.

  • ascpgh

    They get all wonky when voter ID is mentioned because of the purported “many” who will be kept away at polls yet their very actions are disenfranchising vast tracts of American citizens and their say in representative government by their abuse of process and corruption of its departments.

  • Willh33

    Corruption at ALL levels of THIS administration…As the “O” would say “PERIOD!”

  • Martin Wierzba

    So your saying women can’t be dirty and act reasonably and that’s why they should lead? – I’m not sure if you’re just dumb or naive but the problem isn’t Political parties but rather Greedy people – There will never be a Reasonable Political Party (PERIOD) Our focus should be on God and doing whats right as individuals.

  • mwayne09

    I am no longer proud of my country.
    I now fear my country.

    It must be time to refresh the Tree of Liberty.

  • Uuma

    All I can say is…..Operation American Spring…….May 16th in DC….BE THERE!

  • ascpgh

    Abuse of process and the federal entity. These progressives and their manchurian have motive they feel are more important than our form and function of government, to their personal benefit as well.

  • Steve in Katy

    My fear is he will pardon her from any wrong doing before he leaves.

  • Chris

    Please! One of the major problems with the current system is that a majority of women vote based on looks and not platform

  • Angie Nathan

    With flavors of communist Romania.

  • Angie Nathan

    The idea that the U.S.A. is the benchmark of freedom can only be sold to those who have never traveled outside of our borders. I think we lost our freedom somewhere in the 1800’s.
    This is still a country worth fighting for and thanks for your service.

  • another_engineer

    The tactics of this administration are reminiscent of the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany and the communist takeover of Poland

  • Missus Katie

    Asleep at the wheel, yes. But we also allowed our schools to be co-opted by Socialists. It will take two generations to take them back, the first to be the teachers of the second, and the second to implement the plan. And during this time we must somehow break the stranglehold around our necks held by the teacher unions.

  • FTWPHIL

    Rope and change 2014!

  • 4dees

    Does anyone honestly believe this hate filled liar Lois Lerner will ever serve one day in prison for what she has done to, and cost, good, honest people? Not if Eric Holder has anything to do or say about it.

  • albundy57

    Let’s get this woman and her co-conspirator at the DOJ under arrest. Schedule the initial hearings/court dates for AFTER Obama leaves office so he can not pardon them! Then, once Obama is gone, prosecute them fully!!! Take away the retirement she is living on. Strip them of all government benefits. And make sure it is a federal crime so they do time and lose their ability to vote/have weapons/etc. Using your federally appointed position in unlawful ways should suffer the worst punishment imaginable.

  • Hawkdriver1961

    Everything leads to Jarrett. The question is who the h-ll is she to have this much say and power? (Soros I am betting) Obama does not break wind unless it is approved by her…

  • Angie Nathan

    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?”
    Complaining about no respect??? There are plenty of ways for “the public” to describe these “workers” where their pay literally takes bread off of our (those who work) tables.
    How about motivating IRS workers with a paycheck? Or how about trying Walmart tactics like “finish your work before your shift is over or we will find someone who can”?
    These emails certainly paint a picture of the culture within the IRS that is seriously lacking in professionalism.

  • Hawkdriver1961

    Sharpton’s National Action Network and Jackson’s Rainbow / PUSH have never been targeted and then Obama’s brother gets his non profit back dated years, which is against federal law, never once looked at in this manner. Not one “progressive” group ever looked at and yet this bitc…sorry, female, targets conservatives and lies about not doing it. Welcome to the new USSR. This is the leadership a country gets when 86 Million Full-Time Private-Sector Workers Sustain 148 Million Benefit Takers…corrupt Democrats and RINOs voted in by people who have no love of country and only care about the so called rich handing over their money to them. Never mind they are breaking the back of the country and straddling their grandchildren with mountains of debt. Then again, those that watch Honey Boo Boo, Oprah, E Network or BET are really not the types to care for such things…

  • RufusVonDufus

    Oh gawd grow up! Women will destroy everything in the name of PMS!

  • RufusVonDufus

    Get off your knees from in front of Obama and spit!~

  • RufusVonDufus

    I wonder how many of these “criminal tax-exempt entities” were Dem. I’ll bet none, so Lerner needs to go to prison for using her position to screw only one group of people over the other. When will the House grow some balls and arrest her themselves? Screw Holder as he is the most racist criminal AG we have ever had. Was there ever any question how he would be?

  • Harry Canyon

    Secede

  • ATM

    insightful and accurate.

  • djs1138

    Well I can see why she invoked the 5th….

  • ATM

    borrow it like everything else DC “pays” for.

  • bob

    I served my country, only to have my freedoms taken away.

  • GB

    I believe we own some of that too. Asleep at the wheel allowed us to get there. One issue voters, not the “perfect” candidate…allows for this. Better than the other guy, improve and adjust often gets us back to reality. Overnight? Heck no.

  • GB

    Yeah. Unfortunately what them getting along means is more laws, more taxes to pay for the enforcement of said laws and less control over them. Exactly 180 from where it should be. I’d love to see someone run on the platform of cutting regulation over you and me by 50% yearly till we are essentially back to the point where there are 2 kinds of murder. On purpose and accidental. 100 year jail sentence MEANS 100 years.
    Until then I would just as soon they don’t get along and there is plenty of resistance to “progress”.

  • hoistthatrag

    That old Democrat tact…..when caught, whine that both sides do it…..without any proof.

  • Boon Companion

    The topic of what?

  • Steve

    These definitely came from orders from the top. Lerner would not have the political push to initiate this kind of thing on her own. I ho, she was trying go cover HER ass with these emails.

  • Andrew Thomas Swartz

    The investigation, that is.

  • Andrew Thomas Swartz

    OK. How do you plan on paying for this #witchHunt?

  • Andrew Thomas Swartz

    Very insightful commentary.

  • Tomtom28

    The entire Obozo administration should be in prison.

  • Andrew Thomas Swartz

    Both the Democratic Party and the GOP are dirty. The time has come to stop arguing with each other and act in a reasonable manner. The Government should be by the people & for the people: arguing and cutting back-room deals does nothing to accomplish this. This is why we need a Reasonable Political Party, led by women. #EqualRightsAmendmentIsBackOnTheTableForDiscussion.

  • Lurch47

    Commies have taken over the government! Gee, Thanks, Low info voters!!

  • S&A

    Asking the DOJ about possible charges is the job of the DOJ. Learner was the driving force, get some perspective.

  • PNWShan

    Exactly.

  • mdfield1

    Of course they conspired with each other. Virtually EVERY Obama Czar run Federal Agency does all they can to help the other agencies to further Obama’s agenda which include attaining still MORE power and control.

  • souphands

    I’m shocked to find that the IRS consulted with the DOJ on the topic of …. justice.

  • CaMaven

    None of their $%$&*! business!

  • DixT

    Uh . . . . one of the email states “The DOJ can piece together some emails” accusing Conservative groups of lying!!! That sure sounds “fishy” to me—WHY not just SHOW where they allegedly lied—WHY would anyone have to “piece together” something, to prove it’s true???? Hmmmmmmmm.

  • http://grumpyelder.com/ Grumpy

    I’d say there’s probably more than enough to convict Lerner, but I don’t think she’s smart enough to cobble this kind of conspiracy together without some guidance.. Who Ever that Guidance is need to spend some time making little rocks out of big ones

  • PNWShan

    If you go back to some of the things these groups had to report on their applications – what books they read, names of everyone in the group, etc. – it would be difficult to not make an error. As to political involvement, the IRS has somewhat fuzzy definitions of what constitutes “education” and what constitutes “political activity”. E.g., if a local politician or candidate attends a lecture on the Constitution, did that suddenly become a political event?

  • NoBigGovDuh

    Sounds like this was after the alleged targeting. And it is a valid concern why groups are allowed to make false statements on federal forms. They need to follow the law. If they don’t then you can’t prosecute welfare fraud properly.

  • TMO

    The Chicago Way – put a Chicago slum landlord in the WH and what do you get — lies, deceptions – prey on the poor

  • Crystallite

    Perhaps Eric the Red needs the $15 million he has just requested of Congress for his own defense.

  • Stan321

    Man where you been? It came out the day the feds withdrew that Reid and his son were involved. It is all over a solar power plant project they are involved with.

  • Stan321

    I agree completely. Jarrett is the head of the snake the way I see it.

  • LadyImpactOhio

    I was part of the little band of warriors who started to cobble all this together 2 years ago. Of course at the time we were called conspiracy nuts. My guess is Jarrett was the architect of this.

    “It ain’t a conspiracy if it’s true.”

    ——-Carol Greenberg

  • Rob Mikaloff

    It is obvious that using Federal power for political purposes is more widespread than we fear. With the DOJ involved we now have two cabinet secretariats involved in this debacle. Secretary of the Treasury (IRS) and the Attorney General (DOJ). I really think its time for a Special Counsel to step in to de politicize this. I would not be shocked if the whole BLM versus rancher thing is a political/cronyism action sponsored by Sen. Reid. This is really quite ugly.

  • philips66

    Don’t worry Eric Holder is ON THIS! /sarcasm

  • cd
  • Jeffersonian

    this is re-donk-u-lous! We need to stop sending our money to the IRS! They can’t arrest all 100 million that are left paying the taxes that they turn around and hand out to illegals, slackers, and the welfare queens. They just don’t have a lick of conscious left! To think that the people working for the Fed’s are allowing this to happen just shows how pathetic they are, and that Federal Workers should all be charged with a crime!