Update 5/13/13: 12:00: President Obama said it is outrageous if the targeting did in fact occur during his dual press conference today with PM Cameron. He said he only found out about it in the press like everyone else and thinks it was Friday. President Obama is ever the politician. When he is not campaigning, he is spinning.
The discussions about the targeting of the right-leaning groups and the sign-offs were done at the Chief Counsel’s office. The Chief Counsel is an Obama appointee.
Mr. Douglas, who was a Bush appointee, was in the last six months of his term when this first came to light. It is very possible he did not know about the targeting.
Update: 5/13/2013: The House will investigate and one Republican lawmaker wants a law that punishes this crime with a $5000 penalty and 5 years in prison. The House Ways and Means committee has demanded all appropriate records from the IRS by Wednesday. Some lawmakers are calling for an investigation of the IRS>
The targeting by the IRS was stepped up 36% between 2008 and 2012. People who make more than a million dollars a year were targeted, with an increase of 45% from 2009-2012.
The groups targeted included groups providing instruction on the Bill of Rights, the Constitution, government spending, government debt, taxes, and education on ways to “make America a better place to live.” It even flagged groups whose file included criticism of “how the country is being run.” FoxNews
NO DEMOCRATIC GROUPS were targeted. Words like “progress” and “organizing” were not put in as filers. The right-leaning groups should have put those words in their titles.
The IRS is sorry for singling out Tea Party groups for double audits. They didn’t mean it in a political way, really.
During the 2012 election season, the IRS began to audit about 75 organizations with the words “Tea Party” or “patriot” in their names. They also picked out groups who were critical of the Obama government and who sought to teach the Constitution. It is a mystery as to where they got the names but a likely guess would be from a Soros-funded organization.
The White House said that if it happened it was “wrong.” ”
The head of the tax-exempt office of the IRS admitted they did single out the groups and said in a statement that it was “wrong,” “insensitive,” “absolutely incorrect,” and “inappropriate.”
“The IRS would like to apologize for that,” said a Ms. Lerner of the tax-exempt office of the IRS.
Ms. Lerner said it started in Cincinnati but was NOT POLITICALLY MOTIVATED.
How stupid do these people think we are?!?
Ms Lerner said the number of groups applying for tax-exempt status increased quickly between 2010 and 2012. The applications were sent to Cincinnati to streamline the process. Staff were trying to verify eligibility and added the words “Tea Party” and “patriot” to flag them. They allegedly did so without permission of senior management. [Yes, I’m buying that]
There was no “political or partisan rationale” the IRS said in a statement.
That doesn’t fly because the number of left-wing Soros groups also shot up between 2010 and 2012. Why didn’t they flag the words “progress” and “organizing” if they were so nonpartisan?
The IRS claim is that after the number of such groups filing for tax-exempt status shot up, all such applications were sent to Cincinnati to streamline its operations. [I would like to know who made that decision]
Staff members were trying to verify that the groups were eligible, that’s all.
The words “Tea Party” and “patriot” were added to a list of red flags without the approval of senior management. [Right, uh huh]
“Mistakes were made initially, but they were in no way due to any political or partisan rationale,” the IRS said in a statement, adding it had stopped the practice last year.
Eric Cantor said the House plans to investigate and Mitch McConnell asked the White House to investigate. Tea Party leaders expressed outrage after the admission.
The IRS is in charge of our healthcare folks. It may be the Tea Party now but it will be you next. Fascism can’t be allowed to take hold.
Constitutional lawyer and conservative talk show host, Marc Levin, took the case up after numerous Tea Party groups complained last year at this time.
This case must be followed up. It can’t end with a simple apology. The IRS has way too much power now thanks to Obamacare. I’m beginning to feel that they might have more freedom in Russia.
Last year, IRS Commissioner Douglas told Congress, “There’s absolutely no targeting. This is the kind of back and forth that happens to people.” He now says he didn’t know it was going on, however, what are the chances anyone but a political appointee would have the gall to do something like this?