Lois Lerner, who targeted conservatives for their political views, appears to have had no problem giving unions a pass when they reportedly spent millions on political activities without mentioning it on their tax forms.
This information comes from an email obtained by The Daily Caller.
Lerner doesn’t seem to be bothered much by a conscience.
In 2007, Lerner personally responded to a complaint that some major labor unions reported completely different amounts of political expenditures when filing with the IRS and the Department of Labor.
Lerner, who was the Director of Exempt Organizations at the IRS, wrote, “We looked at the information you provided regarding organizations that report substantial amounts of political activity and lobbying expenditures on the DOL Form LM-2, but report little to no political expenditures on the Form 990 filed with the IRS,” according to Daily Caller.
“We believe this difference in reporting does not necessarily indicate that the organization has incorrectly reported to either the DOL or the IRS,” Lerner concluded.
The law was supposedly not enforced because it would cost too much to collect.
I’ll have to remember that when I do my tax forms. I can explain that it would cost too much for them to go after me.
This is serious corruption.
Daily Caller also reported that in 2006, the year leading up to Lerner’s email, the national headquarters for the AFL-CIO reported no direct or indirect political expenditures with the IRS on their 990 form, leaving the line 81a blank. That same year, the AFL-CIO reported $29,585,661 in political activities with the Department of Labor.
They also wrote that in 2006 the Teamsters Union reported no political expenditures with the IRS while at the same time reporting $7,081,965 with the Labor Department.
Again in 2006, Unite-Here reported no political activity with the IRS and $1,451,002 with the Labor Department.
In 2005, the National Education Association also reported no political expenditures with the IRS while at the same time reporting $24,985,250 with the Labor Department, Daily Caller reports.
We all know that the Democrats are owned by the unions which clearly explains what is going on.
The Bush administration mandated more detailed disclosure requirements for labor unions and Obama basically eliminated them.
The IRS hasn’t commented yet. It doesn’t much matter. They will just lie or have a memory lapse.
Last November, the Obama administration proposed new rules to rein in tax-exempt conservative groups that have given them a voice with anonymous donations to elections. Once leftists find out who is donating to conservative or Republican politicians, they demonize the donors.
The rules, which have been put on the back burner, would have affected conservatives but not unions.
“The fact that the administration’s new effort only affects social welfare organizations – and not powerful unions or business groups – underscores that this is a crass political effort by the administration to get what political advantage they can, when they can,” said Representative Darrell Issa at the time.
One of Obama’s first actions was to relax union reporting requirements. He deregulated government oversight of unions. Obama knew it would promote corruption but it was in his party’s favor so what did he care.
Lois is just fulfilling the Obama agenda.