Cincinnati IRS Workers Reveal What Really Happened – And Yes, It’s What You Think

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A pair of IRS agents who worked out of the Cincinnati office at the center of the widening Tea Party discrimination scandal told Congressional investigators that they were ordered by “higher-ups” in Washington, D.C. to target conservative political groups applying for tax-exempt status.

That’s a contention, notes CBS-D.C., that “directly contradicts claims made by the agency since the scandal erupted last month.”

One Cincinnati agent, Gary Muthert, said he was instructed by a local, unnamed supervisor to go through tax-exempt applications to see if they had “Tea Party” in their titles. But that local supervisor was acting, said Muthert, on order from on high: “He told me that Washington, D.C., wanted some cases.”

Using the “Tea Party” criteria yielded a small handful of applications, but, when Muthert widened his search to include phrases like “patriots’ or “9-12 project,” he hit upon close to 40 more applications.

“I used ‘patriots’ because some of the tea partiers wouldn’t, they would shorten their name to TP Patriots,” Muthert said. “I thought, OK, I will use ‘patriot.’”

From there, Muthert’s supervisor told him that “someone in Washington” had requested to see seven of those applications, but he told investigators he never knew who that “someone” was.

Another Cincinnati IRS agent, Elizabeth Hofacre, was responsible for processing Tea Party applications that had already been flagged in 2010. Her local supervisor, also unnamed, assigned those applications to her. But an IRS attorney in Washington, D.C. named Carter Hull – who worked in the tax-exempt division – allegedly “micromanaged” Hofacre’s work and contributed to the groups’ delay in receiving tax-exempt status.

Hofacre said she thought Hull’s interest in the cases was both unusual and “demeaning.”

“It was demeaning. One of the criteria is to work independently and do research and make decisions based on your experience and education, whereas on this case, I had no autonomy at all through the process,” she told investigators.

Hull also allegedly took his time signing off on letters Hofacre sent asking the flagged groups for extra documentation. “All I remember saying and thinking is, ‘This is ridiculous.’ Because at the same time, you are getting calls from irate taxpayers. And I see their point,” she said.

If the testimony is true and leads to the uncovering of additional evidence, it will further refute the many assertions made by IRS officials and the Administration of President Barack Obama that “rogue” agents acting independently in Cincinnati were solely responsible for the election-season targeting of conservative nonprofits.

Personal Liberty

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • Darral

    The IRS, EPA, DEPT OF EDUCATION, ENERGY, you name it government agency is controlled by the Democratic party, The Democratic party will throw Obama or who ever under the bus if need be, The bottom line this is squarely the result of totalitarian tactics, of intimidation and control for the sake of the Democratic party, Abolish this Destructive Treasonous Democratic Party.

    • steve

      get real . both parties are one in the same. their called politicians or liars. your choice. they were given emunity a long time ago and there’s nothing any one can do. vote one out and the same comes in . use your brain. think about it . the same thing happens over and over again. every year. every problem . never ending cycle. and beside with all the money being spend by corporate america these days, the fix is in . 3 billion spend for a job that pays 400k. no who do you think is owed some favors. not you.

      • Darral

        Steve Big Corporations are owned by stock holders Most are the Hard working American people, Second if you pay attention to the individual politician, we do have some good people in Government, even a few Democrats, We also have some bad, even in the Republican Party a few RINO’s, The Democratic Party is in control and have been in control for some time, All of these appointments were made by the Democratic party,
        I understand say frustration, and a lot people fell the same as you do, I wouldn’t argue Fire the whole dang bunch, but that’s going to fix our Country, and the Democrats are not going to fix our Country, Abolish this Destructive Treasonous Democratic Party.

        • Dominc Lindqvist

          And put who in its place. Yeah, more Rethugs and its off to war we go. For the greater good of the corporations. I guess I should divert my stock into the companies in the military industrial complex and live well as good Americans die in a new manufactured war for profits. NO THANK YOU IGNORANT ONE!

          • Darral

            Typical response from those with tyrant mentality, Instead of producing facts attempt to degrade , slander , call names, Take your BS someplace else we get enough from the Democrats in Office

          • Paines Ghost

            Dominic, I have yet to see you make a statement/reply without resorting to invective and name calling. One wonders if your cognitive capacity is insufficient to generate a coherent response. Too much Kool Aid over the years?

            The fact is the the IRS is in itself an illegal, unconstitutional organization that has only ONE purpose, and that is to strip the American People of their wealth. The fact that they willingly, EAGERLY leapt into the political espionage and sabotage games tells me that the entire organization needs to be completely eliminated.

            Meanwhile, all tea party groups, listen up. Each state tea party or 9/12 group needs to launch a web site with the names, addresses, phone numbers, email and FB info so that WHEN (not if) the SHTF we will know who is on which side. It is all PUBLIC INFORMATION, so there will be no laws broken in publishing it on the web.

            Know your enemies. The IRS is definitely the enemy of the American People.

          • Todd Hill

            In case you forgot we ARE at war right now in several places under this administration. So I guess, it isn’t just those rethugs, huh? The Congress has been under the control of Democrats for a bit longer than that as well. I say this just to say neither is good, as I agree with your assessment of the Republicans as well.

            For the greater good, you should be denouncing the duopoly set-up by themselves and realize a vote for either one is a vote for you to support more war no matter what team you are on.

            Before you start in on me about who started the wars and junk like that, it doesn’t matter because whomever is in power at the moment has the power to end it since we are at war for nothing other than to steal other nation’s resources and to kill innocent women and children.

            Those people dying everyday over there are just like you and I, and have no ill will towards you or even anyone you know. Why is it they are dying again? Can you tell me why?

            When you answer that question, say it to yourself in the mirror first.

            Please think about it for a second and realize it is the squabbling that keeps them in power. You look like you been around long enough to see what has been going on for the last 50 years. Quit hating and start loving. Even the guy who may disagree with you, he doesn’t hate you either.

          • CatGman

            It is better to be ignorant than just plain stupid. Has it escaped your attention that your glorious leader has kept us at war?

        • Eugene Sevene

          The solution is not so hard to comprehend. As Thomas Jefferson said, we must remember to replace all government figure heads at least every decade before they get too much power. We as a stupid nation, so entrenched in the party that grand dad believed in that we have failed to head the warning.

          Replace every politician that has been in Washington for more than one term. Let them know that we the people are still in charge. Having said this I really don’t care if you vote Dem. or REP., but the career politician has to go home and get a job like the rest of us. Just use a little common sense. Oh believe me I would not accuse any American of having common sense. Like what I say, don’t like what I say I really don’t care. You can spout off like a bird wit a paper a– hole all you want, but we the people have allowed this to happen by voting for a party rather than what a man stands for. As for me I will be an American and to hell with your party.

    • Dominc Lindqvist

      And reinstitute the warmongering corporatist owned Rethug party. Are you daft sir?

  • Robbie

    Perhaps this is just buck passing.

  • DavidL

    Sorry to interrupt your self-serving delusions, but the person who on his own initiated the IRS scrutiny of Tea party and other groups looking for a government handout called 501(c-4) was a CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN!

    • CJ

      Sorry to interrupt your gullibility, but your quickness to jump to conclusions is why we have these messes. Check out all the facts before you draw conclusion. More reports are pointing the finger that they were directed to do this and it was not something they came up with on their own out of the blue.

      • garygerke

        sorry CJ illegal is illegal, they have admitted they broke the law they need to be arrested!

        • Dodge

          They should be provided immunity so they can tell who ordered them to conduct such operations… trail to the top has begun… it will end at obungholes desk… to think otherwise is naive and foolhearty… bunch of communist morons posting their bs trying to divert attention… aint gonna work…

  • $36364326

    Is this not illegal? Why isn’t anybody arrested? Crimes are supposed to be acted upon speedily, and the “perps” are supposed to be arrested. If anything like that happened to a private citizen they would be secretly taken in the night in a rendition. We have witnesses! There has been testimony about Benghazi, IRS scandal, and the stolen phone records and NOTHING IS HAPPENING! WHY???

    • Wiley2

      Sadly, the prevailing culture in Washington is that politicians and federal government bureaucrats are above the law. It’s a culture of aristocracy, where laws are only for those not in their club. At best, a token “fall guy” may receive a slap on the wrist to give the illusion of accountability. Our Constitutional Republic died long ago, and the stench of the rotting corpse is only now beginning to be smelled by most.

    • perry

      This is not hard to realize the press is told what to print.The bureaucrats are told they will be fired if they do not go along.Obama however knows nothing about this how is that set with you.

  • CJ

    This story is stinking to the core. Various media have conflicting accounts of what happened first on this same info. Reuters says these guys originated it and the WSJ tends to agree more with this perspective. It will be interesting how this pans out, and the spin-masters in the media who will do anything to cover for the guilty.

  • garygerke

    Issa should get federal arrest warrants for all of the known people involved. At least for once these political thugs would have to prove their innocents as the rest of us have to!

  • ONTIME

    It seems as though the dispicable folks who hide in our government’s arms are now forcing a major resentment and distrust of all government. When you illegally unionize government employees, overpay these people, mismanage to the point of sheer incompetence and then stand before a congressional inquiry and claim “you did’n do nuff’n, cuzz you don’t kno nuff’n”, you have finally managed to raise the ire of a entire nation with your frigging ignorance and arrogance.
    This exhibition of elitism and decadence is why this government need a overhaul from top to bottom, the sabotage of rights, liberties, free elections and suppression of opposition based on ideology is more than enough to say “we are on the wrong track”. Communism does not work, the whole world knows this, so why the hell are we even trying it?
    WTP need election reform, term limits no retirement, we need tax reform, get rid of the progressive taxes and the IRS, they are dionosaurs, misused tools of the left, review all the entitlements and reduce the size and spending of this oversized bureaucracy and redundancy, secure our borders, enforce our immigration laws, get rid of all government unions and bring back the teaching of American History and the reasons for this Republic…..WTP can do this and it would not take all that long with commonsense or we can continue to act like blind fools and lose this Republic…

  • CatGman

    These people are sorry bastards one and all. What will be done about it??? Not a damn thing.