Claim Of FEC, IRS Collusion Could Prove Violation Of Federal Law, Attack On Speech

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As Congressional investigators continue attempting to understand the extent to which the Internal Revenue Service targeted specific taxpayers (a years-long effort emboldened by the most recent controversy), continuing inconsistencies in testimony from agency representatives and new developments suggesting broader Federal involvement appear to be making Republicans increasingly keen on getting answers and Democrats increasingly unwilling to acknowledge that a controversy exists.

On Monday, CNN reported that the vice chairman of the Federal Elections Commission admitted to seeing dozens of email communications between FEC staff and IRS officials, raising new questions about collusion between the two agencies to muzzle political speech.

FEC Commissioner Don McGahn told the news agency that an FEC investigator had been in contact with IRS employee Lois Lerner — who admitted three months ago that her agency had targeted conservatives — to discuss the status of the conservative political advocacy group the American Future Fund.

Following communications between the two, American Future Fund received one of the IRS’s prying questionnaires about its nonprofit mission.

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CNN was not provided with a timeline of events concerning the targeting and communication. However, the news agency reports that McGahn considers the FEC/IRS communications precisely the kind of information IRS officials should, and have failed to, turn over to Congressional investigators.

Republican investigators were previously provided several emails between Lerner, the former head of the IRS division handling tax exempt organizations, and an unnamed FEC attorney discussing publicly available information about certain conservative groups. But McGahn suggests that the two agencies were sorting through private data on the groups in the emails he referenced. The sharing of private data between the two could indicate violations of Federal law.

And the question remains for Republicans: Why would the two Federal agencies need to communicate about public information?

“Things seemed weird to me,” McGahn told CNN of the communications. “The FEC has not had a good track record with calling balls and strikes. They’ve been criticized for not playing fair.”

Josh Drobnyk, a spokesman for Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee, which is conducting an investigation into the IRS scandal separate from Republican efforts, said McGhan’s allegations and subsequent new Republican concerns are little more than political theatrics.

“House Republicans are doing everything they can to distract attention from their inability to focus on jobs and the economy,” he said. “Republicans are throwing mud against the wall with the hope that some will stick.”

Representatives Darrell Issa and Dave Camp, Republican chairmen of, respectively, the House committees on Oversight and Ways and Means, disagree with the Democrat assessment and have vowed to continue to search for answers.

“The American people demand and deserve accountability from their government, not to live in fear of being subject to an audit or other extra scrutiny for reasons unrelated to the content of their filing. So far, the IRS and this administration have provided no assurances that oversight and accountability is in place to prevent such abuses from happening again,” the two said in a Washington Post contribution Tuesday.

Despite the Presidential Administration’s insistence that the IRS scandal is “phony,” conservative efforts to find answers — as well as scrutiny on the White House — will likely be invigorated by McGahn’s revelations. After all, the emails he referenced, if Congressional investigators can get their hands on them, could be the definitive rebuttal to Democrat claims that the IRS’s conduct was anything but a full-on assault on American free speech.

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Sam Rolley

Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After covering community news and politics, Rolley took a position at Personal Liberty Media Group where could better hone his focus on his true passions: national politics and liberty issues. In his daily columns and reports, Rolley works to help readers understand which lies are perpetuated by the mainstream media and to stay on top of issues ignored by more conventional media outlets.

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  • guest

    I think we need to get Arpaio on the case and his sheriff posse.

    • ScaryAdmin

      Impeach and try obama & or his minions for high crimes and misdemeanors selling guns to Mexican Cartel gun running in Benghazi for Taliban supporters then deserting the people he sent to do the dirty work resulting in the DEATH of an ambassador and his staff, and supporting the terrorist government of Egypt, ( which the PEOPLE have overthrown) and FAILING TO PROPERLY DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION, and in general FAILING in his oath of office that he took to defend the constitution from all enemies from outside and INTERNAL sources NOT DEFEND THE GOVERNMENT but to DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION which he has attacked every chance he got!

  • DON THE BRITTON

    If you even care you are racist.

    • Michael Hudson

      Democretin cries of racism are taking on an Aesopian character. If you cry wolf (racist) often enough no one will pay attention to it.

  • Jake Thomas

    Republicans don’t need to focus on jobs and the economy. They already know and have submitted bills. It’s the senate (Reid) and Obama that are running the show. They continually cry that the Republicans wont compromise. Reids and Obamas idea of compromise is the Republicans rolling over and rubber stamping whatever the ledt wants to do. Personally, I believe this IRS BS had a lot to do with the outcome of the election and really needs to be looked into. This scandel effects EVERY american, not just the right.

  • Smee

    One of these days dumocraps will run out of excuses!

  • Patriot

    So….what else is new….by don’t they get the credit card of these IRS storm troopers who won’t testify about their role in profiling non-profit organizations or AKA Obuma’s Killer agency.

  • liberalssuck

    Damn right we deserve answers. As an American regardless of party. This should piss you off. To have any government agency used to target any political party is plain wrong!

  • ridge runner

    The beltway bastard will probably get a pay raise and a promotion. The Democrat Party way or was he Rangel “crackers”, or just po jigger?