IRS Was ‘Acutely’ Aware Of Obama’s Desire To ‘Crack Down’ On Tea Party

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A House Oversight Committee investigation finds that Internal Revenue Service staffers involved in the Tea Party political discrimination scandal took their cues on which nonprofit conservative groups to single out for bureaucratic harassment from President Barack Obama and other progressive political leaders.

While the investigation’s most recent report, which began circulating Tuesday, doesn’t explicitly accuse the President or any other elected leader of instructing the IRS to deny Tea Party groups’ applications for nonprofit status, it does allege that IRS staffers had a clear understanding that slowing down conservatives was something the President wanted them to do.

Ongoing portrayals of the Tea Party, in mainstream media, as a menacing assortment of ignorant wingnuts further bolstered IRS staff in their belief that the various conservative groups were ripe for targeting — since no one, evidently, would notice or care if the government decided to illegally violate the free speech of members of a movement the left-leaning media all but described as a hate group.

“In one of the key findings, investigators said negative press coverage of the tea party was one reason why the IRS gave the groups special scrutiny,” reports The Washington Times:

IRS employees were “acutely” aware in 2010 that President Obama wanted to crack down on conservative organizations and were egged into targeting tea party groups by press reports mocking the emerging movement, according to an interim report being circulated Tuesday by House investigators.

…The Republican oversight report traces the growing pressure on the IRS to act, beginning with Mr. Obama’s criticism of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision in his 2010 State of the Union address to calls from top members of Congress for the IRS to give special scrutiny to tea party applications.

…Emails among IRS officials, and committee interviews with them, show agency employees were aware of the pressure, sending one another news reports and commenting — in sometimes derisive language — about the tea party applications.

By contrast, the report finds that liberal groups that applied for nonprofit status were typically approved quickly — even as Tea Party applications were stymied for up to three years.

The Oversight Committee’s finding is bolstered by a report Wednesday in USA Today that revealed the IRS was targeting groups “based on the content of their literature, raising concerns specifically about ‘anti-Obama rhetoric,’ inflammatory language and ‘emotional’ statements made by nonprofits seeking tax-exempt status.”

That report found that only 11 progressive groups (out of 162) were named on an internally circulated “propaganda” list, while more than 80 percent were specifically identified as conservative.

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  • Toy Pupanbai

    ‘The Truth Behind The Real IRS Scandal’ (YT)
    For the Low Down on the IRS. and the 16th Amendment.

  • wavesofgrain

    Lois bent over backwards to illegally approve a retroactive “charity” for Obm’s brother! Read this entire article: It proves the deception….
    IRS official Lerner speedily approved exemption for Obama brother’s
    ‘charity’

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/05/14/irs-official-lerner-approved-exemption-for-obama-brothers-charity/#ixzz2fL2v7VKU

    Lois Lerner, the senior IRS official at the center of the decision to target tea party groups for burdensome tax scrutiny, signed paperwork granting tax-exempt status to the Barack H. Obama Foundation, a shady charity headed by the president’s half-brother that operated illegally for years.

    According to the organization’s filings, Lerner approved the foundation’s tax status within a month of filing, an unprecedented timeline that stands in stark contrast to conservative organizations that have been waiting for more than three years, in some cases, for approval.

    Lerner also appears to have broken with the norms of tax-exemption approval by granting retroactive tax-exempt status to Malik Obama’s
    organization.

    The National Legal and Policy Center filed an official complaint with the IRS in May 2011 asking why the foundation was being allowed to solicit tax deductible contributions when it had not even applied for an IRS determination. In a New York Post article dated May 8, 2011, an officer of the foundation admitted, “We haven’t been able to find someone with the expertise” to apply for tax-exempt status.

    Nevertheless, a month later, the Barack H. Obama Foundation had flown through the grueling application process. Lerner granted the organization a 501(c) determination and even gave it a retroactive tax exemption dating back to December 2008.

    The group’s available paperwork suggests an extremely hurried application and approval process. For example, the group’s 990 filings for 2008 and 2009 were submitted to the IRS on May 30, 2011, and its 2010 filing was submitted on May 23, 2011.

    Lerner signed the group’s approval [pdf] on June 26, 2011.

    It is illegal to operate for longer than 27 months without an IRS determination and solicit tax-deductible contributions.

    The ostensibly Arlington, Va.-based charity was not even registered in Virginia despite the foundation’s website including a donation button that claimed tax-exempt status.

    Its president and founder, Abon’go “Roy’ Malik Obama, is Barack Obama’s half-brother and was the best man at his wedding, but he has a checkered past. In addition to running his charity, Malik Obama ran unsuccessfully to be the governor of Siaya County in Kenya. He was accused of being a wife beater and seducing the newest of his twelve wives while she was a 17-year-old school girl.

    Sensing something wrong when he and a group of Missouri State students visited Kenya in 2009, Ken Rutherford, winner of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for his work on banning landmines, determined that Malik Obama was an “operator” and elected to give a donation of 400 pounds of medical supplies to
    a local clinic instead.

    “We didn’t know what he was going to do with them,” Rutherford told the New
    York Post in 2011.

  • wavesofgrain

    A SHAM Non-Profit approved by Lerner…Read the entire article. If link not there, then google headline below
    Obama’s brother linked to Muslim Brotherhood

    http://www.wnd.com/2013/08/obamas-brother-linked-to-muslim-brotherhood/

    “”””””Shoebat has detailed his allegations in a 22-page investigative report titled “New IRS Scandal: Islamic Extremism and Sex Slaves: Report Reveals Obama’s Relatives Run Charities of Deceit,” published on his website

    After a thorough examination of available evidence, Shoebat explained to WND his allegations against the Obama family tax-exempt foundations:

    When Malik Obama and Sarah Obama raised money in the United States as the respective heads of foundations claiming to be charities, not only did the Internal Revenue Service illegally grant one of them tax-deductible status retroactively, but these foundations have supported – to varying degrees – illegal operations that acquire funding for personal gain, philandering, polygamy and the promotion of Wahhabism, the brand of Islam practiced by Al-Qaeda.”””

    “There is no evidence to suggest that Malik is building any houses in Kogelo for widows and orphans as claimed,” Shoebat said.

    Neither is there evidence that the Mama Sarah Foundation has built any homes for widows, orphans and HIV/AIDS victims.

    “The only evidence where monies were spent involves the Barack H. Obama Recreation and Rest Center in Kenya, which housed Malik’s 12 wives in a facility that includes a restaurant and a mosque with a madrassa,” he said.

    “While building mosques is legally considered charity, evidence shows the entire funding came directly from entities and individuals from Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bahrain,” Shoebat said. “There is nothing of charitable nature to show for all the funds Malik raises from the United States. To date, there is no evidence for any accomplishments toward building homes for orphans, widows and AIDS victims in Kogelo or anywhere else in Kenya.””””

  • Moustache The First

    OBlahBlah is a carfeul slippery, Teflon sort just like the Clintons…We all know he is guilty, but nothing sticks, can’t convict!… After all the head of IRS visited Half White House over a hundred times…what were they discussing? Obummer’s love of skeet shooting? Bush had head of IRS up there 3 times in 8 years!

  • scott miller

    Make obama a white republican and see how quickly these stories would go from a “non” story to criminal impeachable violations.

    This president is not teflon, this media will just bend over backwards to not touch a liberal where they would crucify a republican for the same stuff.

    Either party as it is, these acts are criminal violations of their oaths of office, the fact that this endless stream of violating the law at every turn, while the press sits with its thumb up its ass.

    the only requirement to be a journalist in this day n age is your ability to bend over backwards to excuse liberal politicans from any wrongdoing no matter how many rights they trample on, articles of the constitution they violate, or laws they outright break, keep them press passes coming.

    • dan

      these days ,they only have to bend over forwards,sigh.

  • dan

    well…they couldn’t very well give preferential treatment to a group the Mullahs and Grand Visier in the Whitehouse had already declared to be terrorists

  • Cashu

    Ain’t Chicago politics wonderful?? It corrupts absolutely everything it touches. And, once it muscles or cheats its way to power, it is nearly impossible to get rid of because it will do everything illegal that it needs to, to stay in power. Once the Chicago thugocracy is in place, it owns the voter rolls and the ballot box from then on.

    The only way we’ll get our country back now is through violent revolution, followed by a correction on the order of what the French did around the turn of the nineteenth century. We may not need the guillotine here, however, because we have lots of strong rope and plenty of light posts in WDC.

    Sad that it has come to this point, but here we are. Now the only thing in question is, when exactly have we had enough Chicago politics and won’t take any more?

    Cashu

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