3/4/14 IRS Still Targeting

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Last spring, news broke about the IRS targeting hundreds of non-profit groups.  That believed in Constitutional principles. Or limited government. Or called themselves “patriots”.€ Or the “Tea Party”€.  Or supported Jewish causes.

The IRS also illegally leaked confidential information to news outlets closely-aligned with the White House [here, here, here, here].

The Administration claimed that a couple of rogue agents at the Cincinnati IRS office acted on their own.  But then evidence emerged IRS and White House officials knew of the scheme.

President Obama announced he fired the head of the IRS.  Congress launched hearings.  Which led to more revelations.

IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman was cleared to visit the Obama White House 157 times. No cabinet officer –€“ including the Secretaries of State, Defense and Homeland Security — ever visited the Obama White House as many times.

In contrast, Mark Everson, the IRS Commissioner for four years under George Bush, visited the White House just one time.

Sarah Hall Ingram, the woman who ran the IRS office that targeted the non-profits visited the Obama White House 165 times.  In just two years.

[Records show 155 of those visits were with presidential assistant Jeanne Lambrew.]

[Stephanie Cutter has admitted she met with Shulman in the White House on numerous occasions.  The problem is Cutter was the Obama reelection deputy campaign manager.  Why was the IRS commissioner meeting with Cutter — who was the number 2 person in the Obama reelection campaign?  And why was a campaign official holding meetings in the White House?]

[More than 100 people in the IRS and the Obama Administration (here, here, here, here, here) have been implicated in the IRS scandal targeting critics, watch dogs and Jewish groups over their speech rights (here, here)].

But if you think Congressional hearings and public outrage ended the IRS targeting you’d be wrong.

In fact, the IRS is making new, illegal demands.  It’s demanding the groups it previously targeted agree to speech and spending restrictions in return for the IRS finally reviewing their tax-exempt applications.

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