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IRS Scandal: How Barack Obama and Lois Lerner used the IRS to illegally target a


IRS Scandal: How Barack Obama and Lois Lerner used the IRS to illegally target a

In May 2013, the Washington Post reported that the IRS had illegally targeted conservative groups for additional reviews. Organizations with the words “tea party” or “patriot” were singled out for harassment, such as requiring them to provide a list of donors, details about their internet postings on social networking websites, and information about their family members. When this was first reported by the media in May 2013, Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS division that had conducted these illegal activities, claimed that only low level employees had known about it, and that no high level IRS officials had known about it. However, soon afterward, NPR reported that an Inspector General report showed that Lerner had been lying, and that she herself had actually been aware of it since June 29, 2011. Even worse, during March and April of 2012, Lerner herself had actually written such letters to fifteen different conservative groups. In September 2013, a House committee released several of Lerner’s emails, which showed that she had targeted tea party groups, and that she had asked that their applications be delayed. In one of the emails from 2011, she had written “Tea Party Matter very dangerous.” The IRS asked conservative groups what books they were reading. For a 27 month period that began in February 2010, the IRS gave exactly zero approvals to Tea Party organizations that had sent in applications. During that same time period, numerous liberal organizations with names including words such as “progress” or “progressive” did get approval. The IRS asked Christian Voices for Life, a pro-life organization, questions about its prayer vigils. According to the official White House visitor’s log, during Obama’s first four years as President, IRS commissioner Douglas Shulman made 157 visits to the White House. This is more visits to the White House – by a very large margin – than any other cabinet member during Obama’s first term. By comparison, during the four years that Mark Everson was IRS commissioner when Bush was president, Everson made only one visit to the White House.

  • ISBN: 9781370219223
  • Author: Daniel Alman
  • Published: 2018-01-19 14:20:06
  • Words: 4780
IRS Scandal: How Barack Obama and Lois Lerner used the IRS to illegally target a IRS Scandal: How Barack Obama and Lois Lerner used the IRS to illegally target a