The IRS Scandal, Day 1597: New Details of Targeting 0f Conservative Groups Emerge In Tea Party Lawsuits

“It’s clear that the Obama administration’s IRS illegally and intentionally targeted conservative groups for their ideological beliefs, and those responsible ... need to be held accountable," [Senator Rob] Portman said.

The IRS Scandal, Day 1597: New Details of Targeting 0f Conservative Groups Emerge In Tea Party Lawsuits

We Say: And so it drags on and on. San Antonio Tea Party is one of the groups suing the IRS for their illegal actions. Over 1600 days as of now: DOJ lawyers, under the direction of Attorney General Jeff Sessions (the IRS side) v. lawyers under the direction of Jay Sekulow, President Trump’s legal advisor (the Tea Party side). Could this get any more convoluted?

The IRS was weaponized by the Obama Administration. The NSA was weaponized by the Obama Administration. What’s next? Has anyone looked into the EPA? And of course, there is the FBI.  

The overreach by the Obama Administration was so extensive as to be unbelievable. Let’s never let this happen again.


Republished from Taxprof.Typepad.com/Taxprof_Blog,  by Paul L. Caron, Dean Pepperdine University School of Law – September 22, 2017, Image credit: image AP file, 2015  – Contributor Ken Bennight


 
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Cincinnati Enquirer, New Details Emerge in Tea Party Suit Against IRS:

The IRS used the political views of conservative “tea party” groups trying to get nonprofit status as a reason for extra scrutiny and continued delaying applications until 2013 — long after they said they’d stopped — new federal court filings allege.

The new accusations counter previous IRS claims that agents did not consider political beliefs when slowing down tax-exempt applications from right-leaning groups in the months leading up to the 2012 presidential election.

The IRS had instead argued that it was merely monitoring whether the groups were conducting more political activity than was allowed.

The filings by conservative groups suing the IRS also state the agency continued the practice after IRS officials said it had stopped in 2011. …

“By trying to make this about whether this was done to help Obama win is setting the goalpost artificially too high,” Eddie Greim, a lawyer representing conservative groups in the class-action suit, said in an interview with The Enquirer. “All we have to prove is whether they had the intent and if they indeed treated a set of groups differently based on their ideology. …

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Terrrace Park, who was one of the first in Congress to publicly complain in 2012 about the IRS’ possible discrimination against conservative nonprofit groups, said that the practice was “an appalling abuse of power” in a statement to The Enquirer. “It’s clear that the Obama administration’s IRS illegally and intentionally targeted conservative groups for their ideological beliefs, and those responsible … need to be held accountable,” Portman said. …

[O]thers testified in depositions that Lerner ordered IRS agents to send requests for additional information from the affected groups following that 2011 meeting. That included requests for donor information, normally considered off-limits. Lerner “wanted everyone to know that we are handling the cases as we should,” testified Cindy Thomas, the top nonprofit official in Cincinnati at the time.

“So after they were told that this was possibly improper, they doubled down and kept going,” Greim said. “This goes well beyond the narrative of what’s been reported before.”

Greim also said that the IRS removed two Washington agents who had raised questions about the extra scrutiny on the tea party cases. “These two found that ideology was indeed being used, raised questions about it and told their superiors about it and that it was going to cause delay,” Greim said. “And wouldn’t you know it, they were moved off the matter soon thereafter.”

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