Is this ANOTHER example of Obama using the IRS as his personal police force?
Documents Show IRS Maneuvered To Regulate Tea Party Groups And Keep It “Hidden From The Public”…
“Not even a smidgen” of corruption, ‘eh Barack?
Via CNS News:
Documents obtained by the House Ways and Means Committee show that IRS officials first started flagging Tea Party applications for tax-exempt status in February 2010 because of “media attention,” and that Treasury and IRS officials had discussed potentially addressing the tax-exemption rules for such groups “off-plan,” meaning “hidden from the public,” said Committee Chariman Dave Camp (R-Mich.).
In a hearing on the IRS-Tea Party scandal on Wednesday, Chairman Camp questioned IRS Commissioner John Koskinen about the Treasury Department apparently crafting rules to limit the ability of conservative and Tea Party groups to get 501(c)4 exemptions to engage in public debate.
Camp highlighted a June 14, 2012 e-mail from Treasury Department attorney and tax adviser Ruth Madrigal to Lois Lerner, then the IRS official in charge of determining the tax-exempt status of non-profit organizations, and other IRS personnel. (Lerner pleaded the Fifth against self-incrimination before Congress in May 2013 and then retired from the agency.) (See Off-Plan (1).pdf)
The first sentence of that e-mail reads: “Don’t know who in your organization is keeping tabs on c4s, but since we mentioned potentially addressing them (off-plan) in 2013, I’ve got my radar up and this seemed interesting.” The e-mail then discusses a court ruling on determining political committees from PACs, or Political Action Committees.
Camp asked Koskinen, “Do you know what off-plan means?” Koskinen replied, “I do not know what that would have meant in 2012.”
Camp then said, “Well, I’m pretty sure that means hidden from the public.” The chairman went on to comment that if Treasury and IRS officials had fabricated a rationale for a rule change on tax-exemption status, it would raise questions about “the integrity of the rule-making process.”
- Anonymous7 years agoFavorite Answer
Yes it is. The saddest thing about this whole thing is not the Obama uses the government to "persuade" those that don't agree with him from exercising their Constitutional rights. Numerous presidents have succumbed to that temptation in one form or another. Although, it is true that Obama has taken it to never before seen levels. The sad thing is so many people tolerate it (by denying its true) or support it and applaud it. Before in this country, we may have disagreed with one another, but we tolerated those disagreements and allowed for them to exist. Now we have entered a paradigm where being concerned that elections are meaningful, for instance, and participated in only by eligible voters, is grounds for government harassment and intimidation. And so many people give Obama a pass on it. They aren't smart enough to realize that an out of control government can target them next, true, but in the past even the dimmer ones among us had some sense of tolerance and would oppose the government fining, jailing etc. people that disagreed with it politically. Even if they were in agreement with the government on the particular political issue, they would not put up with the governemnt denying their others the right to voice disagreement on this issue. Now they do tolerate it or even cheer it. It is sad how divided and intolerant our country has become.
- justaLv 77 years ago
"Well I'm pretty sure that means hidden from the public."
I can't find that term used that way anywhere. So its maybe not what Camp means either.
It was an interesting ruling, those TP groups were filing for tax exempt status as non political entities.
And yes there were plenty of questions at the time about if they qualified since to be Tea Party would mean its political.
In fact, both Tea Party and Democrat organization were examined, none were denied their status.
Its a tempest in a TEA cup.
And even then, Obama had nothing to do with it. And several committees have so found.
- 7 years ago
A great many political groups that were already approved should also be questioned for 501 4c status just like some Tea Party groups have that had already been approved. Also 100% of those Tea Party groups that were already approved were audited. This is political suppression.
Now the FCC is going to be visiting the offices of editors in not only radio and TV, but also newspapers to decide if their content is appropriate. The FCC has absolutely no authority over news print and never did. We dropped to 46th in the world in regards to freedom of the press. Obama must have made another executive order. This is as chilling as the 501 4c case.
Constitutional experts (all left leaning by their own admission) testified under oath in a Senate hearing that Obama has crossed the constitutional line and is literally changing our form of government.
- ndmagicmanLv 77 years ago
Oh No the IRS doing it's job!
Oh the outrage.
The IRS was monitoring PACs (conservative and liberal alike) applying for tax exempt status.
That is what they are suppose to do.
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- Dcl102aLv 47 years ago
Why are Canadians always whining about Obama? I don't get you people. Is Canada so pathetic?
- PixieLv 77 years ago
Unless your on the ignorant side of life.
- Anonymous7 years ago
Your "team" LOST.
Get over yourselves, because if this is an example of "the best you've got", you are going to KEEP losing!
- Anonymous7 years ago
We all know that but the media is filled with propagandists.
- bilLv 77 years ago
Yet Obama has had 3 "tax free POLITICAL" nonprofits approved, at the same time he has blocked OPPOSING "tax free political" opponentsSource(s): WIKI the last to be "approved": Founded after President Obama's re-election, the group seeks to mobilize supporters in favor of Obama's legislative priorities. OFA is registered as a 501(c)(4) organization
- Max HooplaLv 77 years ago
No, it isn't.