Michael Patrick Leahy

Michael Patrick Leahy

Michael Patrick Leahy is a Breitbart News contributor, Editor of Broadside Books’ Voices of the Tea Party e-book series, and author of Covenant of Liberty: The Ideological Origins of the Tea Party Movement.

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ACLJ: Lerner Signed Invasive IRS Letters Sent to Tea Party Groups

On Thursday, Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), claimed that Lois Lerner, the director of the IRS's tax exempt unit, personally signed invasive letters sent to 15 Tea Party groups represented by the ACLJ. May 24, 2013 11:03 AM PT

IRS to Take Sequester 'Furlough Day'

Blaming the sequester, the IRS is "furloughing" employees for a day on Friday. In an internal email sent out on Monday, the IRS's Deputy Commissioner for Operations Support, Beth Tucker, told all IRS employees that "the IRS as an organization and all of us as employees are going through some difficult days." May 23, 2013 6:22 PM PT

E.W. Jackson Served in the Marines from 1970 to 1973

Breitbart News has confirmed the biographical claim of E. W. Jackson, who won the Republican Party's nomination for Lieutenant Governor on Saturday and is only the second African-American to be nominated for a statewide office by the Republican Party in Virginia since Reconstruction, that he served in the Marine Corps. May 23, 2013 6:32 AM PT

Virginia GOP Ticket Begins 3-Day Statewide Fly-Around

On Sunday, a day after the dramatic Republican Party of Virginia convention in Richmond that picked Ken Cuccinelli as the party's standard bearer for the Governor's office, and tapped E.W. Jackson for Lieutenant Governor and Mark Obenshain for Attorney General, the trio wasted no time hitting the campaign trail. Their three-day, statewide fly-around began in Virginia Beach on Sunday afternoon and will include campaign events a total of ten cities before it ends in Fredericksburg on Tuesday night. May 19, 2013 4:07 PM PT

E.W. Jackson Wins GOP Nomination for Lieutenant Governor in Virginia

E.W. Jackson won the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia on the fourth ballot in a dramatic primary convention held in Richmond on Saturday. Jackson is only the second African-American candidate to receive the Republican Party's nomination for a statewide office since Reconstruction. A former Marine, graduate of Harvard Law School, and a minister, Jackson is a spellbinding orator with a loyal following among evangelical Christians and Tea Party grassroots activists. May 19, 2013 9:02 AM PT

Counsel for State GOP Has Conflict of Interest in VA Lt. Gov. Race

The Republican Party of Virginia is holding a primary convention on Saturday that it has assured the public will be fair to all the candidates vying for the party’s nomination for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General. But the party’s General Counsel, Lee E. Goodman, also serves as counsel to a mysterious group, Virginians for Limited Government (VLG), that recently sent out $46,000 in direct mailers in support of one the seven candidates for the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor, Corey Stewart. May 17, 2013 5:28 AM PT

Election Complaints Filed Against Stewart in VA GOP Race

A spokesperson for the Virginia State Board of Elections (SBE) told Breitbart News on Wednesday that it has received two complaints alleging that Corey Stewart, a candidate for the Republican Party's nomination for Lieutenant Governor, violated Virginia election law. May 15, 2013 12:25 PM PT

VA GOP Lt. Gov. Candidate Admits He Funded Mysterious Group Behind Mailers

On Friday night Corey Stewart, one of seven candidates seeking the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor in Virginia, admitted to a crowd of 50 Tea Party activists that he was not only "connected to" the mysterious Virginians for Limited Government (VLG) group that has paid for attack mailers on five of his opponents; he's also provided funding for the group. May 14, 2013 8:15 AM PT

Another Pro-Stewart Mailer From Mysterious Group in VA GOP Race for Lt. Gov.

Breitbart News has learned that the mysterious Virginians for Limited Government (VLG) group has sent out another direct mailer. On Thursday, a direct mail piece paid for by VLG arrived in the mailbox of at least one Virginian, who forwarded a copy of it to Breitbart News. The mailer clearly supports one candidate for the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor, Corey Stewart, and opposes two others, E.W. Jackson, and Pete Snyder. May 14, 2013 5:14 AM PT

More Run-of-the-Mill Dirty Tricks in Virginia GOP Race for Lt. Gov.

Breitbart News has learned that a mysterious group called Virginians for Limited Government (VLG) recently sent out $11,851 of direct mail pieces favoring the candidacy of Corey Stewart and opposing the candidacies of Scott Lingamfelter, Steve Martin, and Jeanmarie Davis in the race for the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor in an apparent violation of Virginia election law. May 12, 2013 10:29 AM PT

House Ways and Means Committee to Hold Hearings on IRS Targeting of Tea Party Groups

On Friday, Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, announced that his committee would hold hearings on the IRS practice of targeting conservative groups who have applied for tax-exempt status. Earlier on Friday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) said that the House would hold hearings to investigate the matter, but did not specify in which committees those hearings would be held. May 12, 2013 9:24 AM PT

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