IRS Scandal

Scandal Over IRS Handling of 501(c)4 Applications

The IRS department in charge of deciding on tax-exempt status requested its specialists to be on the lookout for Tea Party applications. Criteria included “…various local organizations in the Tea Party movement” seeking 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) status between 2010 and 2012.

The results of the investigation by the Inspector General has led to actions by the U.S. Congress.  

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Gallup: Obama Disapproval Hits Eight-Month High

Jun 24, 2013 12:43 PM PT

For the first time in eight months, President Obama's disapproval rating in the daily Gallup tracking poll has hit 49%. The last time this occurred was late October of 2012, just weeks prior to Obama winning his re-election bid. As of Monday, President Obama is upside down in approval with 45% approval, 49% disapproval.

Gallup's polling is almost perfectly in line with the Real Clear Politics' poll of polls, which has Obama at 46% approval, 48.9% disapproval.

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Report: Top IRS Aide Visited White House 300 Times

Jun 22, 2013 6:14 PM PT

A new report indicates that former Internal Revenue Service chief Douglas Shulman's top aide visited the President's residence perhaps as often as 300 times.

In May, after news broke that the IRS had intimidated conservative and Tea Party groups trying to obtain an official tax status, reporters began to look into the activities of IRS chief Shulman. It wasn't long before news emerged that Shulman appears on the White House visitor logs over 150 times.

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Politico: Tea Party Protest Jeopardized 'Bipartisan Approach' of IRS Investigation

Jun 21, 2013 7:01 AM PT

Politico's coverage of the Tea Party protesters in Washington, DC Wednesday was not so much about the rally itself but how it affected the "bipartisan approach" to the House investigation into the IRS's targeting of conservative groups.

Author Kesley Snell worries that Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI), one of those invited by radio host Glenn Beck to address the protest, would "upend the bipartisan approach" to the IRS probe.

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Abortion vs. IRS: Parties Race to Ignite the 2014 Base

Jun 20, 2013 5:56 AM PT

On Wednesday, as Tea Party activists rallied against the IRS and the Senate immigration bill on Capitol Hill, President Barack Obama's campaign-turned-lobbying arm, Organizing for Action (OfA), emailed a warning about "threats on women's health" in Congress. It urged its members to sign a petition against a "terrifying" decision the GOP "to stand between a woman and her doctor when it comes to her health care decisions."

Meanwhile, for the past several weeks, Republicans have sent fundraising pitches to their donors expressing indignation over the IRS scandal, in which the agency targeted conservative groups on the basis of their names and views for additional, and excessive, scrutiny. They are seeking to capitalize on grass-roots outrage--outrage that is often equally directed at Republican leadership--as they ramp up campaign efforts for 2014.

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Cruz Jokes: Abolish IRS, Send Agents to Southern Border

Jun 19, 2013 12:08 PM PT

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said the IRS should be abolished and joked IRS agents should be sent to the Southern border to deter illegal immigrants from crossing the border. 

Speaking at the "Audit the IRS" rally on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., Cruz joked that if the first thing illegal immigrants saw after crossing the border was an army of IRS agents, they would turn back and go home.

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NPR: Liberal Groups Now Say They Were 'Targeted' by IRS, Too

Jun 19, 2013 6:38 AM PT

Tamara Keith of National Public Radio filed a story Tuesday on efforts by liberal non-profit groups to claim that they, too, were "targeted" by the IRS, just as conservative groups were. None of them, however, can claim that they were singled out because of their names or views--and many received approval before the 2012 election.

Keith notes that several "progressive" groups received extensive inquiries from the IRS when they applied for 501(c)3 or 501(c)4 status, including intrusive questions about their donors. Some complain that approval took nearly two years. Keith draws parallels between their experience and that of conservative groups.

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TN IRS Victim: DC GOP Plays 'Tee Ball' While Dems Play 'Hardball'

Jun 19, 2013 5:32 AM PT

The president of the Chattanooga Tea Party, who was targeted by the IRS, said establishment Republicans in Washington, D.C. are playing "Tee Ball" while Democrats are playing "hardball." 

Speaking on "The David Webb Show" on Sirius XM Patriot channel 125 on Tuesday, West said when people like him complained to Members of Congress about being targeted by the IRS, 12 Republican senators ultimately wrote the IRS letters, but did not do anything when they did not get responses from the agency. 

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Ohio IRS Victim: 'No Way' Agents Went Rogue

Jun 19, 2013 5:29 AM PT

A day before the mass "Audit the IRS" rally in Washington, D.C., George Brunemann said the IRS specifically audited him in 2012 because he was associated with the Cincinnati Tea Party, and it was clear supervisors were ordering IRS agents to target Tea Partiers. 

Speaking on "The David Webb Show" on Sirius XM Patriot channel 125 on Tuesday, Brunemann, who will speak at the rally on Wednesday, said an IRS agent told his wife over the phone in January of 2012, "you are being audited because of your association with the Cincinnati Tea Party." 

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Testimony: IRS Heads Behind Decision to Plant Question About Targeting

Jun 18, 2013 2:28 PM PT

Testimony from IRS officials revealed that the IRS's upper management actually decided in advance to plant the question about the targeting of conservatives at a May American Bar Association conference.

Holly Paz, who was a Washington supervisor in the tax-exempt unit, told House investigators last month that Lois Lerner told her before her appearance at the May 10 conference that she intended to address the targeting. Lerner was the director of the division who answered the planted question and revealed the agency targeted groups that had "Tea Party" or "Patriots" in their names

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CNN: Almost Half Believe White House Ordered IRS to Target Tea Party

Jun 18, 2013 6:37 AM PT

Monday, CNN released a poll showing that a full 50% of Americans no longer trust President Obama. Tuesday, CNN released another poll that helps to explain why. Last month only 37% believed the White House ordered the IRS to target conservative groups. Today, however, almost half the country -- 47% believe the same. Only 49% disagree.

Obama has lost Independents on this issue in a major way. Last month 36% believed the White House was behind the IRS harassment of Obama's political opponents. Today, that number has jumped 14 points to 50%.

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