Sarah Palin’s brother said that his father, Chuck Heath, Sr., has been “horribly harassed” by the IRS six times since Palin became the GOP vice presidential nominee in 2008.
Chuck Heath, Jr. wrote on Facebook that his father had never heard from the IRS before 2008. Since then, he said, the IRS has tried to “dig up something on him but he’s always operated above board.”
“Coincidence? You decide,” he wrote.
My father, who worked multiple jobs and faithfully and honestly paid his taxes for fifty years, had never heard a word from the IRS. In 2008, his daughter was tapped to run for vice president of the United States. Since that time, he has been, in his words “horribly harassed” six times by the agency. They’ve tried to dig up something on him but he’s always operated above board.
Government and politics are ugly. Kudos to the few that are trying to clean it up.
Four years ago, the IRS started to target organizations seeking tax-exempt status that also had “Tea Party” or “Patriot” in their names, while approving applications for progressive organizations with names like “Progressive USA” and “Progressive Leadership Alliance.” The FBI and Justice Department have indicated that they most likely will not seek criminal charges against anyone involved in the scandal, even though Attorney General Eric Holder has said that those involved in the targeting scandal engaged in actions that were “certainly outrageous and unacceptable… if not criminal.” The IRS reportedly also targeted conservative donors.
The Obama administration chose an Obama campaign donor to head the targeting investigation.