Emails show IRS’ Lois Lerner specifically targeted tea party

Newly released emails show that Lois G. Lerner, the woman at the center of the IRS scandal over special scrutiny of conservative groups' applications for tax-exempt status, specifically targeted tea party applications and directed they be held up in 2011 in order to come up with an agency policy.

The email, released by a House committee investigating the IRS, seems to counter Democrats' arguments that tea party groups weren't specifically targeted.

"Tea Party Matter very dangerous," Ms. Lerner said in the 2011 email, saying that those applications could end up being the "vehicle to go to court" to get more clarity on a 2010 Supreme Court ruling on campaign finance rules.

In another email, from 2012, Ms. Lerner acknowledges that the agency's handling of the tax-exempt applications had been bungled at the beginning, though she said they had taken steps to correct it.

"It is what it is," she said in the email, released Thursday by the Ways and Means Committee. "Although the original story isn't as pretty as we'd like, once we learned this [sic.] were off track, we have done what we can to change the process, better educate our staff and move the cases. So, we will get dinged, but we took steps before the 'dinging' to make things better and we have written procedures."

That email suggests agency employees knew they had gone overboard in their scrutiny — despite top IRS officials telling Congress that there wasn't any special scrutiny of conservative groups.

In another 2012 email, Ms. Lerner seemed to take sides in a battle between the Federal Election Commission and conservative group tax-exempt groups that were engaging in politics, saying that "perhaps the FEC will save the day."

Ms. Lerner has been removed from her post at the helm of the tax-exempt organizations division, but has not been fired from the IRS.

She asserted her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in refusing to testify to the House oversight committee earlier this year, though committee members argue that she may actually have waived that right and should be recalled and forced to answer questions.
In releasing the latest emails, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp said they show a dangerous patter.

"There is increasing and overwhelming evidence that Lois Lerner and high-level IRS employees in Washington were abusing their power to prevent conservative groups from organizing and carrying out their missions," he said. "There are still mountains of documents to go through, but it is clear the IRS is out of control and there will be consequences."

But Sander Levin, the ranking Democrat on the committee, said there is still no evidence that the IRS was driven by a political motive to stifle conservative views.

"Lois Lerner was incompetent in her management of the IRS tax-exempt division and unprofessional in her conduct — reasons why I immediately called for her to be relieved of her duties," Mr. Levin said.

He said, though, that the GOP is overselling what it's found during its investigation.

"Selective leaking by Republicans does not change the fact that tens of thousands of documents and dozens of interviews with IRS employees have revealed absolutely no evidence of political motivation, no evidence of outside influence and no evidence of White House involvement," Mr. Levin said.

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Dixieman
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Dixieman 09/12/13 - 09:18 pm
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Wow

If you're not really upset about this, no matter where you are in the political spectrum, you should be very, very angry!

nocnoc
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nocnoc 09/13/13 - 04:55 am
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They say Heir Obama knew nothing about this.

They say that a lot.
If its true we have a Sub-Group running the Government and he is a figure head. Or we have a really scary situation developing regarding democracy in the USA.

No matter which side of the isle you sit, the point is civil rights have been violated, the US Constitution has been violated, there has been a super abuse of power, we have a massive situation that points to the Administration using US agencies for Political and criminal abuse like a Banana Republic.

Where is the 2 party system?
One Political party is supposed to keep the other honest.
But unless the Republicans grow a Backbone nothing will happen.

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 09/13/13 - 05:20 am
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the IRS SHOULD be
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the IRS SHOULD be investigating the teapublicans. They shouldn't be attempting to get tax exempt status since they're trying to be a society of domestic terrorists.

RunningMan
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RunningMan 09/13/13 - 05:30 am
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Moving On

So many things going on and we coming back to this. Reminds me of the birth certificate issue all over again. There are those who are not be satisfied until they have a scandal to talk about. Remember, there are folks still talking about the under-the-table stuff the previous administration did.

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 09/13/13 - 05:54 am
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Previous Administration

I don't think the previous administration was caught in so many lies, nor lowered the world opinion of the USA as much as this one has! Scandals? These "Scandals" would put you and me in prison. Why has this not been done with these people? This isn't a birth certificate, People have died due to incompetence and an outright failure to do the jobs they were elected or appointed to do!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/13/13 - 06:08 am
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Nurse Ratchet

That woman is Nurse Ratchet. She will give you a frontal lobotomy if she thinks you are sending money to any political candidate she doesn't favor.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 09/13/13 - 06:30 am
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Running man...I bet they
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Running man...I bet they would love for everyone to just forget about this. Perhaps that is why some of these other things are happening....to distract the American People from the crimes they have committed.....it seems to have worked on you, but not the rest of us.

myfather15
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myfather15 09/13/13 - 06:51 am
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WOW!!!

"So many things going on and we coming back to this. Reminds me of the birth certificate issue all over again. There are those who are not be satisfied until they have a scandal to talk about."

Attitudes like this IS the reason they get away with such atrocities!! No accountability because PEOPLE won't hold them accountable!! No matter what they do; no matter what evidence is provided (these emails) they will always defend them, because they have the same ideology and goals!!

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 09/13/13 - 06:58 am
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All this email shows is

All this email shows is Lerner trying to cover her backside. The IRS was doing its job. The flack it should be getting is in giving overtly political organizations tax exempt status as "welfare organizations" when they are nothing but political organizations. Who released the email? Dave Camp (Michigan), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. Add in these names: Ted Cruz (Texas), Mike Lee (Utah) and Rand Paul (Ky.) along with Reps. Michele Bachmann (Minn.), Tim Huelskamp (Kan.) and Jim Jordan (Ohio) and you have the list of featured speakers at Glenn Beck and the Tea Party's rally. Rest assured it's an honest, fair. and impartial hearing when the chairman speaks at one side's rally. They're political hit groups. I get their emails. They beg money and it's all for political purposes. They have the right to whatever they want. They just don't qualify for tax free organizations under the types they're trying to file. THEY DON'T WANT TO DISCLOSE THEIR DONORS AND HOW MUCH EACH GAVE!!!!!!!! That's why they're upset. Don't qualify, no skin off their noses, BUT- then they have to release who donated and how much they donated. That's where the "grass roots" political organizations cloak is lifted and everyone finds out how much big money is coming from big donors and just what stakes they might have in the game. They know both sides were targeted, there was just a pile of groups all at once, all with "Tea Party" in the name. That's what raised flags and brought on the scrutiny. It's not like people haven't tried to scam the IRS before. Of course when the Tea Party Patriots Rally, that pretty much flopped, 2 days ago was sponsored by Citizens United, Heritage Action for America (the Heritage Foundation), Let Freedom Ring, Inc. (neocon advocacy group), American Center for Law and Justice (Pat Robertson's right wing legal center, ForAmerica.org (just one of Brent Bozell's many political organizations-Media Research Center, CNS News, Conservative Victory Committee, etc.), FreedomWorks (the right wing political machine founded by Dick Armey and the Koch brothers). That's just a partial list. All of these right wing POLITICAL organizations fund their rally and they have all of the right wing GOP politicians speak (above is just a partial list) and they're not a political organization, but a "social welfare" organization? The law says the majority of your activity can NOT be political. It might just be me, but I say 100% is getting pretty darn near a majority. They're on the verge of getting caught and they're sweating bullets, and pulling out all of the stops trying to use their henchmen in Congress to pull their rear ends out of the fire. Introduce all of their info as evidence and let it be public record and we'll see if they qualified or if there was indeed a reason they were asked for follow up info. If they were truly social welfare organizations and weren't spending the majority of their activities on political activity, hang the IRS employees out to dry and start criminal prosecution. If not, start the prosecution on the Tea Parties for attempted fraud.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 09/13/13 - 07:17 am
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And you read all the emails,
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And you read all the emails, Bod? Where are you getting your information? I suspect that you are making it up like you usually do. You NEVER back up your accusations when you are asked, after all.....you just tell others to back up your accusations, ie do your work for you.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 09/13/13 - 07:31 am
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The Times stated that both

The Times stated that both parties were scrutinized (although provided no evidence) but then also allowed a direct quote from the Inspector General George who said “Mr. George’s staff said he reviewed all the applications that the I.R.S. identified as potentially involving political groups, not just those from Tea Party groups. But the inspector concluded that only conservative groups got the extra scrutiny. The media always trying to shine a nice light on Obama-reminds me of the debates where the mediator mislead that Obama had blamed Benghazi on terrorist-although he only made on vague reference and then proceeded for days to talk about the movie-even at the UN.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 09/13/13 - 07:35 am
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Bod let's just hope they

Bod let's just hope they criminally prosecute MoveOn and other progressive political groups who have illegally attained tax-exempt status too. Bring em all down for manipulating elections like they got away with last election. Perhaps we need a recall vote because progressive groups illegally manipulated the election. I agree totally.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 09/13/13 - 07:50 am
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Lerner did plead the 5th to

Lerner did plead the 5th to prevent from testifying and incriminating herself from what she perceived as criminal activity-otherwise why plead.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 09/13/13 - 08:05 am
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I see the wealth envy cliche
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I see the wealth envy cliche of bringing up the Koch brothers is back again. Funny that Soros isn't mentioned along with them. Can you say hypocrisy?

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 09/13/13 - 09:26 am
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"All this email shows is
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"All this email shows is Lerner trying to cover her backside............"

Really Bod....where did you get to read the full text of the email? Oh that's right.......when you need to back up your accusations, you just make up your own facts....I forgot.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 09/13/13 - 09:47 am
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I find it hard to believe,

I find it hard to believe, and extremely disheartening that there are actually thinking, breathing US citizens that have no problem with this.

That is, unless you support using the powers of the state to harass those that have legitimate concerns and peacefully disagree on how government is being run.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 09/13/13 - 10:01 am
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Young Fred....they are
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Young Fred....they are breathing, but clearly not thinking. A thinking person, no matter how vindictive would realize that today they may be targeting those you disagree with, but tomorrow it could be you.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 09/13/13 - 10:40 am
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Who said there is no honor

Who said there is no honor among thieves. Even the mafia protects its own in the "family". Because they support Obama's ideology it doesn't really matter what he does-even criminal activity. It trumps everything to blind obedience. Well the Rep tried that with Bush and it didn't serve them too well. Personally I'm startin' to believe the last two presidents-Bush and Obama-are actually the characters on "Dumb and Dumber". I'll assume both made good faith efforts to do something they thought was a good decision-but both screwed up royally. Congress complicit in their screw ups. Health care reform, immigration, Middle East terrorism all worthy issues that neither were able to move the football very far.

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allhans 09/13/13 - 11:20 am
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Humble Angela "... no matter

Humble Angela "... no matter how vindictive would realize that today they may be targeting those you disagree with, but tomorrow it could be you."

Well said.

harley_52
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harley_52 09/13/13 - 12:08 pm
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"I'll assume both made good faith efforts....

....to do something they thought was a good decision-but both screwed up royally."

I won't.

I have no doubt that GWB is a good man who loves his Country and did his best to protect it and to make it better. I cannot say the same thing about our current President.

I assume Obama's entire focus is to bring the "fundamental change" to America he promised before we elected him. In every aspect of his Presidency, he has (I believe) done his best to subvert the Government and the Economy he inherited from President Bush.

We're weaker, poorer, and more broken as a society right now than we have ever been in the many years I've been alive. I give all the credit for that to one man....

Barack Obama.

harley_52
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harley_52 09/13/13 - 11:57 am
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What Should The President Do...

...if he KNOWS government employees (both political and career) are breaking the law and subverting the U.S. Constitution in the performance of their jobs?

Should he be silent? Should he do everything he can do to thwart investigations and cover it up? Should he allow (or assist) his political appointees to provide the atmosphere and the means to deprive American citizens of their Constitutional rights and use the force of the U.S. Government to punish them for their political views?

If you support the President, you support that kind of behavior.

myfather15
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myfather15 09/13/13 - 02:27 pm
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What should the President do?

I'm not really sure to be honest; since HE ALSO is violationg the Constitution!! He is a major violator of this, so I supposed him holding someone accountable is asking a lot!!

myfather15
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myfather15 09/13/13 - 02:36 pm
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Bod

I agree!! So let's also make George Soros, Warren Buffet, Oprah Winfrey and all the leftists donators release their information as well!! FULL DISCLOSURE!!! Mediamatters, Tides foundation, Open Society, Appollo alliance and MANY more. Those are just off the top of my head, not from some website!!

Most of these organizations are founded by George Soros who has OPENLY ADMITTED that "Political warfare" is the intent!!! Yet many of his organizations are tax exempt "Charity" organizations!! Sounds like the MAFIA to me. Start a business that SOUNDS legitimate (Charity or non-profit organization) and funnell your money through that organization to avoid paying "Your fair share". But that only applies to conservative groups right???

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