Lois Lerner Asked Supervisor To Not Come To Office During Tea Party Scandal

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A set of newly released emails detail former IRS official Lois Lerner asking a supervisor not to visit her Cincinnati office while conservative organizations accused Lerner and her office of denying conservative organizations 501(c)(4) tax exempt status.

These emails were obtained by conservative advocacy group Judicial Watch through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit they filed in 2013.

The following email exchange took place on April 4, 2012 between Lerner and then Tax Exempt and Government Entities (TE/GE) Division Deputy Director Joseph H. Grant. Lerner pleads with Grant – her superior – to postpone his visit.

LERNER: We just got a very extensive information request from Imraan -sure looks like op review material. I’m especially concerned that information about pipeline is being asked about.

Add to that the fact that Cincinnati is smack dab in the middle of the c4 Congressional inquiries and is about to get a request from TIGTA on all of that, this is NOT a good time to be asking them for anything or to be talking to them about issue in their work. Everyone is stressed to the max and at their wits end, so can we put this off please?

GRANT: It is a visit, not an OP review … I am also interested in the questions [Imraan Khakoo, TE/GE official] sent to them. Some answers should be readily at hand. Others certainly won’t be.

The questions just serve as a framework for a broader conversation about how things are going and what is on our respective minds.

LERNER: I get that – but timing would be bad if we have to go to Cincy now. So, I will assume we can go over this here as I get the information I’ve already asked for? Thanks.

GRANT: I think we are in agreement, but just to be sure. I am planning to go to CIncy at the end of the month. I am travelling with Nan Marks and Imraan.

LERNER: Fine with me – just trying to keep the stress level manageable in Cincinnati – they are pretty freaked. Please don’t ask them about closures, pipelines, wait time for full development cases, or the c4 application letters. I know Imraan is really interested in that stuff in general – I promise to give him info – that just wouldn’t be the best place to ask.

GRANT: Noted.

A separate report released last month by former House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., showed Hilary Goehausen – a tax-law specialist working under Lerner – called a specific Tea Party group applying for (c)(4) status “icky.”

I think there may be a number of ways to deny them. Let me talk to Sharon [Light] tomorrow about it and get some ideas from her as well… This sounds like a bad org. :/ … This org gives me an icky feeling.

h/t: The Daily Caller

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Top Liberal Meltdowns Of 2014

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Whether made by politicians, cable news commentators, or civil rights activists, there was no shortage of controversial remarks and full-blown rants captured on video this year. Western Journalism compiled some of the more memorable moments of leftist punditry from 2014.

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All I Want For Christmas Is A (Real) Government Shutdown

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The political class breathed a sigh of relief Saturday when the US Senate averted a government shutdown by passing the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill. This year’s omnibus resembles omnibuses of Christmas past in that it was drafted in secret, was full of special interest deals and disguised spending increases, and was voted on before most members could read it.

The debate over the omnibus may have made for entertaining political theater, but the outcome was never in doubt. Most House and Senate members are so terrified of another government shutdown that they would rather vote for a 1,774-page bill they have not read than risk even a one or two-day government shutdown.

Those who voted for the omnibus to avoid a shutdown fail to grasp that the consequences of blindly expanding government are far worse than the consequences of a temporary government shutdown. A short or even long-term government shutdown is a small price to pay to avoid an economic calamity caused by Congress’ failure to reduce spending and debt.

The political class’ shutdown phobia is particularly puzzling because a shutdown only closes 20 percent of the federal government. As the American people learned during the government shutdown of 2013, the country can survive with 20 percent less government.

Instead of panicking over a limited shutdown, a true pro-liberty Congress would be eagerly drawing up plans to permanently close most of the federal government, staring with the Federal Reserve. The Federal Reserve’s inflationary policies not only degrade the average American’s standard of living; they also allow Congress to run up huge deficits. Congress should take the first step toward restoring a sound monetary policy by passing the Audit the Fed bill, so the American people can finally learn the truth about the Fed’s operations.

Second on the chopping block should be the Internal Revenue Service. The federal government is perfectly capable of performing its constitutional functions without imposing a tyrannical income tax system on the American people.

America’s militaristic foreign policy should certainly be high on the shutdown list. The troops should be brought home, all foreign aid should be ended, and America should pursue a policy of peace and free trade with all nations. Ending the foreign policy of hyper-interventionism that causes so many to resent and even hate America will increase our national security.

All programs that spy on or otherwise interfere with the private lives of American citizens should be shutdown. This means no more TSA, NSA, or CIA, as well as an end to all federal programs that promote police militarization. The unconstitutional war on drugs should also end, along with the war on raw milk.

All forms of welfare should be shut down, starting with those welfare programs that benefit the wealthy and the politically well connected. Corporate welfare, including welfare for the military-industrial complex that masquerades as “defense spending,” should be first on the chopping block. Welfare for those with lower incomes could be more slowly phased out to protect those who have become dependent on those programs.

The Department of Education should be permanently padlocked. This would free American schoolchildren from the dumbed-down education imposed by Common Core and No Child Left Behind. Of course, Obamacare, and similar programs, must be shut down so we can finally have free-market health care.

Congress could not have picked a worse Christmas gift for the American people than the 1,774-page omnibus spending bill. Unfortunately, we cannot return this gift. But hopefully someday Congress, will give us the gift of peace, prosperity, and liberty by shutting down the welfare-warfare state.

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Bombshell: New Documents Expose Obama Admin’s Involvement In A Huge Scandal He Denied

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In that now infamous interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly back in February, President Obama brushed aside growing concern about the IRS targeting scandal, going so far as to say there wasn’t even “a smidgen of corruption” to be uncovered.

However, it now appears the corrupt and cozy relationship between the Internal Revenue Service and the Obama White House may have been even more extensive than anyone suspected.

The Inspector General of the Treasury Department has reportedly found that thousands of documents containing confidential taxpayer information may have been shared with the White House by cooperating officials at the IRS.

This reported passing of information that should have been kept secret by the Internal Revenue Service — something conservative groups and lawmakers have long suspected — may well have been not only inappropriate but also possibly illegal.

Numerous organizations and individuals claimed that the Obama administration used the IRS as a political weapon in an attempt to harass and intimidate them.

As the Washington Examiner reports:

In a shocking revelation, the Treasury Inspector General has identified some 2,500 documents that “potentially” show taxpayer information held by the Internal Revenue Service being shared with President Obama’s White House.

The discovery was revealed to the group Cause of Action, which has sued for access to any of the documents. It charges that the IRS and White House have harassed taxpayers.

The post at washingtonexaminer.com goes on to note that the discovery of this vast number of possibly shared documents suggests that the White House was hip deep in probes of conservative and Tea Party groups at the heart of the long-simmering IRS targeting scandal.

The executive director of Cause of Action — the organization that pried loose these 2,500 potentially incriminating documents — said of their pursuit of the possible IRS-White House collusion:

“The court has ruled that the federal government cannot hide behind confidentiality laws to prevent Americans from knowing if our President has gained unauthorized access to their tax information.

This is a decisive win for all Americans and for government transparency and accountability.”

This disclosure follows the recovery of 30,000 “lost” emails from former IRS executive Lois Lerner, the central figure in the scandal who has refused to testify before Congress.

 

H/T: washingtonexaminer.com

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Media Elitists On Trial And On Ballot!

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A SuperPac called Conservative War Chest is running TV ads that expose the liberal media’s role in deciding elections. One ad running in North Carolina is a blistering two minute referendum on the “corruption of American journalism” by the ‘Media Elitists Destroying Independent-thinking America’, or just MEDIA for short.

Conservative War Chest spokesman Mike Flynn said, “Conservatives can never gain final victory until they confront the root problem of news organizations who are the real opposition party in America,” who added, “This content-heavy spot puts before the public case studies that establish these organizations as partisan, not journalistic organizations that are dedicated to activism, not fearless pursuit of the truth.”

Mike reminds Americans that at one point in our history, the news media valiantly stood up to corrupting forces in America. But today, the MEDIA is the corrupting force in America. Instead of exposing evil, they join in lockstep groveling at the feet of big government bureaucrats to gain regulatory approval and favorable treatment for their businesses.

The new ads show specific, concrete examples of news executives and partisan reporters trying to hide the truth from the American people. Flynn contends that since the MEDIA play such a large role trying to influence our elections,  they should be on the ballot.

The ad singles out the New York Times’ cover-up of the IRS scandal. It also reminds Americans of Sharyl Attkisson’s coverage of the Benghazi scandal for CBS, as well as the ABC smears of the Tea Party including George Stephanopoulus and Candy Crowley acting as Democrat surrogates in Presidential debates. And finally, it exposes Comcast, NBC, and MSNBC as a partisan left-wing attack machine with MSNBC news executive Phil Griffin being the ring leader in a suit.

The question is: Will Americans vote in lock-step with liberal choices served up by the MEDIA? or will they break from the pack and think for themselves and vote for conservative candidates who will help restore a once-great America? Tuesday will tell.

Here’s the ad:

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