From USA Today:
Newly uncovered IRS documents show the agency flagged political groups based on the content of their literature, raising concerns specifically about “anti-Obama rhetoric,” inflammatory language and “emotional” statements made by non-profits seeking tax-exempt status.
The internal 2011 documents, obtained by USA TODAY, list 162 groups by name, with comments by Internal Revenue Service lawyers in Washington raising issues about their political, lobbying and advocacy activities. In 21 cases, those activities were characterized as “propaganda.” …
The IRS categorized the groups as engaging in several advocacy-related activities that could have barred them from tax-exempt status, such as lobbying and “propaganda.”
But the word “propaganda” doesn’t appear in section 501(c)(4), which governs the social welfare status that most Tea Party groups were applying for, said John Colombo, a law professor at the University of Illinois. Instead, it appears in section 501(c)(3), which governs public charities.
“There would be no reason I would think to flag them if it’s for a 501(c)(4) status,” Colombo said. “That’s very odd to me.” …
Five groups were flagged as having “anti-Obama” materials in their applications or on their websites.
“Anti-Obama rhetoric?” Serfs, don’t you know you aren’t supposed to criticize the Dear Reader?
Meanwhile, 30 years ago they would have said that we need to put Lois Lerner’s photo on a milk carton. Today we might say we need an Amber Alert. Whatever. You get the point. She’s laying low, enjoying that paid vacation that she had all summer, and which is now stretching into a nice autumn break on our dime. This woman needs to be dragged before Rep. Darryl Issa’s committee tout suite and put under oath. We know what she’s all about.
The essential Illinois Review reminded us last June about her despicable threats to Al Salvi during his 1996 U.S. Senate campaign in Illinois. First she tried to extort hundreds of thousands from him, along with a promise not to run. When he refused, and went on to beat her in court, she couldn’t contain her rage:
And Salvi said when he thinks of that, he recalls the shock on Lerner’s face when the judge dismissed his case. “We never lose!” Lerner said, and then, he said she distinctly threatened, “We’ll get you!”
Salvi said he told his wife right away to get ready for an IRS audit – that it would be coming. He instructed his firm’s accountants to err on the conservative side when filing tax returns, just in case.
But after the May 2000 dismissal, there was no contact from the FEC or from the IRS. However, there was from the FBI. In the fall of 2000, FBI agents knocked on the door of the Salvis’ home and said they wanted to ask him about his mother’s $2000 donation to his 1996 U.S. Senate campaign.
“That visit from the FBI was significant,” Salvi said. “That meant a criminal investigation, not a civil disagreement with the elections commission. And, if a person lies to the FBI, they can go to jail.”
Salvi said he reviewed the situation with the agents, and told them they were being used for political purposes. The two agents visited with his elderly mother and soon after, notified Salvi they were terminating the investigation.
Pathetic! I want this “public servant” terminated, investigated and, if appropriate, prosecuted. What say you? Comment here with the hashtags #theteriobrienshow and #IRSScandal