From the Washington Times, IRS email reveals Lerner’s role in tax rule to restrain nonprofits:
House Republicans for the first time Wednesday linked new IRS rules designed to clamp down on nonprofits with embattled former IRS employee Lois G. Lerner, saying her involvement taints the entire process and should force the tax agency to cancel its crackdown.
Republicans argue that the rules, proposed in November, are designed to silence interest groups’ free speech — which they say was the same reason the IRS asked intrusive questions and delayed tea party groups’ applications for tax-exempt status over the past few years.
Ms. Lerner, a former head of the division that reviewed those applications, was included on an email in 2012 in which staffers hinted at a secret effort to write the crackdown rules.
The email was released Wednesday by the House Ways and Means Committee, which said it shows Ms. Lerner’s involvement and proves that the rules were in the works for years, not a response to the scandal revealed in June. Republicans said that taints the whole process.
This woman has a history demonstrating that she believes it’s appropriate to use the massive, coercive power of the federal government against people who disagree with her political agenda. Remember Al Salvi, the 1996 candidate for U.S. Senate. From Illinois Review, in a piece entitled LOIS LERNER TO 1996 U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE AL SALVI: “WE’LL GET YOU!”:
Former GOP U.S. Senate candidate Al Salvi’s (photo right) revelation this week that IRS official Lois Lerner offered to drop the Federal Election Commission’s (FEC) 1996 case against him if he promised to never run for office again was the proverbial tip of the iceberg.
Before Lois Lerner (photo right) took us before the federal judge, her last offer was for me to promise to never run for office again. That was always part of their demands,” Salvi said. “Before that last offer, another FEC representative that reported to Lerner wanted $200,000 and a promise not to run.”
Knowing his $1.1 million campaign loan to himself was legal, Salvi rejected the initial settlement offer from FEC attorney Colleen Sealander. In later conversations, Sealander lowered the amount to $100,000, then $40,000, but always with the additional promise to never run for office again.
The more perceptive among you may have wondered, when you heard that Barack Obama asserted that there was not a “smidge of corruption” in his IRS targeting of conservative groups, despite a mountain of circumstantial evidence, why Ms. Lerner resigned in disgrace. It’s a question that, like so many others about the Regime, that remains unanswered.