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Outspoken Obama Classmate: The President Used the IRS to Punish Me Through 18-Month ‘Witch Hunt’

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Outspoken Obama Classmate: The President Used the IRS to Punish Me Through 18-Month ‘Witch Hunt’

Wayne Allyn Root Claims Obama Used the IRS to Punish Him

Wayne Allyn Root (Photo Credit: FILE)

Wayne Allyn Root, the 2008 Libertarian Party’s vice-presidential nominee, is an outspoken political commentator. The politico, who recently announced that he’s rejoining the Republican Party and supporting Mitt Romney for president, also has a new purported role: An active member of President Barack Obama’s enemies list. Root is now alleging that the president is targeting him and using the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to do it.

The problems started in January 2011, when Root, who claims to have a perfect tax record, was put through a surprise audit. At the time, he claims to have received a call from an IRS agent who said that he is a fan of Root and that it would be “an honor” to audit him — sentiments that struck the commentator as odd. The agent also told Root that he has read his political columns, listened to him on radio and visited his web site, and that he agrees with his politics.

“I found that very strange, actually chilling. It did not feel right. I got a sick feeling in pit of my stomach,” Root told WND in a recent interview. “Why would an IRS agent say such personal things? Why would he disclose that he’s a fan of mine and agrees with my politics? Isn’t that a conflict of interest?”

Three months ago, the ordeal came to a close, with a tax court finding that Root owed no monies in his past filings. But just when he assumed that the situation had been resolved, something bizarre happened: Root, who was previously seeing his 2007 and 2008 filings under audit, was hit with a new IRS investigation just five days after the last one. In the new audit, the IRS began exploring his 2009 and 2010 filings. The closeness of the two audits is something that Root’s lawyer claims to have never seen or heard of before.


Root, of course, sees this as nothing short of a plotted attempt to silence him. After all, he has been an anti-Obama crusader for years. In August, you may recall his now infamous allegations about the president’s student records — claims that were widely viewed across the media world and blogosphere. In his commentary, he called on Obama to release his college records and contended that the president was hiding something that his Columbia documentation would expose.

Wayne Allyn Root Claims Obama Used the IRS to Punish Him

Wayne Allyn Root (Photo Credit: FILE)

As for the audit, Root is certain it was politically-motivated, seeing as he has made thousands of media appearances during which he has decried the president and his policies.

“That order had to come from the highest levels of government,” Root proclaimed. ”Obama is using the power of the IRS and other government agencies to punish his political opposition and intimidate and silence his critics.”

And Root isn’t taking the alleged political persecution sitting down. He’s calling for Congress to investigate to ensure that the Obama administration is operating within its bounds. Citing his wife and four children, he lamented what he sees as a top-down, government-led “witch hunt.”

“It is time to demand an end to government witch hunts ordered by powerful politicians,” he said of the situation. “It is time to shine the light of day on government attempts to intimidate and silence political opponents. This just isn’t right, but especially to a small businessman who happens to have a media megaphone.”

As for his tax history, Root claimed that, in thirty years of filings, he had never had a problem. Prior to the 2011 audit, he was selected at random two other times and was found to owe “not a single dollar.”

“I’ve never been late with a tax bill in my life,” he told WND. “I’ve never owed money on a payment plan to the IRS. Nothing. I’m a model citizen and taxpayer for 30 years. And now this?”

What was even more odd about the entire ordeal was the way in which Root was informed about the audit. Rather than receiving a letter — the means through which his accountant claims audits are typically commenced — Root received the aforementioned cryptic phone call. The politician claims that his fears were recognized, as the “agent clearly had an agenda” and “was acting unreasonably.”

Root said every conversation with the agent was increasingly disconcerting and problematic. From his mortgage deduction to legal deductions, the agent challenged portion after portion of his tax record during the 18-month ordeal. Then, Root claims his accountant was flagged for his own IRS investigation.

After getting a tax attorney to review his case, Root said that he was found to owe no taxes and that the tactics being used by the IRS were “unusually aggressive.” The attorney appealed Root’s case to IRS tax court in California and Root inevitably won. However, the commentator claims that the experience may have cut years off of his life and that it led to sleepless nights, bills he couldn’t afford and damage to his marriage.

But the case didn’t close there. As noted, five days later, Root received notice that he was being audited again — this time for his 2009 and 2010 returns. Again, he claims to have received the same poor treatment and bizarre inquiries from a separate agent just days after winning his case against the IRS.

In the end, Root said he isn’t angry with the IRS, but that his frustration is pointed at the Obama administration.

“The IRS is filled with good people. They are just like you and me. They are just trying to do their jobs, as best they can,” he told WND. “My outrage is towards President Obama and his henchmen.”

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Ednarooni160
by Eds on Oct. 8, 2012 at 1:36 PM
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These are the people (IRS) that will be "collecting" on your OBAMACARE "better" buy insurance or else dues..

gsprofval
by Gold Member on Oct. 8, 2012 at 1:54 PM
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Once again, whiny, crybaby obama usurps his authority for no reason other than Root telling the truth about obama and his crooked ways.

obama's hidden enough about himself to get him life in prison--we could start with how he lied to get his Illinois attorney license, but wait. Now that license is in "retirement" status because he and his wife (inactive attorney license) were apparently under investigation for fraudulant activities.

Romney for President!!!!!

Ednarooni160
by Eds on Oct. 8, 2012 at 1:56 PM
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Quoting gsprofval:

Once again, whiny, crybaby obama usurps his authority for no reason other than Root telling the truth about obama and his crooked ways.

obama's hidden enough about himself to get him life in prison--we could start with how he lied to get his Illinois attorney license, but wait. Now that license is in "retirement" status because he and his wife (inactive attorney license) were apparently under investigation for fraudulant activities.

Romney for President!!!!!

Do you remember how Joe the Plumber was investigated last election..from someone?? working for the gov ??and/or an Obama supporter?

gsprofval
by Gold Member on Oct. 8, 2012 at 2:01 PM
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Quoting Ednarooni160:

 

Quoting gsprofval:

Once again, whiny, crybaby obama usurps his authority for no reason other than Root telling the truth about obama and his crooked ways.

obama's hidden enough about himself to get him life in prison--we could start with how he lied to get his Illinois attorney license, but wait. Now that license is in "retirement" status because he and his wife (inactive attorney license) were apparently under investigation for fraudulant activities.

Romney for President!!!!!

Do you remember how Joe the Plumber was investigated last election..from someone?? working for the gov ??and/or an Obama supporter?

Oh yes; anyone who doesn't bow down to the wonderful (not) obama is the subject of an "investigation".

Let's investigate obama the same way starting with birth certificate, school and college records, scholarship records, attorney license and why he and michelle don't have their licenses any more, the list goes on and on.

shimamab
by on Oct. 8, 2012 at 2:15 PM

BC:

http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/birthers/birthcertificate.asp

http://www.factcheck.org/2008/08/born-in-the-usa/

School Records:

http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/birthers/occidental.asp

http://www.factcheck.org/2012/07/obamas-sealed-records/

Law Licenses:

http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/lawlicenses.asp

http://www.factcheck.org/2012/06/the-obamas-law-licenses/

Quoting gsprofval:


Quoting Ednarooni160:


Quoting gsprofval:

Once again, whiny, crybaby obama usurps his authority for no reason other than Root telling the truth about obama and his crooked ways.

obama's hidden enough about himself to get him life in prison--we could start with how he lied to get his Illinois attorney license, but wait. Now that license is in "retirement" status because he and his wife (inactive attorney license) were apparently under investigation for fraudulant activities.

Romney for President!!!!!

Do you remember how Joe the Plumber was investigated last election..from someone?? working for the gov ??and/or an Obama supporter?

Oh yes; anyone who doesn't bow down to the wonderful (not) obama is the subject of an "investigation".

Let's investigate obama the same way starting with birth certificate, school and college records, scholarship records, attorney license and why he and michelle don't have their licenses any more, the list goes on and on.


shimamab
by on Oct. 8, 2012 at 2:19 PM

So anyone who has ever leveled any criticism of Obama then later gets investigated is automatically assumed to be innocent? Huh, think I'll make a bunch of public statements against the pres so if I ever get audited, I can blame it on that. ((smh)) 

erika9009
by Silver Member on Oct. 8, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Another step towards a dictatorship.

To be fair, you have to wonder if this guy didn't have a stack of red flags to begin with.  If so, he may have just been moved to the top of the list. 

Sometimes being the squeaky wheel gets you the wrong kind of oil  (metaphor)

Meadowchik
by Gold Member on Oct. 9, 2012 at 7:34 AM
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Quoting shimamab:

So anyone who has ever leveled any criticism of Obama then later gets investigated is automatically assumed to be innocent? Huh, think I'll make a bunch of public statements against the pres so if I ever get audited, I can blame it on that. ((smh)) 

The phone call is odd, the nature of the call exceptionally odd and inappropriate.  Then the fact that he was cleared and 5 days later another audit on the following two years.

It appears that, given that information, Root was being targeted.  The agent who called him should be in trouble.  With a little investigating the identity of the agent might be known, as there are typically records of whoever handles cases, makes changes in the files, ect...

Simmeringhearts
by on Oct. 9, 2012 at 7:47 AM

If I remember correctly, they begin checking into him after Obama told him that he was going to share Joe's wealth.

Quoting Ednarooni160:


Quoting gsprofval:

Once again, whiny, crybaby obama usurps his authority for no reason other than Root telling the truth about obama and his crooked ways.

obama's hidden enough about himself to get him life in prison--we could start with how he lied to get his Illinois attorney license, but wait. Now that license is in "retirement" status because he and his wife (inactive attorney license) were apparently under investigation for fraudulant activities.

Romney for President!!!!!

Do you remember how Joe the Plumber was investigated last election..from someone?? working for the gov ??and/or an Obama supporter?


shimamab
by on Oct. 9, 2012 at 7:58 AM
What was allegedly said during the call was odd, I agree. Investigating addtl years I don't find odd. Assuming that Root's story is 100% true even though he's a pres critic/rival and has a contentious history with him is a little biased, IMO

ETA: my original comment was more in response to the conspiracy theorists who think anything negative said about the pres, whether proven or logical, is auto true.
Quoting Meadowchik:

 


Quoting shimamab:


So anyone who has ever leveled any criticism of Obama then later gets investigated is automatically assumed to be innocent? Huh, think I'll make a bunch of public statements against the pres so if I ever get audited, I can blame it on that. ((smh)) 


The phone call is odd, the nature of the call exceptionally odd and inappropriate.  Then the fact that he was cleared and 5 days later another audit on the following two years.


It appears that, given that information, Root was being targeted.  The agent who called him should be in trouble.  With a little investigating the identity of the agent might be known, as there are typically records of whoever handles cases, makes changes in the files, ect...

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