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Judicial Watch Obtains New Documents Showing IRS Targeting Came Directly From D.C./Democratic Senator.

Posted by on May. 14, 2014 at 9:21 PM
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New documents obtained and released through a Judicial Watch lawsuit show the targeting of tea party and conservative groups came directly out of Washington D.C., not a rogue IRS office in Cincinnati.

On July 6, 2012, former Director of the IRS Rulings and Agreements Division and current Manager of Exempt Organizations Guidance Holly Paz sent an email to IRS Attorney Steven Grodnitzky asking for an explanation of how tea party group applications were being handled. Grodnitzky responded by confirming the cases were being handled in Washington.

"EOT is working the Tea party applications in coordination with Cincy. We are developing a few applications here in DC and providing copies of our development letters with the agent to use as examples in the development of their cases. Chip Hull [another lawyer in IRS headquarters] is working these cases in EOT and working with the agent in Cincy, so any communication should include him as well. Because the Tea party applications are the subject of an SCR [Sensitive Case Report], we cannot resolve any of the cases without coordinating with Rob," Grodnitzky wrote.

When the IRS targeting scandal broke last year, officials in Washington immediately pinned the blame on the Cincinnati office. This documentation proves not only that direction was coming out of Washington, but that Washington instructed Cincinnati about how to handle tea party applications.

A new email from Lois Lerner also details how BOLO lists (be on the look out) were specifically created for tea party groups or groups with issues related to government spending, debt, taxes and "how the country is being run."

"Because the BOLO only contained a brief reference to "Organizations involved with the Tea Party movement applying for exemption under 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4)" in June 2011, the EO Determinations manager asked the manager of the screening group, John Shafer [IRS Cincinnati field office manager], what criteria were being used to label cases as "tea party " cases. ("Do the applications specify/state ' tea party'? If not, how do we know applicant is involved with the tea party movement?") The screening group manager asked his employees how they were applying the BOLO's short –hand reference to "tea party." His employees responded that they were including organizations meeting any of the following criteria as falling within the BOLO's reference to "tea party" organizations: "1. 'Tea Party', 'Patriots' or '9/12 Project' is referenced in the case file. 2. Issues include government spending, government debt and taxes. 3. Educate the public through advocacy/legislative activities to make America a better place to live. 4. Statements in the case file that are critical of the how the country is being run. . . " Lerner wrote on April 2, 2013. "So, we believe we have provided information that shows that no one in EO "developed" the criteria. Rather, staff used their own interpretations of the brief reference to "organizations involved with the Tea Party movement," which was what was on the BOLO list."

Judicial Watch also found the IRS put red and orange alert symbols on tea party issues for heightened awareness. Here are two slides from a "Heightened Awareness Presentation" used at the IRS.

http://www.judicialwatch.org/document-archive/jw1559-001689/

http://m.townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2014/05/14/new-documents-show-irs-targeting-came-directly-from-washington-dc-n1838128


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jcrew6
by Gold Member on May. 14, 2014 at 9:24 PM
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Letters from U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, a Michigan Democrat, show his involvement in pressing the IRS to target mostly conservative organizations with cumbersome questionnaires seemingly calculated to slow down their applications for tax-exempt status in the middle of an election year.

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'These new documents show that officials in the IRS headquarters were responsible for the illegal delays of Tea Party applications,' Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said Wednesday in a statement.

'The IRS scandal has now ensnared Congress,' he said.

That claim is a reference to a series of letters from Sen. Carl Levin, a Michigan Democrat who wrote to the IRS in June 2012 to complain about 12 nonprofit groups he wanted investigated for 'political activity.'

Eleven of those organizations are conservative; just one is liberal. The right-leaning groups included the Club for Growth, Americans for Tax Reform, the retiree-focused 60 Plus Association, and the anti-abortion Susan B. Anthony List.

Levin intensified his written complaints as the presidential election approached, sometimes objecting to how the IRS handled 'social welfare' groups and claiming that IRS routinely 'misinterprets the law' by allowing them to engage in any political-related activity while receiving a tax exemption.

Then-IRS Deputy Commissioner Steven Miller replied at one point that the agency has broad discretion – which it appears to have used – in choosing which organizations to approve and which to reject.

'There is no standard questionnaire used to obtain information about political activities,' Miller insisted.

Levin's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

http://nation.foxnews.com/2014/05/14/letters-senior-democrat-pressured-irs-target-certain-groups
MeAndTommyLee
by Gold Member on May. 14, 2014 at 9:35 PM
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Thanks for this...

As if we didn't already know, right?  Lol

Succubus1987
by on May. 14, 2014 at 9:35 PM
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I'm sure some obama lover is going to come in here and either try to justify it or say it's all a lie.
jcrew6
by Gold Member on May. 14, 2014 at 9:39 PM
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So many Obama Momma's are too blind to even read the emails. They will find excuses. They will come after me for posting this. Us for still being concerned. New information. Demand accountability. .

Quoting Succubus1987: I'm sure some obama lover is going to come in here and either try to justify it or say it's all a lie.
Succubus1987
by on May. 14, 2014 at 9:50 PM
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Shh!!! Don't say accountability, they hate that word ;)



Oh and I bet that their all going to assume I'm a racist conservative lol. I apologize in advance for anything really mean I might say on your post ;)


Quoting jcrew6: So many Obama Momma's are too blind to even read the emails. They will find excuses. They will come after me for posting this. Us for still being concerned. New information. Demand accountability. .

Quoting Succubus1987: I'm sure some obama lover is going to come in here and either try to justify it or say it's all a lie.
DSamuels
by Gold Member on May. 14, 2014 at 9:53 PM
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But but but how can we really blame Levin? He was just, um, um...I got nothing that would excuse this, but I'm sure some will try.

Quoting Succubus1987: Shh!!! Don't say accountability, they hate that word ;) Oh and I bet that their all going to assume I'm a racist conservative lol. I apologize in advance for anything really mean I might say on your post ;)
Quoting jcrew6: So many Obama Momma's are too blind to even read the emails. They will find excuses. They will come after me for posting this. Us for still being concerned. New information. Demand accountability. .
Quoting Succubus1987: I'm sure some obama lover is going to come in here and either try to justify it or say it's all a lie.


turtle68
by Mahinaarangi on May. 14, 2014 at 9:56 PM
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boy you people are weird....who gives a shit where it came from, the fact that it happened should be the focal point.

Politicians lie...ALL POLITICIANS LIE.

MeAndTommyLee
by Gold Member on May. 14, 2014 at 10:01 PM
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As if they didn't know already.  They already won their election and don't care if interference factored into it. Besides how can this be disputed now?  It's right here in black and white,  All I'm doing is biding my time waiting for the Obama years to conclude.  

Quoting Succubus1987: I'm sure some obama lover is going to come in here and either try to justify it or say it's all a lie.


MeAndTommyLee
by Gold Member on May. 14, 2014 at 10:02 PM
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Yeah...but own it.  Nixon did.

Quoting turtle68:

boy you people are weird....who gives a shit where it came from, the fact that it happened should be the focal point.

Politicians lie...ALL POLITICIANS LIE.


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