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IRS: “Our Bad”

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is “sorry” it targeted groups with the words “Tea Party” or “Patriot” for additional scrutiny in advance of the 2012 presidential election. According to the Associated Press, a top IRS nonprofit official said low-level staffers in Cincinnati were responsible for flagging groups with these…

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is “sorry” it targeted groups with the words “Tea Party” or “Patriot” for additional scrutiny in advance of the 2012 presidential election.

According to the Associated Press, a top IRS nonprofit official said low-level staffers in Cincinnati were responsible for flagging groups with these labels when they applied for tax-exempt status last year.

“That was wrong,” the official said at a Washington, D.C. conference sponsored by the American Bar Association. “That was absolutely incorrect, it was insensitive and it was inappropriate. That’s not how we go about selecting cases for further review.”

Well … obviously except in those instances when it is how the agency goes about selecting cases for further review …

How shameful. American citizens are supposed to be provided with equal protection under the law, but this is yet another example of how the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama is selectively applying its authority.

Will heads roll for this? Of course not … this scandal has clearly already been kicked down the food chain.

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22 comments

Vanguard16 May 10, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Like ALEC??

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Vanguard16 May 10, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Like ALEC??

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Brigid May 10, 2013 at 1:09 pm

Don’t forget how Holder and DoJ and the ACLU and reps from the IRS assisting black churches in electing Obama without incurring any notice from the IRS whatsoever:
http://washingtonexaminer.com/article/1317501

Attorney General Eric Holder, the IRS, and the liberal lawyers at the
ACLU will brief several hundred pastors in the African American
community on how to participate in the presidential election — which
the Congressional Black Caucus chair expects will help President Obama’s
campaign.
“We will have representatives from nine denominations who actually
pastor somewhere in the neighborhood of about 10 million people, and
we’re going to first of all equip them with the information they need to
know about what they can say and what they cannot say in the church
that would violate their 501c3 status with the IRS,” Rep. Emanuel
Cleaver, D-Mo., told MSNBC today.
“In fact, we’re going to have the IRS administrator there, we’re
going to have the Attorney General Eric Holder there, we’re going to
have the lawyers’ organization from around the country, the ACLU — all
giving ministers guidance about what they can and cannot do,” he noted.

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tomstickler May 10, 2013 at 2:02 pm

From your pull-quote, it appears the effort was to make sure that these churches complied with the law, rather than trying to skirt it.

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Bill Clinton May 10, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Did Holder et al extend the same “effort” to help the opposition? No, and it was unfair and illegal to use tax payer money to do so!

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A Friend May 10, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Brigid’s having a hard time today. People are challenging her talking points. She’s not really sure what to do.

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BrigidBernadette May 13, 2013 at 4:25 pm

No, Obama and his followers are the ones having the bad day, as the floodgates of this open and public opinion turns. Even your lefty low-info fake news on MSNBC called it tyranny, and we are going to allow this agency to oversee Obamacare?

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GrandTango May 10, 2013 at 5:33 pm

Yeah: These people Demand that Christians be Silent…but forget all about their Bully Separation of Church and State ruse, if their Drone-Stooges get to cheat into office by their “Churches”..

Obama’s church and Rev. Wright should have been investigated for Dangerous Hatred and racial prejudice, instead he’s a hero, and Obama is elected as President, by Wright-motivated Race-Haters…

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Brigid May 10, 2013 at 1:09 pm

Don’t forget how Holder and DoJ and the ACLU and reps from the IRS assisting black churches in electing Obama without incurring any notice from the IRS whatsoever:
http://washingtonexaminer.com/article/1317501

Attorney General Eric Holder, the IRS, and the liberal lawyers at the
ACLU will brief several hundred pastors in the African American
community on how to participate in the presidential election — which
the Congressional Black Caucus chair expects will help President Obama’s
campaign.
“We will have representatives from nine denominations who actually
pastor somewhere in the neighborhood of about 10 million people, and
we’re going to first of all equip them with the information they need to
know about what they can say and what they cannot say in the church
that would violate their 501c3 status with the IRS,” Rep. Emanuel
Cleaver, D-Mo., told MSNBC today.
“In fact, we’re going to have the IRS administrator there, we’re
going to have the Attorney General Eric Holder there, we’re going to
have the lawyers’ organization from around the country, the ACLU — all
giving ministers guidance about what they can and cannot do,” he noted.

Reply
tomstickler May 10, 2013 at 2:02 pm

From your pull-quote, it appears the effort was to make sure that these churches complied with the law, rather than trying to skirt it.

Reply
Bill Clinton May 10, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Did Holder et al extend the same “effort” to help the opposition? No, and it was unfair and illegal to use tax payer money to do so!

Reply
A Friend May 10, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Brigid’s having a hard time today. People are challenging her talking points. She’s not really sure what to do.

Reply
Brigid May 13, 2013 at 4:25 pm

No, Obama and his followers are the ones having the bad day, as the floodgates of this open and public opinion turns. Even your lefty low-info fake news on MSNBC called it tyranny, and we are going to allow this agency to oversee Obamacare?

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GrandTango May 10, 2013 at 3:37 pm

Looks like FITS intentionally buried the headline: “Obama IRS admits targeting Conservatives”…

Also: Notice the scarcity of Nutjob liberals, who break their necks to perpetuate liberal mythology…but are Coward when reality turns them on their heads…Where’s that CRUSADER for Justice, Lizenby???

So typical of FITS and the leftwingers…and it may explain why FITS is terrified of REAL news, not sanctioned by the Media Industrial Complex that demands he march in their lockstep…

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Smirks May 10, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Americans do get equal, err, “protection” under the law. The FBI did lots of investigative and infiltration work regarding the Occupy movement.

Beside this, the fly in your soup, FITS:

Certain tax-exempt charitable groups can conduct political activities but it cannot be their primary activity.

Because the words “Tea Party” and “Patriot” clearly means helping out those less fortunate than yourself and are totally not political in nature. You know, because people who complain about taxes going to welfare recipients really do want their money going to help others. How dare the government assault the fine folks at the Responsible Spending Conservative Family Values Tea Party Patriots for Rand Paul Kitten Rescue!

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Smirks May 10, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Americans do get equal, err, “protection” under the law. The FBI did lots of investigative and infiltration work regarding the Occupy movement.

Beside this, the fly in your soup, FITS:

Certain tax-exempt charitable groups can conduct political activities but it cannot be their primary activity.

Because the words “Tea Party” and “Patriot” clearly means helping out those less fortunate than yourself and are totally not political in nature. You know, because people who complain about taxes going to welfare recipients really do want their money going to help others. How dare the government assault the fine folks at the Responsible Spending Conservative Family Values Tea Party Patriots for Rand Paul Kitten Rescue!

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oh the butthurt May 10, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Fuck’em, I say audit the everloving shit out of’em.

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oh the butthurt May 10, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Fuck’em, I say audit the everloving shit out of’em.

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This just in . . . May 10, 2013 at 5:33 pm

Vegas: Rove Attack Ads Seal Victory for Hillary

LAS VEGAS (The
Borowitz Report) — News that Karl Rove’s PAC, American Crossroads, has
bought ads attacking Hillary Clinton has sent the Democrat’s stock
soaring in Las Vegas, where oddsmakers now say she is virtually
guaranteed to be the next President of the United States.

“People
were bullish on Hillary before this,” said Tracy Klugian, a leading Las
Vegas oddsmaker for over forty years. “But the Rove thing makes it a
lock.”

After American Crossroads’s historic string of defeats in
2012, “Serious gamblers wait to see who Rove is supporting and then bet
the house on the other side.”

The oddsmaker’s only concern, he
added, was that Rove’s involvement in the race will dry up all interest
in betting on Republican candidates for 2016: “Right now I’m offering
Marco Rubio at ninety thousand to one and I ain’t getting a bite.”

While
acknowledging that “there’s no sure thing” in the world of gambling,
Mr. Klugian said that for professional gamblers, betting against Karl
Rove is “as good as it gets.”

“He’s the LeBron James of losing,” he said.

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This just in . . . May 10, 2013 at 5:33 pm

Vegas: Rove Attack Ads Seal Victory for Hillary

LAS VEGAS (The
Borowitz Report) — News that Karl Rove’s PAC, American Crossroads, has
bought ads attacking Hillary Clinton has sent the Democrat’s stock
soaring in Las Vegas, where oddsmakers now say she is virtually
guaranteed to be the next President of the United States.

“People
were bullish on Hillary before this,” said Tracy Klugian, a leading Las
Vegas oddsmaker for over forty years. “But the Rove thing makes it a
lock.”

After American Crossroads’s historic string of defeats in
2012, “Serious gamblers wait to see who Rove is supporting and then bet
the house on the other side.”

The oddsmaker’s only concern, he
added, was that Rove’s involvement in the race will dry up all interest
in betting on Republican candidates for 2016: “Right now I’m offering
Marco Rubio at ninety thousand to one and I ain’t getting a bite.”

While
acknowledging that “there’s no sure thing” in the world of gambling,
Mr. Klugian said that for professional gamblers, betting against Karl
Rove is “as good as it gets.”

“He’s the LeBron James of losing,” he said.

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Bill Clinton May 12, 2013 at 9:45 am

It’s now come out that the IRS targeted JEWISH groups. Tell us Barak again how you’re not Muslim.

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Bill Clinton May 12, 2013 at 9:45 am

It’s now come out that the IRS targeted JEWISH groups. Tell us Barak again how you’re not Muslim.

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