Lois Lerner’s potential partner in crime blocked by Grassley before being targeted

So how many drips does it take to make more than a smidgen? I think we are getting very close. True the Vote, an organization that was targeted is running the IRS issue through the courts, and it looks like the agency didn’t get a very friendly Judge. First this update before the new smidgen:

Another federal judge tells IRS to explain itself on lost emails

IRS attorneys will be even busier than normal next week, because another federal judge has told them to show up in court July 11 to defend the federal tax agency.

They will have to explain to U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton why the IRS shouldn’t be required to let an outside expert evaluate whether emails on the computer hard drives of former IRS official Lois Lerner and six colleagues really are lost forever, as the agency recently told Congress.

Ex-Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner tried to audit Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley after Grassley blocked President Obama’s nominee to head the Department of Justice (DOJ) tax division, an executive branch insider told The Daily Caller.

Grassley made it more difficult for the IRS and DOJ to work together to target conservative groups by blocking Obama’s political appointee Mary L. Smith from taking over the DOJ Tax Division, which prosecutes criminal cases for the IRS. Grassley held up the nomination in early 2010, just as Lerner and fellow IRS officials were mapping out their targeting strategy. The White House later withdrew Smith’s nomination.

Grassley made sure that no Obama political nominee got confirmed for the post, and kept in a “career,” or non-political, DOJ tax head for another two years.

The source confirmed to The Daily Caller that the White House and IRS officials “were very upset at Senator Grassley and Republicans for blocking a vote on Mary Smith’s nomination.”

The IRS relies on the DOJ Tax Division to prosecute both criminal and civil cases, and has entire legal teams devoted to making DOJ referrals. Placing a political appointee as assistant attorney general for the DOJ Tax Division was a top priority for the Obama White House..

Read more at the Daily Caller

IRS admits guilt, settles with conservative group for $50,000 for revealing names

Opportunity missed big time. So the IRS settles without going to court for a measly $50,000? Had the organization gone to court, discovery would have revealed names, names names. That is what we want. And we want the names to go to jail. The National Organization for marriage did an epic fail.  NOM feels relief? After your donor list was revealed???? How about the damage to your donors?

Washington Free Beacon:

The IRS has agreed to pay $50,000 in damages to the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) for unlawfully releasing its private information to a gay rights group that is a political rival, the Daily Signal has learned.

NOM expressed relief at the settlement agreement.

“Congress made the disclosure of confidential tax return information a serious matter for a reason,” NOM chairman John D. Eastman told The Daily Signal. “We’re delighted that the IRS has now been held accountable for the illegal disclosure of our list of major donors from our tax return.”

 

In February 2012, the Human Rights Campaign posted on its web site NOM’s 2008 tax return and the names and contact information of the marriage group’s major donors, including soon-to-be Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. That information then was published by the Huffington Post and other liberal-leaning news sites.

 

HRC’s president at the time, Joe Solmonese, was tapped that same month as a national co-chairman of President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.

 

Eastman said an investigation in the civil lawsuit determined that someone gave NOM’s tax return and list of major donors to Boston-based gay rights activist Matthew Meisel. Email correspondence from Meisel revealed that he told a colleague of “a conduit” to obtain the marriage group’s confidential information.

Read more at the Beacon

The IRS, Elijah Cummings, True the Vote and a ‘smidgen of corruption’

After reading copies of letters, links included below, we may just take down one big fish with Elijah Cummings. Take a minute or two to read them for truly some feel good moments. We catch bits and pieces of the story, but the letters lay it all out.

Hats off to the True the Vote women, Catherine Engelbrecht, for hanging tough.

True the Vote released this statement on Wednesday following the report released by House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) implicating Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) in colluding with the IRS and Lois Lerner against the nonpartisan voters rights group.

Engelbrecht added, “We filed an ethics complaint against Rep. Cummings in February. Today we’re amending that filing to include this latest revelation. As I have said in my testimony before Congress; I will not retreat, I will not surrender, I will not be intimidated. I will not ask Rep. Cummings, Lois Lerner, Barack Obama, or anyone else, for permission to exercise my constitutional rights.”

Click here for a copy of the letter from Chairman Issa and five Subcommittee Chairman to Ranking Member Cummings.

Click here for documents about Cummings’interactions with the IRS about True the Vote.

Democrat Elijah Cummings Faces Up to Five Years in Federal Prison for obstructing the Congressional hearing.

Catherine Engelbrecht testified before Congress in February.

She was targeted by FBI, IRS, ATF, and OSHA after she filed for tax exempt status for her voters rights group.

Engelbrecht said her testimony before Congress and Cummings,
“Frankly, to sit before my accuser and be silent in the face of what he did was unconscionable.”

H/T:
EMAILS CONFIRM LOIS LERNER FUNNELED INFO ON CONSERVATIVE GROUP TO DEMOCRAT CUMMINGS

Obama threatens veto on bill to delay IRS from muzzling his political opponents

It is going to be hardball from here on in while Obama sits on his throne at the WH. Will we ever get him out? Time will tell. But Chicago politics are going to be on steroids for the upcoming fall election. Buckle up folks, we are in for one heck of a ride.

“Despite the administration’s insistence that ‘there’s nothing to see here,’ the committee has found evidence demonstrating that right-leaning groups were targeted to an extent far beyond what was reported by the Inspector General.

Weasel Zippers brings us the news:

BREAKING: Obama Threatens To Veto Bill Delaying IRS From Muzzling His Political Opponents…

Some background on the bill:

Congressman Dave Camp, R-Midland, has introduced legislation prohibiting for one year the Department of the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service from issuing or finalizing proposed 501(c)(4) regulations issued last November.

Treasury’s proposed rules would significantly alter 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization activities and restrict First Amendment rights. Other tax-exempt organizations, including labor unions, would not be subject to the same rules. A letter recently signed by more than 50 conservative and free market groups expressed similar concerns and called on Congress to block the proposed regulations. Camp, who has led the House Ways and Means Committee investigation into the IRS’s abuse of conservative groups, released the following statement:

“Despite the administration’s insistence that ‘there’s nothing to see here,’ the committee has found evidence demonstrating that right-leaning groups were targeted to an extent far beyond what was reported by the Inspector General. Our investigation is still ongoing and the committee has not received all the requested documents. It is premature to publish new rules before getting all of the facts. The Administration’s proposed rules openly target groups that are exercising their First Amendment rights. We cannot allow these draft regulations to go into effect. Congress must make sure every American’s right to participate and engage in civic debate is protected, and this legislation will provide some much-needed assurance that IRS targeting and surveillance will not continue.

“Additionally, I am disappointed by reports that the Department of Justice had decided – without conducting a serious investigation – that it will not to pursue criminal charges in the IRS’s intentional targeting of conservative groups. I have long said that we will follow the facts of this case wherever the facts lead us – and this case is far from closed.”

I.R.S and Lois Lerner going after the American Legion

What is becoming clear is that the IRS is becoming a tool of this regime to intimidate. Lois Lerner is back in the news. She heads up the jurisdiction of Exempt Organizations. No wonder she took the “Fifth.” Despicable that the IRS is going after our veterans. But then again, we know how Obama feels about our military. Harassment pure and simple. These associations have no time for this nonsense. And Lois knows it.

Via Daily Caller:

The Internal Revenue Service is targeting the veterans’ organization the American Legion, and a U.S. senator believes that Lois Lerner — a key figure in the IRS scandal – is to blame.

“The IRS now requires American Legion posts to maintain dates of service and character of service records for all members… The penalty for not having the required proof of eligibility is, apparently, $1,000 per day,” the American Legion stated.

The American Legion was referring to a 13-part section of Part 4, Chapter 76 of  the Internal Revenue Manual pertaining to “veterans’ organizations.”

The section falls under “Exempt Organizations Examination Guidelines,” which is  the jurisdiction of Exempt Organizations head Lois Lerner, who apologized for  improperly targeting tea party groups and tried to plead the Fifth Amendment in  a congressional hearing.

“On the heels of Americans’ anger over revelations that the IRS intentionally  targeted certain groups, it has been brought to my attention that the IRS is now  turning their sights toward our nation’s veterans,” Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran  said. “The IRS seems to be auditing veteran service organizations by requiring  private member  military service forms.”

“If a post is unable or not willing to turn over this personal  information, it’s  possible they could face a fine of $1,000 per day,” Moran continued.

“The American Legion has recently learned of the so-called IRS ‘audit manual’ and is concerned that portions of it attempt to amend statutes passed by Congress and approved by the president,” American Legion legal counsel Philip Onderdonk, Jr. told The Daily Caller.

Keep reading…

Obama’s brother linked to Muslim Brotherhood, launders money via foundation

Recall Obama’s half brother Malik illegal scam foundation- IRS approval in one month from out gal Lerner which I posted last May? Now we find out that the scam was a money laundering scheme for Obama’s Muslim Bros. First the story than a repost about the scam foundation.

NEW YORK – President Obama’s half-brother in Kenya could cause the White  House more headaches over new evidence linking him to the Muslim Brotherhood in  Egypt and establishing that controversial IRS supervisor Lois Lerner signed his  tax-exempt approval letter.

Malik Obama’s oversight of the Muslim Brotherhood’s international investments  is one reason for the Obama administration’s support of the Muslim Brotherhood,  according to an Egyptian report citing the vice president of the Supreme  Constitutional Court of Egypt, Tehani al-Gebali

 In a news report on Egyptian television of a Gebali speech, translated  by researcher Walid Shoebat, a former Palestinian Liberation Organization  operative, Gebali said she would like “to inform the American people that  their president’s brother Obama is one of the architects of the major  investments of the Muslim Brotherhood.” Read more at WND

Now the back story:

Obama’s half brother Malik illegal scam foundation

When I saw the Drudge header IRS official Lerner approved exemption for Obama brother’s charity and that Obama’s half-brother got not-profit status in a month, I recalled I had done a couple of posts on this fine fellow. What the post doesn’t state that it was illegal in the State of Virginia. Not only that the IRS made it retroactive for three years.

The New York Post also reported that the foundation was not registered in Virginia at the time the article was written in May, despite a Virginia legal requirement that an organization register before soliciting donations in that state.

“Since one of the Obama Foundation’s founders and directors, Mr. Alton R. Baysden, stated publicly in May 2011 that the foundation had not even applied for tax-exempt status, it is inconceivable that the IRS can now claim that the status was granted in June 2011, retroactive to 2008,” Ken Boehm, the head of the National Legal and Policy Center, told WND.

GuideStar.org, the private website that posts for public view IRS documents regarding nonprofit organizations, said for the Barack H. Obama Foundation no audited financial statements were available. Read more: Influence of Obama’s brother Abongo felt in Washington WND

Obama’s scam artist brother runs for Governor of Kenya

.. then let’s go down memory lane. Obama’s brother gets special tax treatment. Wander over for full coverage of the family tree. .

Malik Obama – a half-brother of Barack Obama – is running for a governor’s position in the country’s nationwide elections on Monday, though he said he’s not sure what impact his relationship to the American president has on his campaign.

AP

President Obama’s half-brother, who runs a foundation that collects funds in the United States, was able to get approval of a tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service in an unheard-of time period of only a month, records reveal.

Barack Obama’s half-brother Abongo Malik Obama, also known as “Roy” Obama, appears to have received the sudden IRS approval to operate as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization in only 30 days. The result was made retroactive for three years.

The Barack H. Obama Foundation, (Check out the link) which runs out of a commercial mail drop in Arlington, Va., has solicited tax-deductible contributions on the Internet since 2008.

The Foundation’s guiding principle:

The common denominator in all that the Foundation undertakes is the inherent belief that no man can truly enjoy the riches he has reaped if his neighbor suffers.

IRS head: ‘I don’t want your stinkin Obamacare’ – Congress gets waiver

Now the head of the IRS says “I don’t want your stinkin Obamacare.”

And now an update:

Anyone who read my rant yesterday will be “stunned” to hear that Obama is going to save Congress and their staff from going on to Obamacare. This is how it worked. Senator Grassley passed an amendment that became part of the law that Congress had to participate in Obamacare.  A change of heart occurred- pure outrage and instead of passing a change in the legislation, they simply asked Obama to grant them a waiver. See yesterday’s post for a descriptive analysis!

Obama to Dems and GOP – ‘I will work on getting you off Obamacare’

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) have been pressing OPM and the White House to find a solution to this issue through administrative action. Reid and Boehner — under heavy pressure almost daily from their own members and senators — have been leaning hard on administration officials, including White House chief of staff Denis McDonough, for answers.

Translation. They didn’t have the you know what to take a vote and be on the record for exempting themselves. Beg Obama to save themselves. Much better.

Obama rescues Congress. Grants waiver to Obamacare

Lawmakers and staff can breathe easy — their health care tab is not going to  soar next year. Translation: In other words, Congress does not have to go onto the Obamacare exchanges

A White House official confirmed the deal and said the proposed regulations will  be issued next week.

The problem was rooted in the original text of the Affordable Care Act. Sen.  Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) inserted a provision which said members of Congress and  their aides must be covered by plans “created” by the law or “offered through an  exchange.”

Read more: Politico

IRS Commissioner: I Would Rather Keep My Health Plan Than Have Obamacare (August 1, 2013)

IRS counsel Wilkins met Obama two days before targeting Conservatives

This just might get interesting. According to Fox news, the Senate has been investigating the IRS scandal as well as the House with Dem Baucus heading up his side of the aisle. Under the radar, with little notice, Baucus it is reported, will have much on this within a month to six weeks. So this fellow Wilkins defended old-time pal Jeremiah Wright Pro Bono. Well, well, well. So here we go:

Embattled IRS chief counsel met with Obama 2 days before agency changed  targeting criteria

The Obama appointee implicated in congressional testimony in the IRS  targeting scandal met with President Obama in the White House two days before  offering his colleagues a new set of advice on how to scrutinize tea party and  conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.

IRS chief counsel William Wilkins, who was named in House Oversight testimony  by retiring IRS agent Carter Hull as one of his supervisors in the improper  targeting of conservative groups, met with Obama in the Roosevelt Room of the White  House on April 23, 2012.

Wilkins, who is one of only two Obama appointees at the IRS, is a former lobbyist with the firm  WilmerHale,  where he spent his time “counseling nonprofit organizations, business entities,  and investment funds on tax compliance, business transactions, and government  investigations.” At the firm, Wilkins defended Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s Chicago-based United Church of Christ from a 2008 investigation into whether  Wright violated his church’s nonprofit status by speaking in favor of Obama.  Wilkins successfully defended Wright’s church pro bono.
More at the Daily Caller

IRS buying spying equipment including ‘concealed clock radios’

One would think the IRS would choose to keep a low profile what with all of the scandal going down. But no, they will not be deterred. Forget that Last week a second Inspector General report detailed nearly $50  million in wasteful spending by the agency on conferences, in which  employees stayed at luxurious Las Vegas hotels, paid a keynote speaker $17,000 to paint a picture of U2 singer Bono, and spent $50,000 on parody videos of “Star Trek.”

From the Fed Biz website here FBO.GOV

IRS Buying Spying Equipment: Covert Cameras in Coffee Trays, Plants.

Finishing out the order are four “Color IP Camera Concealment with  single channel network server, supports dual video stream, poe,  webviewer and cms software included, audio,” and two “Concealed clock  radio.”

The IRS  is ordering surveillance equipment that includes hidden  cameras in coffee trays, plants and clock radios.

The IRS wants to secure the surveillance equipment quickly – it  posted a solicitation on June 6 and is looking to close the deal by  Monday, June 10.  The agency already has a company lined up for the  order but is not commenting on the details.

“The Procurement Office acquires the products and services required to support the IRS mission,” according to its website.

“The Internal Revenue Service intends to award a Purchase Order to an undisclosed Corporation,” reads the solicitation.

“The following descriptions are vague due to the use and nature of the items,” it says.

“If you feel that you can provide the following equipment, please  respond to this email no later than 4 days after the solicitation date,”  the IRS said.

Among the items the agency will purchase are four “Covert Coffee  tray(s) with Camera concealment,” and four “Remote surveillance  system(s)” with “Built-in DVD Burner and 2 Internal HDDs, cameras.”

The IRS also is buying four cameras to hide in plants: “(QTY 4) Plant  Concealment Color 700 Lines Color IP Camera Concealment with Single  Channel Network Server, supports dual video stream, Poe [Power over  Ethernet], software included, case included, router included.”

H/T: CNS News

IRS Shulman’s wife works for a ‘Progressive Organization’

No big surprise, but let’s act like it is. So IRS Shulman’s wife is up to her eyeballs in this scandal, and of course, the husband is one nasty arrogant…. well whatever, you fill in the blanks. What happens if most Americans went to their employer and changed their W-2 and claimed 10 dependents? The coffers would dry up post-haste. So the IRS better straighten themselves out big time, not that I am suggesting this, it just occurred to me when someone said that there was nothing they could do since their employer took out their taxes. So here we go:

Shulman, who did not deny in congressional testimony that he visited the  White House more than 100 times, met Anderson at the John F. Kennedy School of  Government, which they both attended. The couple own a house in Washington,  DC’s tony Embassy Row neighborhood which they bought for $1.3 million in 2003  and is now estimated by Zillow to be worth $1.8 million.

Shulman’s wife Susan L. Anderson is the senior program  advisor for the Washington-based nonprofit organization Public  Campaign, which claims that it “is laying the foundation for reform by  working with a broad range of organizations, including local community groups,  around the country that are fighting for change and national organizations whose  members are not fairly represented under the current campaign finance system.”

Public Campaign receives “major funding” from the  pro-Obamacare alliance Health Care for America NOW!, which is comprised of the labor unions  AFL-CIO, AFSCME, SEIU, and the progressive activist organization Move On, among  others.

Read more:  Daily Caller

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