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5/13/2013

Drip, Drip, Drip: IRS Targeting of Conservative Organizations Happened Out of Cincinnati … Oh! and Washington, D.C. As Well

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:51 pm

These revelations are coming hot and heavy, aren’t they?

Internal Revenue Service officials in Washington and at least two other offices were involved in the targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, making clear that the effort reached well beyond the branch in Cincinnati that was initially blamed, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post.

IRS officials at the agency’s Washington headquarters sent queries to conservative groups asking about their donors and other aspects of their operations, while officials in the El Monte and Laguna Niguel offices in California sent similar questionnaires to tea party-affiliated groups.

Pretty soon we’ll hear that, oh, by the way, this was all pursuant to a signed directive by Obama.

Incredible: IRS Leaked Files on Conservative Groups to Liberal Media Outlet

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 5:50 pm

Every time I read about this scandal there is a new “what on God’s green Earth?!” moment, and today does not disappoint. The IRS leaked confidential files on conservative organizations to a liberal news outlet, ProPublica:

In response to a request for the applications for 67 different nonprofits last November, the Cincinnati office of the IRS sent ProPublica applications or documentation for 31 groups. Nine of those applications had not yet been approved-meaning they were not supposed to be made public. (We made six of those public, after redacting their financial information, deeming that they were newsworthy.

Also, the current IRS commissioner knew as of at least May 2012 that the IRS had targeted conservative groups.

But Obama just now found out about it by reading the news, just like you and me!

Yuh-huh.

Heads should ROLL over this.

Obama Presser

Filed under: General — JD @ 12:55 pm

[guest post by JD]

In a brief press conference today, Teh One informed us that the Benghazi scandal is a political circus, and a sideshow, distracting from the transformational work he needs to be doing, and the investigations into their lies and inactions dishonors the dead.

Additionally, the most sophisticated consumer of information ever to sit in the White House just learned of his IRS targeting political opponents, but it was just low level staffers in one location, and their outrageous conduct will be dealt with if they did something wrong, but we can’t jump to conclusions because the IG report is still not out yet. This is despite the fact that it was going on since at least 2010, and the chief legal counsel at the IRS knew about it since at least 2011, as well as managers being involved in this political transgression.

Nothing to see here … Move along

—JD

UPDATE BY PATTERICO: Obama boldly says that if the thing is true that the IRS already admitted is true, then that action — which the IRS commissioner knew about a year ago and which occurred in an agency for which the President is ultimately responsible — is outrageous. OUTRAGEOUS, I say!

That’s good for a round of “Obama denounces IRS” at the L.A. Times with virtually no other commentary.

I tried embedding a video but it’s an auto-start, so never mind. Hey, L.A. Times! No auto-start videos, you morons.

Gosnell Convicted On 3 of 4 Murder Charges

Filed under: General — JD @ 12:47 pm

[Guest post by JD]

Also it sounded like a conviction for infanticide, and some conspiracy charges.

Open thread. Discuss.

—JD

How Media Portrays One Party Targeting Another

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:52 am

The answer is: it depends, doesn’t it?

When a Republican targets Democrats, the story is how the Republicans took advantage and the Democrats have been victimized. When a Democrat targets Republicans or conservatives, the story is how the Republicans will take advantage politically and how the Democrats will thereby be victimized.

And that is how we get I.R.S. Focus on Conservatives Gives G.O.P. an Issue to Seize On:

House Republicans have vowed to begin their own hearings and investigations. And Republicans fanned out on the political talk shows on Sunday to express outrage that is only likely to grow. Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine and a prominent moderate, said on CNN that the singling out of conservative groups was “absolutely chilling.”

Since last year’s elections, Republicans in Congress have struggled for traction on their legislative efforts, torn between conservatives who drove the agenda after their 2010 landslide and new voices counseling a shift in course to reflect President Obama’s re-election and the loss of Republican seats in the House and the Senate.

But the accusations of I.R.S. abuse are sure to fuel an effort that appears to be uniting dispirited Republicans and their conservative political base: investigating Mr. Obama and his administration. Republicans are pushing a portrayal of an administration overreaching its authority and punishing its enemies.

It is as predictable as day following night.

BY THE WAY: This was all going on as early as 2010.


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