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Email to Lois Lerner Refutes Absurd Claims by Robin Abcarian About the IRS Scandal

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 10:10 pm

So, busy as I have been, I have not yet had a chance to comment on the House Oversight Committee’s report on Lois Lerner. You’ve probably all read about it already, but if not, John Sexton has an excellent summary at Breitbart. The report alleges several ways in which Lerner appears to have misled the committee. That said, the various accusations in the report are likely to be dismissed by many as partisan, and even though I think the report is dead on, I am also quite sure nothing will come of any of it.

But here’s a fact that caught my attention — and it’s tough to get around this. From Sexton’s summary:

And there is no doubt Lerner was aware who was being scrutinized. In July 2012, Lerner was notified by email that of the 199 501(c)(4) cases which had been set aside “approximately 3/4 appear to be conservative leaning while fewer than 10 appear to be liberal/progressive leaning groups…”

Sexton is dead on. I read the email myself.

For the math-challenged among you, 3/4 of 199 is right around 150. That’s 150 conservative leaning (c)(4) groups, vs. fewer than 10 liberal/progressive groups.

I will add that, according to the email, of the 84 bucketed (c)(3) cases, over half were conservative-leaning groups whereas no others had obvious political leanings. That’s over 42 conservative (c)(3) groups vs. zero lefty groups.

Why do I bring this up? Because, remember our good friend Robin Abcarian? Yeah, she’s the one who said:

[C]onservatives went crazy after the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration’s famous May 2013 audit found the IRS may have flagged groups with “tea party” in their names for extra scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status.

But that’s because Issa had asked the inspector general to look only at how tea party-affiliated groups were treated. He didn’t care to know, as we later found out thanks to Democrats on his committee, that the IRS was also flagging applications from liberal groups that used terms such as “progressive,” “medical marijuana” or “healthcare legislation.”

The IRS, see, was trying to prevent groups whose work is mainly political from receiving inappropriate tax-exempt status.

150 (c)(4) conservative groups vs. fewer than 10 lefty groups, Ms. Abcarian. 42 (c)(3) conservative groups vs. zero lefty groups. And that’s from an internal email. Not from the dreaded inspector general. It had nothing to do with Issa’s request. See page 45 of the appendix to the report linked above to read the email.

Go ahead, Robin Abcarian. Ignore this passage in the report. Ignore this post. Confirm our impression of you as a haughty Big Media elitist who doesn’t need to worry about pesky things like facts.

Go ahead.

35 Responses to “Email to Lois Lerner Refutes Absurd Claims by Robin Abcarian About the IRS Scandal”

  1. Ding.

    Patterico (9c670f)

  2. do we know if she can even read for comprehension, or dues she just copy & paste talking points into an auto-magic word processing tool?

    redc1c4 (abd49e)

  3. Wait until later this summer. If Issa does go after these people, it will be in the August-September time frame. No use having a scandal too far before the elections.

    Kevin M (dbcba4)

  4. Water carrier.

    AZ Bob (533fbc)

  5. Issa could screw up a wet dream.

    mg (31009b)

  6. american journalists are why purell was invented

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  7. do we know if she can even read for comprehension, or dues she just copy & paste talking points into an auto-magic word processing tool?

    Some 24-year-old pajama boy DNC intern probably actually writes her column for her. Abcarian probably spends her days browsing the crafts offerings on etsy and taking long lunches at some oh-so-pretentious organic vegan cafe near the Dog Trainer office.

    JVW (9946b6)

  8. It must be humiliating to be an American right now.

    You’ve got a president who’s openly and casually converted the government into his own campaign machine, meanwhile granting an interview to the most idiotic media outlet he can find while the rest of the media swoons.

    I’d say you’re being punked, but that implies he’s mocking you. I don’t think he actually cares enough for that.

    scrubone (c3104f)

  9. scrubone #8 … your Scots diplomatic skills are showing … and I don’t know that I can disagree with any part of your comment …

    Alastor (2e7f9f)

  10. Alator: he’s just mad because he doesn’t live here…

    doomed as we are, Scotland/UK is more boned than that.

    redc1c4 (abd49e)

  11. Well the Daily Kos is using her as a reference;

    she provides prolefeed, for the Dog Trainer

    narciso (3fec35)

  12. teh facts will be damned
    it’s just how all these folks roll
    TRUTH has no meaning

    Colonel Haiku (c1bfa3)

  13. 11. So Azzpul Abcarian is a driven cog in the Borg.

    Mom and Dad must be so proud.

    gary gulrud (e2cef3)

  14. Go ahead, Robin Abcarian.

    Are there any major columnists working at and appearing weekly in the LA Times who aren’t idiotically liberal or leftwing?! I can’t think of one.

    If there were conservative writers at that paper who were as deceptive, foolish and dishonorable as Abcarian or Hiltzik, I’d be no less embarrassed for or sickened by them.

    Meanwhile…, March 12: The White House is bringing all hands on deck in the push to increase ObamaCare enrollment, and that includes a visit from pop singer Lance Bass. However, the former ‘N Sync band member tweeted “” rather than “” during his White House visit. Bass has since deleted the tweet.

    ^ BTW, that person is one of the few in the world of entertainment who is known for having come “out of the closet.” I’m sure that gives him additional credo to Obama.

    Mark (295c42)

  15. Notice how they have fallen for the idea that IF there is something to this, that Lois Lerner is as high as it goes. Nonsense on stilts.

    JD (eea907)

  16. Abcarian’s next lede: “IRS emails released this week in the IRS investigation show that IRS officials targeted nearly ten “progressive” or liberal groups for extra scrutiny. This fact stands at odds with conservatives’ assertions that the IRS primarily target conservative groups …”

    Mitch (341ca0)

  17. “I am also quite sure nothing will come of any of it”

    I dunno. If the ‘pubes take back the Senate in November, a lot can and will be done.

    That said, impeachment should stay off the table, unless direct evidence is uncovered tying Obama to it. And even then maybe it should stay off the table, given Obama’s lame duck status. More would be lost PR-wise than gained for the GOP.

    G Joubert (650675)

  18. Rethuglican snakes, Comrade Abcarian has a glorious narrative to craft, so she must double-down. All glory to our glorious, dear leader. as he leads the people!

    MikeHs (1a2353)

  19. Are there any major columnists working at and appearing weekly in the LA Times who aren’t idiotically liberal or leftwing?! I can’t think of one.

    Do they not run Jonah Goldberg’s column any longer? He was the token conservative for the past several years.

    JVW (9946b6)

  20. Just a couple of rogue employees in the Cincinatti office. Or something.
    And Lois Lerner doesn’t know anything about it. That’s why she took the fifth.

    On the other hand, I think Robin Abcarian drank a fifth.

    Elephant Stone (6a6f37)

  21. The LAT is fundamentally unable to see the truth. Leftism is a religion.

    Patricia (be0117)

    to some folks word means nothing
    to others it’s GOLD

    Colonel Haiku (c1bfa3)

  23. to Abcarrion
    TRUTH is elusive much like
    a rare butterfly

    Colonel Haiku (c1bfa3)

  24. trust teh LA Times
    to color “political”
    Commie shade of pink

    Colonel Haiku (c1bfa3)

  25. barack obama
    He is their Dearest Leader
    He can do no wrong

    Colonel Haiku (c1bfa3)

  26. rest of us suffer
    This Fu*kin’ Guy would fu*k up
    a cup of coffee

    Colonel Haiku (c1bfa3)

  27. doomed as we are, Scotland/UK is more boned than that.

    New Zealand on the other hand is actually in pretty good shape.

    scrubone (c3104f)

  28. scrubone
    how many guest rooms ya got?

    MD in Philly (f9371b)

  29. No, New Zealand is not in good shape.

    New York sounds better, MD. And you won’t get eaten by Maoris there, either.

    nk (dbc370)

  30. i hate Lois Lerner SO much

    she’s probably just an easily-manipulated low self-esteem government flunky loser but still

    now you can’t trust ANYTHING the whore U.S. government does

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  31. Obama cannot
    empty sand out of a boot
    instructions on heel

    felipe (6100bc)

  32. I trust the NSA. It’s the only part of the government that listens to the people.

    nk (dbc370)

  33. 29. On the hunt for safe real estate I’d put Northern CA ahead of NZ, especially if the time of residence spans the next couple of decades:

    Forget Toba, Yellowstone, Anak Krakatau, Etna, Santorin, this sucker is hot.

    gary gulrud (e2cef3)

  34. Comment by nk (dbc370) — 3/13/2014 @ 5:39 pm

    New York sounds better, MD.

    The murder rate is still going down, although maybe because of teh weathe.

    Of the three big es where de Blasio could do damage, it seems like

    1) On crime,. he’s actually very worried about it.

    2) On labor contracts – he’s not going to gove the unions what they want, although he will try to gove them more than they would have gotten under anotehr mayor. That’s teh secret reason he wanst to raise some taxes – it’s not for pre-K.

    3) On charter schools – he’s attempting to keep his campaign promises to the teacher’s union, but Governor Cuomo and the State Snate may frustrate him, so it’s all up to Assembly Spekaer Sheldon Slver, who has made public statements that link him with de Blasio’ goals, but Cuomo might make a deal with him.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

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