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Old 06-10-2013, 06:01 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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We all know the standard explanation by now: The targeting of conservative groups by the IRS was done by a few rogue employees, they were the only ones who had anything to do with it.

But a look back, shows that quite a few groups, from Congress to the New Yorker magazine to White House accountants, up to and including the President of the United States himself, started denouncing and going after the same specific conservative groups all at the same time... and so did the IRS.

What a remarkable coincidence.

A few excerpts from the timeline are shown below.

Those "few rogue employees" certainly got around, didn't they?

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Strassel: An IRS Political Timeline - WSJ.com

An IRS Political Timeline

President Obama spent months in 2010 warning Americans about the 'threat' to democracy posed by conservative groups, right at the time the IRS began targeting these groups.

by KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL
June 6, 2013, 7:40 p.m. ET

Perhaps the only useful part of the inspector general's audit of the IRS was its timeline. We know that it was August 2010 when the IRS issued its first "Be On the Lookout" list, flagging applications containing key conservative words and issues. The criteria would expand in the months to come.

What else was happening in the summer and fall of 2010? The Obama administration and its allies continue to suggest the IRS was working in some political vacuum. What they'd rather everyone forget is that the IRS's first BOLO list coincided with their own attack against "shadowy" or "front" conservative groups that they claimed were rigging the electoral system.

Below is a more relevant timeline, a political one, which seeks to remind readers of the context in which the IRS targeting happened.



Barack Obama warns the country about conservative groups, Aug. 9, 2010


Aug. 9, 2010: In Texas, President Obama for the first time publicly names a group he is obsessed with—Americans for Prosperity (founded by the Koch Brothers)—and warns about conservative groups. Taking up a cry that had until then largely been confined to left-wing media and activists, he says: "Right now all around this country there are groups with harmless-sounding names like Americans for Prosperity, who are running millions of dollars of ads . . . And they don't have to say who exactly the Americans for Prosperity are. You don't know if it's a foreign-controlled corporation."

Aug. 11: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sends out a fundraising email warning about "Karl Rove-inspired shadow groups."

Aug. 21: Mr. Obama devotes his weekly radio address to the threat of "attack ads run by shadowy groups with harmless-sounding names. We don't know who's behind these ads and we don't know who's paying for them. . . . You don't know if it's a foreign-controlled corporation. . . . The only people who don't want to disclose the truth are people with something to hide."

Week of Aug. 23: The New Yorker's Jane Mayer authors a hit piece on the Koch brothers, entitled "Covert Operations," in which she accuses them of funding "political front groups." The piece repeats the White House theme, with Ms. Mayer claiming the Kochs have created "slippery organizations with generic-sounding names" that have "made it difficult to ascertain the extent of their influence in Washington."

Aug. 27: White House economist Austan Goolsbee, in a background briefing with reporters, accuses Koch industries of being a pass-through entity that does "not pay corporate income tax." The Treasury inspector general investigates how it is that Mr. Goolsbee might have confidential tax information. The report has never been released.

This same week, the Democratic Party files a complaint with the IRS claiming the Americans for Prosperity Foundation is violating its tax-exempt status.

(Full text of the timeline and article, can be read at the above URL)
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Old 06-11-2013, 09:47 AM
 
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It sheds a little more light on the "mystery" of why Lois Lerner took the 5th amendment. Somebody had to coordinate all this sudden, simultaneous activity of so many diverse groups.

If Lerner didn't do it, perhaps she knows who did? Did someone contact her in early August 2010, to "suggest" holding up the applications of conservative groups, barraging them with invasive questions etc. for both the 2010 Congressional election season and the 2012 Presidential one?
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Old 06-11-2013, 09:53 AM
 
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Don't forget Harry Reid who claimed in August 2012 before the election that he had an anonymous source.

Reid said in reference to Romney
"You guys have said his wealth is $250 million. Not a chance in the world. It's a lot more than that."


PolitiFact | Harry Reid says anonymous source told him Mitt Romney didn't pay taxes for 10 years
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Old 06-11-2013, 09:55 AM
 
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Harry Reid hates the tea party. He said they do throw monkey wrenches into the government.

Harry Reid also said:

"I believe the Tea Party is short-lived. I think you will find even people that claim they're Tea Party folks will either be gone."
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Old 06-11-2013, 09:57 AM
 
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The writing is on the wall. I hope the media continues to piece the obvious together methodically and definitively.
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Old 06-11-2013, 09:59 AM
 
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Week of Aug. 23: The New Yorker's Jane Mayer authors a hit piece on the Koch brothers, entitled "Covert Operations," in which she accuses them of funding "political front groups." The piece repeats the White House theme, with Ms. Mayer claiming the Kochs have created "slippery organizations with generic-sounding names" that have "made it difficult to ascertain the extent of their influence in Washington."
The Koch brothers are private citizens, they can spy on whom ever they wish...whom should we get to spy on the Koch brothers?

I guess we will never know what the Koch boys are up to unless we can"ascertain" more.
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Old 06-11-2013, 10:04 AM
 
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Did this report mention how long each set of groups had to wait for these approvals?

Did they say anything like, "Four times as many conservative groups applied, but only twice as many got approved"?

Did it report how many liberal groups were asked to describe the contents of their prayers before granting approval?

I didn't think so.
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Old 06-11-2013, 10:08 AM
 
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Old 06-11-2013, 10:11 AM
 
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Did this report mention how long each set of groups had to wait for these approvals?

Did they say anything like, "Four times as many conservative groups applied, but only twice as many got approved"?

Did it report how many liberal groups were asked to describe the contents of their prayers before granting approval?

I didn't think so.
If the opposite would have happened, with more liberal groups being approved than conservative ones, that would also have you upset. Republicans overplayed their hand on the IRS scandal and now most people have moved on to the next story.

Better luck next time.
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