Friday, April 18, 2014
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The Internal Re-election Service

Dale M. Heckman (June 16) and Gabe Lewin (June 5) attempt to paper-over the IRS (Internal Re-election Service) scandal, calling it “admitted clumsiness” of “understaffed” offices, which should be thanked for blocking “tax evaders.”

They miss the main point entirely: Overwhelmingly, conservative individuals and organizations were targeted, stalled and disabled during the Obama re-election campaign! A USA Today story May 18 reports that in the 27 months the IRS put a hold on all tea party applications, it gave tax exemption to dozens of liberal organizations engaged in similar activities!

Many of the individuals and organizations targeted were those that Obama had publicly reviled as his “enemies” and “threats to democracy.” This insulting of political opponents, not seen since Nixon, may have inspired this IRS behavior. Otherwise, why would agents violate laws and risk their jobs and prison terms?

If organization titles contained words or phrases such as patriot, liberty, tea party, true the vote, Christian voices or coalition for life, IRS agents asked inappropriate and illegal questions such as requests for sworn declarations not to protest Planned Parenthood, and for donor information.

Agents who obtained and illegally gave donor information to liberal groups should be fired. Clearly, the IRS has run amok with extravagant conference and credit card spending and bonus scandals, but this is much more dangerous: It is fearsome government power versus regular citizens.

After making a sizable donation to a group supporting Mitt Romney, Frank Vandersloot found himself on the “enemies list” on the Obama campaign website, where he was tarred as a “wealthy individual” with a “less-than-reputable record.” Two IRS investigations and one by the Labor Department of Vandersloot and his employees followed. Not one resulted in a fine or penalty, but cost Vandersloot $80,000, plus what the president’s vilification did to his business and reputation. It is frightening that a powerful government agency can be politicized to intimidate political opponents.

Recent findings point to a direct White House role: the president’s deputy campaign manager, Stephanie Cutter, went to the White House several times with IRS Chief Douglas Shulman, who himself made 157 visits there during the campaign. They were not discussing Obamacare! The content of those White House meetings is impeachment material.

Paul Brady
Davis

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  • Fred HarveyJuly 13, 2013 - 9:02 am

    I just love it when the tables are turned and conservatives start yelling discrimination and harassment. Of course no one know better than them how to discriminate and harass.

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  • paul BradyJuly 19, 2013 - 4:25 pm

    Overwhelmingly [190 to 7] in one IRS office conservative groups were targeted and disabled during the OB re-election campaign. Of the seven liberal organizations listed only 2 were sent simple letters, and all seven were approved wo further investigation. Today, there is a bombshell in the investigation: The IRS scandal is connected to the Chief Counsel in the Whitehouse, who was appointed by OB!

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  • Da JudgeJuly 14, 2013 - 7:18 am

    Thank you Mr. Brady for the facts that the IRS was intentionaly targeting conservative groups at election time. The liberals of this town will have a hard time swallowing these facts because the orders came down from the White House and they don't like it when their Annointed One looks bad.

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  • paul BradyJuly 21, 2013 - 11:17 pm

    Thank you! A recent Bombshell is testimony under oath that an IRS counsel appointed by Obama was involved in who and which organizations would be harassed, blocked, disabled, etc. and whose donors would be revealed to Obama and his election campaign minions, to further intimidate and threaten with IRS and other agency audits!

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  • LarryJuly 14, 2013 - 1:19 pm

    In response to the scandal, the IRS has conducted an audit of the 2nd term of the Obama administration and declared it a total loss and a complete write-off.

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