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    Re: AP Exclusive: IRS knew tea party targeted in 2011

    well, that was fast

    The IRS acknowledging that it targeted conservative political groups during the 2012 election season has sparked bipartisan calls for investigation -- with House Republicans already saying they will hold a hearing on the issue.

    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Friday the Republican-led chamber would investigate the tax-collecting agency for flagging the groups for additional review to see whether they were violating their tax-exempt status.

    “The IRS cannot target or intimidate any individual or organization based on their political beliefs,” the Virginia Republican said.

    Cantor’s comments were followed within minutes by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp saying he would hold a hearing.

    The IRS on Friday apologized for targeting groups, but Camp, R-Mich., argued the agency had “repeatedly denied” such activity.

    “The admission by the agency that it targeted American taxpayers based on politics is both shocking and disappointing,” he said.

    The committee has jurisdiction over the IRS, but it remains unclear whether other House committees also will investigate the issue, in which roughly 300 groups were flagged.

    Republicans were joined by a leading Senate Democrat in the call for congressional investigations.

    Michigan Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, said members have already been looking into the IRS's failure to make sure tax-exempt groups engage only in social welfare activities -- not partisan politics.

    “Today’s announcement by the IRS raises a second issue: whether the IRS, to the extent it has enforced its rules, has been impartial in doing so,” Levin said Friday. “Both issues require investigation.”
    House Republicans swiftly announce hearing on IRS targeting conservative groups | Fox News

    seeya in the senate, suckers

    where are haldeman and erlichman when you need em

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    Re: AP Exclusive: IRS knew tea party targeted in 2011

    Quote Originally Posted by LowDown View Post
    Yes, the coercive powers of government should never be used for partisan purposes.
    so all that police infiltration and surveillance of various protest groups is off the table, right?

    and IS it partisan, or just bad practise.

    OR just normal increased scrutiny ALL politically oriented 501(c)(3)s are subject to.

    they DID suddenly start getting massive amounts of cash and were skating close to the edge of their tax exempt status.
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    Re: AP Exclusive: IRS knew tea party targeted in 2011

    Personally I think all such groups need additional scrutiny. The rules say they aren't supposed to be trying to influence legislation, but there are just SO MANY of these groups that have clear political intentions. I mean, an organization whose express purpose is to legalize marijuana isn't trying to influence legislation? Really?

    NORML's mission is to move public opinion sufficiently to achieve the repeal of marijuana prohibition so that the responsible use of cannabis by adults is no longer subject to penalty.
    THEY LITERALLY SAY THEIR GOAL IS TO INFLUENCE THE LAW. It's their reason for existence.
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    We’ll say what? Something like “nothing happened” ... Yeah, we might say something like that.

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    Re: AP Exclusive: IRS knew tea party targeted in 2011

    It doesnt end with the Tea Party. come to find out it wasn't only conservative groups that were unjustly profiled. Jewish organizations were also singled out for extra scrutiny

    IRS Inquisition Update | National Review Online

    who is left on Obamas enemy list?

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    Re: AP Exclusive: IRS knew tea party targeted in 2011

    Quote Originally Posted by trfjr View Post
    It doesnt end with the Tea Party. come to find out it wasn't only conservative groups that were unjustly profiled. Jewish organizations were also singled out for extra scrutiny

    IRS Inquisition Update | National Review Online

    who is left on Obamas enemy list?
    National Review Online, eh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lutherf View Post
    We’ll say what? Something like “nothing happened” ... Yeah, we might say something like that.

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    Re: AP Exclusive: IRS knew tea party targeted in 2011

    Quote Originally Posted by Grant View Post
    They seem to be okay with organizations like this in Europe, even those which are elected and answerable to no one.. All we need do is check their history.
    Euros have always embraced Collectivist Authoritarian Left Wing Ideologies like Fascism and Communism eagerly throughout their history

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    Re: AP Exclusive: IRS knew tea party targeted in 2011

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    You mean like spying on the Quakers? Warrentless wiretaps? The no fly list where Democratic politicians suddenly appeared on? The AG scandal where non political AGs were fired after they refused to go after local Democrats on the orders of local Republicans? You mean those abuses?
    Well, not all of those are abuses and I haven't even heard of most of them. Spying on the Quakers?...LOL!!!
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    Re: AP Exclusive: IRS knew tea party targeted in 2011

    helter skelter, she's comin down fast

    Ways and Means to IRS: Provide all communications containing words 'tea party,' 'patriot' or 'conservative' by Wednesday

    the demands, backed by subpoena power:

    The House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight has thrown down an investigative gauntlet to the Internal Revenue Service, demanding that the agency hand over by next Wednesday every communication in its records that includes the words “tea party,” “patriot” or “conservative.”

    The committee is also demanding of the IRS that by next Wednesday it provide the committee with the names and titles of all individuals who were involved in targeting conservative non-profit groups for more intensive review of their applications for non-profit status.
    the testimony:

    “I've gotten a number of letters,” Boustany said at that hearing. “Just recently, we've seen some recent press allegations that the IRS is targeting certain Tea Party groups across the country requesting what have been described as owner's document requests, delaying approval for tax-exempt status, and that kind of thing. Can you elaborate on what's going on with that? I mean, can you give us assurances that the IRS is not targeting particular groups based on political leanings?”

    “Yes,” said Shulman. “No, thanks for bringing this up, because I think there's been a lot of press about this and a lot of moving information. So, I appreciate the opportunity to clarify. First, let me start by saying, yes, I can give you assurances.”

    “And so, what's been happening has been the normal back-and-forth that happens with the IRS,” Shulman testified. “None of the alleged taxpayers and obviously, I can't talk about individual taxpayers, and I'm not involved in these, are in examination process. They're in an application process which they moved into, voluntarily. And so, there's absolutely no targeting. This is the kind of back-and-forth that happens when people apply for 501(c)(4) status.”
    watch pelosi, watch schumer

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    Re: AP Exclusive: IRS knew tea party targeted in 2011

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    National Review Online, eh?
    sorry are they not an approved source? maybe if you can give me a list of your approved sources we wont have this problem in the future

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    Re: AP Exclusive: IRS knew tea party targeted in 2011

    Quote Originally Posted by trfjr View Post
    sorry are they not an approved source? maybe if you can give me a list of your approved sources we wont have this problem in the future
    The only sources he finds credible are Media Matters and Think Progress

    Better just to ignore his buffoonery

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