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    Judicial Watch: New Documents Show IRS HQ Control of Tea Party Targeting

    WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - May 14, 2014) - Judicial Watch today released a new batch of Internal Revenue Service (IRS) documents revealing that its handling of Tea Party applications was directed out of the agency's headquarters in Washington, DC. The documents also show extensive pressure on the IRS by Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) to shut down conservative-leaning tax-exempt organizations. The IRS' emails by Lois Lerner detail her misleading explanations to investigators about the targeting of Tea Party organizations.



    The documents came in response to an October 2013 Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed after the agency refused to respond to four FOIA requests dating back to May 2013 (Judicial Watch, Inc. v. Internal Revenue Service (No. 1:13-cv-01559)).
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    One email showing coordination between Cincinnati and Washington:

    EOT is working the Tea party applications in coordination with Cincy. We are developing a few applications here in DC and providing copies of our development letters with the agent to use as examples in the development of their cases. Chip Hull [another lawyer in IRS headquarters] is working these cases in EOT and working with the agent in Cincy, so any communication should include him as well. Because the Tea party applications are the subject of an SCR [Sensitive Case Report], we cannot resolve any of the cases without coordinating with Rob.
    The most troubling revelation is that Senator Carl Levin (D, Mich.) asked the IRS to investigate a number of conservative groups that opposed him and the Obama administration:

    A series of letters between Senator Levin (D-MI), chairman of the Subcommittee on Investigations, and top IRS officials throughout 2012 discuss how to target conservative groups the senator claimed were "engaged in political activities." In response to a Levin March 30 letter citing the "urgency of the issue," then-Deputy Commissioner Steven Miller assured the senator that IRS regulations were flexible enough to allow IRS agents to "prepare individualized questions and requests" for select 501(c)(4) organizations.
    The newly released IRS documents contain several letters and emails revealing an intense effort by Levin and IRS officials to determine what, if any, existing IRS policies could be used to revoke the nonprofit exemptions of active conservative groups and deny exemptions to new applicants. In a July 30, 2012, letter, Levin singles out 12 groups he wants investigated for "political activity." Of the groups -- which include the Club for Growth, Americans for Tax Reform, the 60 Plus Association, and the Susan B. Anthony List -- only one, Priorities USA, is notably left-leaning.
    Appears to be a bit more than a "smidgeon" of corruption at the IRS, contrary to Obama's assertions.

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    Re: Judicial Watch: New Documents Show IRS HQ Control of Tea Party Targeting

    yet again JW using the FOIA to get documents from this administration that it should have already released!

    transparency from this administration doesn't exist.
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    Re: Judicial Watch: New Documents Show IRS HQ Control of Tea Party Targeting

    Dude, that was like two years ago.
    We went from sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me to safe spaces.

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    Re: Judicial Watch: New Documents Show IRS HQ Control of Tea Party Targeting

    Obama goes from angrily stating "We will get to the bottom of this" to "not a smidgen of corruption" in the blink of an eye.

    He and his entire administration are nothing but blatant liars. When will the people insist on the truth?
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    Re: Judicial Watch: New Documents Show IRS HQ Control of Tea Party Targeting

    Quote Originally Posted by Blue_State View Post
    Dude, that was like two years ago.

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    Re: Judicial Watch: New Documents Show IRS HQ Control of Tea Party Targeting

    Well damn. A pattern is developing here. Lie, obfuscate, withhold, and then claim it's an old event when it's outed. It's not working.

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    Re: Judicial Watch: New Documents Show IRS HQ Control of Tea Party Targeting

    Quote Originally Posted by humbolt View Post
    Well damn. A pattern is developing here. Lie, obfuscate, withhold, and then claim it's an old event when it's outed. It's not working.
    That's not entirely true. Those tactics work on a lot of people. My claim is evidenced by members here on this board.

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    Re: Judicial Watch: New Documents Show IRS HQ Control of Tea Party Targeting

    Quote Originally Posted by Jango View Post
    That's not entirely true. Those tactics work on a lot of people. My claim is evidenced by members here on this board.
    Well, of course you're correct. I was speaking of those with IQ's which reach into the triple digits, primarily.

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    Re: Judicial Watch: New Documents Show IRS HQ Control of Tea Party Targeting

    Quote Originally Posted by mtm1963 View Post
    yet again JW using the FOIA to get documents from this administration that it should have already released!

    transparency from this administration doesn't exist.
    The problem is that many of these documents that Judicial Watch received through taking it to court are some of the same documents Congress asked for and received from the administration but were heavily redacted often leaving out names or anything that would show abuse of power or reveal this administration lying. How pathetic is it that Congress can't get a readable document but a private organization through the legal system can?

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    Re: Judicial Watch: New Documents Show IRS HQ Control of Tea Party Targeting

    Remember Carney and all the gang claiming that this was the actions of a few lower level employees in Cincinnati? Well according to these emails this was tied to several branches, most significantly the main IRS branch in Washington DC. The emails also point out that the "Tea Party" was specifically singled out and discussed in emails, while none of the emails examined thus far have had a word to say about progressive groups at all. Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't singling out the Tea Party make this political targeting and constitute significantly more than "a smidgen" of corruption?

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