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Issa directed Treasury inspector general to ignore IRS treatment of liberal groups

The bombshell IRS audit released in May omitted information about liberal groups at the request of House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA), according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration’s office.

A spokesman for Treasury Inspector General J. Russell George told The Hill on Tuesday that Issa had requested investigators “narrowly focus on tea party organizations.”

The subsequent audit concluded the IRS used “inappropriate criteria” to single out for additional scrutiny tea party groups that applied for tax exempt status. The findings lead almost every politician, including President Barack Obama, to denounce the IRS. Several Republicans suggested the audit indicated the White House had a Nixonian “enemies list.”

Speaking to CNN on Tuesday, Issa said the IRS appeared to have been targeting Obama’s political opponents “perhaps not on his request” but “on his behalf.”

But new documents have revealed that liberal and progressive groups received similar treatment from the IRS. The “inappropriate criteria” used to single out tea party groups — so-called “Be On the Look Out” (BOLO) memos — also singled out progressive and “Occupy” groups.

“We did not review the use, disposition, purpose or content of the other BOLOs. That was outside the scope of our audit,” the Treasury inspector general spokesman told The Hill.

The BOLO memos stated tax exempt status for progressive groups “may not be appropriate” because they were engaged in “anti-Republican” political activity. On the other hand, the BOLO memos only directed IRS employees to send tea party applications to a particular group. IRS officials have said the tea party applications were “centralized” to insure they received consistent treatment. Exactly how the BOLO memos were used remains unclear.

The report identified 298 groups that were subjected to additional scrutiny, and identified 98 of those groups as either tea party, patriot or 9/12 groups. The remaining 202 groups were labelled as “other.” During congressional hearings, George was repeatedly asked if these 202 “other” groups included liberal organizations. He said he couldn’t “make that determination” based on the available evidence. However, several liberal groups received the same level of IRS scrutiny as tea party groups.

The omitted information has caused Democrats to question whether the audit was truthful.

“Failing to make this clear in these documents and at Congressional Hearings even when asked directly has been fully misleading,” Rep. Sandy Levin (D-MI) wrote in a letter to George on Wednesday. “It has contributed to the distortion of this entire investigation, including use of innuendo and totally unsubstantiated assertions of White House involvement.”

The Associated Press on Wednesday confirmed that liberal and progressive groups were subjected the same treatment that conservative groups had complained about, including excessive questioning and extremely long waits. The liberal group Catholics United, for instance, waited seven years before receiving tax exempt status, far longer than any tea party group was forced to wait.

Meanwhile, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration’s office has continued to defend its audit of the IRS. Karen Kraushaar told the Associated Press that the inspector general was only “asked to look at the treatment of organizations known to be affiliated with the tea party in its review, and was asked to audit the way those organizations were being treated when they applied for tax-exempt status.”

Kraushaar implied information regarding liberal and progressive groups was omitted simply because of the narrow scope of the audit.

by Anonymousreply 3707/10/2014


House Republicans have denied they attempted to limit the audit of the IRS. They acknowledged they requested the audit based off complaints they received from tea party groups, but that should not have prevented investigators from mentioning the impact on other effected groups. A Republican aide told The Hill that the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration had “the authority to look at whatever they wanted to, and would be expected to do so if there was wrongdoing.”

Issa had previously released excerpts from a congressional investigation that purportedly proved the “targeting of conservative political groups came from Washington, D.C.” Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) later released the full transcripts to show there was no evidence the Obama administration was involved.

by Anonymousreply 106/27/2013

The man is a pig.

by Anonymousreply 206/27/2013

Thank you, r3. The minute the media can show it's "fair cred" by slamming the Dems with the Republicans encouragement, they do so, without seriously considering the proof. If there's a complaint that the Dems did something abjectly unfair, they are on it. The fact that the complaint may be completely unfounded doesn't deter them as it is their chance to prove how objective they are.

Issa is an asswipe.

by Anonymousreply 406/27/2013

Issa is a scumbag from way back when he was just a used car salesmen.

So dirty in fact he was implicated in an Arson investigation with some bad dealings but never charged. Who ups their insurance pay out 400% three weeks before it burns down?

He started the recall of California governor with 1.6 million dollar slur campaign. He whipped people up into a frenzy. He wanted to be the replacement but at the last minute another Republican stepped up and stole the spotlight....Arnold Schwarzenegger. He cried like a baby when he lost too.

He is known as Mr. Grand theft Auto. He was arrested for stealing a Maserati from a Cleveland car dealership, but later walked.

Arrested twice for weapons charges with a gun and convicted once but got probation and 100 dollar fine.

I could go on, but this guy was a total scum bag before he even made it into congress.

Republicans like him because he takes playing dirty to a whole new level. Anything to bring down Obama.

by Anonymousreply 506/27/2013

Any bets on whether this story gets any play in the MSM?

by Anonymousreply 606/27/2013

So will this ever come out in media actually see? No offense to Raw Story or anything, but the only people who actually read it are the choir that wants to be preached to (much like Free Republic). Will the NYT pick this up? CNN? Anyone?

by Anonymousreply 706/27/2013

Duh, never mind. Just read the whole thing. I just wish the MSM would fucking get on this and push it out there like they did the initial story.

by Anonymousreply 806/27/2013

It's OK if you're a Republican.

by Anonymousreply 1006/27/2013

The media outside of where Issa came from just don't get it. He really dose have a criminal past and they blew most of it off in the beginning because it seemed like no one with that kind of past could really get elected to office. As just typical opposition attacks.

They are just now starting to see his underside. Yes, he is a criminal and now law maker.

A little late to the party media whores, now do your job and dig deep past his PR. There is a Paper Chase in there if you look hard enough.

by Anonymousreply 1106/27/2013

Issa must have the same guardian angel Chris Christie has.

by Anonymousreply 1305/31/2014

Libertarian jackass bumping old threads.

by Anonymousreply 1405/31/2014

Government fighting the government is always awesome. The less time they have to harass us.

The destruction of Lois Lerner's hard drive is blood in the water for Republicans. Buy more popcorn.

Walter Olson reports: Some highlights since the email story broke last Friday:

* According to Strassel’s column today, the contents of Lois Lerner’s hard drive were wiped out by forces unknown “about 10 days after the Camp letter arrived,” that is to say, a letter from House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp inquiring into targeting of conservative groups. (Lerner then replied to Camp denying targeting and subsequently pleaded the Fifth before Congress.)

* A WSJ editorial this morning points out the remarkable timing of the IRS’s begrudging disclosure last Friday that evidence central to the case has been destroyed: more than a year after the investigation began and only when a deadline was impending in which the IRS commissioner would have to certify personally that the agency had produced to Congress all relevant communications. Were responsible agency officials determined to treat this as a high-priority investigation, to be carried on in good faith and with all deliberate speed? (There was no doubt about the seriousness of the scandal, as President Obama himself admitted—or seemed to be admitting—at the time.)

Or did they instead stall and deflect until the very last moment? So un-forthcoming was the agency that, according to today’s Journal editorial, IRS staffers met with Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) Monday and did not tell him that the external emails of six other IRS employees had gone missing too—he found that out only later in the week when he read a press release from the House side.

Of course, ALL government agencies act to protect their territories, it is not only the IRS. It is the nature of the evil government beast. There are plenty of hidden and distorted actions conducted by government employees across government. The current IRS hard drive scandal should be seen as exposure of one of the problems with government in general and not an isolated incident of a few bad actors. Government is about bad actors, The higher someone is in government, the worse they are. Hayek wasn't kidding when he titled a chapter in The Road to Serfdom, "Why The Wost Get On Top."

by Anonymousreply 1506/22/2014

To understand the latest outrage in the IRS scandal, mull over what might happen if regulators found significant evidence to implicate Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein in an insider trading scheme.

Let’s say Blankfein asserted his Fifth Amendment right not to answer any questions. Say Goldman was subpoenaed to provide all of Blankfein’s emails. Goldman replied that, instead of complying with the subpoena, it was itself reviewing the emails in question and was considering which ones to release. Now imagine that, nearly a year later, Goldman admitted that it had not, in fact, reviewed the emails in question, because they had been lost in a computer crash two months before it claimed to be reviewing them. Imagine Goldman also said copies of the emails were lost, because while under subpoena, it had destroyed the “backup tapes” (whatever those are) that held them and that it had also thrown away Blankfein’s actual hard drive.

The thing about dogs eating homework is, it could actually happen. This can’t. This is “The dog ate my hard drive, broke into another building, ate the backup of the hard drive, then broke into six other top officials’ offices and ate their hard drives also.”

What we learned about the IRS this week is that there is an obvious criminal coverup that comes in addition to the possible underlying crimes. Prosecutions need to be brought against all of those involved. Why isn’t this happening already?


by Anonymousreply 1606/23/2014

One failed hard drive? Ok.


Seven failed discs from expensive and new computers just ten days after a letter from Congress tells them they are under investigation for possibly targeting political opponents...bullshit.

by Anonymousreply 1906/26/2014

Impeach sleaze bag, criminal Issa. Fucker should be disqualified and jailed.

by Anonymousreply 2006/26/2014

i could care less about this "scandal" because the person spearheading the investigation is a known thief, arsonist and conman, who has during his tenure on teh house oversight committee has invented 'scandal" after "scandal" to waste the taxpayers money in a partisan disinformation campaign.

he shouldn't be in office, he should be in jail.

by Anonymousreply 2106/26/2014

He beats his wife too.

by Anonymousreply 2206/26/2014

Keep fucking that chicken, R23.

by Anonymousreply 2406/26/2014

[quote]The more turmoil that can be caused within government agencies, the less time they have to harass us.

Translation: I fled the US because I didn't pay taxes for 20 years. Gummint is evil!

by Anonymousreply 2606/27/2014

[quote]Why are we allowing the congress to ignore this?

Because it's hysterical self-generated bullshit. Next stupid question?

[quote]Fuck congress. Elected thugs protected by thugs with badges.

Says the idiot demanding an investigation on fake bullshit.

by Anonymousreply 3207/09/2014

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by Anonymousreply 3407/10/2014

R35 - libertarian moron.

by Anonymousreply 3607/10/2014
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