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McConnell Demands WH Review of IRS Abuse

by Keith Koffler on May 10, 2013, 2:43 pm

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) demanded today that the White House investigate what appears to be targeting by IRS of conservative groups.

The IRS has acknowledged “mistakes” for singling out for heightened scrutiny groups that had words like “Tea Party” or “Patriot” in their title. But it denies a political motivation, saying the effort was part of an attempt to deal with applications for nonprofit status from “a particular type of group,” and in this case used keywords to identify those with common features.

Republicans aren’t buying it. Said McConnell:

Today, I call on the White House to conduct a transparent, government-wide review aimed at assuring the American people that these thuggish practices are not underway at the IRS or elsewhere in the administration against anyone, regardless of their political views.

Last year, amid reports that the Obama administration was using the levers of executive power to harass conservative political groups in Kentucky and elsewhere, I issued a very public warning to the administration that the targeting of private citizens on the basis of their political views would not be tolerated.

Today’s apology by the IRS is proof that those concerns were well founded. But make no mistake, an apology won’t put this issue to rest.

The issue was first raised last year, but the IRS only today is offering an apology.

H/T to Donovan Slack at Politico.

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I'm a Wacko May 10, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Really Mitch, asking the guy who directed them to do it. How stupid do you think we are? If you were so positive on this, why wasn’t your worthless arse doing something in congress instead of giving Der Fuhrer his tax increases.

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Mandy Manners May 10, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Why does he want the fox to investigate the raid on the hen-house?!

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Misscheryl May 10, 2013 at 3:17 pm

This serves as a reminder of these same morons who said they would form a committee to come up with a solution to the deficit comprised of the same people who couldn’t come up with a solution to the deficit.

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Mandy Manners May 10, 2013 at 4:30 pm

An example of the definition of insanity.

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Julie Brueckheimer May 10, 2013 at 8:31 pm

Asking for ‘transparency’? Pfft! Doesn’t McConnell know better by now?

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Michael W. Stewart May 10, 2013 at 2:57 pm

*Incredible* McConnell would put out such a statement, as the Tea Party is his dire enemy: smaller government, libertarian values, freedom, border security. Everything cocaine-sniffing, martini-swilling Rove Republicans despise.

I am not surprised that the Obama Administration were carrying out impeachable IRS operations targeting the Tea Party and TP-related organizations in the best neo-Marxist manner. So we must ask:

Q: Will the Republicans do anything about this?
A: No. The Republican Party (led by leftists McCain-Graham-McConnell) will bend over, apply generous amounts of lubricant and silently allow Ms. Maddow to apply the usual weekly squealing.

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Misscheryl May 10, 2013 at 3:16 pm

The democrats AND republicans are in concert to steal as much money as they possibly can from the American tax payer. That’s how they’ve gotten so wealthy. Conservatives are a threat to both parties because of their belief in limited government. It’s unfathomable to me why anyone would want government in the middle of their lives.

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Julie Brueckheimer May 10, 2013 at 8:33 pm

McConnell is up for re-election and is all-of-a-sudden an admirer of Rand Paul and the Tea Party. I expect good things from KY.

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srdem65 May 10, 2013 at 3:06 pm

An “apology”! what the heck prompted the most hated and powerful government agency to suddenly play nice? The last ‘apology’ was to singer DionneWarwick for overestimating her tax obligation in 2012, and before that was Sept 1997 for targeting entertainers and four unnamed citizens.
Oh boy, there’s something coming down Pennslvania Ave that’s going to knock the Boston terrorist bombing, the Cleveland horrors, and the lies of Benghazi off the headlines.

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Misscheryl May 10, 2013 at 3:36 pm

That was my thought as well. Why are they doing this…why are they doing this now? Maybe it’s serving to deflect from all of the above.

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Susan May 10, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Think I can answer why the IRS is apologizing, srdem. My hero Mark Levin heads the Landmark Legal Foundation. Back in March of 2012, Landmark Legal requested the IG investigate the IRS for misconduct in their treatment of Tea Party groups. My guess is the IG is about to respond to the complaint and the IRS apology is nothing more than damage control.

http://michellemalkin.com/2013/05/10/obama-irs-admits-witch-hunt-against-tea-party-patriot-groups/

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pianogirl88 May 10, 2013 at 3:28 pm

Mitch is going to have to buy a dictionary to send to the WH with the word “transparent” circled in red.

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mo1 May 10, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Saying the IRS was targeting a “particular type of group” is an ADMISSION the IRS was targeting people with views opposed to the Administration, given the words used. The only questsion is who ordered it. And we have a better change of finding out who ordered the military to stand down in Benghazi or whether Michelle Obama is getting free clothing from designers.

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bonnie cox May 10, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Isn’t targeting the same as “profiling”? I was audited this year. First time. Political affiliation?

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Julie Brueckheimer May 10, 2013 at 8:34 pm

: – )) I was just about to write the same thing.

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DeniseVB May 10, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Tea Party Patriots paid their rally fees, cleaned up after themselves and there were no arrests. On the other hand, there were no fees paid by OWS for squatting and panhandling which cost local govs and businesses a lot to clean up. For what?

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Playrighter May 10, 2013 at 4:28 pm

Perhaps because only one of the two groups is in favor with the
(p) Resident of the United States. Campaign house? Youbetcha. Governing house? Highly debatable.

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gracepmc May 10, 2013 at 4:52 pm

I suspect something big prompted the IRS to ‘fess up to its “mistake”. I would like to know what that is.

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Sadie May 10, 2013 at 5:10 pm

Mark Levin and the Landmark Legal Foundation fought to expose IRS political abuses directed at Tea Party groups.

The NY Times reported at the time:
Jay Sekulow, a conservative lawyer known more for his stands on religious freedom than for his tax work, said he is representing 16 Tea Party groups that are claiming harassment by the I.R.S., and the number is growing. He said he intended to demand an explanation from the Treasury Department on Wednesday for what he called “McCarthyism” tactics and that he would contact Republican lawmakers this week.

“This is obviously a coordinated effort by the I.R.S. to stifle these Tea Party and Tea Party-affiliated groups, and to stifle free speech activities,” Mr. Sekulow said. “It’s as onerous as what they did to the N.A.A.C.P. in the 1950s, and I plan to make that point.”

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Mandy Manners May 10, 2013 at 5:21 pm

Will the IRS and the Department of Labor now back off Frank VanderSloot, and apologize for their audits?

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cincycinco May 11, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Mitch; “Today, I call on the White House to conduct a transparent, government-wide review aimed at assuring the American people that these thuggish practices are not underway at the IRS or elsewhere in the administration against anyone, regardless of their political views.”

Obama : “Sure, Mitch, I’ll tell Eric to get right on it. We’ll have a full investigation followed by a first-class cover up!”

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