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Obama is at Two Dozen Scandals and Counting

President Obama claims that Republicans are busy probing “phony scandals.” But the sheer number of scandals suggests that misbehavior, abuse of power, and possibly corruption are not something being dreamed up by the GOP, but a defining characteristic of the Obama administration.

Here is a full list of the administration’s most egregious scandals. The ones we know about, at least. I’ve added four since the last time we ran the list – an increase of 20 percent!

1. IRS targets Obama’s enemies: The IRS targeted conservative and pro-Israel groups prior to the 2012 election. Questions are being raised about why this occurred, who ordered it, whether there was any White House involvement and whether there was an initial effort to hide who knew about the targeting and when.

2. Benghazi: This is actually three scandals in one:

  • The failure of administration to protect the Benghazi mission.
  • The changes made to the talking points in order to suggest the attack was motivated by an anti-Muslim video
  • The refusal of the White House to say what President Obama did the night of the attack

3. Watching the AP: The Justice Department performed a massive cull of Associated Press reporters’ phone records as part of a leak investigation.

4. Rosengate: The Justice Department suggested that Fox News reporter James Rosen is a criminal for reporting about classified information and subsequently monitored his phones and emails.

5. Potential Holder perjury I: Attorney General Eric Holder told Congress he had never been associated with “potential prosecution” of a journalist for perjury when in fact he signed the affidavit that termed Rosen a potential criminal.

6. The ATF “Fast and Furious” scheme: Allowed weapons from the U.S. to “walk” across the border into the hands of Mexican drug dealers. The ATF lost track of hundreds of firearms, many of which were used in crimes, including the December 2010 killing of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

7. Potential Holder Perjury II: Holder told Congress in May 2011 that he had just recently heard about the Fast and Furious gun walking scheme when there is evidence he may have known much earlier.

8. Sebelius demands payment: HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius solicited donations from companies HHS might regulate. The money would be used to help her sign up uninsured Americans for ObamaCare.

9. The Pigford scandal: An Agriculture Department effort that started as an attempt to compensate black farmers who had been discriminated against by the agency but evolved into a gravy train delivering several billion dollars in cash to thousands of additional minority and female farmers who probably didn’t face discrimination.

10. GSA gone wild: The General Services Administration in 2010 held an $823,000 training conference in Las Vegas, featuring a clown and a mind readers. Resulted in the resignation of the GSA administrator.

11. Veterans Affairs in Disney World: The agency wasted more than $6 million on two conferences in Orlando. An assistant secretary was fired.

12. Sebelius violates the Hatch Act: A U.S. special counsel determined that Sebelius violated the Hatch Act when she made “extemporaneous partisan remarks” during a speech in her official capacity last year. During the remarks, Sebelius called for the election of the Democratic candidate for governor of North Carolina.

13. Solyndra: Republicans charged the Obama administration funded and promoted its poster boy for green energy despite warning signs the company was headed for bankruptcy. The administration also allegedly pressed Solyndra to delay layoff announcements until after the 2010 midterm elections.

14. AKA Lisa Jackson: Former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson used the name “Richard Windsor” when corresponding by email with other government officials, drawing charges she was trying to evade scrutiny.

15. The New Black Panthers: The Justice Department was accused of using a racial double standard in failing to pursue a voter intimidation case against Black Panthers who appeared to be menacing voters at a polling place in 2008 in Philadelphia.

16. Waging war all by myself: Obama may have violated the Constitution and both the letter and the spirit of the War Powers Resolution by attacking Libya without Congressional approval.

17. Biden bullies the press: Vice President Biden’s office has repeatedly interfered with coverage, including forcing a reporter to wait in a closet, making a reporter delete photos, and editing pool reports.

18. AKPD not A-OK: The administration paid millions to the former firm of then-White House adviser David Axelrod, AKPD Message and Media, to promote passage of Obamacare. Some questioned whether the firm was hired to help pay Axelrod $2 million AKPD owed him.

19. Sestak, we’ll take care of you: Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel used Bill Clinton as an intermediary to probe whether former Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) would accept a prominent, unpaid White House advisory position in exchange for dropping out of the 2010 primary against former Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.).

20. I’ll pass my own laws: Obama has repeatedly been accused of making end runs around Congress by deciding which laws to enforce, including the decision not to deport illegal immigrants who may have been allowed to stay in the United States had Congress passed the “Dream Act.”

21. The hacking of Sharyl Attkisson’s computer: It’s not clear who hacked the CBS reporter’s computer as she investigated the Benghazi scandal, but the Obama administration and its allies had both the motive and the means to do it.

22. An American Political Prisoner: The sudden decision to arrest Nakoula Basseley Nakoula on unrelated charges after protests in the Arab world over his anti-Muslim video is an extraordinarily suspicious coincidence. “We’re going to go out and we’re going to prosecute the person that made that video,” Hillary Clinton allegedly told the father of one of the ex-SEALs killed in Banghazi.

23. Get rid of inconvenient IGs: Corporation for National and Community Service Inspector General Gerald Walpin was fired in 2009 as he fought wasteful spending and investigated a friend of Obama’s, Sacramento Mayor and former NBA player Kevin Johnson. The White House says Walpin was incompetent.

24. Influence peddling: An investigation is underway of Alejandro Mayorkas, director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, who has been nominated by Obama for the number two post at the Department of Homeland Security. Mayorkas may have used his position to unfairly obtain U.S. visas for foreign investors in company run by Hillary Clinton’s brother, Anthony Rodham.

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  8. Obama has also used his bully pulpit to bully individuals by inserting his opinions into matters that shouldn’t concern him as president: The beer summit, the Trayvon Martin case, the filmmaker dragged into the Benghazi disaster, and numerous pop culture matters in which we have been assaulted with his personal opinions. He seems to consider reputations of mere citizens, including those involved in pending legal matters, as disposable for his own convenience. These matters aren’t exactly scandals because there is nothing secret about them. But there is also nothing presidential about them.

  9. […] Other scandals that fit the definition, even if the Left insists on denying reality: – IRS targeting and punishing Obama opponents – Illegal war in Libya – Recess appointments – Benghazi – EPA – Associated Press – Fast & Furious – NSA – Rosengate – DOJ – Holder perjury, held in contempt – Sebelius controversies: raising private money and endorsing candidates – Solyndra And a host of others, listed here. […]

  10. I’d suggest a list of the GENERAL OFFICERS who have been fired or made to resign because they opposed this lawless president

  11. How about the price tag for the Obamacare website? At min $650 million and Michelle’s college buddy was at the receiving end of it. Most IT pros value the website at about $10 million at the high end. In my opinion thats a major scandal. It pisses me off to no end that the media didnt make a big deal out of this.

  12. You missed one. Which is FATCA. Obama reneged on his promises to support Americans overseas in 2008. It was a campaign promise. What he did in 2010 is unacceptable… Because of the 2008 housing crises congress and president asked the IRS to get money any way they could, so they snuck in an amendment to the HIRE ACT known as FATCA. (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act) This act is heinous to say the least. It targets any one with a foreign bank account. Tax evasion is a problem only because America is the only country in the world that taxes citizens who live outside their home country. Those extremely wealthy people will never be caught, banks help them no matter where they live. Tax havens will always exist. FATCA’s orignal goal was to catch those living in the US with overseas bank accounts. ALAS but they forgot about the 7.6 million Americans living abroad! Who are now caught up in this horrible law that threatens their lives. Americans abroad have no representation in congress, so congress can do whatever they want. Obama signed off on FATCA in 2010 and has done nothing to stop it since. FATCA violates laws like no other law. It is a trainwreck in the making, but yet the media will not report the negative aspects of it. FATCA violates trade agreements, privacy laws, confidentiality, and so much more. Americans who live abroad do not have any financial privacy at all, and FATCA threatens Americans who live overseas with identity theft because every bank in the world must comply with this new IRS sanction on every country. That means every foreign bank in the world, from July 1, 2014 will spy on Americans with accounts at their banks. Many banks are turning away American business now because of it. You may think that because an American lives abroad, they are not a real America… That’s just insane, we bring so much good to America. And my so called foreign bank account is actually just a five minute walk from my house, yet I have to report the value of that account every year or be penalized 50% of the value of the account or over 100,000! Is that fair? NO WAY! FATCA threatens to destroy the already fragile US economy. Stay tuned for the severe consequences of Obama and the US congress along with the IRS in just two weeks.

  13. […] This is the double standard of the left.  The moonbats are still freaking out over a traffic jam in New Jersey, but the IRS targeting conservative groups  is a “phony scandal.” […]

  14. Thank you for the list. I am sick to death of the disrespect Obama and his administration has shown to the American people and our laws….not to mention how our status in world standing has plummeted because of all he has done. This just does seem real. I have never seen anything like this in all the rears I have been alive on this planet. Thank you again, Johnnie Sue Bridges

  15. “Hillary Clinton’s brother, Anthony Rodman.”

    Rodman? Really … isn’t that Rodham? Just asking …

    Loved the line up of Obama admin. criminal activities.

    I hope we can eventually nail these bastards.

  16. […] Those things that some people call Obama–e.g. incompetent and, dear Lord, mistaken and wrong–are true. Sure, Washington is correct to point out that every president deserves respect, and that includes George W. Bush. But the number of bungles by Obama are impressive. Foreign policy? A hash. Domestic policy? Obamacare (excuse me, the ironically named Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) that Obama had to unconstitutionally change a law passed by Congress. I could go on. (Here's a list of his scandals.) […]

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