9 Aug

Obama wanted Lerner to “Fix it now before the election”

                                       

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A new video shows Lois Lerner talking about the pressure being brought to bear on the IRS to halt GOP money going into the 2010 election:

Newly uncovered video shows Lois Lerner discussing the political pressure that swirled around the IRS in 2010. Lerner says “everyone” was “screaming at” the IRS to stop the flood of money pouring into the 2010 elections through 501(c)(4) groups as a result of Citizens United.

Lerner spoke to a small group at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy on October 19, 2010, just two weeks before the wave election that brought the Tea Party and Republicans significant gains in Congress. During her appearance Lerner was asked about the flow of money from corporations to 501(c)(4) groups. “Everyone is up in arms because they don’t like it” Lerner replied, adding “Federal Election Commission can’t do anything about it; they want the IRS to fix the problem.”

Lerner goes on to outline the fact that 501(c)(4) organizations have the right to do “an ad that says vote for Joe Blow” so long as their primary activity is social welfare. However Lerner again emphasizes the political pressure the IRS was under at the time saying, “So everybody is screaming at us right now ‘Fix it now before the election. Can’t you see how much these people are spending?'” Lerner concludes by saying she won’t know if organizations have gone too far in campaigning until she looks at their “990s next year.”

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So Lerner put a roadblock in front of all Tea Party organizations:

More significantly, IRS data shows that 100 percent of Tea Party applications were scrutinized and that almost no applications were approved for a period of two years. Most were finally cleared in mid 2012 after a letter from Congress inquiring about the hold up finally led to a flurry of approvals.

The FBI hasn’t contacted any of the targeted Tea Party groups, the Director of the FBI doesn’t know who’s in charge and the IRS has stopped cooperating.

Obama promised a full inquiry into the matter

Barack Obama has delivered his first public response to allegations that the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative groups for extra tax scrutiny, describing it as outrageous and promising a thorough inquiry.

Obama, at a joint press conference with British prime minister David Cameron at the White House, said: “I have no patience with it. I will not tolerate it and we will make sure we find out exactly what happened on this.”

But now it’s a phony scandal.

The bad news for Obama is that Americans aren’t buying it:

A Fox News poll released Thursday revealed that a majority of Republican and Democratic voters alike strongly disagree with the Obama administration’s dismissal of the scandals plaguing Washington as “phony,” with 78 percent of respondents answering that the administration’s handling of the deadly attack is a serious matter.

Over 60 percent of respondents believe the administration is trying to cover up what happened the night of the assault, which left U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead, with 67 percent agreeing that President Barack Obama should have been personally involved in White House deliberations regarding the attack.

The poll’s breakdowns, however, reveal a few partisan and racial divides: Half the Democrats and 57 percent of black respondents polled believe that the administration is being open and transparent about its handling of the attack. But 88 percent of Republicans and 68 percent white respondents suspect the government is involved in a cover-up.

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25 Responses to Obama wanted Lerner to “Fix it now before the election”

  1. Nan G says: 1

    I noticed the right-lean of your sources, DrJohn.
    Tucker Carlson’s Daily Caller, Andrew’s Breitbart, Red State and also the UK’s the Guardian.
    But lefty news sources were also available because they, in beginning to cover Obama for a change, are discovering the truth.
    CNN:

    The vice chairman of the Federal Election Commission Don McGann told CNN on Monday he has seen numerous undisclosed e-mails between FEC staffers and the Internal Revenue Service that raise new questions about potential improper contact between two federal agencies in the alleged targeting of conservative political groups.
    ….
    The e-mails McGahn described to CNN are exactly what Republican congressional investigators are asking IRS and FEC officials to turn over to Congress as part of its investigation.

    OK.
    That part of the IRS scandal is over 48 hours old.
    There are NO mainstream left-leaning media outlets with the ”fix it now,” story.
    Maybe tomorrow or the day after?
    Maybe today at Obama’s ”news conference?”
    Probably not.

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  2. drjohn says: 2

    @Nan G:

    The vice chairman of the Federal Election Commission Don McGann told CNN on Monday he has seen numerous undisclosed e-mails between FEC staffers and the Internal Revenue Service that raise new questions about potential improper contact between two federal agencies in the alleged targeting of conservative political groups.

    I almost included that in the post.

    But the Guardian is hardly right wing.

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  3. Nan G says: 3

    http://www.bizpacreview.com/2013/08/07/2010-video-surfaces-irss-lerner-admits-to-political-pressure-81168

    Lois Lerner:

    “So everybody is screaming at us right now, ‘Fix it now before the election. Can’t you see how much these people are spending?’”

    Who’s ”everybody, “Lois?
    Who refers to their fellow Americans as ”these people?”
    Lois Lerner:
    ‘the Supreme Court dealt it a huge blow, overturning a 100-year-old precedent that said, basically, corporations can give directly in political campaigns.’”

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2010/05/obama-calls-citizens-united-ru.html
    Obama, 2010:
    In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama decried the court decision known as “Citizens United,” saying that it amounts to “a huge blow to our efforts to rein in this undue influence.”

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  4. Nan G says: 4

    @drjohn:
    Good point about the left-leaning Guardian….but it is NOT an AMERICAN media outlet.
    If it isn’t on the right, it is foreign as far as breaking Obama’s scandals is concerned.
    Jake Tapper and Sharyl Attkisson are exceptions, although Sharyl’s computer was hacked (probably by Obana-feds) for her hard work.
    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57589367/cbs-news-confirms-sharyl-attkissons-computer-hacked/

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  5. john says: 5

    Wasn’t Lerner appointed to her position by George Bush? And Douglas Shulman who was head of the TRS during this time period, wasn’t he also appointed by Bush? Did the right wing turn on them in part because they are Jews? Or was that just a coincidence?

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  6. Budvarakbar says: 6

    @john: Getting a little paranoid there ??

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  7. Nan G says: 7

    Lois G. Lerner, who has been described as “apolitical” in mainstream press coverage of the IRS scandal, is married to tax attorney Michael R. Miles, a partner at the law firm Sutherland Asbill & Brennan. The firm is based in Atlanta but has a number of offices including in Washington, D.C., where Miles works.

    The firm hosted an organizing meeting at its Atlanta office for people interested in helping with voter registration for the Obama re-election campaign.
    See the invite:
    https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/44lv

    This is not the first of Lerner’s connections to Obama to surface. Earlier it was reported that Lerner personally signed the tax-exemption approval for a shady charity run by Obama’s half-brother, after an inexplicably brief one-month application process.

    Apparently, President Bush was less interested in Political leaning as he was in ability to do a job.
    Obama has other priorities.
    And Obama will USE any useful idiot willing to be used by him.

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  8. drjohn says: 8

    @john:

    So was John Roberts. And HW gave us Souter. So much for being bipartisan.

    Lerner’s husband is thick with Obama

    http://dailycaller.com/2013/05/16/embattled-irs-official-lois-lerners-husbands-law-firm-hosted-an-obama-campaign-organizing-meeting/

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  9. drjohn says: 9

    @Nan G:

    Lerner backdated the Barack Obama Foundation by more than the legal 2 1/2 years.

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  10. Buffalobob says: 10

    Lerner needs to frog walked directly to prison.

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  11. enchanted says: 11

    but, but. I thought she did nothing wrong. Didn’t she tell Congress she did nothing wrong? oh dear. I hope she likes the color orange.

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  13. This one says: 12

    Nice try! Lol!

    IRS targeting included liberal groups
    http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/24/politics/irs-targeting

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  14. Like any of this is a surprise. Obama and those progressive liberals feared the Tea Party because they knew that the Tea Party was the greatest threat to their agenda. The problem is, these progressives will stop at nothing to change America. If the Constitution, voting Americans and the small minority of right-leaning can’t stop them, who can? If you remember any socialist-type revolution or takeover of government (Nazis), these people are ruthless and will stop at nothing to shove their agenda down our throat -Obamacare..

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  15. John says: 14

    @This one: And all 100% of the 7 of them were approved.

    “…when the IRS sent groups letters asking for further information, conservative groups were asked more questions — on average, three times more. All of the groups with “progressive” in their name were ultimately approved, while only 46 percent of conservative groups won approval. Others are still waiting for an answer or gave up.”

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2013/07/30/207080580/report-irs-scrutiny-worse-for-conservatives

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  16. Randy says: 15

    @This one: This is getting so old! They targeted liberal groups but approved them right away. They held out on the conservative groups for years!

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  17. Nan G says: 16

    In a remarkable admission that is likely to rock the Internal Revenue Service again, testimony released Thursday by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp reveals that an agent involved in reviewing tax exempt applications from conservative groups told a committee investigator that the agency is still targeting Tea Party groups, three months after the IRS scandal erupted……
    ….
    ….Below is the Ways & Means Committee transcript of the IRS official.

    Wednesday, August 1, 2013

    Committee: Today, currently, how do you analyze advocacy cases. If, for example, Tea Party of Arkansas came in today, how would you handle it?

    IRS agent: Well, the BOLO list doesn’t exist anymore.

    Committee: Sure.

    IRS: If a political advocacy case came in today, I would give it — or talk about it to my manager because right now we really don’t have any direction or we haven’t had any for the last month and a half.

    ——

    Committee: If you saw — I am asking this currently, if today if a Tea Party case, a group — a case from a Tea Party group came in to your desk, you reviewed the file and there was no evidence of political activity, would you potentially approve that case? Is that something you would do?

    IRS agent: At this point I would send it to secondary screening, political advocacy.

    Committee: So you would treat a Tea Party group as a political advocacy case even if there was no evidence of political activity on the application. Is that right?

    IRS agent: Based on my current manager’s direction, uh-huh.

    Now, maybe, like how liberal groups all got approval after scrutiny.
    But the question is HOW LONG do the two political side’s groups have to wait?
    Is it the same amt of time?
    Or, like up til now, conservative groups wait and wait and wait while liberal groups sail through even getting special speedy treatment that requires dating the forms wrong to cover for how fast they got through.

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  18. Dc says: 17

    Couple points for thought:
    Lois in this video is talking about “corporate” , big money ads. If you recall, the president, in his SOTU speech…lambasted the Supreme Court attendees about this issue in a way that was simply a misreading of the law. Given Obama is a lawyer….I would assume he knew the legal issues were sound…but chose to make political points by using popular rhetoric about “rich people” vs…etc…to make his brownie points for the class warfare crowd.

    But, in the end…what is even more interesting…is that the people who primarily ended up targeted in this by the IRS>..and who were subject to that extra level of scrutiny were NOT big money corporate contributors…..but small money Mom and Pop Tea party applicants. I guess that was their compromise…..given corporations have staff “lawyers”…and Tea Party Mom and Pops don’t.

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  19. Ditto says: 18

    The Treasury Department Inspector General’s Report

    Not that our trolls will bother reading it. All they do is continue to parrot the same old lame far-left argument examples.

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  20. FAITH7 says: 19

    OFraud constantly preaches to the Nation…specifically his base – Low Information voters, and the Greedy Liberals just how the Republican Congress and Republicans in general…are constantly “blocking” OFraud’s efforts to Fundamentally Change Merica…

    People in Glass Houses shouldn’t throw stones…

    The Liberals/Progressives/Left are as conniving and corrupt as in the Poker Games you see on Old West Shows and Movies where the scoundrel is “caught” with that “ace” card up his sleeve…

    Cheats…Plain and Simple…

    …And they have no shame..

    …Yet the Right-Conservatives-the Rich-the Middle Class-Whitey-the 47% ….are constantly “Lectured to” by these Low Life POS Scoundrels for their conservative beliefs and wanting what’s best for the Country as a “Whole” not Group by Group by Group by Group by Group by Group by…

    Liberals/Progressives know they would not get anywhere politically without being the scoundrels they are…

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  21. anticsrocks says: 20

    @john: You said:

    Wasn’t Lerner appointed to her position by George Bush?

    The POTUS doesn’t appoint lower level federal positions. She was selected as the director of the Exempt Organizations Division at the IRS. This is just spin by the left to help cover Obama.

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  23. Bill says: 21

    @john:
    Does that make a difference, John? What it shows is that Bush TRIED to trust liberals; in that, he was foolish and wrong because liberals only look out for liberals. Hopefully, the next Republican President will never make that mistake.

    What it also shows is that liberals are ideologues and, upon the overt example of their Chosen One, they will act, like the Telegraph Vine, in unison and with like mind to undermine the Constitution and rights of Americans that dare to disagree with far left policies.

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  24. Bill says: 22

    @This one:

    Where are the liberal groups that were put on hold for 2 years? Which groups had to give up their donor lists and agendas? No, liberal groups were targeted for EXPEDITING.

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  25. Darkwater says: 23

    @Nan G: Au contraire about the Guardian — it’s far left.

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