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Source: Washington Post
May 13, 2013
Well, let's see, there is this precedent, "He has, acting personally and through his subordinates and agents, endeavoured to obtain from the Internal Revenue Service, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, confidential information contained in income tax returns for purposed not authorized by law". That's from the articles of impeachment drawn up against the last president to turn a blind eye to what the IRS was doing.
One of the groups target was here in my home town! They were very active and effective in the local and state elections the last several years! The people in charge will never be held fully accountable! Should the IRS be trusted when they begin enforcing Obama Care Provisions? SO MUCH FOR THE MOST TRANSPARENT ADMINISTRATION EVER that was promissed during the first Term!
Well--the direction this seems to be going is to blame someone at the agency level. That seems to be appropriate to me. Unless it can be shown that there was an executive branch directive that initiated these actions, any discipline and/or retraining should occur at the agency level.
This is particularly troubling since there are PLENTY of bonafide examples of groups that SHOULD have their tax-exempt status scrutinized based on their lobbying activities--i.e. the religious groups that endorse political candidates, etcetera. See here: Exemption requirements: 501(c)(3) organizations The IRS has plenty to do without going on unwarranted witch hunts.
This is put into crime news because well, it's a crime to go after groups based upon political affiliation. This paper trail will be amusing to watch. I wonder how the WH is going to spin this one and which low level bureaucrat will end up falling on his/her sword for this 1?
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