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Beginning in 2010, several different IRS offices – including those in Cincinnati, Ohio; El Monte, California; Laguna Niguel, California; and Washington D.C. systematically discriminated against conservative groups. The targeting was not the work of a few “rogue” agents, as IRS commissioner Steven Miller initially claimed.
The IRS targeted organizations who “criticize how the country is being run” - singling out those with “tea party”, “9/12” and “patriot” in their names.
The agency harassed right-leaning 501(c)(3) applicants with intrusive questions, including “please detail the content of your members’ prayers."
160 such applications were delayed for over 200 days – some for more than three years and two election cycles.
During this period, the IRS approved applications from several dozen groups who used words like “progressive”, “liberal” and “equality.” Media Trackers, a conservative applicant that had been delayed for 16 months, was approved in three weeks after it reapplied under the name “Greenhouse Solutions.”
The White House account of these events has changed several times. While the White House initially maintained that it had learned about the scandal through the media, it has since been revealed that both Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew were aware of the scandal a month prior.
Under the Obama Administration, IRS higher-ups have treated themselves to extravagant entertainment and lavish conferences on the taxpayers’ dime. The agency spent over $60,000 producing two short films for fun. In one instance, the IRS “paid for the construction of an elaborate mock-up of the bridge of the starship Enterprise.” The IRS also spent millions on luxurious accommodations for its managers – in violation of its own policies - and paid $135,000 fees to at least 15 outside speakers. One speaker was paid $17,000 to discuss “leadership through art.”
Democrats have attempted to shield themselves from blame by pointing out that IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman was a Bush appointee. Shulman’s wife, however, is a senior employee at liberal group Public Campaign, an organization “dedicated to sweeping campaign reform that aims to dramatically reduce the role of big special interest money in American politics.”
Sarah Hall Ingram, who ran the IRS’ tax-exempt division during the targeting, is now the director of the IRS’ ObamaCare office. Since graduating from Georgetown Law, Ingram has never worked anywhere except the IRS. Interestingly, Ingram has visited the White House 165 times.
The IRS has been put in charge of enforcing ObamaCare. Federal agencies are currently assembling a “Federal Data Services Hub” in what has been called “the largest consolidation of personal data in the history of the republic” by USA Today. Under ObamaCare, government-approved health insurance providers will submit reports about their customers to this database - where they will be monitored and cross-checked by the IRS. Although only 10% of Americans now say they have confidence in the IRS, we are apparently expected to trust the agency to oversee our healthcare.
I sent my first “tweet” a few days ago, and must admit, that at first I didn’t “get it”. But now I see the value in this Social Media platform; I guess one must always experience something to really understand it. The value of Twitter is this: Tweets are faster than Facebook, and for high profile, fast moving, and fluid events i.e.
Highlights of CPAC 2011: The Intern’s point of view:Youth: I was struck by how young the crowd was. I guess I was expecting a bunch of old men in very dark and dull suits. Nothing could have been further from the truth; the crowd was filled with young men and women, all excited, all extremely well read and all extremely knowledgeable on the issues. They were loud, motivated, an organized.Diversity: Wow! Much to the “left’s” disappointment the diversity of CPAC 2011 on all fronts was astounding. The conference
Tea Party and 9/12 Project Groups From Throughout Florida Come Together in Welcoming Governor Rick Scott to Eustis, FL.
Eustis, Florida will be buzzing with excitement on Monday as Tea Party, 9/12 Project and other freedom groups from throughout the state, proudly welcomes Governor Rick Scott to their ‘Tea Parties Unite’ rally. In addition, Gov. Scott has announced that he will unveil his new budget at this event!
In an interesting video making headlines this week, an alleged Democratic plant posing as a supporter of Kentucky Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul is publicly exposed on camera. The cameraman had been informed by others in the crowd that “Tyler” was heard boasting about acting as racist as possible to discredit Paul’s campaign. Additionally, it is believed that “Tyler” actually works for Paul’s Democratic opponent, Jack Conway, as he is confronted again during the video at a Conway campaign event:
Perhaps the most hated agency in the entire United States government is the Internal Revenue Service, which was the child of the Sixteenth Amendment of the US Constitution. As of 2008, there were 101,054 people with the agency along with over 1.2 million accountants, lawyers, and preparers in the private sector. Here at FreedomWorks, we argue that high taxation is harmful for a variety of reasons.
This Saturday FreedomWorks will be hosting a Get Out The Vote Training Seminar in Philadelphia. Come spend the day learning the secrets to successful campaigning and grassroots efforts from the FreedomWorks experts.
WHEN: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Saturday, July 31
WHERE: SMOKEATER’S PUB – 7681 Frankford Ave
COST: $30 payment at the time of registration; including lunch and training materials.
If you’re a patriot living in Philadelphia or the area you do not want to miss this!
Columbia, SC Alert: Biden Coming to Town for Tea Party July 23
Of course, Vice President Joe Biden, might not be planning on coming to Columbia, SC for a tea party, but that's what he's going to get. On Friday, July 23 Biden will be in town with Rep. John Spratt to dedicate the new USC library and participate in a fundraising event for Spratt.
FreedomWorks joined with thousands of others yesterday to protest the government takeover of healthcare. Starting in the morning, many groups tried to get a face-to-face visit with their Senator after traveling all this way, taking time off from work, and getting here on their own dime. A major frustration among the grassroots has been the way it feels like our leaders aren't listening. Yesterday proved to be no different as in office after office, visitors were pawned off on staff members or encouraged to just leave a comment or write a letter.
Upcoming Events to Protest Government Takeover of Healthcare
Thanks so much to everyone who sent in a video for the contest. We had a number of fantastic entries. Below are the four finalists in no particular order.Please check them out and leave comments about your favorite. We'll announce the winners tomorrow.Thanks again for your participation and don't forget to be in D.C on Saturday!