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Tea Party On

Patriot groups see vindication, new energy in IRS harassment and a recent slew of scandals troubling Obama administration

May 20, 2013

DES MOINES, Iowa — Is the tea party getting its groove back? Shouts of vindication from around the country suggest the movement’s leaders certainly think so....

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May-22-13 8:14 AM

Hilarious that the officials who VIOLATED our Constitutional rights are now using the FIFTH AMENDMENT to Protect THEIR lying azzes!

Yes THEY want to take away the FIRST and SECOND amendments rights to the citizens they SERVE!

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May-21-13 9:08 PM

IRS takes the Fifth:

The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday afternoon that Lois Lerner, who heads up the Internal Revenue Service's tax-exempt division, plans to invoke the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in a hearing Wednesday before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Affairs. The Fifth Amendment provides that U.S. citizens may not be compelled to offer testimony if telling the truth would incriminate them. Lerner's defense lawyer, William W. Taylor III, wrote to the committee on Tuesday that his client would refuse to answer questions related to what she knew about the extra levels of scrutiny applied to conservative nonprofit organizations that applied for tax-exempt status beginning in 2010.

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May-21-13 3:50 PM

<Next talking point. "I am not a crook. Just incompetent " >

Didn't they already use that one for Benghazi??

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May-21-13 11:49 AM

oldman thinks illegal IRS questioning to harass American citizens during elections, intentional IRS processing delays to throw elections, and IRS coverups of those partisan illegal activities are just the IRS “doing its job.”

Explains why oldman thinks Obama/Clinton denials of repeatedly requested security to terrorist-threatened and now DEAD diplomats is ok, coverups of Obama/Clinton State Department responsibility for those DEATHS is ok, the illegal Obama DOJ seizure of private information from the numerous American free press reporters is ok, and four Obama years without a Federal Budget is Buuuuush’s fault. Senility isn’t pretty, oldman.

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May-21-13 11:10 AM

Oldman, you may know this lady, lol

Internal Revenue Service officials not only wanted a wide variety of information from the Albuquerque Tea Party's application for non-profit status, it also wanted to know what contacts it had with people from other political organizations too.

That included an 83-year-old great-grandmother who was once held in a World War II internment camp, New Mexico Watchdog has discovered.

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May-21-13 10:56 AM

Oldman, turn on Fox News and get up to date!

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May-21-13 10:36 AM

Should the I R S not be allowed to enforce any tax laws? Tax cheats are tax cheats and should be investigated and prosecuted and held accountable. Who made these right wing groups above the law? The Irs is just doing it's job.

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May-21-13 5:28 AM

Obongo. Next talking point. "I am not a crook. Just incompetent "

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May-20-13 9:12 PM

The real benefit to an organization in gaining tax exempt status as a 501(c)(4) isn’t actually gaining a break on taxes. As Roger Colinvaux, an associate professor of law at Catholic University, points out in this piece for CNN****, most of these groups don’t have much income. The real benefit is that social welfare organizations don’t have to disclose their donors. Political organizations do. “After Citizens United, the abuse the IRS is tasked with policing is whether an organization that claims to be a ‘social welfare’ organization is in reality a political organization in disguise,” Colinvaux writes.

If they have to disclose their donors, the donors risk intimidation as Frank Vandersloot was for simply making a campaign donation.

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May-20-13 9:06 PM

"George provided some background: In 2010, some IRS employees began singling out applications for 501(c) (4) tax-exempt status from groups with “Tea Party,” “Patriots,” or other political sounding names, rather than focusing on the activities undertaken by the groups. According to Russell’s testimony, that changed in mid-2011, when the criteria shifted to applicants’ political, lobbying, or advocacy activities – which would be more appropriate. However, early in 2012, a unit within the IRS again focused on organizations’ policy positions, believing the 2011 criteria too broad. Several months later, the focus reverted once more, to the groups’ activities, Russell said in his testimony. Because of actions by some within the IRS, some groups applying for tax-exempt status had their applications delayed or were asked for unnecessary information."

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May-20-13 9:04 PM

As the headlines have been blaring lately, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), which provides independent oversight of IRS activities, found that “The IRS used inappropriate criteria that identified for review Tea Party and other organizations applying for tax-exempt status based upon theirnames or policy positions instead of indications of potential political campaign intervention.” That’s according to the May 17, 2013, testimony of J. Russell George with TIGTA before the House Ways and Means Committee.

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May-20-13 9:03 PM

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May-20-13 8:17 PM

Wvcoffee, so you’d call “on behalf of or in opposition to” unbiased? Figures. LOL

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May-20-13 8:08 PM

Try again. You just described what a 501c4 can't be. "The promotion of social welfare does not include direct or indirect participation or intervention in political campaigns on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office. However, a section 501(c)(4) social welfare organization may engage in some political activities, so long as that is not its primary activity. "

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May-20-13 7:26 PM

Wvcoffee, Thebudman is correct. The IRS has been targeting 501(c)(4)s, not 501(c)(3)s. And my comments didn't mention the tea party. Now tell us who’s "showing stupid." LOL

How can one of these organizations legally influence an election? By being an unbiased watchdog to expose media bias and to ensure laws are followed at the polls and in campaign finance, which is guaranteed to shut down a few of the dirty tricks you Democrits always play at election time.

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May-20-13 7:16 PM

The address listed in the group’s IRS filings — 4201 Wilson Blvd. Ste 110-152, Arlington, Va. 22030 — is even more suspicious, as it is a marketing center for A Better Today Recovery Services — a drug-and-alcohol treatment organization.

A receptionist who answered the phone at A Better Today said neither she nor anybody in the office had heard of the Barack H. Obama Foundation. She said A Better Today had been located at the Arlington address for “a couple years.”

The IRS filings that list the Arlington address as the foundation’s headquarters were dated May 2011.

“I don’t know if it’s listed wrong or what’s going on, but we have never heard of that,” the receptionist said, adding that A Better Today had never received calls or correspondence related to the Barack H. Foundation.

So tell us, COUGHY, what is the IRS penalty for FRAUD????

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May-20-13 7:15 PM

The “charity” run by President Barack Obama’s half-brother that was fast-tracked for IRS tax-exempt status is based at a Virginia UPS store, according to its website.

The organization’s IRS filings list another Virginia address that is actually a drug rehab center where the foundation does not appear ever to have been based.

As first reported by The Daily Caller, the foundation was speedily approved for IRS exemption by Lois Lerner, the IRS senior official at the center of the targeting of conservative organizations that have waited over two years to receive tax exempt status.

The charity was even given retroactive tax-exempt status despite never having bothered to apply for it. And its history of soliciting donations before receiving tax-exempt status was apparently overlooked.

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May-20-13 6:58 PM

wonder, how much does the Mormon play politics? How much money do spend supporting "agendas". What kind of "agendas" do they throw money at and if it is political, does the FEC know about it and are they simply ignoring this? If so, maybe the FEC needs to be investigated for not putting a stop to this!

If it is true!

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May-20-13 6:51 PM

I believe we are talking about 501(4)'s and NOT 501(3)'s.

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May-20-13 4:33 PM

Toolsayer and daMoron showing stupid again. 501(c)(3), and none of its earnings may inure to any private shareholder or individual. In addition, it may not be an action organization, i.e., it may not attempt to influence legislation as a substantial part of its activities and it may not participate in any campaign activity for or against political candidates. So how would a TeaBagger fundraiser influence an election? Please tell me how to LEGALLY do this? Geez.

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May-20-13 4:19 PM

Obama's half brother got his organization approved in about 30 days.

I wonderwhy?

{ . . . . . crickets . . . . . .}

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May-20-13 4:18 PM

Get some FACT wonderliar, stop your drooling mouth:

'When Jeff Cohen's left-leaning Action for a Progressive Future applied for an IRS tax exemption, the process was too long and too slow, he says. But it was much easier for him than it was for tea party groups.

Cohen answered nine IRS questions, many of them about the politics of his website, but he was approved after 18 months.

By contrast, tea party groups faced dozens of questions and many are still waiting for approval after two-and-a-half years."

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May-20-13 3:45 PM

guess ole budboy doesn't know how much the Mormon church plays politics! Supporting Romney, while the 'church' uses their money to promote their agendas. wonderwhy?

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May-20-13 2:43 PM

This is Ok, right:

Wayne Allyn Root, classmate of Obama at Columbia talks to Bill Cunningham on his Sunday Night national program. He tells the story of how he was recently audited twice and gives details of how he believes it came directly from the top, the WH. Root, like a lot of others who have been critical of Obama, especially on a national level, have been targeted no doubt deliberately for political reasons by this administration. He discusses with Bill how an IRS agent called him on the phone and says the agent knew exactly who he was and that he guest hosted a radio show. Root then drops another bombshell, telling Cunningham that he personally knows of at least 15 people who wrote big checks to Romney in election 2012 and were audited within 90 days.

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May-20-13 2:38 PM

Liberal like this group?

"News reports from the time indicate the now-chief counsel of the IRS, William Wilkins, helped a church connected to President Barack Obama’s friend Rev. Jeremiah Wright get out of an IRS probe in 2008 while working as a private attorney."

Fact Check it

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