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Democratic Montana Senator Max Baucus is leading an investigation into why the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative nonprofit groups for extra scrutiny despite the fact that Baucus once wrote a letter urging the IRS to do exactly that.. . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Targeting of conservative groups continued even after the then-acting Commissioner for Services and Enforcement issued a written directive to back off of examinations of 501(c)4 organizations.
Ms. Lerner told an American Bar Association conference the IRS practice was initiated by low-level workers in Cincinnati and was not motivated by political bias. Ms. Lerner said that Agency officials found out about the practice last year and moved to correct it: “That was absolutely incorrect, it was insensitive and it was inappropriate. That's not how we go about selecting cases for further review....The IRS would like to apologize for that.”Look, I work for a government agency, and no matter what the party affiliation of employees, mid-level bureaucrats rarely undertake, on their own initiative, dramatic action that might be politically explosive. I’m willing to bet that these agents had reason to believe that what they were doing was under orders from somewhere higher up.
Yet the hand-signed July 7, 2011 memorandum from Miller suggests that IRS management and employees understood in March 2011, just four months after the 2010 Congressional elections, that they were to suspend the examinations of gift taxes to 501(c)4 organizations until the policy towards these groups had been resolved.
The targeting of Tea Party and conservative 501(c)4 groups continued regardless--either because employees chose to ignore a direct instruction from senior management, or because they received contrary instructions from elsewhere.
Even some of the Democratic Party’s media auxiliaries are starting to balk over defending this latest instance of Obama-administration thuggishness (Not, of course, the New York Times, which continues to play the role of Master of the Democrat Chamber Pot). And quite aside from the targeting of conservative groups’ applications for tax-exempt status, there’s still the matter of election-year tax-information leaks pertaining to some high profile Republican donors – notably, Mitt Romney.
Quick, Mr. President! Find an offensive Tea Party video on You Tube. That ought to save the day. After all, that tactic worked so well with the Benghazi disaster.