Tagged Internal Revenue Service

More IRS Abuses to Keep You Up and Fretting at Night

Did you know that if you are involved in educating people about the Constitution, you might end up in the sights of the Internal Revenue Service? It’s true. I am sure that the “be on the lookout” criteria that Nicholas Rosenkranz references are based on keywords and key phrases that are meant to indicate certain types of political activity, but that doesn’t make the following any less chilling: What is most corrosive about this IRS tripwire is that it is triggered by a particular point of view; it is not, as First Amendment scholars say, viewpoint-neutral. It does not include…

More Regarding that IRS Scandal which Supposedly Isn’t a Scandal

A lot of suspicious things seem to be happening in this allegedly non-scandalous environment: The IRS says it has lost emails from five more workers who are part of congressional investigations into the treatment of conservative groups that applied for tax exempt status. The tax agency said in June that it could not locate an untold number of emails to and from Lois Lerner, who headed the IRS division that processes applications for tax-exempt status. The revelation set off a new round of investigations and congressional hearings. On Friday, the IRS said it has also lost emails from five other…

Shorter Elijah Cummings

“How dare Republicans harass the head of the IRS, who said that Lois Lerner’s e-mails may not be recoverable, even though, as it turns out, Lois Lerner’s e-mails may indeed be recoverable, and for all we know, the head of the IRS may be wrong about other things as well!”

Hacks and Flacks

Having blogged for some time now, I understand that there are partisan divisions in the political blogosphere, and I understand as well that they are here to stay. That having been written, it is worth noting–as James Oliphant notes–that port-side bloggers are acting as publicity agents, apologists and all-around hacks on behalf of the Obama administration to a degree not seen before. Certainly, the administration of George W. Bush never benefited from the presence of a similar cyber-praetorian guard acting to advance its interests. Read the following excerpt well, and note that there are a host of “journalists” who act…

I Am Supposed to Believe that Lois Lerner Never Had It In for Conservatives

I’ll try to believe that, as I would like to think the best of people. But I have to admit that it’s going to be difficult: Lois Lerner, the former IRS official at the center of the agency’s Tea Party controversy, mentioned potentially getting a job at an offshoot of President Obama’s campaign, according to newly released documents. Lerner, discussing Organizing for Action with colleagues on email in 2013, said “Oh–maybe I can get the DC office job!” It’s unclear whether Lerner was joking, but one of her colleagues, Sharon Light, then asked another, Holly Paz, if Lerner was considering…

The Center for American Progress and the Abuse of 501(c)(3) Status

As part of its organizational bio, the Center for American Progress (CAP) describes itself thusly: The Center for American Progress is an independent nonpartisan educational institute dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through progressive ideas and action. . . . [. . .] The Center for American Progress is an independent nonpartisan educational institute under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code. Donations are tax-deductible. CAP does not support or oppose candidates or political parties. (Emphasis in italics mine.) Via the Daily Caller, we have former ThinkProgress (which is part and parcel of CAP) blogger Zaid Jilani with the following about his time at…

The Dirty Little Non-Secret about the IRS Scandal

Bradley Smith points out that for anyone wondering about the genesis of the IRS scandal–and yes, it is a scandal–wonder no more; the scandal is easy to understand when you remember that Henry II had a lot to do with it taking place. When you have a host of Democratic politicians–including the president of the United States–attacking conservative 501(c)(4) groups, and you have IRS bureaucrats wanting to make sure that they get in good with the powers that be, it ought to surprise precisely no one that conservative groups will get targeted by the IRS. Lestrade could tell you this just…

Striking a Blow for Economic Liberty

This is very good news: “The IRS may not unilaterally expand its authority through such an expansive, atextual, and ahistorical reading of” the law. The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit used these words in a Feb. 11 ruling that struck down an Obama administration regulation on tax preparers. Federal judges should copy this phrase and be ready to paste it into rulings — sometimes replacing “IRS” with “Health and Human Services” — as President Obamacontinues to act as legislator in chief, making and amending laws as he sees fit, separation of powers be damned. More on this issue from Eugene Volokh. I join him…

If Catherine Engelbrecht Is Telling the Truth . . .

Then, there are a lot of people with a lot to answer for. And one of those people–ironically–is the ranking member on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Incidentally, shouldn’t there be a lot more outrage over the fact that the Senate does not conduct hearings regarding these and other allegations of government abuse?

In Shocking News, the IRS Is Targeting Conservatives

In related news, water is wet: In a famously left-leaning Hollywood, where Democratic fund-raisers fill the social calendar, Friends of Abe stands out as a conservative group that bucks the prevailing political winds. A collection of perhaps 1,500 right-leaning players in the entertainment industry, Friends of Abe keeps a low profile and fiercely protects its membership list, to avoid what it presumes would result in a sort of 21st-century blacklist, albeit on the other side of the partisan spectrum. Now the Internal Revenue Service is reviewing the group’s activities in connection with its application for tax-exempt status. Last week, federal tax authorities…