Of course they were. Why everyone is so surprised at these revelations is beyond me. For years now, if not for Obama’s entire political career, no one has held that man, or his craven friends and supporters, to account. When there have never been any repercussions for bad or corrupt behavior, the perpetrators become even more brazen.
After all, here is a man whose political career began in the living room of a domestic terrorist and whose father fuigure/spiritual advisor prayed for God to damn American. And we elect him anyway because the media refused to seriously look at what was being thrust upon us, and the Republicans were too afraid to be called names. The Benghazi and IRS corruption and coverups are not new–they’re simply two symptoms of an administration that has never been held to account. Perhaps now is the time.
Make no mistake–the activities of the IRS are a direct result of the policies and attitudes of the Obama regime, just as are the DOJ (Fast & Furious) and the State Department (Benghazi). All agencies seem now to be simple reflections of the malignanct narcisissm and corruption at the root of the Obama administration. We have been pointing to this for years. It’s a shame we had to be proven right.
Internal Revenue Service officials in Washington and at least two other offices were involved in the targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, making clear the effort reached well beyond the branch in Cincinnati that was initially blamed, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post.
IRS officials at the agency’s Washington headquarters sent queries to conservative groups asking about their donors and other aspects of their operations, while officials in the El Monte and Laguna Niguel offices in California sent similar questionnaires to tea party-affiliated groups.
IRS employees in Cincinnati also told conservatives seeking the status of “social welfare” groups that a task force in Washington was overseeing their applications, according to interviews with the activists.
Lois G. Lerner, who oversees tax-exempt groups for the IRS, told reporters on Friday the “absolutely inappropriate” actions were undertaken by “front-line people” working in Cincinnati to target groups with “tea party,” “patriot” or “9/12” in their names.
In one instance, however, Ron Bell, an IRS employee, informed an attorney representing a conservative group focused on voter fraud that the application was under review in Washington. On several other occasions, IRS officials in D.C. and California sent detailed questionaires to conservative groups asking more than a dozen questions about their voter outreach and other activities, according to the documents.
“For the IRS to say it was some low-level group in Cincinnati is simply false,” said Cleta Mitchell, a partner in the law firm Foley & Lardner LLP who sought to communicate with IRS headquarters about the delay in granting tax-exempt status to True the Vote.
Moreover, details of the IRS’s efforts to target conservative groups reached the highest levels of the agency in May 2012, far earlier than has been disclosed, according to Republican congressional aides briefed by the IRS and the Treasury Inspector for Tax Administration on the details of their reviews.