Saturday, June 23, 2018

The Report on the IRS Abuses


This is a MAJOR whitewash of the charges against the IRS. For example:
...the Subcommittee investigation found no evidence of IRS political bias in selecting 501(c)(4) applications for heightened review, as distinguished from using poor judgment in crafting the selection criteria.
I believe that the only acceptable response to that is:
For the record, this is the comparison of Conservative vs. Liberal groups (NPR report):
In all, 282 conservative groups were on the IRS list, about two-thirds of the total number of groups that got additional scrutiny.
The list also has 67 progressive organizations (16 percent of the total) and 21 nonpartisan civic groups, including three League of Women Voters chapters. 
USA Today agrees.
As applications from conservative groups sat in limbo, groups with liberal-sounding names had their applications approved in as little as nine months.  
Did the process of approval slow down for Progressive/Leftist groups - sure, a few had increased scrutiny. But not most. And none for as long.
Flores complained to the IRS last year after the Waco Tea Party's tax-exempt application was mired in red tape. The IRS asked the group for information that was "overreaching and impossible to comply with," Flores said: Transcripts of radio interviews, copies of social media posts and details on "close relationships" with political candidates. 
 The report of this was difficult, and - in part - flawed. The IRS withheld information from the investigators.
the Subcommittee was not permitted to review the actual 501(c)(4) applications selected by the IRS for heightened scrutiny and was also, at times, unable to determine how certain applications were finally resolved.
 Kinda hard to get to the bottom of this abuse of power when the head of the section refuses to cooperate.
When the Subcommittee later requested an interview to examine her role in the 501(c)(4) review process, Ms. Lerner asserted her rights under the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution not to answer questions. The requested interview did not take place. For that reason, the Subcommittee’s investigation was unable to obtain Ms. Lerner’s testimony about key events, and its investigative results do not reflect any information she might have provided through interviews.
There's more - a lot more, but it's late and I'm tired.

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