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  •  All these organizations did was apply for... (0+ / 0-)

    a tax exemption. And they were audited and delayed while progressive groups were not. The IRS has admitted as much, but claims it was not deliberate. I could believe that if the director in charge of that IRS department didn't hide behind the Fifth Amendment, ironically after saying what she wanted to say. Then the IRS claims it lost the emails from the relevant time period due to a hard drive crash. Then it turns out it was more than one person affected.

    Etc., etc. etc. It's sketchy.

    You say "blatant criminal abuse." What crime did these Tea Party group applicants commit? Applying for an exemption under false pretenses? Tell me this: Were any of the groups ultimately denied the tax exemption?

    If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate.

    by HairyTrueMan on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 12:54:57 PM PDT

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    •  Read — and choke on — THIS: (0+ / 0-)

      Reg. 1.501(c)(4)-1(a)(2)(ii) provides that the promotion of social welfare does not include direct or indirect participation in political campaigns on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office.IRS

      ... and THIS:

      Under law, 501(c)4 groups may be tax-exempt and they need not disclose the identities of their donors, but only so long as they do not endorse a specific candidate or political party.

      March 2010 - The IRS starts singling out politically conservative groups with words such as "Tea Party" and "Patriot" in their names, as reported in applications to the agency for 501(c)4 status, for closer scrutiny, according to TIGTA.

      November 2010 - In the mid-term U.S. elections, the Republicans win control of the House of Representatives, partly on a wave of support from conservative Tea Party activists.

      Before the elections, political expenditure by more than 100 of the 501(c)4 groups was about $95 million, according to a study of federal disclosure documents by the Center for Public Integrity and the Center for Responsive Politics.Reuters

      Your staggering naïveté concerning how government bureaucracies behave and recoil from political shitstorms is illuminating. Only a child on a playground would expect that, in the midst of a concerted right-wing assault on behalf of transparently political 'Tea Party' groups, the IRS would respond by referring those fraudulent applicants for prosecution!

      Note that I NEVER described the IRS as "courageous".

      Denial ain't just a river in Egypt...

      •  Um. What does citing the IRS code prove? (0+ / 0-)

        Seriously? I asked for some evidence that would refute my facts about the dishonestly of Lerner and her colleagues, and you got ... nothing? So thanks for tacitly admitting that.

        And at least you DO admit the IRS singled out conservative groups for harassment. :-)

        So what applications were fraudulent? I'm still waiting for evidence of wrong doing? Not a cut and paste of the IRS code or your (uninformed) opinions about their applications.

        Your juvenile name calling belies your lack of a cogent argument.  

        •  Enjoy your next news report (0+ / 0-)

          of a 'Tea Party' candidate, 'Tea Party' primary or 'Tea Party' officeholder.

          "I'm still waiting for evidence of wrong doing? Not a cut and paste of the IRS code" ????


          Guess the IRS Code doesn't figure into your soaring, unfocused delusions, neither do the endless instances of blatant violation of that Code, nor do the countless reports of left-leaning applicants being put through the same wringer.

          Reality? You don't need no steenkin' reality!

          Gotta hand it to ya'... you'll go down swingin'.

          •  Hey dude (0+ / 0-)

            I looked this up for you.

            ev·i·dence noun ˈe-və-dən(t)s, -və-ˌden(t)s\
            : something which shows that something else exists or is true

            : a visible sign of something

            : material that is presented to a court of law to help find the truth about something

            Hope that helps you understand things.

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