Thursday, May 16, 2013
IRS pressured pro-lifers not to protest a pro-choice organization that endorsed President Obama
IRS denied tax-exempt status to pro-lifers on behalf of Planned Parenthood
IRS officials refused to grant tax exempt status to two pro-life organizations because of their position on the abortion issue, according to a non-profit law firm, which said that one group was pressured not to protest a pro-choice organization that endorsed President Obama during the last election.
“In one case, the IRS withheld approval of an application for tax exempt status for Coalition for Life of Iowa. In a phone call to Coalition for Life of Iowa leaders on June 6, 2009, the IRS agent ‘Ms. Richards’ told the group to send a letter to the IRS with the entire board’s signatures stating that, under perjury of the law, they do not picket/protest or organize groups to picket or protest outside of Planned Parenthood,” the Thomas More Society announced today. “Once the IRS received this letter, their application would be approved.”
Planned Parenthood endorsed Obama in 2008 and 2012.
The IRS also pressured another pro-life group about its religious activities. “The IRS withheld approval of an application for charitable tax-exempt recognition of Christian Voices for Life, questioning the group’s involvement with ’40 Days for Life’ and ‘Life Chain’ events,” according to the law firm. “The Fort Bend County, Texas, organization was subjected to repeated and lengthy unconstitutional requests for information about the viewpoint and content of its educational communications, volunteer prayer vigils, and other protected activities.”
The IRS admitted last week to that some members of the agency targeted Tea Party groups for discriminatory reviews of their applications for tax-exempt status. The Justice Department has initiated a criminal investigation into the matter.
IRS denied tax-exempt status to pro-lifers on behalf of Planned Parenthood
In February 2010, the Champaign Tea Party in Illinois received approval of its tax-exempt status from the IRS in 90 days, no questions asked. That was the month before the Internal Revenue Service started singling out Tea Party groups for special treatment. There wouldn't be another Tea Party application approved for 27 months. In that time, the IRS approved perhaps dozens of applications from similar liberal and progressive groups, a USA TODAY review of IRS data shows. As applications from conservative groups sat in limbo, groups with liberal-sounding names had their applications approved in as little as nine months. With names including words like "Progress" or "Progressive," the liberal groups applied for the same tax status and were engaged in the same kinds of activities as the conservative groups.
IRS Spared Liberal Groups as Tea Party Languished, More Conservative Orgs Targeted Than First Thought
(Obama promotes a culture of intimidation and corruption. It is because obama and his regime are corrupt. Jerome Corsi called the obama regime a "thugocracy".
When the leaders are corrupt and devoid of any sense of justice or truth you get a government out of control that searches for anyone who expresses their voice against the corruption and criminal activity.
America is under the control of thugs who will do anything to stay in power. The evidence is now comming out that obama won the last "election" buy doing everything in his power to stop Americans in various tea parties from doing what is legal.
Obama is a CRIMINAL. All HIS CABNET MEMBERS ARE CRIMINALS. We are under a DICTATORSHIP!!!) Story Reports
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Thursday morning’s Tea Party press conference addressing the IRS targeting scandal, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) said President Barack Obama’s and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew’s decision to ask for acting IRS commissioner Steven Miller’s resignation was not presented honestly to the American people.
Bachmann was responding to a question from her colleague, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), who was jokingly acting as a member of the media at the press conference. “Michele, I got a question. Is this all fixed since the president let someone go he brought on board six months ago?” Gohmert asked.
“My colleague, Rep. Louie Gohmert, has just joined your ranks,” Bachmann responded. “He asked if yesterday the president engaged in damage control 101... So, what we saw again, was one more canard coming out of the White House, where they said that they were asking for the resignation and it looked like this was going to be a big shakedown by taking down the head, Steven Miller, of the IRS."
Bachmann said this was not the case as "Mr. Miller was scheduled to resign anyway and leave the IRS anyway.” She added that the American people have not been given accurate information about the IRS scandal thus far.
“Again, the American people have not been told the truth,” she said. “What we need to know is what did the White House know and when did they know it.”
Obama won't answer these questions!
Beyond the classic question, “What did the Administration know and when did it know it?”, a myriad of questions remain unanswered. Here are just a few:
Who inside the IRS hatched the plan to target conservatives and what, if any, connections do they, their associates, or superiors have to the Obama White House, campaign team, or other political organizations?
Who at the IRS leaked confidential tax documents to the progressive-leaning journalism group ProPublica, an action which the IRS official manual says can result in up to five years in prison and fines of up to $5,000?
Who are the two “rogue” individuals disgraced former IRS Commissioner Stevens said went “off the reservation” and acted “overly aggressive” and what, if any, connections do they have politically? If, as the Inspector General report alleges, political motivations were not driving the targeting of conservatives, then what was? Also, what “discipline” did the two rogue agents receive?
Did IRS agents coordinate with Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) or his staff to “go after them [conservative groups],” as he told the New York Times, following Levin’s letters to then-IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman and Director Lois Lerner?
Did Sen. Max Baucus (D-MO) or his staff communicate or coordinate with IRS agents after Baucus wrote this September 28, 2010 letter instructing then-Commissioner Douglas Shulman to have his “agency survey major 401(c)(4), (c)(5) and (c)(6) organizations to determine whether they are acting as conduits for major donors advancing their own private interests”?
What communications took place between IRS agents and the following senators and their staffs following the delivery of this jointly written letter demanding the IRS crack down on “abuse of the tax code by political groups focused on federal election activities”: Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO ), Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM), Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Sen. Al Franken (D-MN)?
What communications existed between Obama reelection campaign co-chair Joe Solomonese, whom the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) alleges received its confidential tax returns, and IRS agents?
What portion of Obama’s 79% increase in audits of charities were of conservative groups?
If political motivations were not driving the selective targeting of 500 conservative organizations, then why were a similar number of liberal groups not harassed?
What role did IRS Rulings and Agreements Division Director Holly Paz, who in 2008 donated $2,000 to Obama, play in ratcheting up IRS investigations, as she promised she would in June 2012?
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