By Joseph R. Carducci, November 1, 2013. (26 comments)
It is now official, at least according to some documents that have been obtained by the government watchdog group Judicial Watch. We know have proof that former IRS Director of Tax Exempt Organizations Lois Lerner actually gave confidential tax information to the Federal Elections Commission. In fact, she gave information that directly targeted conservative organizations (Tea Party and other conservative groups). This is clearly a felony offense under federal law.
This information was announced by Judicial Watch, who said that they have obtained email exchanges between the former IRS Director of Exempt Organizations Lois Lerner and enforcement attorneys at the Federal Election Commission (FEC). These exchanges clearly reveal that the IRS gave detailed and confidential information regarding tax exempt application status as well as the tax returns of conservative groups to the FEC. They also obtained a number of IRS questionnaires to these groups which included surprisingly hostile questions. This is a clear violation of federal law.
The information obtained by Judicial Watch included a full cache of materials from IRS files that were sent from Lerner to the FEC. This included annual tax returns (Form 990), request for exempt recognition forms (Form 1024), Articles of Organization, additional corporate documents, and correspondence between these non-profit groups and the IRS. Under Section 6103 of the IRS Code, it becomes a felony offense for any IRS official to provide ‘return information’ even to another government agency.
This certainly sounds like an offense against the IRS Code as outlined above. The interesting thing is that while this certainly shows the true inner workings of two out-of-control government agencies, this is certainly not the first time that things like this had occurred. Lerner herself even has done this type of unjustified harassment before. In fact, she was the the previous head of the FEC’s enforcement division. During her tenure there between 1986 and 2001 she was responsible for overseeing an extremely onerous investigation into the Christian Coalition which cost the group hundreds of thousands of dollars to defend against, not to mention the time and lost productivity involved.
This investigation was also noteworthy because many at the time even questioned whether or not the FEC even had the authority to bring charges. They had alleged that the Christian Coalition was coordinating issue advocacy expenditures with a number of candidates for office.
With this more recent case, Lerner actually admitted (last Spring) that under her watch the IRS inappropriately targeted conservative groups. Then, she also plead the 5th in front of the House Oversight Committee and took administrative leave. Before further actions could be taken against her, she retired, with full pension and benefits intact, of course.
This raises a lot of questions about governmental abuse of power. It also makes you wonder as to how deep this goes. I mean has it been a unwritten policy of the Obama Regime as an attempt to discredit and hamper the work being done by Christian and conservative organizations? Or was this simply the work of one ‘lone wolf’ who took it upon herself to push this anti-Christian and anti-conservative agenda?
What do YOU think? Should charges be brought against Lerner? Was having her retire the right move? Should she be forced to explain her actions? What do you think about the IRS targeting whatever groups simply because they are aligned with an opposing political party or group?