BUSTED! The IRS Used Donor Lists to Target Conservatives for Audits
Just a few days ago, Obama went on the Daily Show and told Jon Stewart that the IRS targeting of the Tea Party and other conservative groups never happened.
But Judicial Watch has obtained new documents which show that the IRS used donor lists from conservative groups to target people for harassment in the form of tax audits:
Judicial Watch: New Documents Show IRS Used Donor Lists to Target Audits
(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it has obtained documents from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that confirm that the IRS used donor lists to tax-exempt organizations to target those donors for audits. The documents also show IRS officials specifically highlighted how the U.S. Chamber of Commerce may come under “high scrutiny” from the IRS. The IRS produced the records in a Freedom of Information lawsuit seeking documents about selection of individuals for audit-based application information on donor lists submitted by Tea Party and other 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organizations (Judicial Watch v. Internal Revenue Service (No. 1:15-cv-00220)).
A letter dated September 28, 2010, then-Democrat Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) informs then-IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman: “ I request that you and your agency survey major 501(c)(4), (c)(5) and (c)(6) organizations …” In reply, in a letter dated February 17, 2011, Shulman writes: “In the work plan of the Exempt Organizations Division, we announced that beginning in FY2011, we are increasing our focus on section 501(c)(4), (5) and (6) organizations.”
The FOX Business Network reported on this last night:
Here’s what the president of Judicial Watch had to say:
President Obama may want to continue to lie about his IRS scandal. These documents tell the truth – his IRS hated conservatives and was willing to illegally tax and audit citizens to shut down opposition to Barack Obama’s policies and reelection.
If you want to know what a big deal this is, just try to imagine the reaction from the left and the media (same difference) if George W. Bush had done this to members of MoveOn or some other liberal activist group.
It’d be front page news every single day and there would be demands for a Watergate style investigation.
Because a liberal administration did it to conservatives, the media shrugs.