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Thursday, December 1, 2016

The IRS Scandal, Day 1302:  The 'Corrupt' IRS Is Still Persecuting The Tea Party

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A “corrupt” Internal Revenue Service still is shooting down advocates for conservative causes, especially if they have the words “tea party” in their names, even though courts have told the bureaucrats to stop.

Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice said three non-profits that had applied for tax-exempt status years ago at a time when the agency, under the Obama administration, was selectively targeting and discriminating against conservative groups, recently received letters from the IRS regarding their requests.

Two of the organizations were denied tax-exempt status.

“It is clear that we still have an IRS that is corrupt and incapable of self-correction,” Sekulow said. ... “As we continue our fight at the ACLJ against the lawless, unconstitutional Obama administration’s IRS targeting of grassroots conservatives, we are achieving important victories,” Sekulow said. “But the fight also continues in federal court to ensure justice for all 38 of our clients from 22 states across the country. We must not stop fighting the IRS corruption until there is true justice and assurances that no American will ever be targeted by the IRS for his or her beliefs ever again.

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Comments

The main issue I see is that many IRS employees can't consider a majority wanting to keep more of their money because they are "Taxed Enough Already" to be a case of promoting the general welfare. In their view only government programs can perform that function. Therefore, in their view, these Tea Party organizations are ineligible for the status they request, because they are political organizations defending selfishness.

After all, fewer taxes mean the leviathan must shrink, and we can't have that. can we?

Posted by: Doug Wenzel | Dec 1, 2016 10:08:54 AM

"...we still have an IRS that is corrupt and incapable of self-correction,”

How many firings would it take?

Posted by: Jamie MacMaster | Dec 2, 2016 4:22:22 AM

I can live other people's selfishness. It's not a bad thing. I means that people are looking out for THEMSELVES thus, the need to keep as much of OUR OWN money as possible to support our families and not the families of those unselfish people who are on the dol all the time.

Posted by: OfayCat | Dec 2, 2016 6:55:43 AM

Pretty clear that after the change in January a lot of heads need to roll. Realistically 25% of government employees could be let go and 95% of the population would not see a difference in services

Posted by: Malta | Dec 2, 2016 8:16:10 AM

How about a Tea Partier as IRS commissioner??? i volunteer.:)

Posted by: NEoCOn_1 | Dec 2, 2016 9:52:39 AM

Bring back the spoils system! I'm not kidding, I believe that the bureaucrats would be given much less power if the elected officials knew that they could be the ones being victimized after the next election. (Sorry if this is a duplicate post-my first one disappeared before I hit the "post" button)

Posted by: mikesixes | Dec 2, 2016 10:35:59 AM

Former RA from 2010-2012. My manager told me that if anyone would ask for emails from a disclosure request, we (IRS) would respond that it didn't exist..

Posted by: Will W. | Dec 6, 2016 6:07:32 AM