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Saturday, November 21, 2015

The IRS Scandal, Day 926

IRS Logo 2Wisconsin State Journal, GAB Chief Inquired with IRS About Campaign Coordination:

The head of the Government Accountability Board was told in early 2013 by a top Internal Revenue Service official — who later resigned amid controversy — that the IRS's criminal division might investigate the type of coordination at the heart of a now-halted John Doe investigation, according to testimony released Friday.

Government Accountability Board executive director Kevin Kennedy testified in an ongoing lawsuit that he inquired with Lois Lerner, a personal friend and head of the IRS division overseeing tax-exempt organizations, in general terms about coordination between a non-profit organization and a political campaign.

"If you have facts that show that a candidate and candidate's campaign director are engaging in these kind of communications and these are the activities that are being directed, does this seem like it might be something that might be an issue with the IRS?" Kennedy said, recalling what he asked Lerner. "Her response was, 'Yes, but that would probably be criminal, and I wouldn't have much to do with that other than making sure the paperwork got over to the other side.'"

Such coordination between Gov. Scott Walker's campaign and the Wisconsin Club for Growth was the focal point of a John Doe investigation that the Wisconsin Supreme Court halted in July saying the case had no basis in law.

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Comments

Interesting that all the coordination seems to be taking place between Democrats acting as government workers, Democrats acting as law enforcement, elected officials, activists, shadowy dark money groups, and academics.

Posted by: wodun | Nov 21, 2015 9:54:39 AM