Friday, October 27, 2017
The IRS Scandal, Day 1632: Department Of Justice Settles Tea Party Targeting Cases For Millions And An Apology
Wall Street Journal, Administration Agrees to Settle Tea-Party Suits Against IRS:
The Trump administration on Thursday said it has agreed to pay between $1 million and $10 million to settle lawsuits against the Internal Revenue Service for targeting tea-party groups in the Obama era, saying in court documents that the IRS “admits that its treatment...was wrong.”
The Justice Department entered into proposed settlements with groups that alleged in 2013 they had been subject to discriminatory treatment in applying for tax-exempt status. The move largely puts an end to a saga that had engulfed the IRS for years.
In a settlement filed in federal court in Washington, which still must be approved by a judge, the Justice Department said the IRS “expresses its sincere apology” and was “fully committed” to not subjecting groups for additional review “solely on the name or policy positions of such entity.”
- Axios, Tea Party Groups to Get "Substantial" Payout Over IRS Scandal, Lawyer Says
- Cincinnati Enquirer, IRS Settles Tea Party Cases For Millions and an Apology
- Daily Caller, Justice Department Agrees To Pay Tea Party Victims In Obama IRS Targeting Scandal
- Fox News, Trump DOJ Settles Lawsuits Over Tea Party Targeting by Obama IRS
- The Hill, DOJ Settles Tea Party Groups' Lawsuits Over IRS Scrutiny
- Legal Insurrection, IRS Apologizes for Targeting Conservative Groups
- USA Today, Justice Department Settles IRS Lawsuits From 400 Conservative Groups Claiming Discrimination
- U.S. News & World Report, Justice Department Settles With Conservative Groups Over IRS Scrutiny
- Washington Free Beacon, Conservatives Targeted by IRS Celebrate Settlement
- Washington Times, Justice Department Admits IRS Wrongdoing, Agrees to $3.5 Million Settlement With Tea Party Groups
- The IRS Scandal, Day 1630: The Real Scandal Is The IRS's Budget (Oct. 27, 2017)
- The IRS Scandal, Day 1612: Inspector General Debunks Ideological Targeting Of Conservative Groups By The IRS (Oct. 7, 2017)
- The IRS Scandal, Day 1611: TIGTA Report, Review Of Selected Criteria Used To Identify Tax-Exempt Applications For Review (Oct. 6, 2017)
- The IRS Scandal, Day 1610: Inspector General Says IRS Gave Extra Scrutiny To Liberal Groups, Undermining GOP Claims Of Ideological Targeting Of Conservative Groups By IRS (Oct. 5, 2017)
- The IRS Scandal, Days 1501-1600 (June 18, 2017 - Oct. 4, 2017)
- The IRS Scandal, Days 1401-1500 (Mar. 10, 2017 - June 17, 2017)
- The IRS Scandal, Days 1301-1400 (Nov. 30, 2016 - Mar. 9, 2017)
- The IRS Scandal, Days 1201-1300 (Aug. 22, 2016 - Nov. 29, 2016)
- The IRS Scandal, Days 1101-1200 (May 14, 2016 - Aug. 21, 2016)
- The IRS Scandal, Days 1001-1100 (Feb. 4, 2016 - May 13, 2016)
- The IRS Scandal, Days 901-1000 (Oct. 27, 2015 - Feb. 3, 2016)
- The IRS Scandal, Days 801-900 (July 19, 2015 - Oct. 26, 2015)
- The IRS Scandal, Days 701-800 (April 10, 2015 - July 18, 2015)
- The IRS Scandal, Days 601-700 (Dec. 31, 2014 - April 9, 2015)
- The IRS Scandal, Days 501-600 (Sept. 22, 2014-Dec. 30, 2014)
- The IRS Scandal, Days 401-500 (June 14, 2014 - Sept. 21,2014)
- The IRS Scandal, Days 301-400 (Mar. 6, 2014 - June 13, 2014)
- The IRS Scandal, Days 201-300 (Nov. 26, 2013 - Mar. 5, 2014)
- The IRS Scandal, Days 101-200 (Aug. 18, 2013 - Nov. 25, 2013)
- The IRS Scandal, Days 1-100 (May 10, 2013 - Aug. 17, 2013)
Professor Caron - the IRS owes you an apology too.
Posted by: Chuck Ritter | Oct 27, 2017 6:32:39 PM
Congrats, and thanks, Paul, for diligently following that abuse of power for so long.
Posted by: John Steele | Oct 27, 2017 12:57:59 PM
Big Day! And kudos to you Dean Caron for staying on the case this whole time! A true public service.
Posted by: OC Domer | Oct 27, 2017 12:55:16 PM
Has any IRS employee been held responsible and been punished for these crimes?
Posted by: James Michael | Oct 27, 2017 12:33:23 PM
Seems like a very mild ruler slap on the fingers by the black robes, when the remedy calls for a top to bottom purge of an agency gone rogue ....
Posted by: Rusty | Oct 27, 2017 11:25:16 AM
To state the obvious, the money should have come out of the pockets of IRS officials. This sticks tax-payers with their malice.
Posted by: Michael W. Perry | Oct 27, 2017 11:15:44 AM
Why are the taxpayers paying this settlement and not the individuals who did this? It should come out of their wages for working in the laundry at Federal prison.
Posted by: Denis C. Monahan | Oct 27, 2017 11:14:56 AM
Thanks, Paul, for the yeoman-like work you've done on this issue.
Posted by: Reformed Trombonist | Oct 27, 2017 10:53:41 AM
The payments and apology look reasonable. But what these folks were cheated of -- their right to organize at that time -- can't really be repaid now, because those elections have already happened. The perps had to have understood this fact. The matter can't be considered closed until the perps are identified and disciplined.
Posted by: TheOtherCasper | Oct 27, 2017 10:51:22 AM
Why is the Trump administration allowing only a pittance of a fine and a weak admittance of illegal wrong doing by the Obama era IRS department?
Enormous taxpayer money was spent investigating, what is now proven true, allegations of illegal targeting of Tea-party groups.
IRS executives lied before Congress. They hide and destroyed incriminating emails. They evaded responsibility every chance they could.
The Tea party groups Constitutional 1st Amendment was trampled upon. The American People were lied to.
I am disgusted by this hollow, weak admittance of IRS wrong going.
The American People deserve better.
Posted by: James Dion | Oct 27, 2017 8:02:07 AM
"Has any IRS employee been held responsible and been punished for these crimes?"
None have, to anyone's knowledge, and neither at the Obama DOJ who started this ball rolling in 2010.
False statements to Congress and destruction of subpoened documents, intentionally by the way, have brought zero civil OR criminal charges against anyone. And forget 1st Amendment violations, the upper echelons of the IRS and DOJ are full of career lawyers, who know how to break the law and avoid punishment.
But here's the cherry on top of this big chocolate mess, at least in the court of public opinion:
The highest-ranking individual at the IRS directly responsible for viewpoint discrimination against primarily conservative groups, Lois Lerner, right before she plead the 5th, uttered these now infamous words:
"I have not done anything wrong. I have not broken any laws, I have not violated any IRS rules or regulations, and I have not provided false information to this or any other congressional committee." - May 21, 2013
Now, in hindsight there's at least one falsity amongst those statements, and there's a statute on the books whereby Congress could've jailed her on the spot for refusing to answer any questions and stonewalling the oversight investigation.
But would anyone like to try and convince me, by squaring her first statement with today's settlements?
The government doesn't pay plaintiffs money to go away if it did absolutely nothing wrong.
Posted by: MM | Oct 27, 2017 6:59:38 PM