Jun
14

Myrtle Beach Tea Party Joins Federal Suit Against IRS

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mbtp_official_logo_largeThe Myrtle Beach Tea party is among multiple conservative groups that have filed a federal lawsuit, saying the IRS harassed them because of their political beliefs.

Also listed as defendants are U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder; Secretary of Treasury Jacob Lew; former IRS deputy commissioner Steven Miller; Lois Lerner, the IRS’ former director of tax exempt organizations, who recently refused to answer questions during a Congressional hearing; and Holly Paz, a former acting manager in the IRS exemption organization office.

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Jun
6

The IRS Boldly Goes Where No Federal Agency Has Gone Before

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JennyBethMartin-500x300Opinion: Jenny Beth Martin, Co-Founder, Tea Party Patriots

Just in case you needed another reason to hate the IRS, it turns out the embattled government agency has used your tax dollars to make a “Star Trek” parody video.

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Jun
5

Heads Up – Audit the IRS Rally in DC on 6/19/13 at Noon

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TPP_IRSIf brave men and women like Dianne Belsom, Becky Gerritson, etc., can lay it all on the line by testifying against IRS abuse and oppression, then the least the rest of us can do is rally in DC, to Audit the IRS.
Save the date and plan to be there for this historic rally where “We The People” will be heard.

Diane Belsom of Laurens County Tea Party in South Carolina said her group applied for 501c4 tax exempt status in July of 2010, but in September 2012 was asked by the IRS for “extremely burdensome additional information.”

Dianne Belsom

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Jun
1

After Weeks of Abuse, IRS Agents Get Chance for Payback

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Truth“I have a hunch that a lot more is going to come out, frankly.”

– Sen. Max Baucus in a May 17 interview with Bloomberg News about the targeting of conservatives by the IRS.

Suppose you are an IRS agent who targeted Tea Party groups, sending them nastygrams that strongly suggested you thought that they weren’t just some Constitution-loving citizens, but rather liars who were just funneling money from well-heeled corporate backers into elections.

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May
24

No Special Counsel for the IRS Scandal

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181653_4971715086218_1777541894_nLet’s put law and atmospherics aside and try to be completely practical. The imperative in the IRS scandal is not criminal prosecution. It is political accountability: to lay bare what corrupt officials have done, for the purpose of swiftly determining whether they are unfit to hold offices of public trust and whether the system in which they operate tends to corruption. The appointment of a special counsel would undermine that goal.

The moment a prosecutor — special or otherwise — takes over, the public flow of information stops. All witnesses will claim that the pendency of a criminal investigation means they cannot discuss the matter “on advice of counsel.” They will cease cooperating with congressional investigators. The prosecutor will claim that grand-jury secrecy rules bar comment about the expansive investigation (a claim the government routinely makes, even though the rules actually bar comment only by the prosecutor, investigative agents, and grand jurors — not the witnesses).

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May
22

A Fifth of Obama

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TruthYou can always rely on the administration of Barack Obama, a former constitutional law lecturer (or as his resume-inflating fans put it, “professor”), to do the sleazy thing when it comes to the Constitution the president is sworn to defend. Thus, the performance on Wednesday of Lois Lerner, chief of the Obama IRS’s Conservative Harassment Division, before the House oversight committee.

There’s an old scam criminal defendants occasionally pull. They give a bit of exculpatory direct testimony – just enough to gaze plaintively at the jurors and swear, cross-their-hearts, that they are pure as the driven snow. Then, just as the moment of submitting to cross-examination approaches, they announce that, even though they’re really, truly innocent, they just can’t answer the mean prosecutor’s questions – on advice of counsel, of course, in reliance on the Fifth Amendment.

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