Recall that the issue involving Lois Lerner was the targeting of conservative advocacy groups applying for 501(c)(4) status. But this letter concerned something different — the IRS’s decision to send letters to the donors of such organizations that their contributions might be subject to gift taxes.
But in claiming that Camp “sent a letter on this whole issue,” he went too far in describing the contents of the letter.
The Daily Caller…
Sent on June 3, 2011, Camp’s letter was spurred by complaints from five taxpayers who donated to 501(c)4 nonprofits and later received IRS warnings that the donations may not actually be tax-free.
It was a departure from the tax agency’s longtime leniency towards such donations. And — as the Ways and Means Committee later confirmed — all five of the affected taxpayers donated to conservative groups.
“How are tax-exempt organizations generally selected for audit?” read the fourth question in Camp’s letter. We now know that — in addition to the IRS screening 100 percent of 501(c)4 applicants with terms like “tea party” and “patriot” in their names – 100 percent of nonprofit audits in the same time period also targeted conservative groups.
Kessler also claims Lerner wasn’t aware the IRS was targeting tea party applications until June 29, 2011, weeks after Camp’s letter was sent. That’s also at best misleading, since an email from February 2011 reveals she was discussing how to separately handle “dangerous” tea party cases — individuals, groups or otherwise — months before Camp’s letter.
Read the full article at The Daily Caller.
Management for EPA’s Region 8 office in Denver, Colorado, sent an email earlier this year telling employees to cease their gross bathroom habits, including pooping in the hallway.
The news site Government Executive obtained an email from EPA Deputy Regional Administrator Howard Cantor from earlier this year, mentioning “several incidents” in the agency’s office building, including clogged the toilets and “an individual placing feces in the hallway.”
Things apparently got so bad, the agency “consulted” with workplace violence expert John Nicoletti, who — not surprisingly — said poop in the hallways was an office health and safety risk. Nicoletti said such actions were dangerous and those responsible would “probably escalate” their feces plans.
“Management is taking this situation very seriously and will take whatever actions are necessary to identify and prosecute these individuals,” Cantor wrote, pleading those with knowledge of the poop culprits to come forward.
Read the full story at The Daily Caller.
“Coincidentally”, after this story broke, the EPA “suddenly” discovered that it also was missing emails due to hard drive crashes.
Judson Phillips, the vocal leader of Tea Party Nation, an online group that backed state Senator Chris McDaniel in the race, said that Senator Thad Cochran and his allies made it abundantly clear in the contest that the “RINO wing” of the Republican party will do whatever it can to stay in power — in this case by reaching out to Democrats.
“When the Republican Establishment acts like Democrats, what is the point of supporting them?” Mr. Phillips said in an early morning email blast. “The answer is, we don’t have to.
“Every McDaniel supporter in Mississippi from DeSoto County in the North to Biloxi in the South should stand up today and tell Chris McDaniel that if he runs as a write-in candidate in November, they will support him,” he said.
“The Republican Establishment thinks they have fought back an insurrection from conservatives and now we will meekly fall in line in November and support a RINO who needs Democrats to win? Never,” said Mr. Phillips. “If Chris McDaniel loses his challenges to this election, then he needs to be a write-in candidate this fall.”
Read the full article at the Washington Times.
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen (aka Gollum) contributed more than $85,000 to Democratic candidates and committees, MRCTV research has discovered – with a $5,000 donation to President Obama in 2012 and $19,000 to the Democratic National Committee from 1988 to 2008. This may explain the fawning “thank yous” Koskinen received for his public service from many Democrats last night on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
“You know when you’ve got a person who’s given what you’ve given and been brought into difficult circumstances…” said Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) to Koskinen during last night’s hearing. “Some of the statements that have been made here today make it look like you’re just coming up here, trying to fool people, when under Republican and Democratic administrations you have been highly regarded.”
Listening to Cummings, those watching at home may have thought that Koskinen had served a long and storied civil service career “under Republican and Democratic administrations” – but as a matter of fact, prior to his appointment to the IRS six months ago, Koskinen worked as non-executive chairman of publicly-traded Freddie Mac (from 2008 to 2012.) He never worked for the Federal government under a Republican administration.
According to Open Secrets records, the IRS Commissioner that so many described as “arrogant” contributed to every Democratic nominee for president since 1980. He gave $2,300 to Obama’s first run for president in 2009 and $5,000 in 2012.
Read the full article at CNSNews.com.
Liberal commentator and talk show host Tavis Smiley said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that he considers it “sickening” that President Barack Obama is being held responsible for the recent violence in Iraq even though he ran on the pledge to end the war in Iraq.
“The president clearly has made mistakes since he’s been president on a number of foreign policy fronts, but to lay all of this at his feet and forget how we got in this mess in the first place as if the clock started this week on Iraq is sickening,” said Smiley, host of PBS’s “Tavis Smiley” show.
“Clearly politics is a part of all of these decisions, and that’s sad. But to watch these neoconservative interventionists this week with this revisionist history about how we got in this mess, how we got mired in this in the first place is troubling, beyond troubling to consider,” he said.
This from the guy who claims, “Christians blow up buildings in America every day,” as well as claiming that the Sandy Hook shooter who violated more than 40 laws during the shooting, would have been stopped had we simply had more laws.
Read the full article at CNSNews.com.
Oh, and since he works for PBS, guess who pays this idiot’s salary.