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IRS Used Donor Lists for Targeted Audits

Publius · Jul. 23, 2015

Another day, another “smidgen of corruption” at the IRS. The intrepid folks at Judicial Watch have stayed on the case, and the watchdog group has issued yet another press release that puts the lie to Barack Obama’s bald-faced denial of wrongdoing: “Judicial Watch announced [Wednesday] that it has obtained documents from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that confirm that the IRS used donor lists to tax-exempt organizations to target those donors for audits. The documents also show IRS officials specifically highlighted how the U.S. Chamber of Commerce may come under ‘high scrutiny’ from the IRS.” Specifically, Lois Lerner and her leftist pals at the IRS targeted high-profile organizations like Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS, and checked their donor lists to identify further subjects for audit. “These documents that we had to force out of the IRS prove that the agency used donor lists to audit supporters of organizations engaged in First Amendment-protected lawful political speech,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “And the snarky comments about the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the obsession with Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS show that the IRS was targeting critics of the Obama administration. President Obama may want to continue to lie about his IRS scandal. These documents tell the truth — his IRS hated conservatives and was willing to illegally tax and audit citizens to shut down opposition to Barack Obama’s policies and reelection.” Article 2 of the Articles of Impeachment drawn up against Richard Nixon was for allegedly using the IRS to target certain citizens. The reluctance of today’s GOP to vigorously pursue justice in this case is deeply disappointing.

But never mind all that. Obama says the “real scandal around the IRS is that they have been so poorly funded that they cannot go after these folks who are deliberately avoiding tax payments.”

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