Will Tea Party be suppressed again in 2014?

A year ago Americans found out that the Obama administration perpetrated the biggest abuse of the IRS since the Nixon administration 40 years earlier. The IRS targeted the conservative Tea Party for special abuse, including California groups.

For example, NorCal Tea Party Patriots filed a federal lawsuit against the IRS, alleging the suppression of political rights.

It’s continuing. The Mainstream Media didn’t cover it. But the C-SPAN recording of the congressional hearings this past week on IRS abuse is here, so you can watch it for yourself.

And the conservative Heritage Foundation provided this summary:

There were fireworks this week in the House of Representatives as two different committees held hearings on Wednesday and Thursday over the IRS targeting of Tea Party and other conservative groups, as well as proposed new regulations by the IRS that would silence these same organizations (but not unions).

On Wednesday, the House Ways and Means Committee questioned IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. The Committee released an email it had obtained from inside the Treasury Department showing that back in 2012 when it appears that the IRS was in the middle of trying to prevent conservative organizations from being granted tax exempt status, the administration was already planning to draft new regulations restricting the political activity of the same organizations. The email was sent by Ruth Madrigal of the Office of Tax Policy at Treasury to Lois Lerner, the IRS official who refused to answer questions from Congress about the scandal by asserting her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

That June 14, 2012, email indicated that Madrigal and Lerner would be devising the new rules “off-plan,” which is federal government-speak meaning that their plan would not be published on the public schedule of the IRS. What is significant about this email is that it flatly contradicts prior assertions by the Obama administration that the proposed new regulations defining “candidate-related political activity” were planned only after the IRS scandal was made public in order to “clarify” the regulations. Instead, it appears the administration not only tried to delay and prevent conservative organizations from receiving their tax-exempt status prior to the 2012 election, but was also already planning new regulations that would stifle their political speech and potential criticism of the administration. Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) said that “if Treasury and the IRS fabricated the rationale for the rule change it would tend to raise questions about the integrity of the rule-making process.”

The Thursday hearing by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform was even more dramatic, with riveting testimony by Catherine Engelbrecht, the head of True the Vote, on how she, her husband, and their business were targeted by the IRS, the FBI, ATF, and other government agencies on 15 separate occasions after True the Vote applied to the IRS for a tax exemption. True the Vote has repeatedly been harassed and sued by liberal groups because it wants to improve election integrity and stop voter fraud. In fact, Engelbrecht announced that she would be filing ethics charges against the ranking Democrat on the Committee, Elijah Cummings (D-MD), for demanding the same kind of documentation and information the IRS was improperly asking for and for publicly defaming her and her organization.  Becky Gerritson of the Wetumpka Tea Party also testified about the problems she encountered.

There was also striking testimony by Cleta Mitchell and Jay Sekulow, both of whom are representing dozens of conservative organizations. It was clear from their testimony that not only is the targeting continuing to occur, since many of the organizations they represent still haven’t been granted their tax exemption, but that the Justice Department does not seem to be doing a real investigation since it hasn’t spoken to any of their clients about their experiences with the IRS. The testimony of these witnesses contradicted recent assertion by Obama that there was “not even a smidgen” of corruption in the apparent effort by the IRS to silence conservative groups.

Read the rest here.

It’s pretty frightening. There are three more years left in the Obama administration, so who knows what will happen. But for the first five years, President Obama’s legacy is the Obamacare disaster, the Snowden revelations of total Orwellian snooping on all Americans, and the IRS suppression of political liberty.

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  1. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 7 February, 2014, 20:14

    Good thing no Tea types on CWD. Too too controversial…..

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  2. Ted Steele, CEO
    Ted Steele, CEO 8 February, 2014, 08:03

    LOL YES!!

    The only suppression the tea baggers are doing is of the republican party! Keeping them out of power!

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  3. Donkey
    Donkey 8 February, 2014, 08:29

    We have a battle going on between citizens that work in the private sector and RAGWUS types that feed off the private taxpayers. The Tea party types see what I see a huge amount of wealth going into a vortex of waste and greed, with the nation getting little in return. Not everyone has made the connection as of yet, because the RAGWUS propaganda machine includes most in the media and the PS RAGWUS machine puts out some of the best post Soviet Union propaganda around.

    The younger generation seems to be catching on to the RAGWUS feeders game though, you can only lie about conditions for so long before rational thinking people say BS! 🙂

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  4. Ted Steele, CEO
    Ted Steele, CEO 8 February, 2014, 09:53

    Duncey— Always remember the tea baggy P.O.R.K.E.R.S. and the S.Q.U.I.D.W.I.D. will ALWAYS help their Wall Street Masters ™ keep all of you Doomers in the underclass where you like it!

    Keep fresh air circulating in the bunker little buddy!!!

    Teddy Cakes!

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  5. SkippingDog
    SkippingDog 8 February, 2014, 12:54

    The Teabilly Caucus continues to provide comic relief for the Republicans, just like Donkey does here. We can only hope they will both continue to marginalize themselves from mainstream thought, but remain present for their comic value.

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    • Donkey
      Donkey 9 February, 2014, 10:21

      SKmisogynist, the joke will be on you. It is the private sector worker that is being “marginalized.” The younger generations are not as stupid as you believe, they will connect the dots correct the evil your RAGWUS has brought, and you will understand that stealing is wrong and always. 🙂

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  6. Ted Steele, CEO
    Ted Steele, CEO 9 February, 2014, 11:02

    Why the continual personal attacks Duncey? What has Skipper done to be given the moniker misogynist?

    Are you ok?

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    • Donkey
      Donkey 9 February, 2014, 15:32

      TCS, your fellow LE sociopath SKdog believes that parker and randle were justified in shooting an eighteen year old girl 15 times, in the middle of a park, with five of those rounds in her back while she laid on the ground. There is not a man I have known that would entertain a concept like this, only a woman hating wimp could hold this view, one which many in the LE RAGWUS hold. Of course you already know this, being right out of the same mold. 🙂

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      • SkippingDog
        SkippingDog 10 February, 2014, 21:00

        Donkey thinks he knows more than the police reports and witness statements about the shooting. He thinks he knows more than the District Attorney who reviewed the entire circumstances of the shooting, and he thinks he has a far better and deeper insight into the matter than even the right-wing Orange County Register, which reviewed all of the evidence as well and admitted that, no matter how queasy the circumstances would make any decent person, the police officers did everything possible to avoid having to use deadly force on Ashley MacDonald, who had stabbed her mother and continued to threaten people with her knife up until the moment she was shot.

        On top of all that, Ashley’s parents sued the police department for $40 million, but quickly settled their claim for a mere $125,000 to cover the legal fees generated to that point.

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  7. Ted Steele, CEO
    Ted Steele, CEO 9 February, 2014, 11:03

    Duncey– Has the S.Q.U.I.D.W.I.D. gotten to you of all people????????????????

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  8. Donkey
    Donkey 9 February, 2014, 15:34

    TCS, dance my little sidekick, dance. 🙂

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  9. Donkey
    Donkey 9 February, 2014, 18:47

    TCS needs new shoes, his dancing has slowed, he needs his weather gods to change his feelings, but he can’t dance as he did, so now he tries to parrot those that expose his lies.

    TCS is now my dancing parrot sidekick, dance and parrot me TCS, dance and parrot!! 🙂

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    • Ted Steele, CEO
      Ted Steele, CEO 10 February, 2014, 17:49

      Nothing new Duncey?

      Same old posts?

      Did you complete a push up yet today! LMAO

      It’s just this easy! ™

      Hurry! POST NOW!!!

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  10. Steve Mehlman
    Steve Mehlman 11 February, 2014, 12:24

    LIE, LIE, LIE.

    The records show that groups with “progressive” and “occupy” in their names were also targeted by the IRS. So it was hardly a “conspiracy” against the Tea Baggers.

    Speaking of conspiracy theories, the Rabid Right’s Benghazi claims just took another hit. Even the Republicans now admit that their charges were bogus. Check it out: http://thinkprogress.org/world/2014/02/11/3276171/gop-benghazi-military-hasc/

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