By Devin Burghart

Tea Party Group Protesting IRS Has History of Questionable Political Involvement

May 23, 2013 4:50 pm Category: Memo Pad, Politics 148 Comments A+ / A-

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Tea Party Patriots, originally formed as a 501(c)(4) non-profit corporation in 2009, has a history of questionable electoral activity.  Nevertheless, as one of the largest of the movement’s national factions, it is taking advantage of the so-called IRS scandal to re-ignite the anger of Tea Partiers, encourage their (false) sense of victimhood, and increase their ranks.

Dubbed “Rein in the IRS,” nationwide rallies were organized to protest IRS scrutiny of Tea Party non-profit applications. The announcement, posted on the group’s website Monday, called for “anyone and everyone to protest the IRS’ complete abuse of power” at noon local time on Tuesday. Dozens of local Tea Party Patriots chapters around the country emailed their members about the protests.

The Tea Partiers claim that “the IRS has waged a three-year war against the Tea Party, harassing our groups and even auditing our individual members. This abuse of power is unacceptable and un-Constitutional, and it must stop.” No mention was made of the Inspector General’s findings that that not a single Tea Party group has been denied 501(c)(4) non-profit status, and that more than two thirds of the scrutinized Tea Party-like groups had engaged in political activity that would usually disqualify them.

The effort is also being used to fuse anger over several different political issues, from the Affordable Care Act to immigrants. For instance, in sample Letters to the Editor they distributed, the group links the IRS controversy with their attack on comprehensive immigration reform. “The IRS’s abuse of power highlights why the Senate needs to slow down with its amnesty bill. We simply cannot trust bureaucrats to make the right decisions. Immigration policy is too complex and too important for us to delegate to a group of bureaucrats who may be pursuing an agenda that doesn’t match Americans’ best interest.”

It should be noted that until late Monday, the Tea Party Patriots were using the official group website listed on their IRS form 990, and the resources of their 501(c)(4), plus their network of local groups—many of which have filed for 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) status)—to organize the protests against the IRS. Suddenly Monday evening, after a day of soliciting volunteers to organize anti-IRS protests, all traffic to the group’s domain name teapartypatriots.org was directed to the group’s political action committee, The Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund (http://teapartypatriotscitizensfund.com), which features a “protest the IRS” page alongside a photo of Tea Party Patriots co-founder, Jenny Beth Martin.

The new PAC was formed in January 2013. Despite the current enmeshing of the 501(c)(4) and the PAC on the IRS protests, forms filed with the Federal Elections Commission curiously state that the PAC has no connected organization.

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  • Sand_Cat

    Who woulda thought?

  • thejman7

    The Tea Party movement is dying – and for good reason. The majority of members are crazies – which is something the voting public already knows.

    • itsfun

      If a Political Party that is committed to protecting the Constitution has only crazies for members, then say goodbye to the Constitution. Our Socialist President would love that. It is obvious he hates not being able to completely ignore the House and Senate, even though he tries. His Justice Department tries to scare reporters and if that doesn’t work, it wants to throw them in jail. So far Carney has given us 5 different time frames for what happened in Benghazi. You should be thanking the Tea Party for protecting the Constitution.

      • Kansan

        The Tea Party has indicated it would like to repeal a number of Amendments to the Constitution, such as the 16th and 17th, and to change others, such as the 1st and 14th.

        How can you define that as “protecting” the Constitution?

        • angelsinca

          “The Tea Party has indicated it would like to repeal a number of Amendments to the Constitution”

          That’s just plain crazy. As crazy as repealing or amending or violating the 2nd (arms), 4th (search & seizure), 5th (eminent domain/due process), 8th (excessive fines), 10th (federal power), 14th (citizenship), 22nd (term limits).

          • Kansan

            Tea Party leaders have objected to children born in the U.S. becoming citizens automatically, depending on the status of their parent or parents. (a right granted by the 14th Amendment)

          • angelsinca

            I believe they are more interested in the 14th being lawfully obeyed, especially as it pertains to the presidency.

          • Kansan

            Please tell us what you mean, regarding the presidency. Remember, we’re talking about the 14th Amendment here.

          • angelsinca

            I’m only speculating what the Tea Party may be interested in, but this clause seems appropriate to the presidency when considering reasons why The Committee would want its Peace Prize returned: “The Due Process Clause prohibits state and local governments from depriving persons of life, liberty,
            or property without certain steps being taken to ensure fairness.”

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Maricle/100003742613480 Mike Maricle

            WTF are you babbling about?

          • BDC_57

            she don’t know what shes babbling about she is a idiot

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1362702462 Madelaine Ayers Henne

        The Tea Party is filled with whackos who thrive on fear and hate! They probably couldn’t even recite half the Constitution if they didn’t have a reason to go look something up so they use it to lie about a certain situation.

        • lana ward

          Your leader is a terrorist

          • stcroixcarp

            And you are a liar.

          • lana ward

            The IRS is a terrorist group and Obama is behind it

          • BDC_57

            they should get lana for treason

          • lana ward

            They will get OHitler for treason

          • plc97477

            And you are insane.

          • lana ward

            And OHitler is a terrorist

          • Kansan

            When you’re not busy watching Fox “News” you’ve been posting over 6,000 times. About one third of those times, you’re calling someone a “terrorist.”
            Couldn’t you find something more useful to do? Have you ever had an actual thought in your head?

          • lana ward

            Most dems in power are communist. Communists are terrorists. So our country is lead by terrorists. Got it??

          • Kansan

            Research Suggests a Link between Toxoplasmosis and Mental Illness
            The crazy cat lady – chicken or the egg?
            Published on June 25, 2010 by Michael J. Formica, MS, MA, EdM in Enlightened Living
            Women who are pregnant are warned against contact with cats in order to avoid acquiring the parasite Toxoplasma gondii. Recent research by Robert Yolken at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center suggests that this is just the tip of the iceberg, and, as there is a growing body of evidence to suggest that toxoplasmosis may be linked to mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder in humans, the crazy cat lady may not have an overabundance of cats because she’s crazy, but crazy because she has cats in the first place.

          • lana ward

            Good article!!!–but I had dogs way back when. We started taking kittens off the streets, couldn’t turn our backs on them. They have ALL been fixed, most of them declawed, and all know their names. Irresponsible people that don’t get their animals fixed should all be shot.. They are the problem

          • Kansan

            I thought the disease might explain your obsession with Obama, communists and homosexuals.
            Maybe you were just dropped on your head when you were a baby.

          • lana ward

            Everyone has an obsession, mine is cats. What’s yours

          • Kansan

            Getting help for the mentally ill. Are you interested in a referral? Medication may help.

          • lana ward

            I respect your line of work. I’ve read Jehovah Witnesses have terrible mental illness. They believe they are never good enough for God

          • Kansan

            I figured you for a Moonie or a Scientologist. On second thought, you’re probably just a Holy Roller.

          • lana ward

            I’m just one of those conservatives OHitler had the IRS target

          • Kansan

            “…lead by terrorists?”
            Sorry, lead is a toxic metal. Ingestion can cause serious mental illness or death.
            Hmm. Have you been eating old paint chips again, cat lady?

          • lana ward

            Paint chips is all I can afford. I need to try and get some of that free Obama money, seriously

          • Kansan

            Bon appetit!

      • WhutHeSaid

        Tea Bigots wouldn’t know a Constitutional issue if it walked up and bit them in the ass, nor would they care. They’ve never done anything of any value whatsoever and never will. The Tea Party is all about bigoted hate, and everything else is just a lie to attempt to cover their bigoted hate. It doesn’t work — nobody is fooled.

        • itsfun

          You should check the percentages of different ethnic groups that are Tea Party members. You may be very surprised!

          • WhutHeSaid

            You mean like Allen West? Excuse me while I ROTFLMAO.

            You just be sure to tell us when the NAACP and the Tea Party decide to merge.

          • itsfun

            OK; just let me know when Rush becomes a liberal. That’s not the point here though. The Tea Party is not about bigoted hate. Its about smaller government and less taxes and protecting the Constitution.

          • WhutHeSaid

            Liar. The Tea Party wants to repeal the 14th Amendment, so that part about protecting the Constitution is a whopper. The Tea Party was formed at a time when taxes were the lowest in over a half-century, so the part about less taxes is another lie. The Tea Bigots want the government to actively monitor every pregnancy in order to force their questionable morals upon women, so that part about ‘smaller government’ is another lie.

            The Tea Party was formed as a knee-jerk reaction to America electing it’s first black President, but the vile and despicable people who formed it have been around all along. America was fooled by the lies for only a short period — when public realized who the Tea Bigots were and what they were all about they became the most despised political group in modern history. The Tea Party now enjoys the same popularity ratings as explosive diarrhea — perhaps less.

          • itsfun

            You may set a record for calling people names. Just in case you haven’t figured it out yet, white people elected Obama. The Tea Party won’t be going away. Eric Holder could be going away though. Its a shame you can only see things the liberals tell you to see.

          • WhutHeSaid

            Perhaps I will set a record for name calling, but if so it will be exceeded by the number of times you play stupid when presented with reality. White people DID NOT elect Obama — people of all colors elected Obama. That’s the first clue that you see things through bigoted spectacles.

            No, the Tea Party won’t be going away — at least the sordid bigots who CALL themselves the Tea Party won’t go away. That’s no surprise since vile and despicable bigots were here long before they decided to misrepresent themselves with a fictitious cause and most inappropriate name that has nothing to do with who they are and what they espouse.

            I see reality, and I’m not afraid to tell it the way I see it. If I were to say that we simply differ in what we see, that would be giving you the benefit of the doubt when you say you don’t see bigots in the Tea Party. Well, I DON’T give you the benefit of the doubt — it’s called LYING and is also nothing new.

          • BDC_57

            thats why the tea party is at 37% and obama at 53%

          • itsfun

            Why is it, that everyone that disagrees with Obama’s policies or the way he gets bills passed is automatically a bigot and a liar?

          • WhutHeSaid

            I think a more interesting question is “Why is it that bigots in the Tea Party must constantly deny that they are bigots?”. I mean, being a bitter bigot isn’t illegal, so why don’t the bitter bigots whom we all know are in the Tea Party just boldly proclaim “Yes, I’m a bigot and I’m proud of it!”

            What kind of people deny who they are and what they are about on a daily basis, yet expect the rest of us to somehow overlook that and respect their world view?

          • lana ward

            Why must the NAACP deny they are ALL racists??

          • Lilacgypsy

            Why do you write stupid…remarks…Are you Michele Bachman writing under a pseudonym? Cause you sound as dumb as her.

          • Lilacgypsy

            Because what you just wrote is untrue. When someone objects to his policies, they are specific about what they object to…when they say generic statements like “the way he gets bills passed” without explaining exactly what is offensive about his way of passing bills…then we kinda think it is another hater.

            Do you feel that after Congress rejected further funding for additional security for Embassies that the President should have said…screw Congress ..I am sending further security to Benghazi? Why have the GOP gone crazy blaming the President and Sec Clinton for a situation they created playing lets screw and impeach the President.
            And more important , where was the GOP outrage regarding the embassies and Americans killed during Bush’s reign…and the outrage over the Lie of WMD which allowed him to declare two needless wars…
            Get it yet????

          • itsfun

            I don’t like the President going to US Senators and bribing them to pass his projects. I have no problem with health care. I don’t like the WH spoke person giving us 5 different time frames on what happened in Benghazi. i don’t like the IRS snooping and picking out conservative groups to audit. I don’t like the IRS making conservative groups wait years for non-profit status, when the Presidents half-brother with 12 wives gets the non-profit status in a matter of months. I don’t like it when the IRS executive (Lois) gives personal attention to Obama’s half brother and not to conservative groups. The IRS is part of the executive branch of our government. Our President is the executive branch of government. I don’t like it when the President has no idea of what is going on in the agencies the report directly to him. I don’t like it when your only argument is Bush did it or its Bush’s fault. George Bush has nothing to do with what is going on now. Obama says screw congress with his executive orders when he doesn’t get his own way. I don’t like it when Eric Holder can go judge shopping, then deny knowing anything about reporters emails or phone calls. I am just surprised you haven’t blamed Bush for the IRS problems and for Eric Holder.

          • Lilacgypsy

            Not my ONLY argument..I do notice you simply dismiss the Bush years with a swish of your hand…The fallout from Bush has greatly impacted what is going on right now ?..Can’t one of you just be honest and admit ..he was corrupt?
            again Answer my question..Where was the uproar when Embassies were attacked and people died in those attacks during Bush’s term?
            Answer , please why did Republicans reject a bill to give more funds for additional security to Embassies and then blame Obama for a security abyss that they created by their NO Vote And thereby are directly responsible for shortage of security to Benghazi? Answer!
            I agree with IRS investigating the radical Tea Party who get A pass as a not for profit group ..Who say they are not affiliated with any group and lie, then raise and give money for TP candidates. They are as much a hate group as the Klu Klux Klan…is..in fact Are the KKK…who are racist. Tea Party was created to obstruct and destroy the President, advocate secession, advocate rising against the government .In many countries, these bigots who advocate anarchy against our country would simply disappear…

          • plc97477

            According to some of the posters here there is some parts of the “public” who haven’t figured out that the tea party is the party of the crazy bigots.

          • WhutHeSaid

            And then there are those who know it but just lie about it.

          • lana ward

            RACIST!!!

          • Lilacgypsy

            The Tea Party, the modern, new , updated version of the KKK was created when an Afro -American /Caucasian was elected President. The purpose as reported by many GOP TP politicians was to thwart the President…to prevent a second term…and to attempt to return America to a country of Hate that prevailed in the 40′s, 50′s and ’60s…
            They do not deserve tax -exempt status as they raise money to oppose and recruit dissenters, secession of states from the Union…and are hard core bigots…just go on any TP site and read the N word used abundantly,,, and look at the artwork depicting the Obama family as monkeys, jokes about White House having chicken wings on the porch…the White House being the wrong color, …and tell me they are not Racist

          • itsfun

            Just take a look at the percentages of different ethic groups in the Tea Party. You may be very surprised. When were you appointed to decide who is qualified for tax-exempt status?

          • lana ward

            Never happen. The NAACP are all communists and racists, the Tea Party isn’t

        • lana ward

          All you ever talk is “racist”. That shows YOU are the racist

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1362702462 Madelaine Ayers Henne

      Not all the voting public! Just listen to some of the people talk! Not all!

    • midway54

      You cannot rely on the alleged dying of the Teabaggers. After all they are pawns of the plutocrats whose propagandists have them totally misguided because of their lack of critical thought. We are in a strengthening Plutocracy which will financially overpower all efforts to show the Teabaggers and other forms of dupes for what they really are. The plutocrats in prosecuting their proto-fascist notions of patriotism have seriously damaged our status as a democratic republic through the increasing number of elected rightwing crazies showing up in Congress who obediently serve the interests and the comforts of their indispensable donors. Meanwhile, the dupes remain oblivious to the fact that they are also in the crosshairs themselves as the plutocrats’ programs against dissent strengthen, and at last, thanks to their efforts, they too become along with the rest of us enduring the consequences.

      • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.murphy.167189 Daniel Murphy

        Very well done midway54. Spot on.

      • lana ward

        Obama is a dirty underhanded player, watch and see. Everyone in the WH are having headaches trying to save his traitorous ass

        • WhutHeSaid

          Obama is your leader, and he will serve out his second term no matter what crazy bullshit you nutty bigots can conjure.

          I know that it hurts you bitter bigots horribly to see a black man in the White House, but your endless lies and boundless lunacy will never ease the pain of being a bigot.

          America despises Tea Bigots, and you are as popular as dog vomit, but please take heart: Satan has a home prepared for you. Can you feel the flames already?

          • lana ward

            President Allen West–Sounds GREAT to me!!!!

          • WhutHeSaid

            You mean the raving lunatic who was run out of office in Florida? America would rather poke it’s collective eyes with sharp sticks. Tea Bigots have no future in this country — better come up with a new disguise.

          • lana ward

            You don’t like Allen West–YOU’RE A RACIST

          • Lilacgypsy

            Nope! We don’t like Ass hole, Nut Jobs…the very fact we are Liberals and voted for President Obama tells us you are as crazy as West is…And also shows the low level of your intellect and absence of reasoning… Example::: President Obama is Afro-American as is Allen West…I voted and volunteered in the Obama campaign…thereby if I was racist , I would not have worked for or voted for President…right? (Move head slowly up and down)

          • lana ward

            You’re a RACIST!! And if you voted for OHitler, you’re a communist traitor!!!

          • Kansan

            “And…” you’re a moron, of course, suffering from psittacosis.

          • lana ward

            Obama orders Holder to investigate–Holder!! WTF is up with that???

          • Kansan

            Changing the subject to your usual rant? You were the McCarthyite jerkoff who brought up West.

          • lana ward

            Your OHitler is making it a crime to say anything bad about rag heads. Talk about free speech!! Yet it’s ok for him to say and do anything he wants to Christians. Much of a dictator yet?? Heil OHitler!!!

          • Lilacgypsy

            I sent $35 to a fund to get rid of him…The Best $35 I ever spent….

          • lana ward

            RACIST!!! The election was stolen from him too

          • Lilacgypsy

            You are an ass…a fine example of the average hypocrite repug…now go take your meds

          • lana ward

            And you’re a commie bitch

          • Kansan

            Does your mom know you leave this sort of language all over the Internet?

          • Kansan

            West was charged with violating articles 128 (assault) and 134 (general article) of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. During a hearing held as part of an Article 32 investigation in November 2003, West stated, “I know the method I used was not right, but I wanted to take care of my soldiers.”[15] The charges were ultimately referred to an Article 15 proceeding rather than court-martial, at which West was fined $5,000.[14] Lieutenant Colonel West accepted the judgment and retired with full benefits in the summer of 2004.

          • lana ward

            Alen West is a true Patriot. He puts others and his country before himself. OHitler is a selfish bas**rd and if he had been vetted as everyone else is, he would NEVER have qualified to run for President. And we still really know nothing about him, except his family in Kenya are terrorists. Allen West for President!!!

          • Kansan
          • lana ward

            Adorable!! How can you turn your back on something so sweet!! You can’t. I know : ) Thanks!!!

          • Kansan

            In Denmark, researchers did a study that showed a connection between the T. gondii parasite and suicide on 45,000 women. Women who have been infected with the bug are more likely to attempt suicide then anyone else.

            The parasite can be transmitted through cat feces and through the litter boxes, where it is commonly found.

          • lana ward

            I have been doing this for so long, I think the work and expense is what would make me attempt suicide, not disease. But thanks!!

    • lana ward

      The Tea Party isn’t dying, though Obama and the IRS did try to murder it before the election–watch and see. The Tea Party did so well in the 2010 elections, Obama and the IRS had to stop them in the 2012 elections, which they did–but now they will pay for what they did!!!!

      • stcroixcarp

        lana, the tea party is dedicated to avoiding payment of taxes. Why wouldn’t the IRS investigate for fraud? I think the IRS was just doing its job. If I were director of the IRS, I would investigate ALL 501c4s. Many, both on the left and right are nothing more than money laundering opperations for political operatives and should never have been granted a tax exempt status. Did you know that the IRS investigated the NAACP?

        • angelsinca

          “the tea party is dedicated to avoiding payment of taxes”

          Actually, no. They are interested in reducing the growth of government, which would result in lower taxes. If you think it’s wrong to want to pay less taxes, just make the check out to, ‘The Treasurer of the UnIted States’.

          • Mulligatonney

            This is a very accurate statement, something extremely rare on this site.
            Right on the money – and very much appreciated.
            That is the entire reason for the formation of the Tea Party. Out of control government and the treasonous expansion of taxation without representation by politicians who are supposed to be working for us.
            Plain and simple.

          • InsideEye

            It is truly amazing that the left is afraid of the Tea Party. They only want less government, and they represent 47percent of the population, the middle 6 percent vote on personal issues. They are well/ effectively mischarcterized as villains, in the media….this is laughable…..and they are laughing as we’ll. I keep referring to NJ …a radically democratic state that lives on low info sound bites. Gov Christie was elected on the sound bite tax issue….always works in NJ. GOv Florio ,a democrat was recalled for ALMOST TAXING toilet paper. …FORCING residents to use both sides of the pliant material. This is the REason OF EXISTENCE Of THE TEA PARTY……NOTHING ELSE…..it is being used as a straw man….and is amusing

          • WhutHeSaid

            Utter bullshit. The Tea Party is a collection of despicable and disgruntled bigots who formed the group under false premises for one and only one reason: To oppose Barack Obama. Why? Because he is black. Everything else is just a lie.

            Bigots aren’t new, and neither is lying. It used to be white hoods, today it’s tri-cornered hats and ‘don’t tread on me’ flags. Because the Tea Bigots are vile and despicable, they are despised by the rest of America. NOBODY is afraid of Tea Bigots, they just try to avoid stepping in them whenever possible. It’s entirely appropriate that you are worried about the taxation of toilet paper, because the TPers need to be wiped from the ass of America.

          • InsideEye

            This is hilarious , give me one instance of bigotry.? Racism is not even worth discussing, since many whites evidently voted for Pres Obama , the whites that did not vote for him was because of his policies: any other characterization is media poop to rattle cages .

          • WhutHeSaid

            If you can’t see bigotry in the Tea Party, then I suspect you’d have trouble finding your own ass with both hands and a flashlight. One doesn’t need to go any farther than this very forum, where bigotry and hate are on full display. You may wake up now.

          • InsideEye

            Highly descriptive, but not into butt finding…But give me one instance of bigotry or racism. I find a lot coming from the other side. The left is pre occupied with racism. …it is a rallying cry of some sort. ‘some of my best friends are whites, Asians, South Americans, English speaking Africans, the dark type.

          • WhutHeSaid

            That’s a good thing because you wouldn’t be much good at ‘butt finding’ anyway, for reasons already stated. I’m not into trying to cure willful ignorance, so you can try gaming somebody else. Very near to my post is one from Lana Ward, a Tea Bigot who routinely posts racist comments in this forum. This fact alone would make you feel foolish if you weren’t already a fool.

          • InsideEye

            Lana has said nothing racist on her posts, as far as I can make out. He/ she is provocative only.

          • WhutHeSaid

            As far as you can make out. Apparently you can’t make out very much, since Lana does almost nothing BUT make racist posts. Congratulations — you’ve got the Tea Bigot penchant for lying down pat.

          • InsideEye

            Hello
            I did look back again at Lana s postings and she said nothing racist here. Apparently you must be very narrow in your focus….that is ok. This site preaches to the choir, but we, others , slanted eye folks , come here to learn about you all.
            Thanks for your Input though,

          • WhutHeSaid

            You’re welcome. I have one suggestion for you that may help: Work a bit on reading with comprehension.

          • InsideEye

            I was trying to learn from you, but I have failed thus far. Have a memorable Memorial Day.

          • WhutHeSaid

            If you can’t spot a bigot in all of the racist ramblings of Lana Ward (including her various alter egos), then I’d suggest giving up on the learning thing. You probably couldn’t spot a bigot at a KKK cross burning either. Of course, that’s assuming that one takes your posts at face value (not likely). Enjoy your weekend.

          • plc97477

            Lana one of our most vocal crazies has been known to say she wants the black man out of here white house. Doesn’t get more blatant than that.

        • lana ward

          The IRS investigated every conservative group. They couldn’t let them have the results they had in 2010. The IRS a terrorist group and Obama is behind it

          • InsideEye

            Lana, stop saying that Obama is a black man, he is only partially black like Tigre Woods, you appear racist to some on this forum. Although I do recall, Harry Reid , Senate Dem. speaker, saying ” I am not sure Obama is black enough to be considered black” …paraphrasing. What did he really mean by this.

          • lana ward

            I don’t say OHitler is a black man. He is a piece of black. Allen West and Herman Cain are black men. Decent men

          • InsideEye

            But Herman Cain and Allen West are Republicans so then they can not be Black and condidered down for the struggle, nor can Colin Powell, Condy Rice or even the President for that matter…he hardly had a struggle in his tuition-free life. You are over the top, Lana Ward.!

  • http://www.facebook.com/dominick.vila.1 Dominick Vila

    What is important to me is not only the false claims these groups made to qualify for tax exempt status, but why do we give such privilege to organizations that contribute nothing to the welfare of the American people, and that applies to both sides of our political spectrum. The truth behind this issue is that an ambivalent or complicit government has allowed thugs to become multi-millionaires at our expense. We are subsidizing people who belong in jail for perjury and fraud. Why is the general public not demanding change? If IRS officials violated existing policyi, they should be disciplined and fired. The real question is, why isn’t that policy changed to protect the interests of the general public and punish those who take advantage of loopholes to make millions of tax free dollars at our expense?

    • Lovefacts

      I agree. IMO, no group that deals primarily or exclusively with elections should not be entitled to tax free status, especially 501(c)(4)s that feed directly into PACs, regardless of party. I’m so tired of the interests of the super-rich and corporations being the only ones Capital Hill cares about.

      • http://www.facebook.com/dominick.vila.1 Dominick Vila

        I feel the same way about churches, but that is one facet of this issue that will not change in my lifetime.

      • Cody in CT

        Your use of a double negative implies that you favor tax free status for these groups, but your second sentence and following comment about churches implies that you don’t; which one states your belief?

    • angelsinca

      ” Why is the general public not demanding change?”

      Because sincere efforts to make change, that applies equally across the gender/religious/racial/age/political/social spectrums, are met with ridicule and cries of racism.

    • RobertCHastings

      By perpetuating the controversy, they apparently hope to sneak in under the turmoil, or at least take advantage of the “sympathy backlash” that frequently follows such “scandals”. The are hoping that someone in a powerful position in the government will propose a moratorium, allowing all such groups tax-exempt status, at least until things cool down. Did not Ryan and his associates initially propose simplification of the Tax Code, and they were honestly pushing it. Until they realized that our bloated Tax Code is bloated for one very simple reason – it is bursting at the seams with benefits for one special group, the wealthy. If the Code were reduced by 75% from its current size of 78,000 pages, to less than 20,000 pages, the sudden reversal of that huge sucking sound the middle class has been hearing for the past thirty years would turn into a flooding torrent of riches for the middle class. The favorite fantasy of conservatives that there is a $100,000/year job out there for anyone who wants would suddenly be true, and the to[ 1% would be joining the rest of us.

  • docb

    ONE QUARTER of the inquiries were tea party groups….This is absurd!…The attorney tried to stop the practice and the civil servants reverted back to the practice list they had complied to manage their job load..Why were their not specific instructions laid out for them from the managers to protect the tax payer but to allow them to do the job of oversight according to the poorly written Congressional law?

    The group about which the article was written is, from personal observation, in Colorado a sham…Think all these should be scrutinized on both sides Thank you roberts activist court conservative members under the ‘citizens united’ ruling!

    • disqus_fsqeoY3FsG

      There was an article on the National Memo titled “The Tea Party, The IRS ‘Scandal’ — And The Actual Facts Of The Case” May 20th, 2013 10:35 pm Devin Burghart
      http://www.nationalmemo.com/the-tea-party-the-irs-scandal-and-the-actual-facts-of-the-case/
      This article outlines other Tea Party violations.
      In early 1950′s Congress passed a law that defines such groups as “civic leagues or organizations not organized for profit but operated exclusively for the promotion of social welfare.” However in 1959, the IRS has been reading “exclusively” as “primarily.”

      • midway54

        Not just reading or interpreting it: In publishing its agency regulations in the Federal Registry, it changed the term exclusively to primarily, despite the fact that the original statutory text falls within the legal interpretive doctrine of “clear meaning.” A good question is, why was it changed and who directed the change?

      • docb

        Yes, I read it. NM and Fiscal Times are my two favorites.

  • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

    Here is my suggestion. Congress needs to change the law that instead of simply stating that a 501(c)(4) cannot use the majority of their resources in political action to specifically limiting them to no more than 10% of their resources used in political activity.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1362702462 Madelaine Ayers Henne

      No! Just get rid of that 501(c)(4) and everyone pays accordingly! That way, there is no finger pointing!

      • InsideEye

        That is correct , Since SCOTUS said that contributions are a free for all, let no one apply for these 501′s ,etc. Did ACORN ever apply, are they still enrolling the dead for voting in November. How is it that there more votes counted in Phildelphia then there are registered voters ? Anaecdotal of course.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jane-Rimmer/100001147101417 Jane Rimmer

          You do realize that Acorn shut down long before November, right?

          • InsideEye

            Yes, at least it appeared to be shut down, but may have surfaced with OFA, me thinks. None of these groups should be regulated since the SCOTUS has deemed all political contributions as a free for all. …. From corporations etc.

  • latebloomingrandma

    It seems to me that if an organization applies for tax exempt status, the IRS would have to make sure they meet the criteria for this. With over 70,000 applications for tax exempt status and only 200 people to handle the requests, what should the answer be? Just let them all slide through?

    • http://www.facebook.com/dominick.vila.1 Dominick Vila

      Maybe we should apply for tax exempt status because we post our comments on The National Memo! What the heck, some of those political groups do is no different from what we do, except that they have wealthy sponsors and don’t have to pay Uncle Sam for what they earn. Have a nice day! :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1362702462 Madelaine Ayers Henne

    Expose all their tax records and whatever else they have! I am so sick of this. How can they lie like this and the MEDIA doesn’t go after it? Because the President is BLACK! Plain and simple! Nothing to do with party!

    • http://www.facebook.com/dominick.vila.1 Dominick Vila

      The “scandal” is designed, in part, to make sure they are never prosecuted and can continue to enjoy the benefit of tax exempt status. Nobody will have the courage to touch them after this distraction is over.

    • angelsinca

      “Because the President is BLACK”

      Filed under ‘Give us a break’. The ones that lie on the applications ought to be prosecuted for fraud by the Justice Dept, regardless of affiliation. It’s up to the media to ensure they ARE prosecuted.

    • lana ward

      The media is turning on the traitor in the WH too

  • SaneJane

    If there is any valid reason to criticize the IRS in this matter, it is approving these organizations for tax exempt status in the first place. These applications were signed under penalty of perjury and a large number contain lies about their true purpose. Why did the President come out immediately to say the IRS was wrong? Of all the “scandals” this is the one that chaps my backside and insults the intelligence of any thinking person.

    • plc97477

      I too am unhappy that instead of saying good job to the people who are trying to keep out tax system fair and legal the administration is apologizing for them.

  • Pi_Boson

    TEA Party: T = threatening, E = every, A = american
    That is what the TEA party is about.

    • lana ward

      Obama : O=one, B=big, A=ass, M=mistake, A= America

  • angelsinca

    “not a single Tea Party group has been denied 501(c)(4) non-profit status”

    True. They just haven’t been approved. Some have been waiting for years. Waiting. This is wrong.

  • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.murphy.167189 Daniel Murphy

    While it may be true, the public is figuring out the “Tea Party” is only a group of low brow, empty suits – that’s not good enough. We must be determined to crush the life out of this insideous, anti-American plutocratic takeover of our government. The Koch’s, Addelson and others; are intoxicated from the fumes of their awe inspiring wealth – to the point of ignoring trade laws and skirting sanctions to build and sell their ‘stuff’. These people regard the government as nothing but ‘an annoying hindrance’ and the citizens of this country as little more than ‘pets’, to be trained. We must put a target of disdain on the wealthy whom harbor and endorse the view of “shrinking the government”, which is code for choking off laws written to protect us from them and our basic representation. Because in doing so: they also weaken the voice of citizens and through insidious machinations, gradually take over every aspect of our existence. Plutocrats cannot fathom being told “NO”, ‘you cannot build that here’, or ‘NO the government will not allow you to put that chemical into the groundwater or air, because it will bring illness to the surrounding population’. They especially detest being forced to treat workers with respect and dignity and told they must provide a safe working environment. Their greed breeds corruption, extremism, criminality – and threatens the continuation of representative government. Forget the Taliban and Al-Qaeda – ‘our true and most dangerous enemy are the Koch’s and those whom advocate for them’.

    • Allan Richardson

      It was pretty obvious from the first Tea Party rally, financed and reported on by Fox Noise, that the rank and file TP supporters did not spontaneously come together; they were brought together by Fox and its friends with lots of money. The word for such a “manufactured” grass roots organization is Astroturf.

    • GMGUERRERO

      WELL SAID. SPECIALLY THE KOCHS WHO ARE SHROUDED IN MYSTERY. AND PEOPLE LIKE ROMNEY WITH HIDDEN CASH IN OFFSHORE ACCOUNTS
      AND SHELTERED FUNDS IN TAX FREE FOUNDATIONS.

      • InsideEye

        It is truly amazing that the left is afraid of the Tea Party. They only want less government, and they represent 47percent of the population, the middle 6 percent vote on personal issues. They are well/ effectively mischarcterized as villains, in the media….this is laughable…..and they are laughing as we’ll. I keep referring to NJ …a radically democratic state that lives on low info sound bites. Gov Christie was elected on the sound bite tax issue….always works in NJ. GOv Florio ,a democrat was recalled for ALMOST TAXING toilet paper. …FORCING residents to use both sides of the pliant material. This is the REason OF EXISTENCE Of THE TEA PARTY……NOTHING ELSE…..it is being used as a straw man….and is amusing

        • plc97477

          We are not afraid of the tea party. They are racist jerks and we don’t much like them but there is no fear here.

          • InsideEye

            Any specifics on the racism characterizations, have not seen any on this particular forum.

          • BDC_57

            its only the repugs in congress that afraid of them

        • Lilacgypsy

          It is truly amazing that the Right …and their membership in the Tea Party call themselves Americans when they advocate hate against races, the government, and are laughed at by the rest of the world..at best when the word Tea Party is mentioned, people get a visual of clowns, bumpkins
          who quit school in 6th grade, missing teeth and wear jerky hats with tea bags hanging from them.
          The name TP (to be associated with early american revolt)
          is associated with sedition, acts against government, they complain about Libs getting “free things” , yet hypocritically want a free government ride by being tax free within a government they want to topple…they apply for tax free status, they need background checks.

    • plc97477

      Great post. Thank you for telling it like it is.

    • Lilacgypsy

      Excellent post…

  • ObozoMustGo

    THIS TAX-EXEMPT GROUP HAD NO TROUBLE AT ALL WITH THE IRS:
    THE BARACK H. OBAMA FOUNDATION

    (courtesy http://www.discoverthenetworks.org)

    Net Assets: -$25,002 (negative) (2010)
    Grants Received: $24,250 (2010)
    Grants Awarded: $0 (2010)

    The Barack H. Obama Foundation (BHOF) was established in 2008 by Abon’go Malik Obama, the half-brother of U.S. President Barack Obama. Abon’go, a Kenyan-born Muslim with twelve wives, created the foundation in memory of his (and President Obama’s) biological father, Barack H. Obama (1936-82) of Nyan’goma Kogelo village in Kenya.

    Seeking to “provide people everywhere with resources to uplift their welfare and living standards,” BHOF claims to be “committed to a wide array of development and humanitarian projects which will help mitigate social shortcomings in areas of education and literacy, health and well-being, poverty, and … community infrastructure”—particularly as regards “basic needs such as water, electricity, shelter and sustenance.” The foundation’s guiding principle is “the inherent belief that no one can truly enjoy the riches he has reaped if his neighbor suffers.”

    BHOF currently identifies its major project as the Siaya Community Self-Help Group, which focuses on helping impoverished residents of Siaya, Kenya to access clean drinking water, financial assistance, K-12 education, academic scholarships, medical care, leadership training, and guidance in small-business development. The foundation also claims to have funded the construction of a madrassa in Kenya. There is no concrete evidence, however, that BHOF has actually done any of these things. Financial records indicate that from 2008-10, the foundation received grants and donations totaling $42,923 but awarded no grants at all.[1]

    On its website, BHOF asserts that its “future projects in Kenya and elsewhere around the globe” will focus on:

    “Education development”
    “Child development and welfare”
    “Infrastructure development, to include water, electricity and sanitation”
    “Energy development, to include wind turbines, solar and power generation”
    “Health improvement through health clinics, vaccinations and disease prevention”
    “Humanitarian and natural disaster intervention and response”
    “Nutrition, to include food security, diet assurance, vitamin deliver”
    “HIV/AIDS, particularly child-affected transmissions and prevention”
    “Advocacy and Partnerships”
    “Life skills, training and modeling”

    BHOF’s website lists the foundation’s physical address as 107 S. West St. #401 in Alexandria, Virginia, a location that actually houses only a UPS store. “They probably just rent a mailbox here or receive mail here,” said one UPS employee there in May 2013. Equally problematic is the address listed in BHOF’s IRS filings—4201 Wilson Blvd., Suite 110-152 in Arlington, Virginia—which houses only a marketing center for a drug-and-alcohol treatment organization known as A Better Today Recovery Services. When questioned about BHOF in May 2013, not a single employee in A Better Today’s office had ever heard of the foundation.

    From 2008-11, BHOF operated illegally as a nonprofit group and falsely claimed tax-exempt status—for which it had not yet formally applied. The foundation finally
    submitted its 2010 application for nonprofit, tax-exempt status on May 23, 2011; seven days later, it submitted its filings for 2008 and 2009. Within just one month of these filings—on June 26, 2011—Lois Lerner, the senior official who headed the IRS’s tax-exempt organizations office, signed paperwork granting tax-exempt status to BHOF. This promptness represented a stark contrast to the experience of many conservative organizations that, beginning in 2010, had been intentionally forced
    (by Lerner’s office) to wait more than three years, in some cases, for approval.
    Moreover, Lerner BROKE WITH THE NORMS OF TAX-EXEMPTIOIN APPROVAL BY MAKING BHOF’s TAX-EXEMPT STATUS RETROACTIVE TO DECEMBER, 2008.

    According to Ken Boehm, chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center: “The Obama Foundation raised money on its web page by falsely claiming to be a tax deductible. This bogus charity … had not even applied and yet subsequently got
    retroactive tax-deductible status.” Boehm described Abon’go Malik Obama’s attempt to raise money under the nonprofit banner as “common law fraud and potentially even federal mail fraud.”

    NOTE: [1] Financial information courtesy of Guidestar.org.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jane-Rimmer/100001147101417 Jane Rimmer

      Thanks for the long post. The important information can be broken down into about 2 sentences, though.
      This is the Barack H. Obama Foundation, started by BHOB’s son.

      This is not the Barack H. Obama Jr. Foundation.
      If you do the list bit of reading, you’ll realize that these are 2 different people.

      • InsideEye

        It is truly amazing that the left is afraid of the Tea Party. They only want less government, and they represent 47percent of the population, the middle 6 percent vote on personal issues. They are well/ effectively mischarcterized as villains, in the media….this is laughable…..and they are laughing as we’ll. I keep referring to NJ …a radically democratic state that lives on low info sound bites. Gov Christie was elected on the sound bite tax issue….always works in NJ. GOv Florio ,a democrat was recalled for ALMOST TAXING toilet paper. …FORCING residents to use both sides of the pliant material. This is the REason OF EXISTENCE Of THE TEA PARTY……NOTHING ELSE…..it is being used as a straw man….and is amusing.

        • Debby

          We pay these people out of our tax money…OUR money. I believe like every other business in the US we need to downsize. Stop paying these idiots…and if you’re not re-elected you get nothing…no pension. I know I don’t get a pension until I’ve worked for 5 years and beyond. They all made their own rules…must be nice. Their own heath care plan that we pay for. We pay them full salaries even if they are not re-elected for life !!! I want a job like that. But then again I was raised when you have a job you must work…unlike our Congress and House.
          It’s time to stop fighting amongst ourselves and get new rules in place…stop paying for people who don’t work and never will work a day in their lives.

          • InsideEye

            Please run for congress, we will support you, you are female, and say that you are American Indian from Hawaii, like Eliz. Warren of Massachusettes….seems to work. the media will never dare challenge you because they are afraid of being called racist by the right, they will not know how to handle it….this will work forever to your advantage especially if you look whiter than rice…..this will be totally confusing but the press will believe you.

      • ObozoMustGo

        Dead wrong, Jungle Jane! I never said, nor does the article say, that the BHOF is Obozo himself. It clearly states that it’s his half brother. The point of the article is to show EXACTLY the opposite treatment that was given to leftist freak tax-exempt status requests as opposed to conservative tax-exempt requests. Further, it is 100% legitimate to question WHY this foundation was given tax-exempt status RETROACTIVELY for 2 years. The contrast is striking! You cannot deny it. Nor can you say that you agree with the Obozo regime using the IRS to harrass his political opponents. Not unless you are a Nazi.

        Have a nice Memorial Day weekend!

        “We are the land of the free BECAUSE of the brave.” – United States Marines

        • WhutHeSaid

          I don’t know if you’re aware of this, but Obama is STILL your leader, and guess what else?

          He’s STILL black!

          (hee-hee!)

          Have a nice day!

          • BDC_57

            and bozo lost too

  • http://www.facebook.com/william.rubenstein.3 William Rubenstein

    The Tea Party leaders who signed their names claiming to be tax exempt then went on ahead and focused on politics should all be arrested for fraud. Enough of this treasonous rabble!

    They’re taking money out of the general fund. That means they’re stealing from you and me.

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  • howa4x

    Funny when GWB was in it was Acorn in the IRS frying pan

  • OpKode

    From the nationalmemo website.

    “Our own journalism … reflects a clear and strong perspective, without the kind of propaganda, ultra-partisanship and overwrought ideology that burden so much of our political discourse.”

    Interesting. That’s all I seem to find on this site.

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