AP shocker: Senior IRS officials knew conservative groups were being targeted

Would you believe the revelation yesterday that “low-level employees” at the IRS were targeting Tea Party groups isn’t the end of the story? The Associated Press is reporting today that that admission precedes the release next week of the results of a year-long investigation showing that senior officials have been aware of the agency’s flagging of conservative groups since 2011.

The IRS apologized Friday for what it acknowledged was “inappropriate” targeting of conservative political groups during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status. The agency blamed low-level employees, saying no high-level officials were aware.

But on June 29, 2011, Lois G. Lerner, who heads the IRS division that oversees tax-exempt organizations, learned at a meeting that groups were being targeted, according to the watchdog’s report. At the meeting, she was told that groups with “Tea Party,” ”Patriot” or “9/12 Project” in their names were being flagged for additional and often burdensome scrutiny, the report says.

Crazy timing, huh?

  • Scooter30

    Someone better go to prison! Better yet a lot of someones!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gary-Jackson/1316589869 Gary Jackson

    Nixon sicked the IRS on his opponents as well, and was about to be impeached!

    • AaronHarrisinAlaska

      And all parties are in relative agreement that Nixon was slime.

      • dunst43

        Nixon was a great President. He had his own foibles and he made mistakes, but he was not slime.

        • holygoat

          Nixon was a horrible President. Richard M. Nixon gave us the following: EPA, OSHA, and Affirmative Action. He enacted wage and price controls. He supported a guaranteed income, universal healthcare AND the Equal Rights Amendment. I can’t speak to how slimy Nixon might have been, but based on his record in office, I can confidently say that he was one of the worst Presidents in the history of the USA.

          • dunst43

            So Nixon did nothing good? When I speak with Reagan haters I ask the same question. Nixon did some good stuff. Look into it.

          • holygoat

            You said he was a “great President.” Now you’re down to “he did some good.” Okay, Nixon did a few good things: He ended the Draft; he had solid SCOTUS selections; his support for Israel in Yom Kippur War. Can’t think of much beyond that. Those are good things, but it’s small recompense for all the harm he wrought.

            Seriously, Nixon is looked upon far more favorably today by Progressives than by Conservatives. Just as JFK would likely be a Republican were he alive today, Nixon would almost certainly be a Democrat, and a far left Democrat at that.

          • LightSabre

            Would you two idiots stop this irrelevant discussion on Nixon and get to the real talking point? : That the IRS and the whole GD Obama administration and most of the people in Congress be rounded up by the 150,000,000 of us conservatives and then either hung from the nearest tall object or just shot.

          • dunst43

            StingRay…what is your definition of idiot? You have just publicly incited violence; called for the murder of elected officials; and asked for people to give up their First Amendment rights.

        • AaronHarrisinAlaska

          You’re right. I don’t want to insult slime. When some one comes up with a word to describe what a horrible persons he turned out to be I’ll use it.

          • dunst43

            Good one! Nixon did some good stuff. Look into it.

          • dunst43

            By the Bye…. I’ve always loved the history and the stories hidden in this photo.


          • holygoat

            Nixon did a lot more bad then he did good. Look into it.

          • dunst43

            Stick with the template Chuck. It’s all good.

          • holygoat

            Stick with the fantasy, dunst. And while you’re at it, please refute anything I’ve posted with actual facts. Not, “look into it,” but facts that you bring to the table.

          • holygoat

            Stick with the fantasy, dunst. And while you’re at it, please refute anything I’ve posted with actual facts. Not, “look into it,” but facts that you bring to the table.

  • Tugger – not quite dead yet

    you’re all a bunch of racist, women hating, religious, gun loving wackos…

    Did I leave anything out?

    • Pat Loudoun

      Yep. Emergency contact info. You need an intervention.

      • CDub


    • http://twitter.com/WayneBaughan Wayne Baughan


    • $7610427

      Yes…redneck, elitist, trailer trash, off shore bank account having, uneducated, fat cat, homophobic, tea bagging…see where I’m going with this?

      • http://twitter.com/Gator_Country Stephen K

        The only off-shore bank accounts that I have are the ones in Nigeria that are mentioned in the e-mails in my spam folder.

        Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go back to making $86/hour working on my computer at home.

        • $7610427

          Hahaha…and I have a money order to send to a prince in Nigeria…

      • tarandfeatherthecrooks

        Don’t forget…uneducated, home-schooling, white (ok, whitish), waspish, sheepish, conservative, colonialist. There’s more, but I would rather focus on the up side (real): brave, patriotic, morally minded, God fearing, educated, compassionate, humble, articulate, hard-working, life-loving…see where I’m going with THIS?!

  • http://truthbeagle.blogspot.com/ Plep

    They will be punished with paid administrative leave.

    • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

      and a call from the President

      • http://twitter.com/die_mich_zwei Spatial Awareness

        I don’t know…. Guess who is actually throwing him under the bus.

  • AaronHarrisinAlaska

    I stand corrected from most post in the last piece covering this.

  • Flop21

    Vote out the big-government republicans and democrats… So many American voters are failing their civic duties…. Many US TV shows are crooked and in the tank for progressives in NY/DC. What ever the NY/DC progressives are pushing, most of America needs to do the opposite. (Notice that the NY/DC Progressives are always trying to increase government control and spending.)

    • Guest

      Also the progressive Democrats are worse than GOP in regards to ruining
      America’s cities and states. Unfortunately, the democrat voting base is
      completely oblivious to their wake of economic destruction. The national debt and democrat cities’ massive pension problems are the proof of their failed policies.

      • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

        Any progressive is bad but the ones who call themselves Republicans are worse because people believe they can be trusted when they can’t which basically means conservative voters voted in more liberals without realizing it.

  • kch50428

    Something is wrong here… the Associated Propagandists are really reporting this? Almost enough to make me fear the aftereffects of winged swine…

    • ObamaFail

      I wonder if they were hacked again

      • Slapweasel

        They’re covering for Benghazi with Federal Crimes, perhaps. Benghazi must be a $#!*storm of gun-running and murder.

    • windskisong

      Simple answer. SQUIRREL! AP is trying to distract from something WORSE – Benghazi – or worse?

  • Squirrel!

    Wow! What a shocker! Who’d have thunk it?

  • George Washington Mclintock

    If the AP is appalled enough to take a break from slanting and spinning stories about Cons to defend them, you have crossed a whole mess of lines.

    • ObamaFail

      I’m thinking the AP might have been hacked again. I don’t believe that anyone at AP would actually expose anything negative about the Obama government.

      • http://twitter.com/Gator_Country Stephen K

        Hiding a story like this would be akin to trying to conceal a sunrise, so they have to resort to Plan B. It’s damage control, trying to get out in front of the story so they can “properly” manage it.

  • John W.

    I think I understand the strategy of the Obama administration, and I’d like to use an analogy to explain it. The cicadas that are about to emerge in the Eastern United States have no natural defenses and are considered by many creatures in the animal world to be quite the tasty snack. The reason cicadas do not get wiped out as a species is simply because there are too many of them – no matter how hungry the predator is, there are only so many cicadas it can eat, and there are many more that don’t get eaten. Hence, the survivors are able to continue the species for another generation.

    By the same token, the Obama administration must have decided early on that there would be so much corruption, so many scandals, so many sleazy activities and so much blatant law-breaking and circumvention of the Constitution that no matter how many Congressional hearings are held and no matter how many investigations are launched, it will never be enough to put a complete stop to everything. The administration will be able to carry out a number of its diabolical plans simply because there are too many such plans for the good guys to be able to halt.

  • I M Free

    Is this the new normal that people can just lie to congress w/out consequences? before congress became irrelevant, and earn its respect, JAIL THESE IDIOTS WHO LIED UNDER OATH!

  • FFlintstone

    I knew when they confessed and apologized that there must be some pretty damning evidence. Otherwise, they would have denied and spun like they do with everything else.

  • http://twitter.com/Gator_Country Stephen K

    All I can say is if I were the inspector general in charge of this report that’s about to drop, I’d be on the phone to Gerald Walpin begging for his advice.

  • http://twitter.com/die_mich_zwei Spatial Awareness

    WoW! Benghazi cover-up must be REALLY BAD.

  • $472942

    And guess what? Not one “top-level” official will suffer one iota of negative repercussions.


    • Sally

      Guess what. George Bush will never go to jail for war crimes…not one day.
      The IRS issue is just another idiocy. None of the groups lost their standing. Not one. Look at all the fundie churches preaching politics illegally every Sunday. They never lose their tax exempt status either.

  • CatHerder

    The edifice of lies is crumbling so fast now that nobody is getting out without being conked at least once.

  • grais

    Ah, the shit’s about to hit the fan, so…”We’re sorry.”

  • TocksNedlog

    This happened a long time ago.

    Have a donut.

  • Arnold Prairiemain

    Uh … if Podhoretz is correct somebody is in deep at the IRS. Congress has a bit more control over the IRS and conviction of lying to a Congressional committee is a felony. Let the plea bargain circus begin … this is coming fast and furious lately.

  • tarandfeatherthecrooks


  • Paul C.

    Under Odrama all the agency are way out of control

    • Sally

      um, the head of the IRS at the time was a Bush appointee

  • Cruz2016!!!

    Had it not been for the MSM smearing, lying and targeting conservative groups…the IRS doesn’t do this…I blame the MSM who started all the hate towards these groups!! When will someone call them out on it??

  • windskisong

    Squirrel! You know that Benghazi is bad when even the AP is willing to throw the IRS under the bus to distract us.