It gets worse: IRS leaked conservative groups’ confidential documents to ProPublica

The latest IRS scandal is getting worse — and the official watchdog’s report hasn’t even been released yet. Today we learned that the same IRS office that admitted to targeting Tea Party groups for extra scrutiny also released confidential documents from several conservative groups to “independent” (that is, liberal) news organization ProPublica.

Confidential information from groups like Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS made it into the hands of ProPublica late last year, and now ProPublica reports that the IRS’ Cincinnati office was the source of the documents. “No unapproved applications from liberal groups were sent to ProPublica,” the site reports, while data from nine conservative groups was leaked. The independent investigative journalists at ProPublica went ahead and reported on Crossroads’ confidential application, somehow forgetting to investigate just how they came by confidential documents in the first place — until now.

  • FreedomFighter

    Katzenberg is Obama’s biggest individual donor and a bundler for the Obama campaign.

    • angeleyez

      Gather up the usual low level employees.

      • Stephen K

        They’ve got to be down to the blind guy selling candy bars and warm sodas in the lobby by now.

        • lara

          the janitor next going down

          • Marcy Cook

            No low level employees will go down. Because if they do they will tell who really gave the orders. They have permanent job security.

          • Biggus_Footus

            I don’t think that losing their jobs is their utmost fear.

      • Jillane Kent

        At this rate, they’ll be blaming the janitor and food vendors by this afternoon.

        • Biggus_Footus

          Nope. They’ll blame Bush. They already set the table for that by pointing out that the most recent head of the IRS was a Bush appointee.

    • tenndoug911

      They won’t even talk to the heavy hitters in this outrage, like all other Obama admin cover ups. You would think they would be running out of whitewash at the Whitehouse by now. Good bye to some pour low level smucks just following orders, wink wink. Some left wing group will pick them up for taking one for the team.

      • algonquinmatt

        much like the Corleone mob family of ‘Godfather’ legend, the Obama administration has “lots of buffers”.

        • dr44

          Obama learned from the best – by watching the Clintons. He always has *plenty* of political cutouts handy.

        • dr44

          Obama learned from the best – by watching the Clintons. He always has *plenty* of political cutouts handy.

  • Stephen K

    ProPublica must have gotten word that they’ll be called out in the investigation report that’s soon to be released. No other reason why they would admit to this.

    I wonder how many other leftist “news” outlets received similar “confidential” info?

    • 4catstolove

      I wonder if the documents could be considered stolen property and ProPublica charged with receiving stolen property? Something major needs to be done to send a message

  • Madfoxx

    This plays right into how the left stole the last election by dirty tricks, fraud, and most likely worse. All these things are coming to light and it means the end for these leftist morons.

    • Jazzee

      amen and how harry reid got Romney’s tax records hmmm

    • BLWeary

      We can only hope…lucky to get 10%…they’re like radical islamic terrorists, zombies, and whack-a-moles.

    • gregorsamsa

      I hope you’re right, Madfoxx. For the most part, the left is far better at lying, dirty tricks fraud than the rest of are at uncovering it and getting the mainstream media to let the uninterested know what’s really happening.

      • lara

        They lie and lie and lie and then say that was a long time ago!!!!!

        • Ali Babba

          “Can’t you neanderthals just let things go?

          Those people died last week, for some unknown reason that does not matter now.

          Last Week.

          What’s the point in looking at what happened last week?

          That’s like before the earth even existed”

          – Hillary Clinton, standard lefty excuse #347

        • Ali Babba

          “Can’t you neanderthals just let things go?

          Those people died last week, for some unknown reason that does not matter now.

          Last Week.

          What’s the point in looking at what happened last week?

          That’s like before the earth even existed”

          – Hillary Clinton, standard lefty excuse #347

    • OLLPOH

      …sorry Madfoxx, probably moving onto another Henhouse, still searching for another Golden $$$$ Marxist Egg, ignore the Truth and Damage that is invoked on all!

      When all a human being does is associate its self with is money and socializing and they’ve never so much as sweated a days work, yet goes around trying to say they didn’t say this and gives no explanation to the people about why …

      Why would Obama write this in one of his autobiographies?
      Taken from his book and in his own words: “Dreams From My Father” page 158 of 235 PDF Form:
      “It is this world, a world where cruise ships throw away more food in a day
      than most residents of Port-au-Prince see in a year,
      where white folks’ greed runs a world in need,
      apartheid in one hemisphere, apathy in another hemisphere…
      That’s the world! On which hope sits!”

      • Smoking Hamster

        That was Page 534 of 793 in the ebook. One of Wrights sermons not
        Obama’s words. However, I’m certain Obama agrees with every bit of it.

        That sermon was called “The Audacity of Hope.” Hmmm…

        And a few pages later Obama goes full Black Liberation theology…

  • CHHR

    Obama has “plausable deniability” – well, until he said what he did today at least…

    First, authorization to review conservative groups came from Sen Max Baucus, Democrat of course, in September 2010…

    Politico noted too that typically 501C(4) status was largely used by liberal groups and pontificated that spending by conservative groups had dwarfed liberal spending.

    A “retiring senator” can run from accountability… all he has to do is play out the calendar… oh wait, he said this today… also from Politico (what do they all have amnesia or something?)

    Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus blasted the IRS in the wake of the agency admitting that conservative groups were targeted for increased scrutiny and pledged to hold hearings on the issue.

    Read more:

    Obama can’t say that he knew nothing before Friday, the Admin was briefed the week of April 22nd of the pending IG report from the Treasury… so much for him ruining his otherwise iron clad “plausable deniability.”

    • Sharkteeth

      Who are you masked man?

      • CHHR

        just your average joe concerned about the direction the left is taking our great country

  • Chuck Atilano

    There is a big bill that is attached to this sort of thing. I wonder who will be paying it. There are federal privacy laws that have very hefty fines associated with leaking private information.

    • Greg Dickinson

      Laws are for chumps. Those in the ruling and entertainment classes are immune

  • tjp77


    • Bruce Berens

      And don’t believe all those conspirace theories. . . .

      I have confidence that history will feast on Obama’s rotting corpse.

      • Jane_Madison

        I wouldn’t count on it. The vile leftists who write history books and stuff them down the throats of our kids will just omit and lie to protect the most corrupt, immoral and illegal regime that has ever ruled over our once-upon-a-time Republic.

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      Yup… Just ask the indiginous Native Americans! And, the average taxpayer.. Jawamax 8<{D} #RightWard

  • dan

    Eric Holder will declare there was no wrong doing and refuse to prosecute anyone. Mark my words. This is the most corrupt administration ever.

  • Michael Sawall

    This is a small potatoes “smoke screen” to divert attention away from Benghazi!!!

    • Andy Miller III

      I believe that is the real truth.

      • pinkelephant22

        I disagree

        A) They already know the GOP is relentless in exposing the facts of Benghazi

        B) They have too much power in so many areas of Govt and of course the media who’d sell anything for them. They’re too narcissistic to opt for negative reporting on themselves. I truly believe they’d stage a terror attack to divert attention before casting themselves in a negative light.

        • TheOleTeaBag

          What makes you think they HAVEN’T? We STILL don’t know much about that Saudi “student” who had the designation of a terrorist not allowed to be in the US–and yet here he was, on a student Visa, but clear across the country from where he was supposedly a “student”. MOO-chelle visited HIM in the hospital, and then he quietly disappeared–no doubt spirited safely out of the country so that nobody could question HIM about the Boston Marathon bombings.

          • pinkelephant22

            I’m not saying they have or haven’t. My point is, I believe they’re too narcissistic to expose their own scandals to direct attention away from Benghazi. They’d opt for something else that would have nothing to do w/the messiah and company.

            While I’m not completely certain that the 1st Fat-ass didn’t visit other victims (due to lack of reporting on the topic), I do agree that there are many, many more questions that need answering on the Boston bombings in reference to the Saudi student, the watch list warnings, etc.

          • lara

            Obama’s son as he relates to all criminals as that could be my son??disgusting liar…

          • Jason Call

            Look like Trevon, think as Jahar…

        • Mark Meyers

          So Debi, you think that the Dems should investigate themselves? it was the Dems that went after Nixon. The history of investigative government is by the apposing party…. that way there’s no self help accommodations. It’s like the police verses criminals. would you rather the criminals be tried by criminals? the power is in the hands of the republicans as it should be. If you believe they would stage attacks on Americans to prove a point, then you haven’t been listening to the Dems and libs whom are doing that very thing everyday at the beginning of democrat house an congress control since 2007. The liberals have fucked this country up so bad in the last 6 years from education protocol to in home parenting. and corruption in all levels of privet business to government for the last 30 years, this is why we have the problems we have. Your a believer when the speak in public, start looking at what they do in privet, Truthfully you would be appalled at the truth. Good luck with that way of thinking, you’ll have only yourself to blame when the government is at your door telling you when and where you shit.

        • brewerandpatriot

          Queue New Orleans Mother’s Day shooting in 4, 3, 2, 1…

    • Sharkteeth

      We can multi-task here on the internet. If he thought this would distract us he was wrong.

      • mdtljt

        They haven’t realized that the more scandals of distraction they throw out, the more focused we get…keep ’em coming!!

        • lara

          give us the truth and he cant because he lies about everything..

    • Dennis McMaster

      I think you’re right about it being a diversion, but not from Benhgazi. I think they’re trying to sneak amnesty through while everyone is focused on these scandals. And once it passes a few low-level staffers are thrown under the bus – the end.

  • Bud-Kathy Jones

    America prepare for a fight these progressive democrats will not leave peacefully.

  • CHHR

    Oh poor Obama, he just can’t get a break these days… this from the wonderfully dutiful Washington Post:

    “IRS officials in D.C. and California sent detailed questionaires to conservative groups asking more than a dozen questions about their voter outreach and other activities, according to the documents.”

    Looks like the media is doing their part to make the IRS story bigger than either Benghazi or Extortion 17…
    Guess they haven’t figured out that we’re very capable of multi-tasking… oh dear, so sorry for them… NOT

  • Rob

    “Whoever, having knowledge of the actual commission of a felony cognizable by a court of the United States, conceals and does not as soon as possible make known the same to some judge or other person in civil or military authority under the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both

    Hope they enjoyed the scoop.

  • terry mcclinton

    This has been acceptably leaked for one reason only….to remove the heat from BENGHAZI! Can the American people handle 2 Obama & Co. scandals at once??

    • ObamaFail

      You bet your ass we can! It doesn’t matter how many scandals are revealed, true Americans are going to demand justice for each one!

      • beebop1952

        Keep the pressure on him and he is going to blow like a terrorist’s pressure cooker.

    • Henry Felter

      Excluding the wire tapping of Media, we can also add a brand new oops. Sec. of Health Sebelius went to Insurance companies and asked for money to start up Obamacare as it needs more money. Breaks two Laws. She oversees Insurance companies and this breaks a Law on the books since 1861.

      The other is all money used for Gov’t purposes much go through Congress first. (This excludes Barack’s executive funds)

    • Junie3

      Hillary and Bill are working hard today.

      • lara

        proven liars all of them

  • $50720995

    ProPublica better have good lawyers… I smell lawsuit, lawsuit, lawsuit…!

  • 4thJohn

    S.O.P. for statists and leftists. They believe they are above ALL law which is why they want to pass so many absurd laws – they have no intention of obeying ANY of them. Do you think the goons Obama is grooming in DHS will only put 5 bullets in their pistols? These are the ones who need gun control, not Joe America who thinks one day he may need them to protect his family against the death squads being formed as we speak.

  • Judith A Patton

    Obama is guilty of abuse of Power.!!!! It is time that the Media report on his corrupt and dirty administration. I see America just going down hill with this incompetent reprobate at the helm. !!!!!!!

  • K K

    Maybe the low level employees will become whistle blowers b4 they are sacrificed.
    There have been a whole lot of people warning the masses about the corrupt current administration, and even the lame stream liberal media didn’t catch on. Or if they did, they sure hid it well.
    This country needs to proceed with impeachment of the potus, the vp, the atty general, all the muslim (privately appointed by the muslim in chief) czars, the speaker of the senate, all the usurpers of the constitution (both republican and democrat), and totally reorganize the tax laws, fire all the top IRS management, repeal the un-affordable health care debacle.
    Hire the Israeli security people to replace the DHS, and the TSA, and build a proper secure border fence. Expel all the terrorist cells,(and all those who do not wish to assimilate into the American way of government and laws) all the criminal invaders, (those who voluntarily turn themselves in, get to apply for a visa after 1 year, those that do not will not be allowed to re-enter for 10 years.) all those caught re-entering before the 10 year wait, will be imprisoned for the remainder of their 10 year wait and do hard labor to pay their way while living in lock-up, instead of collecting 3 meals a day and a free roof over their heads.
    All people on welfare will be required to submit to drug testing every month to get aid, and those who are capable of work, will clean litter off streets, public parks, etc and be paid instead of collecting a free handout.
    No more free cell phones, all rent subsidies will be subject to security and full background checks to prevent fraud.
    All voters must have a valid secure ID to get a ballot to vote.

    • citizenrich

      Conservatives need to calm down with their impeachment fetish. It’s boorish and comes off as obsessive.

      Conservatives need to fight this fight at 2014 voting booths. Obama is calling Republicans out for a fight. He’s running around raising tons of money for congressional races and pulling the Rush Limbaugh card left and right.

      • NRPax

        Just wondering: Were the Democrats boorish when calling for Nixon’s impeachment? Seeing that he was accused of things far less serious than this.

        • citizenrich

          Yes, the democrat media-industrial complex was terribly boorish when taking down Nixon. Phony self righteous cretins. Nixon never had a chance.

          • NRPax

            At least you’re consistent. Personally, I don’t think it’s wrong to discuss the possibility of impeachment. There are several things going on that demand accountability from the President on down. Being a member of a particular party doesn’t excuse you from that.

        • lara

          it was the cover up that got Nixon..

      • beebop1952

        I wish I could arrow you down more than once. You don’t get the point …. but hey …. look at the shiny object over here ….. If he’s “calling Republicans out for a fight?” BRING IT.

        • citizenrich

          My point is that Obama is solely focused on the 2014 elections. I know this because he said so. Conservative republicans need to hold or take additional seats in the House and pick up a few Senate seats. There’s a possibility that Republicans could take control of the Senate.

          This is what Obama and his lackeys fear most. I assure you that they have no fear of impeachment.

          • anjullyn

            I agree….and who wants Biden in charge? Now if they could get rid of them both I’d scream IMPEACH the loudest. I would rather have an impotent Oblamer who has NO ability to do anything for his remaining term.

      • Jillane Kent

        One can rightfully express outrage without being maligned as “fetishists”, no?

    • beebop1952

      Until yesterday’s disclosures, the LSM had no reason to be upset with the Madministration. But grabbing AP information? That may be the point of no return.

  • TocksNedlog

    De quacker is now officially able to park in front of de store.

  • TheOleTeaBag

    To all those liberals who sneered at Conservatives and Tea Party folks as “tin hat looneys” when they said Obama was using the IRS to target anybody who did not agree with him, how do you like your idol NOW? He’s using the IRS as his PERSONAL GESTAPO to punish and harass those he regards as his “enemies” (which is anybody who does not agree with him and worship at his altar). He and Valarie Jarrett made a BIG DEAL of bragging about how it was “payback time” for their “enemies now that “they” had been re-elected. And you thought they were just talking, right? If Benghazi and IRS-gate do not show you what a morally-challenged DIRTBAG and unconstitutional TYRANT your idol really is, then you really ARE besotted on the Kool-Aid!

  • Joshua Johnson

    The more I hear of all these scandals just falling apart like a house of cards, the more I remember the end of Frank Peretti’s “Piercing the Darkness”. I guess cockroaches just cant stand good old fashioned sunlight.

  • Delphine Martinez

    And the IRS is going to manage our health care accounts?

    • Scott Hurlburt

      yup….and believe me, if you don’t pay up for insurance, they WONT hesitate for a second to violate your tax return…..kiss that goodbye

    • lara

      Will Republicans and tea party and patriots get refused health care by the IRS?? I dont trust them!! why is the IRS in our health care at all…

    • redheadgrl

      Just wait until they start leaking your medical records….

  • citizenrich

    At least we don’t live in a banana republic!

    • Jillane Kent

      Aren’t these the tactics of a banana republic?

      • Justin Levesque

        We’re getting there, but not quite yet. At least DHS isn’t going door-to-door hunting for ‘disruptive elements’ and ‘agitators’. At least political opposition isn’t being taken out and shot.

  • Thomas M. Brady

    I searched ProPublica for “Gosnell” and could find nothing more recent than 2011. I guess they are neither independent nor representative of “Journalism in the Public Interest.”

  • lara

    its amazing how Obama know nothing, hears nothing, see nothing….at what point is he gonna be the president to all instead of a dictator…

    • anjullyn

      Easy answer…..never.

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      See no Evil, speak no evil, hear no evil…The three monkeys of corrupt Chicago Politics… #RightWard #NoBrainerAlert! Jawamax 8<{D}

  • lara


    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      There were one or two “survivors”; One that comes to mind is Rahall/Miller in Marianna, Florida. I love their commercials with their patriotic kids… Jawamax 8<{D} #RightWard

  • Albert Schmitlap.

    1934 Germany,,,read your history,,,the same path, the same actions. Wake up people, these are NOT good signs.


    George Soros Group, Open Society Institute with Obama’s Professor Henry L. Gates (Remember the Obama Beer Summit, where Obama stated “the Police Acted Stupidly”, because Obama’s friend and Professor was arrested because he broke into a house, and Gates was outraged that the Police didn’t believe him that it was his own house and someone in the neighborhood didn’t know him) on board…Just another Obama Leftist Group.
    Great resource for Lists of 501c’s

  • robin macmillan

    Sleazy Chicago politics.

  • $1014973

    Just great. Let me ask you citizens one simple question. If this is what they’ve been caught doing, what else is barry up to that we don’t know about? Would you put anything past them at this point?

  • j p

    I was reading about the key words the IRS was using to determine who to target. What does it say about the executive branch when the words identifying their enemies are ones like: patriot, constitution, bill of rights, 9/12 Project? It would seem to say that the administration is the enemy of the constitution, the bill of rights, what our country was founded on and the unity of the people. Is that scary or what?

  • gjsmith_62

    “independent investigative journalists at ProPublica”

    About as independent as OFA, MediaMatters, MoveOn and apparently the IRS. Seems the EPA, OSHA, BATF as well as the FBI are independent too.

    Hoping ProPublica’s phones are tapped next for revealing their complicity in this scandal.

  • Gary marshall

    Why its just like the African King and his rotten African Kingdom.