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  1. #61
    My bad, bro.
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    Revealed: The 55 questions the IRS asked one tea party group after more than two years of waiting – including demands for names of all its donors and volunteers
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...olunteers.html

    The Internal Revenue Service wrote to the Richmond Tea Party last year demanding to know the names of all its financial donors and volunteers, as part of a 55-question inquisition into its application for tax-exempt status, MailOnline has learned.

    The agency wanted to know 'the names of the donors, contributors, and grantors' for every year 'from inception to the present.'

    It also demanded 'the amounts of each of the donations, contributions, and grants and the dates you received them.'

    'How did you use these donations, contributions, and grants?' the IRS asked. 'Provide the details.'

    And in addition to the names of board members, officers and employees, the nation's taxing authorities insisted on knowing the names of everyone who helped the Richmond Tea Party without compensation.

    'Please identify your volunteers,' the January 9, 2012 letter from the IRS read.

    The agency also required the Virginia conservative group to provide copies of sections of its website that only its members can access.

    The IRS ultimately identified approximately 300 such organizations, many of which were independently organized in 2009 and 2010 under the larger 'tea party' banner. Those groups had a decisive impact in the 2010 midterm congressional elections, and became a thorn in the side of the Democratic party, costing it race after race, especially in the House of Representatives, which shifted to Republican control.

    In the nearly three years since the IRS began looking more closely at conservative nonprofit groups than others, 125 of the 300 target organizations have been approved for tax-exempt status. Another 25 withdrew their applications. The remainder are still waiting.
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    The Virginia organization said it applied for 501(c)(4) tax-exempt status on December 28, 2009 and waited nearly 10 months for a response, which consisted of 17 questions and a two-week deadline. That demand was made on the opening day of the Virginia Tea Party Convention, which the Richmond Tea Party organized in large part.

    'We fully complied,' the group wrote, 'providing over 500 pages of documentation. We received no response for over a year. Eventually the IRS sent a letter dated January 9, 2012, thanking us for our "complete and thorough responses" from the first request,' but then asking 55 more questions in 12 parts – 'including the totally inappropriate request for a full list of our donors and volunteers. We were given the same two-week timeframe for completion.'
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    Alan P. Dye, a nonprofit attorney with the Washington, D.C. firm of Webster, Chamberlain & Bean, told MailOnline that he represents six tea party groups that have been waiting for periods of up to 30 months for the IRS to issue rulings.

    'They're very pissed off,' he said, 'and they have every right to be pissed off.'

    He advises his clients to refuse to answer invasive questions about their donors and volunteers, he said, since information they provide would be made available to the public.

    'Everything these groups tell the IRS is open to public inspection once their exempt status is granted,' Dye explained.
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    whoa
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    Pelosi Blames IRS Scandal on Citizens United
    http://reason.com/24-7/2013/05/13/pe...on-citizens-un

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s two-paragraph statement on allegations that the IRS targeted tea party organizations for extra review could have come from any concerned lawmaker Monday.

    But a single sentence tying the IRS’ alleged misconduct with a controversial Supreme Court decision signaled that Democratic leaders see an opening to restart the debate over the nation’s campaign finance system.

    “We must overturn Citizens United, which has exacerbated the challenges posed by some of these so-called ‘social welfare’ organizations,” the California Democrat said.

    One of many outcomes of the 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling is that partisan groups have in huge numbers taken advantage of new opportunities to register as tax-exempt “social welfare” organizations to, albeit indirectly, raise money for their political candidates and causes.
    Based on the idea of natural rights, government secures those rights to the individual by strictly negative intervention, making justice costless and easy of access; and beyond that it does not go. The State, on the other hand, both in its genesis and by its primary intention, is purely anti-social. It is not based on the idea of natural rights, but on the idea that the individual has no rights except those that the State may provisionally grant him. It has always made justice costly and difficult of access, and has invariably held itself above justice and common morality whenever it could advantage itself by so doing.
    --Albert J. Nock



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    So apparently Obama is acting all surprised and he found it by "reading it on the news Friday."
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  8. #66
    Quote Originally Posted by Lucille View Post
    Pelosi Blames IRS Scandal on Citizens United
    http://reason.com/24-7/2013/05/13/pe...on-citizens-un
    It's time to play "TAG" you either talk, or you're going to get sentenced to butt hurt @ Club Fed. Go from the little fish to the medium fish to the king fish

    This was another way for the Obama administration to reduce the competition's power and opposition to the elections. Now that he's been reupped for 4 more years, he's lame duck, he doesn't care.

    What do these criminals in government receive? Resignation with full benefits and letters of recommendation to make even more money somewhere else? You know as serious as it is, government will protect government and find a scapegoat for the public to gloat over, only for Barry to commune their sentence.

    I look forward to the same bull$#@! Kabuki Theater of Government and Corporate Media playing the public.
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    Just wait to see what happens next. There is no better government organization to harass and persecute every citizen than the IRS.
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