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May 13, 2013 - 2:05 pm

Mary Katherine Ham rounds up 10 of the crazy things that the IRS sought from conservative and Tea Party groups during its abusive phase. I’ll focus on a few of those.

1. The IRS wanted every bit of information that these organizations had on their members.

Much of that information would allow the IRS to identify individual members of the targeted groups. Not just staff and donors, but members.

2. The IRS wanted information on the groups’ past and present employees and their relationships, with a special focus on familial relationships.

3. Just in case Point 2 wasn’t clear enough, yes, family members must be included.

4. Everything you turn over to the IRS will go public.

The information that the IRS sought went well beyond what it could reasonably have been seeking in the name of determining whether the groups qualified for the tax exemption. It was seeking enough information to build out a full network of every one of the conservative groups and be able to database them and cross-link them with each other. That the information would have been public is a tell of one place it would have ended up: In the computers of the data-driven Obama campaign and its allies. Anyone else seeking it would probably have had a tougher time getting their hands on it, but the Obama campaign, the Media Matters crew, any Democrat opposition researcher — they would have gotten it.

Based on the Obama campaign’s love of all things data and its behavior toward Romney donors, it’s pretty clear that gathering the information through the IRS was not the end game, it was a stop on the way to an end: Public exposure, humiliation and attack against the individuals that the IRS had scooped up on these forms — donors, staff, members, and their families. Secondarily, anyone thinking about donating to or working with any of the targeted groups would have to think twice about the consequences that might follow their exercise of their free speech rights. There are a lot of people out there with messy divorces, bankruptcies and other skeletons in their closets. Just ask Jack Ryan how sensitive Obama and company are with unflattering private information.

It’s clear from the questions above that while the IRS may not have had an enemies list when its intrusive questioning regime began in 2010, it was building one, and a very large and sophisticated one at that.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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so funny in perspective. Bush would mumble off some lame line about the opposition (on some issue) not wanting what was best for America and the left went nuts. They do this stuff; chirp chirp...
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And how would the liberals and the press have reacted had Bush done something like this to liberal groups?
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Political operatives made those lists of questions - not IRS careerists.
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In California the gay left published an interactive google map naming those who doanated to proposition . A NY Suburban newspaper published a map naming local gun owners. Alynsky reachiing out from the grave to shame poeple. The next step will be to contact our employers, clients,.... They have an army of organizers/ busy bodies who wish to persecute us. Their opposition to guns has nothing to do with drugland murders in Chicago. They are afraid we will start shooting them when they begin to push too hard. They wish to marginalize us competely -- socially, economically, ...
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We haven't seen corruption on this scale since Nixon used the IRS to persecute persons on his "enemies list". Democrats were all over that scandal like flies on crap. They immediately wanted heads to roll, specifically highly placed heads. Wonder how they'll act this time?
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This was the intro to the grand push for power and control from Obama and the army of statist thugs. Certainly we would have seen more regulatory control in matters of Energy and probably taxes. Legal harrasement is a given followed by prosecutions, the extension of Statist power, the crushing of dissent.
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DHS buys enough ammo to last 100 years according to their claimed usage, AP has its reporters' files confiscated, the IRS hammers any non-profit right of Marx, Benghazi is finally out in the open, and Eric the Red's Justice Department ignores voter fraud and practices catch and release of illegal aliens.

In a Republican administration the press would be screaming, and the Dems would be talking impeachment. I'm no conspiracy theorist, but if I were getting ready to take over the gubmint I'd be doing the same stuff ObamaRx is doing.
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so funny in perspective. Bush would mumble off some lame line about the opposition (on some issue) not wanting what was best for America and the left went nuts. They do this stuff; chirp chirp...
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Keep in mind around this time dem operatives were calling people's employers to try to get the fired over various issues like California prop 8 and spreading the meme that tea party groups were crazy racists, nativists, crypto fascists outside the acceptable political mainstream... Context matters. Today having ones name associated with a tea party group isn't that big a deal but back then it was a bit dangerous.
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What this is leading towards is complete mistrust of the government from some of its most productive citizens. It's like going Galt is not just a choice anymore--the government is compelling us to do it.
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And how would the liberals and the press have reacted had Bush done something like this to liberal groups?
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Political operatives made those lists of questions - not IRS careerists.
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With the IRS in charge of health care, conservatives will find themselves perpetually at the end of the line for operations and other expensive procedures.
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