Lois Lerner to GOP Candidate: Promise to Never Run Again and I’ll Stop Harassing You
May 30, 2013 - 10:15 am
Via Gateway, we learn more about IRS thug Lois Lerner’s history of harassing Christians and Republicans.
In 1996 Lois Lerner, the IRS official at the center of the harassment of Tea Party groups seeking tax exempt status, was head of the enforcement division of the Federal Elections Commission(FEC). That year Al Salvi was the Republican nominee for the US Senate from Illinois, his Democrat opponent was then congressman Dick Durbin.
During the final weeks of the campaign Salvi loaned himself over a million dollars to buy ads in the Chicago media market. This in turn prompted the Democrat party’s campaign arms to file complaints with the FEC and in kind the FEC, specifically Lois Lerner, filed charges against Al Salvi.
That is when Mr. Salvi contends Lois Lerner made him the following offer, “Promise me you will never run for office again, and we’ll drop this case.”
Al Salvi refused that offer and would fight the FEC complaint against him for several more years before a Judge tossed out the complaint.
Much more at Illinois Review.
Was Lerner hired at the IRS despite this history, or because of it? Either way, taking the Fifth won’t do, and any claim that she was merely following orders has probably been headed off.