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July 18, 2013 - 7:32 am
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It may turn out that within the IRS abuse of Tea Party, conservative, Jewish and other groups was another layer of abuse: women. Catherine Engelbrecht so far has the most harrowing story to tell, of abuse by multiple executive branch agencies after she founded the grassroots election security watchdog True the Vote. Now former Republican Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell is naming names, saying that her tax information was compromised the very day she announced her Senate candidacy. That same day, the IRS slapped a lien on a house that it believed she owned, only to withdraw that lien when the agency discovered that she no longer owned it.

O’Donnell ran for Senate in 2010. She only found out about the breach of her private information this year.

The phone message earlier this year shocked the battled-scarred candidate, a tea party favorite who knocked off Republican mainstay Michael Castle in the primary before losing in a bid to win Vice President Joseph R. Biden’s former seat.

Ms. O’Donnell, this is Dennis Martel, special agent with the U.S. Department of Treasury in Baltimore, Md. … We received information that your personal federal tax info may have been compromised and may have been misused by an individual,” he said in the January message left on her cellphone.

For Ms. O’Donnell, the message immediately raised red flags.

On March 9, 2010, the day she revealed her plan to run for the Senate in a press release, a tax lien was placed on a house purported to be hers and publicized. The problem was she no longer owned the house. The IRS eventually blamed the lien on a computer glitch and withdrew it.

That’s an awfully coincidental computer glitch.

Now Mr. Martel, a criminal investigator for the Treasury Department’s inspector general for tax administration, was telling her that an official in Delaware state government had improperly accessed her records on that very same day.

Beyond that, Ms. O’Donnell and Senate investigators who have tried to help her have run into a wall of silence, leaving more questions than answers about whether abuses of the IRS system extend to private individuals and not just the tax-exempt groups already identified as victims.

“I don’t know. And I’d like to know,” Ms. O’Donnell told The Washington Times in her first interview about the case. “Because whether it’s one, eight or 80 [cases], it’s an abuse of power at the IRS. It’s using the IRS as a political weapon, and that shouldn’t be done.”

Ahead of a new hearing on IRS abuse today, the Treasury Department told Sen. Chuck Grassley that at least four politicians — that could be candidates for office or officeholders, we don’t know — had their private information improperly accessed through the IRS since 2006. Evidently O’Donnell is one of them.

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O'Donnell was a joke although private information should never be leaked. Regardless of her lousy reputation, she should file a law suit.
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“For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known.” – Jesus Christ (Mathew 10:26; Luke 8:17)

“Wickedness proceeds from the wicked.” (I Samuel 24:13)

"...WHO JUSTIFIES the WICKED ... is an abomination to the LORD." (Pr.17)

1 year ago
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This is a different level. Not that it isn't an egregious violation of law to target political opponents by stonewalling their applications for non-profit status, but targeting actual candidates is quite direct and smacks of despotism.

Know who used to attempt to browbeat Republicans in FEC investigations, offering to drop the complaints if they promised not to run for office? Lois Lerner.

But it's probably just a coincidence, right?
1 year ago
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I refuse to lay all the blame on the democrats in this case O'Donnel was despised and hated by Washington Republicans as well. In fact Carl Rove made it mission to make sure she was not elected. Could it be beltway scum came together to defeat her?
1 year ago
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Yet another tainted election, ho hum.
1 year ago
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Bureaucrats have a vested interest in expanded government and abuses will not end until revealing private data by government employees, whether done inadvertently or purposefully, is made a felony with jail time.

And for those who object to including inadvertent release of data just remember that the same standard applies to many laws Congress has passed. Lack of criminal intent, mens rea, is not a defense to many environmental laws.
1 year ago
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Indeed, there is no connection or alliance between leftist oriented government and the media, our "free" press. And Mary had a little lamb.
And liittle leftist loons, some of whom visit here, see no problem with this. But then they're still going on with George Bush.
1 year ago
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ABOLISH THE IRS - FLAT TAX NOW

Remember BENGHAZI!
1 year ago
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Most haven't a clue as to the criminal gang running Washington. They are NO different than other criminals, aside from their political muscle.
Moreover, they have broken so many laws that it is impossible to keep track. It will surely come back to haunt them -http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/07/15/america-no-longer-a-tyranny-in-the-making-that-ship-has-sailed-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/

A regime can only run wild for so long, before the tyranny becomes too high to bear.

Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/
1 year ago
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How did someone know she was going to run (someone at least believed she was going to run and accessed her records because of that). Did she have an exploratory committee?
If someone accessed her records before she announced how many other candidates had their records as well? I find it extremely hard to believe one candidate out of hundreds nationwide (including state races, etc.) had what should be private records accessed by her political opponents.
This is another reason we need the FairTax.
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