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July 31, 2013 - 7:30 am

Eliana Johnson reports:

Embattled Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner and an attorney in the Federal Election Commission’s general counsel’s office appear to have twice colluded to influence the record before the FEC’s vote in the case of a conservative non-profit organization, according to e-mails unearthed by the House Ways and Means Committee and obtained exclusively by National Review Online. The correspondence suggests the discrimination of conservative groups extended beyond the IRS and into the FEC, where an attorney from the agency’s enforcement division in at least one case sought and received tax information about the status of a conservative group, the American Future Fund, before recommending that the commission prosecute it for violations of campaign-finance law. Lerner, the former head of the IRS’s exempt-organizations division, worked at the FEC from 1986 to 1995, and was known for aggressive investigation of conservative groups during her tenure there, too.

Much more at the link.

Carol Platt Liebau reports that the IRS didn’t stop at targeting new conservative groups — it audited existing ones.

Additionally, the Democrats’ spin that the IRS was an equal opportunity abuser has been despun, by National Public Radio.

NPR reports that, based on a House Ways and Means staff analysis, when the IRS sent letters seeking more information to groups seeking (c)(3) or (c)(4) status, conservative organizations were asked on average three times more questions than their liberal counterparts.  In other words, in the course of “routine” IRS supervision, righty groups were harassed while liberal ones were not.

That Democrat spin has never made any sense nor has it stood up to even the first fact of the IRS scandal. When IRS enforcer Lois Lerner planted the question that opened the scandal up, the IRS admitted at that point that it had unfairly targeted conservative groups. That’s what she was apologizing for.

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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To me this is incredibly dangerous to everyone. A federal government that has total access to all information and no compunction about using it for purely political purposes. No morality or ethics what-so-ever. They aren't immoral, they are amoral. I'd be surprised if Obama operatives weren't listening in on all of Romney's campaign strategy sessions and reading all of their on line communications. Axelrod proabably new what the Romney campaign was going to do as soon as Romney.
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Oh heck, Bryan, that apology is sooo last month. The "low information" voters didn't pay attention in the first place and if they heard about it at all can be counted on to have forgotten by now. The Democrat/media spin machine will have them all believing this issue is a witch hunt by "extremist" Republicans by Labor Day.

They write their own history so the historians don't have to.
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This doesn't surprise me a bit. I don't believe the direction for this came from the Obama Administration directly, I believe it came from the DNC via the union. The FEC employees are the very same union as IRS employees. So are ATF and remember that ATG got involved in harassment of True the Vote in Texas.
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I was thinking that this might just have been self directed by the unions, without obamas personal involvement as well, until it worked itself all the way up to the IRS chief counsel. That guy is only 1-2 steps from Obama, and has met with him frequently, so their might well be a direct connection with Obama yet to be found. That is why the dem spin machine is getting so frantic now, and Obama is shouting Phony Scandals. I think Obama is worried they are getting close to him now.
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To me this is incredibly dangerous to everyone. A federal government that has total access to all information and no compunction about using it for purely political purposes. No morality or ethics what-so-ever. They aren't immoral, they are amoral. I'd be surprised if Obama operatives weren't listening in on all of Romney's campaign strategy sessions and reading all of their on line communications. Axelrod proabably new what the Romney campaign was going to do as soon as Romney.
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And, they may be Democrats but they are not democrats. They have no respect for our institutions, which depend upon honest government and fair elections so that my vote counts as much as that of a guy on the other side. Without that equivalence, we don't have a real democracy reflective of the will of the people expressed at the ballot box but an ersatz democracy where political power is exercised by the best fixers.

Like in the Middle East.

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Excellent comment. I will use that next time I speak with a liberal. I don't understand how they can accept the behavior just because they are from the same party. Republicans rarely exhibit the same behavior.
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She was only following orders. Obama's the one who should be in an orange jumpsuit.
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She's the one that took the 5th before saying she didn't do anything illegal. Looks to me like taking the 5th was in her best interests here. The woman belongs in prison.
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You're too kind to her. As a would-be tyrant, she deserves to be made an example of.
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