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February 23, 2014 - 12:50 pm

It’s been almost four years since Christine O’Donnell announced her candidacy for the U.S. Senate. And it’s been four years of stonewalling, denial, and stalling from the IRS regarding the matter of her tax records being given to a reporter.

O’Donnell penned an op-ed in the New York Post recounting her four-year quest for accountability that reads like something out of a Wes Craven novel:

On March 9, 2010, around 10 a.m., I announced my plans to run for senate representing Delaware.

Later that same day, my office received a call from a reporter asking about my taxes.

It’s since come out, after a halting and unenthusiastic investigation, that a Delaware Department of Revenue employee named David Smith accessed my records that day at approximately 2 p.m. — out of curiosity, he says.

That these records ended up in the hands of the press is just a coincidence, the IRS claims.

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I wasn’t the only one preyed upon by the IRS, of course. The agency admits to targeting conservative nonprofits, asking them for membership lists and other data not required while delaying their tax-exempt status. And opponents of President Obama have been subjected to audits soon after criticizing the administration.

What we all have in common: no answers.

In January 2013, a US Treasury Department special agent told me that my tax records were compromised and misused. That was three years after my campaign. Now, in the 12 months since, no one has been called to testify, no more answers given.

How did Smith’s curiosity become an erroneous tax lien? How did the material end up in the hands of a journalist? Neither Smith, nor anyone else in the Delaware Department of Revenue, nor anyone at the IRS has never been placed under oath to explain this.

Fortunately, two congressional committees are working hard to break the stonewall and get answers. The House Ways and Means Committee has joined the Senate Judiciary Committee in an investigation into what happened and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has publicly raised questions about this case.

In a brutal irony, even if Congress does track down answers, they may not be able to share what they discover with me.

This is because the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), the agency looking into my case alongside Congress, cannot publicly disclose any information about what it finds in this investigation.

That’s supposedly according to Section 6103 of the US code which is intended to protect the privacy of personal tax information.

Too bad it didn’t protect mine.

There is such clear wrongdoing in this case that it’s amazing there is any controversy about investigating it. And yet, Democrats appear to be trying to block the probe and are even trying to smear the office of inspector general:

While there has been bipartisan support for resolving these cases, Congressmen Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.) and Matthew Cartwright (D-Pa.) are attempting to further impede investigations into my case as well as others. Shortly after the Ways and Means Committee confirmed it was investigating my case, these congressmen attacked TIGTA, accused that agency of being pro-Republican and called for an ethics investigation.

Trying to intimidate the messenger into changing the message is bizarre. This administration has a history of treating problematic inspector generals as political enemies. This undermines accountability and transparency in government — something that gives the lie to President Obama’s oft-stated goals for his administration.

O’Donnell can only wait while Congress pushes forward with its investigation. But she has a right to ask where she can go to get her reputation back from an agency that so callously — and illegally — took it.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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Throughout her Senate campaign, we were told that she was an intellectual-lightweight unfit to be in the Senate. Meanwhile, they unlawful used her IRS records and doctored them to make the campaign a referendum on her alleged character flaws & criminality. If she was truly no threat to the Dems, why would they orchestrate this fraudulent campaign against her? And why did Republicans like Rove participate in the lie?
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Proof that the country is being run by criminals.
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Ironic? How about hypocritical?

If the shoe fits...
Don't look for a resolution any time soon from either the GOP or the IRS. It just wouldn't be 'helpful'.

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Throughout her Senate campaign, we were told that she was an intellectual-lightweight unfit to be in the Senate. Meanwhile, they unlawful used her IRS records and doctored them to make the campaign a referendum on her alleged character flaws & criminality. If she was truly no threat to the Dems, why would they orchestrate this fraudulent campaign against her? And why did Republicans like Rove participate in the lie?
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Don't forget that she lost, in large part, because Mike Castle, the GOP's long-time RINO darling in Delaware, played spoiled brat, refused to endorse her, and ran as an independent against her after she defeated him in the primary
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And also don't forget, the GOP as a national party worked to sabotage her once she won the primary fair & square. They worked on behalf of the Democrats and don't seem to care.
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because they could and because those doing it for the most part were liberals and know that they could always say, after the fact, What difference does it make, and who is ever going to be held accountable.
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The Obama administration has gone through great lengths to track down leakers going so far as to tap the phones and seize the emails of Fox and AP reporters. Reporters are being threatened with jail and leakers are going to jail.

Contrast that with the actions taken against the IRS for leaking O'Donnell's records and Tea Party tax exempt applications to ProPublica. When you have a President who believes in the selective enforcement of the law, the things his administration chooses to enforce say a lot about the administration's motives.
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Like Mr. Reagan and the air-traffic controllers union, the solution here is to "kill the chicken to scare the monkey" - the "secrecy in banking act" already gave half the income tax business to the banks (to reduce W2 fraud, the largest theft from the Treasury thru the mid 80s - Congress put the banks in the business of handling employer withholding and delivering the DB to the IRS) - so they should just give the rest of the job to the banks - perhaps ask for proposals from banks of at least a certain size in each state (perhaps they'd pay for the privilege), then make awards to two banks in each state, have citizens choose one, and compete them on all measures of "customer service." (in the proposal guidelines insure that every person gets from their chosen bank a debit card, and a zero-fee account).

Wouldn't hurt for Congress to have to write every tax rule as a macro in a spreadsheet - where the "law" is the spreadsheet rather than human interpretation (i.e. rule of law and not the current (arbitrary) rule-of-man).

Well I can.. and do dream.
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Why isn't anyone accountable in this administration? Why such lawlessness? With the MSM and the DOJ in cahoots, Republicans and conservatives are the only ones who can break the law any more. Perhaps it is time to refresh the tree of liberty.
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Why isn't anyone accountable in this administration? Why such lawlessness? With the MSM and the DOJ in cahoots, Republicans and conservatives are the only ones who can break the law any more. Perhaps it is time to refresh the tree of liberty.
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Where does she go? I would suspect that if she pushes it, her next stop will be in Federal Prison. Obama doesn't like her or her kind resisting him. The IRS has developed, quite willingly I might say, into the American Gestapo.
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I'd like to see a RICO lawsuit filed by Delaware taxpayers. A win by O'Donnell would have resulted in lower taxation rates, or at least less debt incurred by taxpayers. Thus there are clear damages.
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Proof that the country is being run by criminals.
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A bit ironic that she is now being helped by the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee to help her out with this. I seem to recall the GOP didn't help her campaign after she won the primary.
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Ironic? How about hypocritical?

If the shoe fits...
Don't look for a resolution any time soon from either the GOP or the IRS. It just wouldn't be 'helpful'.

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How long? 'Till hell freezes over or 2016...whichever comes first.
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