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April 16, 2014 - 7:37 am

The IRS Tea Party scandal has all the characteristics of abusive government  – from lies to threats to jail political opponents.

Remember when Lois Lerner and the Obama administration were blaming the IRS targeting scandal on “low level employees in the Cincinnati office?”  It turns out those employees weren’t very happy about it.

New emails obtained by Judicial Watch pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act reveal angry IRS employees who were getting the blame for the targeting of Tea Party groups.  The emails reveal a deceptive public relations strategy cooked up in Washington D.C. that the “low level” employees would have no part of.

Cindy Thomas wrote Lerner an email directly.

“Joseph Grant and others who came to Cincinnati last year specifically told the low level workers in Cincinnati that no one would be ‘thrown under the bus.’  Based on articles, Cincinnati wasn’t publically ‘thrown under the bus’ instead it was hit by a convoy of Mack trucks.”

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Lerner, realizing by now that email might not be the best way to manage damage control responds “I will be back shortly and will give you a call.”  Telephones work better than emails in avoiding Judicial Watch FOIA requests.

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The emails also reveal a desire to jail conservative activists working for non-profits.  From one IRS email:

As I mentioned yesterday — there are several groups of folks from the FEC world that are pushing tax fraud prosecution for c4s who report they are not conducting political activity when they are (or these folks think they are). One is my ex-boss Larry Noble (former General Counsel at the FEC), who is now president of Americans for Campaign Reform. This is their latest push to shut these down. One IRS prosecution would make an impact and they wouldn’t feel so comfortable doing the stuff.

Larry Noble is a speech regulator and heads the First Amendment-hostile organization Americans for Campaign Reform which seeks to limit the reach of the First Amendment. He is also a professor at George Washington University School of Law where he teaches law students his limited views of the First Amendment.

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You can read the whole stack of documents Judicial Watch obtained here.  Feel free to post other gems you find in the comments below.

 

 

J. Christian Adams is an election lawyer who served in the Voting Rights Section at the U.S. Department of Justice. His New York Times bestselling book is Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department (Regnery).  His website is www.electionlawcenter.com. Follow him on Twitter @electionlawctr.

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"One IRS prosecution would make an impact and they wouldn’t feel so comfortable doing the stuff."

But, she knew it was not possible to prosecute these people. From JW:
"Whether there was a false statement or fraud regarding an [sic] description of an alleged political expenditure that doesn’t say vote for or vote against is not realistic under current law. Everyone is looking for a magic bullet or scapegoat — there isn’t one. The law in this area is just hard."

Maybe I'm wrong, but it boils down to this: these folks were doing whatever they could to get around the Citizens United decision.

The Truth Squads* in Missouri in 2008 pale in comparison, yet they gave a clear indication of what FCMABBHO was planning for his presidency.


*"A St. Louis television station reports — their words — “The Barack Obama campaign is asking Missouri law enforcement to target anyone who lies or runs a misleading TV ad during the presidential campaign.”

http://www.nationalreview.com/campaign-spot/8699/missouri-prosecutors-sheriffs-target-anyone-who-lies-about-barack-obama
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