During the course of its probe into the IRS tea party targeting scandal, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee said it learned the IRS sent 1.1 million pages of tax return data about 501(c)4 organizations to the FBI just before the 2010 midterms, Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) wrote in a letter to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.
Such (c)4 groups, also known as social welfare organizations, are organized under a section of the tax law that lets them engage in a limited amount of political activity.
Oversight said that the Justice Department told them on June 4 that the database included nonpublic confidential taxpayer data protected by federal law, also known as 6103 information, that should never have been sent to the FBI.
That means the agency — as well as former IRS official Lois Lerner, who has been at the center of the controversy — potentially broke the law by releasing taxpayer data, the lawmakers told Koskinen.
We need to start stuffing the worst prisons in the country full of these little Benitos.
And maybe a few not-so-little Benitos.