It wasn’t just the Tea Party: it has been widely reported that the IRS
also has harassed and discriminated against pro-Israel charities, In the
Free Beacon, Alana Goodman pursues the story:
Free Beacon investigation has identified at least five pro-Israel
organizations that have been audited by the IRS in the wake of a
coordinated campaign by White House-allied activist groups in 2009 and
These organizations, some of which are too afraid of
government reprisals to speak publicly, say in interviews with the Free
Beacon that they now believe the IRS actions may have been coordinated
by the Obama administration.
does anyone really believe Obama did not coordinate the whole thing? Frequent Visitor to the White House
John Steele Gordon | @steelegordon 05.27.2013 - 9:15 PM
The Washington Examiner reported on Monday that Mark Everson,
Commissioner of Internal Revenue from 2003 to 2007, during the Bush
administration, visited the White House exactly once while in office.
Indeed he felt like he’d “moved to Siberia” so out of the ordinary
political loop was he. But Douglas Shulman, Commissioner from 2008 to
2012, during the Obama administration, visited the White House 118 times
(Daily Caller yesterday updated it to 158) just in 2010 and 2011. His
successor, Steven Miller, also visited “numerous” times.
Commissioner of Internal Revenue is a managerial position, not a
policy-making one, although his input on the practical realities of tax
collection and how the IRS is structured might well be very useful if
the President was planning a big push on tax reform. But no such push
has been forthcoming. Obama’s sole interest in the tax code has been to
raise rates on high earners. So what was the commissioner doing going to
the White House more than once a week on average?
By his own
admission he knew by the spring of 2012 (he resigned in November, 2012)
that organizations with the words “Tea Party” in their names were being
targeted for extra scrutiny. Is it really believable that someone who
had a Wall Street career before coming to Washington five years ago was
so politically naïve that he didn’t see the potential for scandal in
that information and give the White House a heads-up? And, assuming he
did so, is it believable that none of those White House staffers—who can
hardly claim political naiveté—did not pass the information along to
the president, leaving him to learn of it in the papers?
WHEN ASKED WHY we visited so often by Congress, he said to attend the Easter Egg hunt.