Top IRS officials approved and supervised harassment of conservatives

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Working for the Democratic Party: Newly released FBI interviews prove that top IRS officials in Washington, like Lois Lerner and Holly Paz, organized and ran the harassment of conservatives prior to the 2012 election.

The FBI documents also reveal that IRS officials stated that the agency was targeting conservative groups in the summer of 2011 because of their ideology and political affiliation. According to one senior tax law specialist, “The case seemed to be pulled because of the applicant’s political affiliation and screening is not supposed to occur that way … [Redacted] said he thought the cases were being pulled based upon political affiliations.” And IRS senior official Nancy Marks, appointed by Miller to conduct an internal investigation stated, “Cincinnati was categorizing cases based on name and ideology, not just activity.” [emphasis mine]

In others, the evidence shows beyond a shadow of a doubt that the IRS was being used by Democrats in Washington for the express purposed of harassing and attacking their political opponents.


  • Frank

    I’m shocked, shocked to find out targeting is going on here.

  • Gealon

    I certainly hope that is sarcasm. It has been blatantly obvious for quite some time now.

  • Edward

    Frank paraphrased “Casablanca,” and got a big laugh out of me:

  • Cotour

    This story crosses over to this story:

    If criminal intent is not apparent then you can do it and there will be, there can not be any consequences. Now anyway.

  • Gealon

    Ah, ok. I wouldn’t say I’m sarcasm challenged, just in this case, cultural refference challenged, having not actually seen for then a snippet here or there of the movie.

    Thanks for the correction.

  • wayne

    Casablanca is a good movie. It has it’s problems, and it drags-on in the middle a bit too much, but for shear cultural-reference alone, it’s a must-view. Classic Bogart, Lorre, and the guy who plays Renoit.

    I would take this opportunity to shill for
    “Grapes of Wrath,” “The Best Years of our Lives” “The Treasure of the Sierra Madres,” “The Maltese Falcon,” “Harvey,” & “Arsenic & Old Lace.” (To name but a tiny few.)

  • I beg to differ: Casablanca is a great movie, one of the best that ever came out of Hollywood. And I speak as someone who spent 20 years in the movie business. As for your list, I would especially recommend The Best Years of Our Lives and The Treasure of Sierra Madre. If you haven’t seen these three films you are very much culturally deprived.

    Worse, you are missing the chance to watch some remarkably entertaining art.

  • wayne

    Mr. Z–
    Yes, it is a *great* movie! I tend to overuse that word, but in this case, it’s entirely appropriate.
    (I do think the Paris flashbacks drag on a bit, but it’s in my personal top-10.)

    Homer, Homecoming Scene
    (Best Years of our Lives)

  • Now, if you are going to suggest such excellent clips as this, you should email them to me instead, as possible evening pauses!

  • wayne

    I’ll keep that in mind and am working on a list of potentials.
    (I’m still trying to locate all that ultra-cool Jean Marsh International Festival of Animation material!)

  • Edward

    Since this thread is supposed to be about corruption in politics, I would add “The Great Mcginty” to the list. It is not as good as “Casablanca” (which, like Shakespeare, is full of cliches — the only complaint that I have about the movie, despite it being the source, like Shakespeare) (but then what is?), but it won an Oscar for best screenplay.

    Just off the Stanford campus, but not affiliated with the university, is The Stanford Theatre, which plays movies from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Movies from wayne’s list play there often. Casablanca is a favorite.

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