That small rogue band of Cincinnati “low-level” IRS employees blamed for solely targeting conservative organization’s tax exempt applications has now reached far beyond Cincinnati and beyond the IRS. Lois Lerner, the IRS operative who took the Fifth Amendment in this case, reportedly gave confidential information to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) regarding a group airing political ads against Barack Obama. Requesting the help of the FEC was the Obama’s long-time personal lawyer, Bob Bauer who is the husband of Obama’s former who was at that time the White House Communications Director, Anita Dunn. He later received remuneration for his loyalty and was given the position of Obama’s White House Counsel – a job he kept until summer 2011. Dunn infamously proclaimed that her inspiration comes from Mao Tse Tung and Mother Teresa. More about Dunn’s “inspiration” below.
In late summer of 2008, Obama lawyer Bob Bauer took issue with ads run against his boss by a 501(c)(4) conservative outfit called American Issues Project. Mr. Bauer filed a complaint with the FEC, called on the criminal division of the Justice Department to prosecute AIP, and demanded to see documents the group had filed with the IRS…
The Obama campaign takes its vendetta against a political opponent to the FEC. The FEC staff, as part of an extraordinary campaign to bring down AIP and other 501(c)(4) groups, reaches out to Lois Lerner, the woman overseeing IRS targeting. [FEC Vice Chairman Don] McGahn has also noted that FEC staff has in recent years had an improperly tight relationship with the Justice Department—to which the Obama campaign also complained about AIP. Source: Wall Street Journal
Flash forward about 6 months:
By February 2009, an FEC attorney was asking Lerner to share “any information” on AIP — and nine minutes after that request was made, Lerner directed IRS attorneys to comply with it. This occurred even though it is illegal for the IRS to share confidential information and despite the FEC staff lacking permission from the Commission even to conduct this inquiry.
Earlier this week, all three Republican FEC commissioners released a statementdetailing the extremes to which the FEC staff went to try to deliver a “win” for the Obama administration against AIP. These measures included producing three different reports with three different rationales for why the FEC should pursue AIP; conducting an unauthorized investigation into AIP; and wrongly withholding the results of its (unathorized) research from AIP. The report makes it clear that one of the staff’s novel theories, on AIP’s expenditures (advocated to force the conclusion that it violated the law), creates “the potential for . . . targeting” and concludes that “Due process should prevent such shenanigans.” Indeed. Source: Townhall – Carol Platt Liebau
Anita Dunn’s public relations group SKDKnickerbocker represented Sandra Fluke when she testified in front of Congress about the need for every American woman to have free birth control.
Lois Lerner is on forced, fully-paid leave (she’s a public sector Union member and that’s how they roll) while Republicans try to hold someone(s) accountable for this “phony scandal” that likely affected the 2012 elections.
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