Fox News’ Megyn Kelly interviewed Congressman Dave Camp (R-MI) yesterday. Camp is the Chairman of the House Ways
and Means Committee which has been investigating the IRS Targeting of Conservative 501(c)(4) groups. Camp revealed an e-mail sent from someone in the U.S. Treasury directly to Lois Lerner, the Director of Exempt Organizations, and that email leaves no doubt that the targeting was discussed, planned and was to be kept out of the public eye. So when Barack Obama told Bill O’Reilly there is not a “smidgen” of corruption in the targeting, he’s right; rather, there’s a vast left-wing conspiracy big enough to float a fleet of Nimitz-class air carriers through it. See the full video interview below.
Here’s the email sent from someone in the U.S. Treasury directly to Lois Lerner:
“Hey, I don’t know who in your organization at the IRS is keeping tabs on C4s, but since we mentioned potentially addressing them off-plan in 2013, I’ve got my radar up and this seems interesting.”
Megyn Kelly explains the remainder of the email — the details of the plan:
KELLY: She sends an e-mail that talks all about a legal justification for going after such groups, how you can bury them in paperwork, and you get all sorts of questions that you demand answers for from these groups.
While Lerner initially tried to blame the scandal on low-level workers in Cincinnati, and came to Congress to testify, yet proclaimed her innocence, and then immediately pled the Fifth Amendment knowing that proof exists that she participated in ongoing, intrusive, harassing, partisan requests for unreasonable documentation, she boldly proclaimed “I have not violated any IRS rules or regulations, and I have not provided false information to this or any other committee.”
If you are not clear on what a 501(c)(3) is allowed to do, they are non-profits engaged in educating voters, voter registration, providing educational materials, pamphlets, and such. 501(c)(4)s are designed to promote “social welfare,” (excluded – Unions!) explained by the IRS as:
…to further the common good and general welfare of the people of the community (such as by bringing about civic betterment and social improvements). …
Seeking legislation germane to the organization’s programs is a permissible means of attaining social welfare purposes. Thus, a section 501(c)(4) social welfare organization may further its exempt purposes through lobbying as its primary activity without jeopardizing its exempt status.
Since the controversy began, the IRS is fixing the problem by taking away the opportunity to engage in “social welfare.” The new rules regarding 501(c)(4)s that will effectively render them ineffective, their mission useless — no reason for existing. The thing to remember, however, is that Unions, Chambers of Commerce, and real estate boards, and other boards of trade, will NOT be affected.
Lerner is now retired with full benefits courtesy of taxpayers, and has taken no responsibility for her actions.
In the video below, Congressman Camp says 100 percent of those targeted, with applications stalled, are conservative organizations.
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