Friday, May 17, 2013

IRS Scandal - #4493 - IRS Accused of Stealing 60 Million Medical Records that Could Include Every California State Judge and Hollywood Execs - The Blaze (2) IRS Official in Charge During Tea Party Targeting Now Runs Health Care Office - ABC News (3) Peggy Noonan: This is No Ordinary Scandal - Wall Street Journal (4) National Organization for Marriage to Sue IRS for Leaks - Breitbart (5) IRS to Pro-life Group: Send Letter pledging Not to Protest Planned Parenthood to Get Your Tax Exemption - Hot Air

IRS Accused of Stealing 60 Million Medical Records that could Include Every California State Judge and Hollywood Execs - The Blaze - Yesterday, the founder of one of the conservative groups targeted by the IRS brought up his concerns regarding if the agency could be trusted to handle health care information under Obamacare if it is known already to disclose information that it wasn’t legally allowed. At the same time, the IRS is already being presented with a case from a company that claims it stole more than 60 million medical records of more than 10 million Americans. The complaint filed by John Doe Company against 15 John Doe IRS agents (this is how the plaintiff and defendants are identified) states that these records could include those of every California state judge, state court employees, members of the Screen Actor’s Guild and the Directors Guild, and “prominent citizens in the world of entertainment, business and government, from all walks of life.” Court House News reported that the records were obtained while the IRS was investigating a tax matter with a warrant for a former employee of the company. Read more.......

(2) IRS Official in Charge During Tea Party Targeting Now Runs Health Care Office - ABC News - The Internal Revenue Service official in charge of the tax-exempt organizations at the time when the unit targeted tea party groups now runs the IRS office responsible for the health care legislation. Sarah Hall Ingram served as commissioner of the office responsible for tax-exempt organizations between 2009 and 2012. But Ingram has since left that part of the IRS and is now the director of the IRS’ Affordable Care Act office, the IRS confirmed to ABC News today. Her successor, Joseph Grant, is taking the fall for misdeeds at the scandal-plagued unit between 2010 and 2012. During at least part of that time, Grant served as deputy commissioner of the tax-exempt unit. Grant announced today that he would retire June 3, despite being appointed as commissioner of the tax-exempt office May 8, a week ago.


(3) Peggy Noonan: This is No Ordinary Scandal - Wall Street Journal - We are in the midst of the worst Washington scandal since Watergate. The reputation of the Obama White House has, among conservatives, gone from sketchy to sinister, and, among liberals, from unsatisfying to dangerous. No one likes what they're seeing. The Justice Department assault on the Associated Press and the ugly politicization of the Internal Revenue Service have left the administration's credibility deeply, probably irretrievably damaged. They don't look jerky now, they look dirty. The patina of high-mindedness the president enjoyed is gone. Something big has shifted. The standing of the administration has changed. As always it comes down to trust. Do you trust the president's answers when he's pressed on an uncomfortable story? Do you trust his people to be sober and fair-minded as they go about their work? Do you trust the IRS and the Justice Department? You do not.  Read more........


(4) National Organization for Marriage to Sue IRS for Leaks - Breitbart - The National Organization for Marriage, a conservative organization whose confidential records were leaked by the IRS to its left-wing critics, announced on Tuesday it will sue the tax agency for damages. NOM’s 2008 tax return was, according to a press release the group sent out on Tuesday, taken by the IRS and subsequently leaked to its primary political opponent the Human Rights Campaign. “Not only has the IRS retaliated against conservative, small-government and tea party groups as they apply for recognition of tax exemption AND lied about it, but it has criminally released our confidential tax return including the identity of dozens of major donors to a political enemy,” NOM president Brian Brown said in the statement. Read more.......


(5) IRS to Pro-Life Group: Send Letter Pledging not to Protest Planned Parenthood to get your Tax Exemption - Hot Air - The Inspector General of the Treasury reported this week that the IRS began applying extra scrutiny and conducting harassment of Obama administration opponents as early as March 2010. However, for at least two pro-life groups, that scrutiny appears to have started a year earlier. Joel Gehrke reports that one group was told its tax-exempt application depended not on promising to stay out of electoral politics, but on pledging not to protest Planned Parenthood — a prominent supporter of Barack Obama: Read more.......

Related Articles: Direct Links

(1) House Votes to Repeal Obamacare 229-125, Newsmax .......
(2) Some Conservatives targeted by the IRS say they plan on filing civil suit against IRS - The Blaze.......
(3) Did the IRS give Mitt Romney's tax returns to Harry Reid? Daily Caller.......
(4) Embattled IRS official Lois Lerner's husband's law firm has strong Obama connections, Daily Caller.......

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