Investigator says he told top Treasury officials of IRS probe in June of campaign year 2012

  • Article by: STEPHEN OHLEMACHER , Associated Press
  • Updated: May 18, 2013 - 6:40 AM
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Brad57May. 17, 13 8:22 AM

The bigger issue is why do political organizations qualify for tax-exempt status in the first place? Congress ought to be grilling themselves for allowing such a law. The theory is tax-exempt organizations should perform some public good, such as feeding the poor, building hospitals, providing education, performing research to develop new medicines, etc. What public good is served by helping people get elected to public office? Is that an activity we want tax-exempts involved with? Or should political organizations pay taxes like the rest of us do?

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staransicklMay. 17, 13 8:30 AM

Ousted?! This person was already set to leave in June! Obama did nothing but is claiming he did everything, like usual. Never involved in the act but first to condemn it as a low level personal.

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ubetcha101May. 17, 13 8:33 AM

Not a word from our Senators on this! Klobachar and Franken this IRS thing is very serious and not to be taken litely.

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Interested ObserverMay. 17, 13 8:42 AM

Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS division that oversees tax-exempt groups, acknowledged at a legal conference that conservative groups had been singled out. .......Don't forget to mention that Lois Lerner's husband, an attorney, was a big Obama campaign contributor. No group should be singled out for extra scrutiny by our government, especially a group that says that when our government spends a record high 40% of GDP- It has gotten big enough and it is time to reign in spending and taxation so we do not limit our economic growth in the future for our children. We want to give them the same opportunities that we had. The 12+% unemployment rate in Europe is a prime example of what happens when government spends 50%, or more, of GDP.

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gcrileyMay. 17, 13 8:43 AM

The panel's top Democrat, Rep. Sander Levin of Michigan, disagreed with Camp and warned that the hearing shouldn't be aimed at scoring points for election campaigns. ++++ LOL, thats all either side of the aisle does amymore.

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beautyehMay. 17, 13 8:46 AM

Sorry, they are all focusing on this to draw attention away from other things. What a joke.

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allhailfsmMay. 17, 13 8:48 AM

The goal of the GOP, as usual, is not to discover the truth, but to figure out some way to fire up outrage and tie it to Obama. I remember reading many articles back in 2010 about how conservatives were forming dubious "social welfare" groups in order to hide donors to political campaigns. While IRS employees could have been smarter about how they targeted groups for more scrutiny, they were not wrong in trying to enforce the law.

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drichmnMay. 17, 13 8:57 AM

"hindering their fundraising for the 2010 and 2012 elections." .... and who actually believes these groups were primarily social welfare organizations?

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gjacobMay. 17, 13 9:19 AM

If you even mention a political candidate or party, you should lose tax-exempt status. This includes churches, social groups, and these tax-dodging political groups.

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conniemercerMay. 17, 13 9:33 AM

"who actually believes these groups were primarily social welfare organizations?"

The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra raises money through donations. Are they a social welfare organization?

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