all the fuss about the IRS targeting the Tea Party? S**t happens with the IRS. Just ask Wesley, Lauren, and Redd. And I know that they allegedly broke the law and the Tea Party did not, but I didn't hear folks making a fuss when W's IRS targeted the NAACP back in 2004. Besides, anytime you can make Mark Levin miserable that's a good thing.
"The Internal Revenue Service is auditing the NAACP, scrutinizing the nation's oldest civil rights group after its chairman gave a stinging criticism of the Bush administration in a speech this summer.
Julian July 11 comments at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's convention in Philadelphia chastised President Bush for being the first sitting president since Herbert Hoover not to address the group.
Bush declined the group's invitation to speak, while Democratic candidate Sen. John Kerry accepted.
In a letter dated Oct. 8, the IRS Tax Exempt and Government Division informed the NAACP's national office in Baltimore of the investigation.
The letter said the probe was limited to " ... whether or not your organization has intervened in a political campaign. ... "
Bond said yesterday that the audit was "an attempt to silence the NAACP" right before a tight presidential election.
"They are saying if you criticize the president we are going to take your tax exemption away from you," he said. "It's pretty obvious that the complainant was someone who doesn't believe George Bush should be criticized, and it's obvious of their response that the IRS believes this, too."
In a statement, IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson said the agency could not comment on activities involving specific tax-exempt organizations, but he rejected Bond's claims.
"Any suggestion that the IRS has tilted its audit activities for political purposes is repugnant and groundless," the statement said.
The IRS letter states that Bond's speech "condemned the administration policies of George W. Bush on education, the economy and the war in Iraq."
The letter goes on to note that the NAACP's 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status prohibits "directly or indirectly participating or intervening in any political campaign on behalf of, or in opposition to, any candidate for public office."
Tool of both parties
Bruce Payne, a lecturer in public policy at Duke , said administrations, both Democratic and Republican, have used the IRS to harass political opponents." [Source]
Nothing to see here folks, move along.
Finally, Darrel Issa has been implying that Hillary and the White House has been lying and covering up about the B word. But guess what; we know that he is a liar.
"An exchange on Sunday morning’s Meet The Press illustrates how even the most subtle distinction can carry heavy political undertones. In discussing this week’s hearings on Benghazi, Rep. Darrel Issa (R-CA) asserted that Ambassador Thomas Pickering, who led the Accountability Review Board on Benghazi, “refused to come before our committee.”
Amb. Pickering jumped in to correct him, saying “That is not true,” and telling host David Gregory that “I said the day before the hearings, I was willing to appear, to come to the very hearings that he excluded me from.” [Source]
Nothing "subtle" about what Mr. Issa was doing; the man was lying plain and simple, and props to Ambassador Pickering for calling him on it.