IRS Audited Tea Party Donors Ten Times More Often Than Regular Americans

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by Rick Moran, originally posted at American Thinker,

When the IRS was targeting conservative groups seeking tax exempt status for special scrutiny, they demanded the list of donors supporting those groups in 17 cases. Despite assurances from the agency that the lists had been destroyed, a search requested by Congress revealed that at least 3 lists had survived.

  • And of the donors on those lists, fully 10% of the individuals had been audited.
  • The rate of audits for ordinary Americans is about 1%.

Now, the House Ways and Means Oversight Committee is demanding that the Government Accountability Office investigate the IRS to see why so many Tea Party donors were audited.

Washington Times:

“The committee uncovered new information indicating that after groups provided the information to the IRS, nearly one in 10 donors were subject to audit,” Rep. Charles W. Boustany Jr., Louisiana Republican and chairman of the Ways and Means Committee’s oversight panel, told IRS Commissioner John Koskinen at a hearing Wednesday.

 

“The abuse of discretion and audit selection must be identified and stopped,” he said.

 

Mr. Koskinen didn’t specifically address the accusations during the hearing, and the IRS didn’t respond to a request for comment late Wednesday evening.

 

[...]

 

Republicans said 24 conservative groups were asked for their donor lists. The IRS initially told Congress that those lists were destroyed, but when they went through their files they discovered three lists that weren’t destroyed.

 

Rep. Dave Camp, Michigan Republican and chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, asked the IRS to review the names on those lists to see whether any had been audited. The IRS reported back that 10 percent were audited — substantially higher than the average rate of 1 percent of average Americans who are audited each year.

 

Mr. Boustany said he has asked the Government Accountability Office, Congress‘ chief watchdog, to look at how the IRS Exempt Organizations Division decided whom to audit. He said the GAO review is underway and demanded that Mr. Koskinen offer investigators full cooperation.

 

IRS has long insisted that Americans should not worry about political targeting at your agency because the IRS has layers of internal protections to guard against it. But in the course of our investigation, however, we found that Lois Lerner acted in defiance of these internal protections,” Mr. Boustany said.

So not only was asking for the donor lists in the first place a violation of regulations, the evidence strongly suggests that the IRS tried to intimidate Tea Party donors by auditing their tax returns.

No other federal agency has the ability to make your life as miserable as the IRS is capable of doing. The GAO has to get to the bottom of this in order to name those who would use the power of government to intimidate ordinary Americans and fire them. Even the appearance of impropriety should get them canned.

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Ignatius's picture

Both major criminal organizations have played this game.

The problem is the bat they swing, that being the IRS.

Pool Shark's picture

 

 

Not really; given that the vast majority of the Democrat Party's constituents don't pay taxes, and only file for the EIC.

[Disclaimer: Not a supporter of the Repugs...]

 

stant's picture

They live! And invasion of the body snatchers. Kinda rolled up into one movie, they are all over tv with black framed glasses, spouting propaganda. It's a great source of humor for me. Even tho we are so fucked

RevRex's picture

but but but Bush did the same thing, both parties are the same..........

 

What's so hard to believe is that anyone is dumb enough to believe both parties are the same......

 

 

IF both parties are the same, why does the Socialist Semite Media treat them so differently?

Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

This is EXACTLY why we need to scrap the tax code in favor of a flat tax that can be filled out on a postcard.  I'm sick of these statist pricks using the power of the IRS to harass any law abiding american.  Its pathetic.  No more fucking political pandering by the assholes in CONgress either.  All the tax code is, is a vote buying scheme.  We should DEMAND it be taken away from them.  The IRS is nothing more than a jobz program for millions of people both in the government and out.  They should find a new calling.

But, But, I LIKE my mortgage tax deduction.....WAAAA

Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

The closer you get to the drain, the faster you start to spin....

Troll Magnet's picture

I R S ... Another Jewish organization terrorizing Americans. 

economics9698's picture

When you think of the political parties, and how they are treated by the press, it’s useful to think of the hip, cool, Harlem Globetrotters and the Washington Generals.  The Globetrotters get all the praise and the Generals are made fun of and derided as not really a serious basketball team.

 

Pretty much the show we have in Washington now, the superstars and the B team.  Boehner is always there to fuck things up when the heat gets too hot for the Democrats.  The Republicans know their role well, divert attention away from the Democrats when the shit gets hot.

DaddyO's picture

Even the appearance of impropriety should get them canned.

Canned?

Hell, they got bonuses for their outstanding service to this once great nation...

DaddyO

Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

Just eliminate withholding so that there are thus no refunds, and make income taxes for prior year due in full by 4/15.  Taxpayers will have to plan and set aside enough to pay their taxes.  When they cut that big check every April, they will wake the fuck up.

nmewn's picture

Even better, move elections to April 15th.

They can stroke a check and then go vote ;-)

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Fucking AGAIN with this flat tax shit??

ALL types of income taxes are the problem, not just the progressive kinds.

When they tax your income, they are really taxing your liberty. You cease to be a free person, and become an indentured servant to the state. Indentured for LIFE.

nmewn's picture

Its a slow grind to where most want to be. Its not my world, I just dance around its participants ;-)

Save_America1st's picture

People just need to realize that both parties are really just 2 heads of the same monster.  They both want the power and control and they fight back and forth over who gets that power over certain periods of time.  But in the end, they're really the same fucking monster. 

The Tea Party or basically classical liberalism in the sense of Libertarianism, freedom, Constitution, etc. represents a huge danger to the 2 headed monster.

The Dems/obama/IRS, etc. may have been attacking the Tea Party and the American patriots who support Libertarianism.  But let's not forget that the GOP establishment also did their part in attacking the Tea Party and any Libertarian candidates who were vulnerable in any elections.

They deliberately withheld funds, trashed them in the media and behind our backs, undercut them politically whenever possible...all of this AFTER the rise of the Tea Party movement in 2010 helped give the GOP record numbers of wins and full control of the House and put John "Crybaby" BONER in as the Speaker.

And he betrayed all of us immediately by allowing obama to run us over with the IRS and everythingn else.

It's a big fucking game and an exclusive club as well....AND WE AIN'T INVITED TO JOIN THEM.  They used us politically and they are destroying us illegally afterwards.

The American people need to wake up and quit letting these fuckers divide and conquer us with their bullshit psy-ops with religion, sex/gender, racism, guns, money, jobs, immigration, environment, etc. 

It's all just a game to them of power and control over us.  It's so simple, yet the majority of the American people fall for it day after fucking day and let it rule their lives while these scumbags grow stronger and harder to route out of their political stranglehold over us.

I really don't think it'll end though.  You can see how they've cranked up pressure on super high levels across the board.  They've hit the afterburners and are racing to the finish line.  They feel like if they don't put the final nail in our coffin now it'll be a tremendous setback to their NWO aspirations and to the destruction of the American so-called "middle class", who they totally despise.

They need to drive us all into poverty now, as fast as possible, and chop out from under us our Constitutional foundation.  They aren't going to turn back now...not after they've gotten this far and so close after over 100 years of slowly eroding everything that was good and that American stood for.

They've rotted the pillars holding us up and now they're just kicking them out from under us as many at a time as they can, so we have to understand that there's really nobody substantial enough in the District of Criminals who can or will make a difference on our behalf.  That's a fantasy.

We're going to have to do it ourselves.  And it just might take another uprising on our behalf as a nation to stop this Marxist, Fascist, Oligarchical revolution that's being perpetrated against us. 

Yes....THEY are the revolutionaries...not US.  They're the traitors...not US.  They're the domestic enemies we take an oath to defend our Constitution against.  They are like an evil, alien race who have come down and infiltrated our society like a cancer to erode everything that was good.  They're sociopaths and psychopaths.  They hate us and would kill us instantly if they could. 

We have to know this about them and take it very fucking personally that they endanger our freedom and our very existence.  They endanger the entire planet and we have to treat them like the very dangerous enemy that they are. Keep this in mind, always:

 

“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.” ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero, 45 B.C.

 

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.


 

sylviasays's picture

Probably is that most people now don't write a check on April 15th either because they owe no taxes or their taxes are withheld from their pay checks throughout the year. 

StychoKiller's picture

I wanna job at the SEC so's I getz paid to watch pr0n all day...

samsara's picture

Hey, T hat's my analogy...

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 23:06 | samsara

Exactly. Dems/Reps The Harlem Globetrotters vs the Washington Generals. Both of which are paid from the same bank account. ALL exhibition games.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2012-11-12/kerry-john-kerry-defense-secret...

Spumoni's picture

Not one to miss the opportuniy to be an asshole, are you, er...Troll Magnet?

Seek_Truth's picture

The only "fair tax" is one based on consumption- a sales tax. IF there are to be any taxes, then, sales tax is the only way to go.

Cons- it's a tax.

Pros- too numerous to mention.

nmewn's picture

The good thing (for statists) is a consumption tax catches the black market on legal sales. Instead of based on the contrivance of "earnings & wages" its based on what one spends.

Of course, the "progressive tax system" on wages/earnings would have to go the way of the dodo bird before I could accept it. Its not a supplement to them confiscating our wages, its a replacement...or I stay in the black market.

We do have to outline these things in clear terms or the progs start creaming their jeans over a new tax ;-)

Seek_Truth's picture

Yes, nmewn, I was being succint.  One of the many things the abolition of all taxes but a sales tax would accomplish:

- ALL persons purchases would be taxed, even "under the table jobs", prostitution, "illegal" drugs, in short, everyone would have to contribute- no exceptions.

- It would result in the decimation of headcount of the IRS, Tax Attorneys, Accountants, the Post Office, and many and sundry other gubmint leeches.

- Anyone who doesn't own a business would not be requred to file a tax return.

- It encourages saving rather than consumerism.

- It results in people actually learning the meaning of "value".

- Etc, etc, etc

- to infinity!

PS- It's why TPTB are opposed to it.

TheReplacement's picture

How would you get prostitutes and drug dealers to report sales and pay the sales tax?

Seek_Truth's picture

Apparently you overlooked the obvious. No problem, it's late.

Anything anyone buys - at the moment you buy it and never again- (Cars, food, house, clothing, furniture. etc, etc, etc) would be taxed. No one could avoid it unless they lived in a tent, trapped/hunted/harvested/survived on/grew their own produce on "public" lands.

Everyone (excluding the above examples) would pay taxes.

Pretty much everyone, except those who learn to live life completely "off the grid."

PS- Prostitutes and drug dealers buy the same goods "above the table" folks do.

 

N2OJoe's picture

I didn't get it at first either but what you/he is saying is the drug dealers, prostitutes wouldn't charge sale tax but they would pay it on anything they buy.

I like the idea because even illegals would have to pay their own way, which in itself would likely eliminate illegal immigration by itself.

You would need a kind of sales tax IRS to keep biz honest, but it would cut down on the redunancy of having to enforce multiple different types of taxes. It would also drastically reduce the number of taxpayers since businesses are collecting all the taxes and remitting to the gov instead of every individual in the country filing income taxes regardless of what they pay or mooch in dollar terms.

MontgomeryScott's picture

"This is EXACTLY why we need to scrap the tax code in favor of a flat tax"

NO. YOU ARE INCORRECT.

Article I, section 8, Clause 1:

The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

Article I, Section 9, Clause 4:

No capitation, or other direct, Tax shall be laid, unless in Proportion to the Census or Enumeration herein before directed to be taken.

 

The Sixteenth Amendment WAS, NOT, RATIFIED (you can research this deeply, and find admissions and statements by FEDERAL COURT JUDGES within case law that prove this fact).

The IRS is a private corporation, as is the Federal Reserve System that usurped Article I, Section 8, Clause 5 without a Constitutional Convention (and therefore, not LEGAL under the Constitution).

How about a NO PERSONAL TAX to the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, as is the LAW?

Oh, don't forget, Income taxes are VOLUNTARY. HARRY REID HIMSELF said so:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7mRSI8yWwg

Listen to what this asshole Federal Reserve monkes states. It sounds like YOUR proposal, by the way...

 

Overfed's picture

Just try showing income and then not paying that 'voluntary' tax. Let us all know how it turns out for you.

WTF_247's picture

Never gonna happen.

Politicians use the tax code to dole out favors for votes and donations, punish enemies and reward friends.

They want 2 things 1) get re-elected and 2) move up the power chain.

Removing the 1 effective tool they have to do both of the above is not on anyone's agenda.  Also - do not forget the revolving door.  They go from Congress to the private sector as lobbyists for 20x the pay all the time. Why would you vote for something that will likely cost you your job in the next election?  Why would you put your future massive earnings as a lobbyist in jeopardy?

sbenard's picture

I say we just scrap the 16th Amendment and get back to the Constitution. That would solve everything!

i_call_you_my_base's picture

Bush didn't do the same thing, when he was in power the republicans just rigged the machines.

Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

Thats another topic that just blows my mind.  People(the sheep) think voting machines are great because they are so up to date, and modern looking.  Why would a society as rich and intelligent as ours use paper ballots ever again?  Funny thing is, with no paper trail, you are exaclty right.  ANY election can be rigged.

OH, and I forgot CONVENIENT too.  We must have CONVENIENCE at ALL costs!!

i_call_you_my_base's picture

I've made every dollar in my professional career from technology, but still think we should go back to paper ballots, and perhaps purple fingers.

economics9698's picture

Finger print technology and the internet are here in every police department, why not voting?


Fraud and fixed elections are a fact of life.  If voting made a difference it would be outlawed. 

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Bingo. Electronic voting machines are just the 21st century way of rigging elections. Probably every presidential election since the Reagan landslides has been rigged. Kennedy's election was a notorious rig job.

WTF_247's picture

purple fingers would be somehow construed as racist.  Its ok for other countries but I can only imagine the backlash here.

NickVegas's picture

Look behind the curtain dumbshit.

roadlust's picture

It's because Tea Party donors are too stupid to fill out tax forms.   (Although they really are kinda hard!  There's reading and math and stuff!) 

401K of Dooom's picture

Because the GOP is full of Masochistic conditioned idiots who will do the bidding of the DNC in order to curry favor from the main stream media.

Payne's picture

Can the Tea Party masquerade as a liberal green not for profit so their donors are not audited ?

Rainman's picture

Hard to believe the sheep are still signing up for the red team or the blue team or any other team. Partisan atheism is the only way.

onewayticket2's picture

i dont recall Media Matters getting any scrutiny for its tax exempt status....and they're as partisan as you get

Nick Jihad's picture

It's not falling for red-team/blue-team bullshit, to observe the simple fact that the federal civil service is 95% hard-core blue team. It is, in fact, naive and stupid to say that "both sides do it", when any fool can see that if a Republican politician were to request IRS audits, that fact would immediately be leaked to the press, and the press would put it on the front page. Versus what clearly happened when a Democract politician made the same request - the IRS happlily complied, and the press did its best to sweep the scandal under the rug.

Yes, there is a difference.

DeadFred's picture

Besides, I'm pretty sure it's Bush's fault.

fonzannoon's picture

So it's 2004 and Bush is getting his daily Iraq update from his generals. They say to him "Mr. President we have bad news, today 3 Brazilian troops were killed in Iraq. Bush sits there. Does not even move, his jaw drops. After a minute or so he just breaks down and starts crying hysterically. After about 2 minutes of this he looks up at the (obviously) confused Generals and says " exactly how many is a brazillion?".

cynicalskeptic's picture

Nah.... Nixon had using the IRS for harassment down to an art form.....  

that said, BOTH parties misuse any and all means to put pressure on 'opponents'.  

And BOTH parties try to skirt all limits on campaign funding.  

If we are going to have an IRS (and the justification for taxes on EARNED income is tenuous at best) then it should be isolated from political influence.  

But then if you had limited (and ONLY) public funding for ALL political races (easy to do if you mandated that media provide a limited amount of time or space for ads) you'd eliminate much of the games played.  Without money as an influence it would come down to blackmail and spying - what the skeeltons were in your closet. Seems like NOBODY that's actually squeaky clean is ever allowed to reach higher office (the few that get close have really bad luck with plane flights).

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Nixon used the IRS to target individual political enemies. Obama has used it to broadly target ideologies that he dislikes.

THAT is a fucking big difference.

Nick Jihad's picture

When Nixon did it, the press were all over the story. When Obama did it, the press decided that there was no story. Another big difference.

sschu's picture

Both major criminal organizations have played this game.

Citation please. I am not a supporter of either party, but we need facts. 

He says they should be canned?  How about prosecuted and jailed?

I think Nixon went down in large part for this abuse.

sschu


Ignatius's picture

I'm not suggesting that they should not be prosecuted, they should.

IRS is invasive and out of control with extra-legal powers.

I say take away the weapon.