Sounds like the collected correspondence of Lois Lerner could fill a library:
According to new IRS emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request from Judicial Watch, former head of tax exempt groups at the IRS Lois Lerner was in contact with the Department of Justice in May 2013 about whether tax exempt groups could be criminally prosecuted for “lying” about political activity.
“I got a call today from Richard Pilger Director Elections Crimes Branch at DOJ … He wanted to know who at IRS the DOJ folk s [sic] could talk to about Sen. Whitehouse idea at the hearing that DOJ could piece together false statement cases about applicants who “lied” on their 1024s –saying they weren’t planning on doing political activity, and then turning around and making large visible political expenditures.
“I think we should do it – also need to include CI [Criminal Investigation Division], which we can help coordinate. Also, we need to reach out to FEC….”
Not content to grill conservative groups for membership lists and “the content of their members’ prayers”, she wanted to throw the full weight of the federal government’s criminal shock troops at them too. And for what? 501(c)(4)s may:
…inform the public on controversial subjects and attempt to influence legislation relevant to its program and, unlike 501(c)(3) organizations, they may also participate in political campaigns and elections, as long as their primary activity is the promotion of social welfare.
A 501(c)(4) organization may directly or indirectly support or oppose a candidate for public office as long as such activities are not a substantial amount of its activities.
Remember, the worst thing the IRS did was to play keep-away with conservative organizations throughout the 2012 election cycle. Neither approving nor declining their tax statuses, the IRS kept the Tea Party and conservative Americans from organizing, denying them a fundamental freedom of assembly so enjoyed by the Obama camp. Nixon didn’t have the gonads Lois Lerner has.
Newly delivered internal IRS e-mails sent and received by former IRS Exempt Organizations Director Lois Lerner and other IRS employees show that House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Minority staff, working for Ranking Member Elijah Cummings, began contacting the IRS in August 2012 about targeted non-profit applicant True the Vote. The IRS produced this e-mail on April 2, 2014 – only days after Oversight Committee Members had taken new IRS Commissioner John Koskinen to task for withholding relevant e-mails. The Chairman and five Subcommittee Chairmen on the Oversight Committee today sent a letter to Ranking Member Cummings demanding an explanation for his staff’s queries, why the Minority hid these efforts from the Majority, and why the Ranking Member denied such actions by his staff at a February Subcommittee hearing.
This whole thing stinks to high heaven: Democrat rank members (pun very much intended) conspiring with federal agencies, which were conspiring with other federal agencies, to nail to the wall anyone out of compliance with the directives of King Barack. I just spelled it out, but I can barely believe it. Prime Ministers, Presidents, and Kings have resigned, been impeached and deposed, even assassinated over lesser offenses.
PS: Lois ultimately decided against prosecutions, and we condemn and abhor even talk of assassination. Just so that’s clear.