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“With an endless parade of distractions, political posturing and phony scandals, Washington has taken its eye off the ball.” – Barack Obama, Knox College, Illinois, July 24, 2103

The Internal Revenue Service inappropriately flagged conservative political groups for additional reviews during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status, a top IRS official said Friday.  “The IRS would like to apologize for that.”  Lois Lerner, IRS official in charge.  Source:  AP, May 10, 2013. Phony scandal.

(CNN) – The Internal Revenue Service deliberately targeted groups with “tea party” in their names and who were applying for federal tax exempt status, delaying processing of their applications and requesting unnecessary information, according to an advance copy of a report by the agency’s inspector general obtained Tuesday by CNN.  May 14, 2013  Phony scandal.

President Obama on Monday morning called the Internal Revenue Service’s admitted targeting of conservative groups “outrageous” and said he “will not tolerate it.”  Washington Post, May 13, 2013

Senior officials at the Internal Revenue Service were aware that its agents were targeting Tea Party groups as early as 2011, according to an Inspector General’s draft report obtained by Fox News.  May 12, 2013  Phony scandal.

One IRS commissioner visited Obama’s White House 118 times in 2010 and 2011. His successor also dropped in often. But under George W. Bush, the tax chief visited once in four years.  Investor’s Business Daily, May 28, 2013

The Obama appointee (IRS Chief Counsel William Wilkins) implicated in congressional testimony in the IRS targeting scandal met with President Obama in the White House two days before offering his colleagues a new set of advice on how to scrutinize tea party and conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.  Patrick Howler, Daily Caller, July 22, 2013.  Phony scandal.

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Allan Erickson

Allan Erickson---Christian, husband, father, journalist, businessman, screenwriter, and author of The Cross & the Constitution in the Age of Incoherence, Tate Publishing, 2012.