By Michael Becker
In the same month, February 2010, that the IRS announced that they were going after the Tea Parties, Lois Lerner’s emails magically disappeared.
Ex-Internal Revenue Service (IRS) official Lois Lerner spoke at a 2010 government conference where Lerner’s underling Nikole Flax announced the new IRS program scrutinizing groups applying for tax-exempt status.
Both Lerner and Flax experienced “computer crashes” that led to the permanent deletion of their emails, according to the IRS, which said it cannot hand over their emails to congressional investigators on two House committees.
The program was, at that time, called “What to do when the IRS comes knocking.”
Flax, a frequent White House visitor, announced that 155 new employees were recently added to the Exempt Organizations office, and said that 100 of these employees would be working in the examinations office to audit nonprofit groups. Flax also announced the addition of new Washington-based “tax law specialists” to work on private-letter rulings for groups that would need renewal of their charitable tax-exempt status.
“They basically have to start over,” Flax said about groups coming up on a newly imposed three-year deadline for charitable tax status. “In the interim period, there obviously will be tax issues.”
The IRS started flagging tea party organizations immediately after the conference.
Remember when Lerner said that there were some “rogue agents” in the Cincinnati IRS office who just got out of hand? Yeah, so do we. This was a very well planned and orchestrated effort to take tea party groups out of the 2012 election cycle, and it worked. Lerner, the Obama administration, and Congressional Democrats have been lying through their teeth on a daily basis since February 2010 and the major media has been covering for them.
Hopefully, with a Republican Senate, that will come to a screeching halt next year.
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