Judicial Watch filed a FOIA lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
Through this action, the watchdog group has discovered evidence proving conservative groups were targeted under by the Obama IRS… and it was MUCH worse than expected.
On Tuesday, Judicial Watch released 695 pages of new documents showing IRS officials admitted the agency used “inappropriate political labels” to screen conservative organizations, as well as evidence that the IRS offered “expedited consideration” to 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organizations if they agreed “to restrict their alleged political activities” — a tactic describes as “bribery” that served to silence the administration’s opponents.
Of the 695 pages of documents released by the IRS, 422 (61%) were withheld in their entirety. These newly identified records are not records that were contained in the “Congressional Database,” which the IRS created in 2013 to house records responsive to congressional inquiries into the IRS scandal.
Taking a closer look at the documents, President of Judicial Watch Tom Fitton said it seems clear why the Obama IRS was reluctant to reveal them. “No wonder the Obama IRS has been hiding these records,” said Fitton. “The new smoking-gun documents contain admissions by the Obama IRS that it inappropriately targeted conservative groups. But the records also show that the abuse continued – as the Obama IRS tried to force conservative applicants to give up their First Amendment rights in order to finally get their applications granted.”
Inspector General made a report which exposed the IRS’s singling out of nonprofit groups with certain conservative keywords. Phrases including “Tea Party” and “Patriot,” among others, in their names and descriptions.
“Early in Calendar Year 2010, the IRS began using inappropriate criteria to identify organizations applying for tax-exempt status (e.g., lists of past and future donors),” the IG report explained. The Obama IRS also “delayed processing of targeted groups’ applications” ahead of the 2012 election, the report concluded.
It seems like Obama was less of a leader of the free world and more of a dictator by his rule.
Weaponizing government organizations to target your opposition is hardly the American way.
With this continued unearthing of President Obama’s seedy ways, the more America is realizing just how corrupt he was… if they hadn’t known it already.
If only we didn’t elect him into office twice.