Shocker: IRS Supervisor in DC Was Obama Donor, Scrutinized Tea Party Cases

Posted by on Jun 17, 2013 at 8:35 am
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So you mean to tell us Team Obama lied when they said it was just low-level employees in Cincinnati gone rogue. Imagine our surprise.

A Washington-based IRS supervisor acknowledged she was personally involved in reviewing Tea Party applications for tax-exempt status as far back as 2010, Fox News confirms — a detail that further challenges the agency’s initial claim that the practice of singling out those groups was limited to a handful of employees in Ohio.

Congressional sources confirmed to Fox News that Holly Paz, who until recently was a top deputy in the division that handles applications for tax-exempt status, told congressional investigators she reviewed 20 to 30 applications. Some requests languished for more than a year without action.

The account undercuts the narrative that senior officials only learned of the practice after it had already started in the Cincinnati office.

Details of Paz’s role were first reported by The Associated Press. Still, Paz provided no evidence that senior IRS officials ordered agents to target conservative groups or that anyone in the Obama administration outside the IRS was involved.

Instead, Paz described an agency in which IRS supervisors in Washington worked closely with agents in the field but didn’t fully understand what those agents were doing. Paz said agents in Cincinnati openly talked about handling “tea party” cases, but she thought the term was merely shorthand for all applications from groups that were politically active — conservative and liberal.

Sure it was. Except they can’t name a single liberal group that was targeted. Plus you’ll be stunned to discover Paz was an Obama donor during 2008. Supposedly Paz has been fired. So why has she been fired if there’s no wrongdoing? Here’s a report from FNC:

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8 Responses to “Shocker: IRS Supervisor in DC Was Obama Donor, Scrutinized Tea Party Cases”

  1. Blue Hen on 17/17/13 at 9:12 am

    So is this to be the sacrifical lamb? or just the latest discovery of governmental rot?

  2. Neo on 17/17/13 at 10:31 am

    “Why was Holly Paz… in almost all of the interviews you conducted?” asked Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC). “Why would you have someone from the IRS in those meetings? Is that proper protocol?”

    “I am unaware of it,” said Inspector General J. Russell George. “This is the first I’ve heard this.”

    George then requested time to research the revelation. “This is the first time that I was made aware of this,” said George.

    George then clarified he and his agency performed an audit, not an investigation.

    “The operative word, Mr. Chairman, is audit,” said George. “It was not conducted as an investigation.”

    Still, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) seemed unsettled that Paz was allowed to sit in on the IG’s interviews of IRS employees.

    “Usually when you are conducting an investigation—I know this was an audit, I got that—you want to keep your witnesses separate because you’re in search of the truth and you are trying to make sure there’s no advantage of a person hearing what somebody else said,” said Cummings. “That’s pretty standard procedure.”

    George ultimately conceded to Cummings that, “in hindsight, given this matter, obviously this seems somewhat unusual. I need to do a little more research.”

    Cummings pressed on, suggesting that Paz’s reason for sitting in on interviews may have been to protect herself or the IRS.

    “It sounded like Ms. Paz felt like she needed to be in the room because she wanted to be able to defend herself—or the agency, I don’t know—based on what may have been said or the information gathered in that interview,” said Cummings.

    “But again, hindsight is 20/20, sir,” said George.

    House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) read testimony from Paz. Issa said Paz claimed the IG auditors left the room for a short time at the end of each interview so investigators could ask any additional questions.

    Issa said Paz claimed either she or the recently removed IRS director of the tax-exempt unit, Lois Lerner, brokered the unusual interview scheme.

  3. Dave's Not Here on 17/17/13 at 11:44 am

    “Paz said agents in Cincinnati openly talked about handling “tea party” cases, but she thought the term was merely shorthand for all applications from groups that were politically active .”

    Anybody who says this is either too stupid or too dishonest to work for the federal gov’t.

  4. Mark on 17/17/13 at 3:19 pm

    @Dave-

    I think I understand what you’re implying but really, is anyone too stupid or too dishonest to work for the federal government? I think not.

  5. Martin on 17/17/13 at 5:26 pm

    Being stupid is a desirable quality for those who wish to make their money sucking on the public tit – you have to impose blatantly idiotic and onerous regulations on productive Americans, while retaining the smug demeanor of someone who is always smarter than the person they are victimizing.

    And you have to be monumentally stupid and venal to do that day after day.

  6. it's those darn kids. on 17/17/13 at 5:44 pm

    another sacrificial lamb, Blue Hen.

    “Paz said agents in Cincinnati openly talked about handling “tea party” cases, but she thought the term was merely shorthand for all applications from groups that were politically active — conservative and liberal.”

    I thought it was short hand for “fuck over conservatives”, no biggie.

  7. Fred Z on 17/17/13 at 8:17 pm

    She’s a corrupt lawyer.

    Who’s going to complain to her Bar Association?

    I can’t, I’m not an American.