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Your Views: IRS scandal is real, just like Benghazi

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August 20, 2013

According to The Wall Street Journal, the scandalous IRS targeting of conservative groups was connected to Washington and the office of the chief counsel.

Lois Lerner, the head of the unit in Washington, falsely claimed that “line people in Cincinnati” carried out the targeting. These “line people” told investigators their orders came from Washington. Carter Hull, an IRS expert on tax exemption law, told investigators that Lerner directed that tea-party applications be sent to Washington.

Hull was assigned to scrutinize tea-party applications, but his recommendations were ignored. Michael Seto, the head of Hull’s unit, told investigators Lerner ordered that tea-party applications undergo a multilayered review by the IRS chief counsel. The chief counsel is William Wilkins, one of two Obama IRS political appointees.

The investigation shows that during two major election cycles, tea-party applications were deliberately delayed. Elizabeth Hofacre, in charge of processing tea-party applications in Cincinnati, stated that all tea-party applications had to be reviewed in Washington. Non-tea-party applications were sent on for normal treatment. Applications of liberal or progressive groups were not scrutinized. Who got extra scrutiny? “They were all tea-party and patriot cases,” Hofacre said. Hofacre was so disgusted with these practices that she transferred.

Worse still, Lerner’s IRS and an attorney with the Federal Elections Commission colluded to influence the record before the FEC’s vote in the case of a conservative organization. And the IRS is going to oversee Obamacare?

Obama calls this “a phony scandal.” Just like Benghazi.

MICHAEL OBERSHAW

Janesville



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