Long before the Internal Revenue Service revealed it had improperly targeted conservative 501(c)(4) groups, a group of Democratic senators led by New York Sen. Chuck Schumer urged the IRS to do just that.

May 17, 2013


(Infidel) The IRS’s admission last Friday that it had singled out tea party and other groups for extra audits and delays has raised concerns that President Barack Obama’s administration quietly attempted to stymy opponents through intimidation. But many prominent Democrats — including Montana Sen. Max Baucus, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State and the New York Times editorial board — had been publicly calling for tighter restrictions on 501(c)(4) groups affiliated with the tea party and conservatives.

Last year, Schumer, along with Democratic Sens. Michael Bennet, Sheldon Whitehouse, Jeff Merkley, Tom Udall, Jeanne Shaheen and Al Franken, penned a letter calling on the agency to cap the amount of the political spending by groups masquerading as “social welfare organizations.”

A press release from Schumer’s office dated March 12, 2012 laid out the terms of the letter:

The senators said the lack of clarity in the IRS rules has allowed political groups to improperly claim 501(c)4 status and may even be allowing donors to these groups to wrongly claim tax deductions for their contributions. The senators promised legislation if the IRS failed to act to fix these problems.
“We urge the IRS to take these steps immediately to prevent abuse of the tax code by political groups focused on federal election activities. But if the IRS is unable to issue administrative guidance in this area then we plan to introduce legislation to accomplish these important changes,” the senators wrote.The letter cited a March 7, 2012 New York Times article by Jonathan Weisman that suggested donations to groups like American Crossroads and Priorities USA could be tax deductible, which was a primary concern of those senators at the time.

A number of those senators participated in a press conference about their efforts on March 21, 2012, and Franken spoke out about what he called lack of oversight of 501(c)(4) status.

“I think that there hasn’t been enforcement by the FEC and the IRS, and so there are entities that are taking a 501(c)4 status, and under that they’re supposed to have more than half of their activity be non-political,” Franken said. “That’s pretty hinky. I mean, they really aren’t doing that, and that I think there needs to be a look at that — that even under the laws that already exist, there are people who should be disclosing who aren’t. And I think that is where we’re seeing the effect of — lack of effective enforcement and just oversight.”


Texas IRS Terrorist a Jew hater? Take my pound of flesh and sleep well?

February 19, 2010

Well, Mr Big Brother IRS man, let’s try something different; take my pound of flesh and sleep well, the note reads.”????

do you think this guy was a Ron Paul voter? do you think this guy was listening to Alex Jones? Just wondering what is about to come out about this guy.

The pilot of a plane which crashed into an office block in Austin, Texas left a note expressing his anger at federal tax authorities, police say.

Police are linking the apparent suicide note left online to Joseph Andrew Stack, the man named as the pilot.

The note criticised the Internal Revenue Service – based inside the office block and declared: “Violence is the only answer”.

Firefighters continue to search for one person who is still unaccounted for.

‘Leaping flames’

The single-engined Piper Cherokee airplane hit the second floor of the seven-storey building at 0956 local time (1556GMT).

It had taken off from nearby Georgetown airport in Texas, and did not file a flight plan, Lynn Lunsford of the Federal Aviation Administration said.

Smoke billowing from the building

Twisted metal and debris seemed to be the only thing left on some floors

Heather Wills, from Austin, told the BBC that she was driving past when she saw the huge cloud of black smoke.

“As I got nearer I could see flames leaping out of the building – the flames were two storeys high. I could hear the glass windows shattering from the heat.

“My first thought was that it was a fire. The traffic was backed up all along the freeway.”

Around 190 IRS employees work in the office complex and some were forced to climb out of windows after the plane burst into flames.

Two people were taken to hospital, but it is not clear if they were seriously injured. There has been no official statement on the status of the pilot.

Grievance

Police are also investigating whether Mr Stack set fire to his house before crashing the plane.

The message on the website apparently registered to and signed by Mr Stack speaks of having problems with the IRS.

“Well, Mr Big Brother IRS man, let’s try something different; take my pound of flesh and sleep well,” the note reads.

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said there was no cause for concern and assured residents that it was an isolated incident.

The White House said the crash did not appear to be an act of terrorism.

of really? so was it a man made disaster then? crikey!

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said President Barack Obama had been briefed about the incident.

The Department of Homeland Security was investigating the crash, he added.

As a precaution, the North American Aerospace Defense Command scrambled two F-16 fighter jets from Houston, Texas, to patrol the area.