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IRS apologizes for targeting conservative groups during 2012 election

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  • IDC Boise, ID
    May 10, 2013 9:28 a.m.

    Using the IRS as weapon is horrible. The burdens put on businesses and individuals are already heavy, this is a serious offense. I hope all involved at a minimum lose their jobs.

  • rick122948 boise, id
    May 10, 2013 9:41 a.m.

    @IDC

    It may have been a mistake, but tax exempt status is not for purely political organizations, so IRS has a responsibility to examine the qualifications of organizations to have tax exempt status. Any reviews were not called for by political figures but by IRS employees assigned to that job. Put your moral high horse away, and realize that much is sacrificed to political expediency by all sides of the process.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    May 10, 2013 9:43 a.m.

    Too little too late IRS. Why don't you shift your focus on the millionaires and billionaires and the low end losers that haven't paid their taxes?

    Instead you lock step with your political master and do everything possible to keep him in power.

    obama lied and Americans died. hillary lied and Americans died. An inept administration was elected and re-elected, now we have $16 Trillion of debt and nothing serious being discussed how to balance the budget and pay off the debt. Except from those "crazy right wing tea party" people that are the only ones with the guts to say enough is enough.

  • NedGrimley Brigham City, UT
    May 10, 2013 9:51 a.m.

    The branches of our government: Legislative, Judicial, Executive, and the most powerful and lethal: the IRS.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    May 10, 2013 9:57 a.m.

    rick,

    NO one is saying the IRS shouldn't example the organizations.

    We're saying discrimination is wrong.

    And the IRS has admitted they discriminated against conservative groups, and looked less into liberal groups.

    Are you ok with illegal discrimination?

    I am not.

  • Still Blue after all these years Kaysville, UT
    May 10, 2013 10:02 a.m.

    Our government is out of control. In fact, I wonder if it is our government anymore.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    May 10, 2013 10:03 a.m.

    correction: I meant "no one is saying the IRS shouldn't examine the organization"

    My bad everyone

  • Obama10 SYRACUSE, UT
    May 10, 2013 10:05 a.m.

    Curious, how many "predominantly black churches" were also targeted for audits? It seems many of their pastors were actively campaigning. I know my church seems to be very careful about being "politically neutral" and even has us read a letter every election cycle, just to reinforce the position.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    May 10, 2013 10:08 a.m.

    We should all be outraged by this action ANY time it happens, regardless of which side is being unfairly targeted.

    This is indefensible. People should go to jail for abuse of power.

    Lets call this type of action out ANY and EVERY time it happens. It should make absolutely no difference if you are R or D.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    May 10, 2013 10:33 a.m.

    I wonder of any of those involved lost their jobs? They are probably working for ACORN now or MSNBC or the DNC. Actually, they were working for the DNC all along.

  • killpack Sandy, UT
    May 10, 2013 10:49 a.m.

    So sad. Our $16 trillion dollar owing government is getting more and more desperate and more and more shameless. If you ask me, I hope they keep doing this. The more they pour gasoline on the fire, the sooner the house gets burned down and the sooner we can rebuild the house.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    May 10, 2013 12:24 p.m.

    People are fired for looking up someone's Social Security record or checking a license plate number.
    Who will lose their jobs over the blatant harassment of citizens?

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    May 10, 2013 1:14 p.m.

    Who would have thought that the "most" transparent "presidency (ie regime)" in the history of this country would stoop to this level.

    Millions of tea party members saw this coming from the community organizer turned president.

    One lie after another from this regime. Even his own state sponsored media groups are having to start to face the facts and print some of the truth, with their usual spin to control the damage of course.

    It's time to take our country back. It was time years ago. Elections have consequences. Let's get fired up for the next election and clean out the house and senate and pave the way for a real leader and President to run this country. Hopefully we can find that person or that person is willing to leave the private sector and serve this country for 4 years and if they're good 8 years. And correct the trajectory that we are currently on.

    NOhillary2016

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    May 10, 2013 1:17 p.m.

    I wonder who ordered the IRS to target T-Party group? Hmmmm??? Once again it is the American people vs Obama. Feels like we are fighting King George of England all over again!!

  • George New York, NY
    May 10, 2013 1:33 p.m.

    @lost in DC

    "Actually, they were working for the DNC all along."

    more fun times with conspiracies care to back it up with some evidence or as usual go put words in my mouth and go on the attack? For some reason I am betting on the second one.

  • Badger55 Nibley, Ut
    May 10, 2013 1:50 p.m.

    rick122948
    Non-profits that back certain political parties may exist on both sides of the isle. The fact that the IRS only targeted conservative organizations is a HUGE problem. Even the IRS spokesman stated that it was wrong. I could only imagine the outcry had this happened to liberal organizations. Additionally, the IRS is part of the US dept of Treasury. Who appoints the Secretary of the Treasury? That is right, the President of the United States. Although there may never be proof that the IRS had instruction from the WH, the opportunity was definitely there.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    May 10, 2013 2:34 p.m.

    * What difference does this make? I was shot at in Bosnia---Hillary Clinton.
    * You didn't build that! We can all tighten our belts, and sacrifice----Barack Obama
    * Just pass the health care bill, we'll find out later what it says---Nancy Pelosi
    * We're adding thousands to the IRS to monitor payments--Obama Care

    What kind of people would elect these leaders?

  • George New York, NY
    May 10, 2013 3:32 p.m.

    @worf
    People that understand how badly you have tortured your supposed quotes.

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    May 10, 2013 4:53 p.m.

    Re: worf

    Unfortunately, we have uncovered the identity of those voters, and it is "low information"

    Re: George

    Actually those quotes from worf are accurate. He just mixed a couple together, but the words are in fact attributed to the source.

    Question, do we now need a Congressional investigation into the IRS? Maybe. An organization like the IRS is so powerful that they can send a person to prison. Corruption at that level must have accountability.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    May 10, 2013 5:06 p.m.

    @George
    I must defend worf on this one.
    There is no point in expending energy to make a quote 100% accurate when the original statement is a lie to begin with.

    My father-in-law laughed at me when I towed home an old Chevy and told him I was going to restore it. He said, "Why? They weren't any good when they were new."

  • Ben H Clearfield, UT
    May 10, 2013 5:14 p.m.

    This is a serious violation that goes beyond what a simple apology can repair. This was an attempt to influence an election by a group which is supposed to be politically neutral. This is as egregious, if not worse, than Watergate was.

  • Jimmer77 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 10, 2013 5:14 p.m.

    Those accountable should get heavy jail time.

    It will probably not happen because of the deep rooted corruption at the top.

  • David Centerville, UT
    May 10, 2013 5:43 p.m.

    The water is clearing, and now we begin to see that the Obama regime & supporters have manipulated the media, have written their own talking points to support his campaign, have instructed the IRS to harrass conservative groups....what else? This is clear corruption, and on the level of Watergate if not worse (marines were told to step down in Benghazi leaving Stevens to die).

    Is it time to call for impeachment proceedings?

  • m.g. scott clearfield, UT
    May 10, 2013 6:25 p.m.

    All I can say is thank God for the 22nd Amendment and let's hope that enough of this Obama regime corruption rubs off on Hillary to stop any idea of her running for President of the Low Information Voter United States.

  • George New York, NY
    May 10, 2013 6:30 p.m.

    those are some interesting justifications but thanks for at least admitting they are not accurate.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    May 11, 2013 9:52 a.m.

    Wow! This country went 137 years without federal income taxes, or an IRS.

    Amazing how a government can survive when there's no debt, or interest to be paid.

  • trustmeiknow Salt Lake City, UT
    May 11, 2013 9:09 p.m.

    Better them, than me.

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    May 11, 2013 9:34 p.m.

    Misuse of the IRS is wrong whether its the Obama administration or Nixon. Partisan politics is the last place the IRS should be involved