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AP Exclusive: IRS knew tea party targeted in 2011

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  • Coach Biff Lehi, UT
    May 11, 2013 10:22 p.m.

    Does anyone truly believe that this wasn't at the behest of the Democrats smear machine? If you do believe it then you are either willfullyignorant or simply obtuse. Either way, your right to vote should be permanently revoked.

  • The Deuce Livermore, CA
    May 11, 2013 10:42 p.m.

    Why are we just starting to realize all of these issues after the election. At my last count we have an embassy attacked and US citizens killed, Obamacare that now has a completely different cost than what we were led to believe and now the IRS targeting conservative groups. I like Hilary Clinton telling us that it doesn't matter how our embassy was attacked. Is it time that we who vote wake up and vote this mess out of the White House?

  • MapleDon Springville, UT
    May 11, 2013 11:33 p.m.

    Caption should read: "IRS targeted conservative groups."

    But the Deseret News has been issued its "talking points" and conveniently obliges.

  • John C. C. Payson, UT
    May 12, 2013 6:52 a.m.

    First question, is it OK for the IRS to investigate whether any group is falsely claiming tax-exempt status?

    Yes.

    Second question, is it OK for them to select which groups to investigate using other than random selection?

    That's where the problem lies. Every administration has a political agenda. It's too much not to expect that agenda to reflected in the actions of agencies led by political appointees.

    In the name of fairness, it might be wise to start with random selection. Perhaps in the name of efficiency it would then be prudent to pursue groups similar to those types of groups showing the greatest propensity to make false claims. The trouble lies in doing so fairly without letting political prejudices cloud fair and impartial judgments.

  • Elcapitan Ivins, UT
    May 12, 2013 8:32 a.m.

    Just plain old politics Acorn style by Obama who is now in denial.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    May 12, 2013 2:07 p.m.

    The roof is caving in on liberals and this administration to which they so blindly pledge their allegiance. I can hear Hillary now: "who cares that you were targeted, you have your apology, why does it matter now?' Can't wait to see how msnbc and all the liberal talking heads try and spin this. "Look we all know conservatives are dishonest racists and bigots, so why shouldn't the IRS target their non profit organizations. We don't need to worry about Benghazi because we know Obama is an honest man and would never lie to the American people, to even believe such a thing is "offensive". The IRS didn't need to target liberal organizations because we all know they conduct their affairs above reproach". Ok I need to stop, even if it's sarcastic just saying all that made me sick. The Duece: good point, but we all know why were hearing about this only now. Because Obama wasn't aware of any of this stuff...it was someone else's fault..."lower level staffers"...nothing to do with the election...that was so offensive of you to even ask that.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    May 12, 2013 3:11 p.m.

    Two thoughts:
    1) Is this issue a distraction to dilute conservative efforts to derail the Gang of Eight amnesty bill?
    2) Do those who believe the Tea Party should be taxed feel the same way about OFA, League of Women Voters, Media Matters and a thousand other front groups for the democrats. Many of these groups are well-funded and have large, professional staffs. Is it time to take another look at all of them?

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    May 12, 2013 3:14 p.m.

    I'd like to see evidence that the groups being investigated are really working for any type of social welfare, as required by statute, and not just trying to impose their political dogma on the country. If there is any question concerning their actions and activities, the IRS not only has the responsibility but has the duty to investigate.

    If any investigation is done concerning this, it should be conducted by investigators who are not beholden to either side of the question. Given the numerous witch-hunts the far right is trying to pursue against the President and anyone working for him (or has worked for him), it is important that the results of the investigation can be trusted. That means impartial investigators, and NOT a committee from the US House of Representatives.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    May 12, 2013 4:18 p.m.

    Furry1993:
    To ask for such evidence is also asking the same type of non partisan research to be conducted on many of the liberal nonprofit organizations. Do you really want that? The point is the IRS TARGETED these groups and their apology and admission to such should be all the evidence you need that they weren't investigating these groups for any reason other than being conservative. Now if you really want to dissect every nonprofit organization for evidence of their benefit to society so be it, but you may not like the result for some liberal non profits. I do agree that investigations like these need to be done by nonpartisan researchers, but good luck truly finding any such group. In my experience in graduate studies finding a truly objective research or investigation team is about as easy as finding a liberal tea party member.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    May 12, 2013 4:56 p.m.

    @Cougsndawgs 4:18 p.m. May 12, 2013

    Furry1993:
    To ask for such evidence is also asking the same type of non partisan research to be conducted on many of the liberal nonprofit organizations. Do you really want that?

    --------------------

    Absolutely. What swings one way should swing the other too.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    May 12, 2013 7:14 p.m.

    Re: "Every administration has a political agenda."

    But this administration has made high art of illegally employing patronage in the civil service to advance its political agenda.

    Starting early, exploiting disassembly of the National Service Personnel System, the Obama regime cynically and illegally preferred its operatives in nearly all senior civil service appointments, in nearly all federal agencies.

    And, continues to do so.

    Used to be, at the very end of a presidential term, a few otherwise unemployable political hacks would "burrow-in" to senior positions within the civil service, where they could covertly continue to push the opposition agenda and gain seasoning to prepare them for presidential appointment upon their party's return to power.

    It plagued the incoming Bush administration to the point EPA and Department of Labor remained under Clintonista control for two Republican terms.

    Now, a glance at USAJOBS reveals that, during a hiring freeze in the rest of government, the Obama regime is advancing, full speed, with appointing Senior Executive Service employees.

    Nearly all Democrats. Most with little or no experience.

    Hmmmmmm.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    May 13, 2013 8:13 a.m.

    Is there honor among thieves?

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    May 13, 2013 8:32 a.m.

    I think Obama and his admin are up to their eyeballs in this one........impeachment is just a 2014 election away!

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    May 13, 2013 9:32 a.m.

    TRUTH:

    Clinton got impeached. What good did that do?

    I'd take Obama over Biden. Hmm? Well, I don't know.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    May 13, 2013 10:47 a.m.

    TRUTH,

    "I think Obama and his admin are up to their eyeballs in this one........impeachment is just a 2014 election away!"
    ______________________________

    That sounds ominously like an unwitting confession that this is more about politics than integrity in Government.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    May 13, 2013 10:52 a.m.

    Furry1993,

    "....it is important that the results of the investigation can be trusted. That means impartial investigators, and NOT a committee from the US House of Representatives."
    ______________________________

    Partisan or not, Congress has authority to investigate the Executive branch of Government. Historically, they have used the power ill-advisedly as often as wisely. The 104th Congress used it in blind rage to go after a President they despised (Clinton). History now judges it by its highly partisan nature more so than by Clinton's conduct.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    May 13, 2013 4:25 p.m.

    Barack ordered the IRS to target the T-party? NO!! Say it ain't so. Not Barack. The stench of this presidency continues to permeate the atmosphere and the only thing we do know for certain is nothing is going to change anytime soon. This man is disgusting...but very predictable.

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 13, 2013 6:10 p.m.

    Change you can believe in.