Before we get into the meat of this story, let’s do a quick recap of the Obama administration’s most recent scandals:
Testimony provided last week by the Benghazi whistleblowers has raised serious questions about the Obama administration’s actions before, during, and after the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya
The Internal Revenue Service admitted last week to harassing conservative groups
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Friday asked companies in an industry she has an enormous amount of influence over to donate money to help implement Obamacare
The Department of Justice was caught Monday with at least two months worth of the Associated Press’ phone records
Needless to say, it’ll take an incredible amount of concentration and political savvy for the Obama administration to make it through the next few weeks (months maybe?).
Could things get any worse for the president and his cabinet? Maybe.
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TREASURY INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR TAX ADMINISTRATION
Inappropriate Criteria Were Used to
Identify Tax-Exempt Applications for Review
May 14, 2013
Reference Number: 2013-10-053
This report has cleared the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration disclosure review process
and information determined to be restricted from public release has been redacted from this document.
1 = Tax Return/Return Information
Phone Number | 202-622-6500
E-mail Address | TIGTACommunications@tigta.treas.gov
Website | http://www.treasury.gov/tigta HIGHLIGHTS
INAPPROPRIATE CRITERIA WERE intervention was started soon after receipt, no
USED TO IDENTIFY TAX-EXEMPT work was completed on the majority of these
APPLICATIONS FOR REVIEW applications for 13 months. This was due to
delays in receiving assistance from the Exempt
Highlights Organizations function Headquarters office.
For the 296 total political campaign intervention
applications TIGTA reviewed as of
December 17, 2012, 108 had been approved, Final Report issued on May 14, 2013 28 were withdrawn by the applicant, none had
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The journalist group Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has penned a letter of complaint to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder after revelations that the Department of Justice obtained the phone records of some 100 reporters from the Associated Press.
The letter informs Holder that the group was “stunned” to learn of the DOJ’s actions against the Associated Press and notes that none of them could “remember an instance where such an overreaching dragnet for news gathering materials was deployed by the Department.”
“The scope of this action calls into question the very integrity of Department of Justice policies toward the press and its ability to balance, on its own, its police powers against the First Amendment rights of the news media and the public’s interest in reporting on all manner of government conduct, including matters touching on national security which lie at the heart of this case,” the letter states.
The letter continues to outline the legal implications, processes, and the law governing the DOJ’s requests for such records and ends by demanding that the Dept. of Justice “immediately return the telephone toll records obtained and destroy all copies” it holds.
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