**Written by Doug Powers
Total Coincidence of the Week™ by way of Jeffrey Lord at the American Spectator:
According to the White House Visitors Log, provided here in searchable form by U.S. News and World Report, the president of the anti-Tea Party National Treasury Employees Union, Colleen Kelley, visited the White House at 12:30pm that Wednesday noon time of March 31st.
The White House lists the IRS union leader’s visit this way:
Kelley, Colleen Potus 03/31/2010 12:30
In White House language, “POTUS” stands for “President of the United States.”
The very next day after her White House meeting with the President, according to the Treasury Department’s Inspector General’s Report, IRS employees — the same employees who belong to the NTEU — set to work in earnest targeting the Tea Party and conservative groups around America. The IG report wrote it up this way:
April 1-2, 2010: The new Acting Manager, Technical Unit, suggested the need for a Sensitive Case Report on the Tea Party cases. The Determinations Unit Program Manager Agreed.
Moving something like this through the unions would allow for the kind of vertical avoidance of legitimate authority that Obama Inc. has thrived on. Federal officials can be subpoenaed and with enough pressure, usually spill the beans. However union leaders are part of a different political infrastructure and usually have to be dragged into court in order to talk. They are less invested in government than in their own union.
And the paper trail is much less.
So, did that meeting trigger the singling out of conservative non-profit applicants? As Ace pointed out, according to the report by the Treasury Department’s Inspector General, the wheels for additional conservative scrutiny seem to have been put into motion in February of that year — maybe even before that. Perhaps it was just a progress report on the targeting, free from any formal chain of command concerns. Or maybe the only business discussed was Kelley instructing Obama how he could write off his golf clubs as dependents (after all, times are tough at 1600 Penn).
White House staff would probably insist there’s no way Obama could have talked to Kelley about targeting conservative applicants because the White House staff hadn’t told him about it yet… or something.
Update: Jay Carney was asked about this as he walked out of a press briefing, and, unsurprisingly, he just kept on walking.
**Written by Doug Powers
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