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‘Phony scandal’ update: Meet more ‘low level’ IRS employees in Cincinnati

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By Doug Powers  •  May 15, 2014 10:17 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

Last year, back when Lois Lerner was still talking, she said the IRS targeting of Tea Party organizations was initiated by “low level” rogue agents in Cincinnati.

Judicial Watch, doing the work that the national media would be doing if we had one, obtained more emails about this particular “phony scandal.”

One of those “low level” IRS employees in Cincinnati is named Sen. Carl Levin, who put heavy pressure on the IRS to slam the door on conservative groups:

The newly released IRS documents contain several letters and emails revealing an intense effort by Levin and IRS officials to determine what, if any, existing IRS policies could be used to revoke the nonprofit exemptions of active conservative groups and deny exemptions to new applicants. In a July 30, 2012, letter, Levin singles out 12 groups he wants investigated for “political activity.” Of the groups – which include the Club for Growth, Americans for Tax Reform, the 60 Plus Association, and the Susan B. Anthony List – only one, Priorities USA, is notably left-leaning.

As the 2012 presidential election drew nearer, Levin sent a series of letters to the IRS intensifying his campaign against predominantly conservative nonprofit groups:

Read the whole Judicial Watch report here. Levin buried IRS officials with paperwork — possibly employing the time-honored bureaucratic warfare tactic known as “you’ll do what I’m implying if you want this to stop.”

A flashback reminder of another “low level” rogue IRS employee in Cincinnati:

New IRS emails released by the House Oversight Committee show staff working for Democratic Ranking Member Elijah Cummings communicated with the IRS multiple times between 2012 and 2013 about voter fraud prevention group True the Vote. True the Vote was targeted by the IRS after applying for tax exempt status more than two years ago. Further, information shows the IRS and Cummings’ staff asked for nearly identical information from True the Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht about her organization, indicating coordination and improper sharing of confidential taxpayer information.

The Cincinnati office was bustling with activity in D.C.

Judicial Watch notes something that should trouble a greater percentage of Congress than it currently does:

As with Ben Rhodes’ Benghazi-related talking points email, Judicial Watch obtained a more complete version of this IRS email chain than was provided to a congressional committee.

Maybe some in Congress don’t care to demand all the IRS documents because it would be old news — after all, they wrote a lot of them.

**Written by Doug Powers

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