House GOP Investigators Argue IRS Targeting Influenced by Obama

Photo Credit: APHouse Republicans seeking a direct link between President Obama and the IRS targeting of conservative groups — a connection Democrats say is essential for a legitimate White House scandal — have released a report detailing dozens of examples that they say prove the president and fellow Democrats pressured the agency to act.

The influence campaign unofficially started during Obama’s January 2010 State of the Union Address in which he “delivered a stunning rebuke” of the Supreme Court decision in favor of the group Citizens United, among the IRS’s first and biggest targets, according to the 77-page report released Monday by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

The decision in part allowed campaign donors to remain anonymous.

“The Supreme Court reversed a century of law that I believe will open the floodgates for special interests,” Obama said in the address. “I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests, or worse by foreign entities. … And I’d urge Democrats and Republicans to pass a bill that helps to correct some of these problems.”

The report attempts to show that Obama combined his master oratory skills with the “indisputably powerful” presidential bully pulpit to sound a clarion call that was heard by news outlets shaping the national agenda and that led IRS official Lois Learner to start targeting Tea Party and other conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status.

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  • ike036

    Is there one person in the country who believes onumbnuts had nothing to do with the illegal targeting of conservative organizations by the IRS?? His fingerprints are all over the entire nefarious affair. He should be jailed along with every IRS official involved with unconstitutional activities.

  • James

    Heck, tell us something we did not already know. Of course the IRS was ordered to target those groups by Obama, that is his style of politics.It is called Chicago Politics. There is nothing going on in his administration that he does not know about and has his finger in. He would not stand for it otherwise; however, he always has a deniability step somewhere in the process, all politicians do.

  • reggiec

    Obama seems to be like a bird my uncle once kidded be about when I was about 4 years old.
    It is called the Whiffle Bird. When threatened the Whiffle bird flies up and then flies in ever smaller and smaller circles until it flies up its own a$$ and disappears.

  • Linda

    obumass’s fingers are in all of this evil. He is following 8 steps to destroy America. Check out Cloward & Piven / Saul Alinsky.