Judge Orders Recovery, Release of Emails Proving Close Monitoring by Top IRS Officials of Tea Party Groups

Judicial Watch released 906 pages of newly recovered Lois Lerner emails from the IRS that are believed to recently have been recovered by the IRS’ internal watchdog – the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA). The IRS released the emails under a court order by U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan. The new documents show that Lois Lerner and other top officials in the Exempt Organizations Unit of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), including soon-to-be Acting IRS Commissioner Steve Miller, closely monitored and approved the controversial handling of tax-exempt applications by Tea Party organizations. The documents also show that at least one group received an inquiry from the IRS in order to buy time and keep the organization from contacting Congress.

At July 1, 2015, status conference, Judge Sullivan ordered the IRS to begin producing, every week, the nearly 1,800 newly recovered Lois Lerner emails responsive to Judicial Watch’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Despite the court order, the IRS did not produce any Lois Lerner emails until July 15. The IRS also failed to provide Judicial Watch a status report of the Lois Lerner email production issues, as also ordered by Judge Sullivan. Last week, Judge Sullivan ordered sua sponte the parties to appear for a status hearing for tomorrow (July 29) shortly after Judicial Watch raised concerns about the IRS’ failure to comply with his orders to release the newly discovered Lerner emails and status updates on its production of previously “missing” documents.

The developments come in Judicial Watch’s FOIA lawsuit seeking documents about the Obama IRS’ targeting and harassment of Tea Party and conservative opponents of President Obama (Judicial Watch, Inc. v. Internal Revenue Service (No. 1:13-cv-01559)). Judicial Watch’s litigation forced the IRS first to admit that Lerner’s emails were supposedly missing and, then, that the emails were on IRS’ back-up systems. . .

IRS Program Manager Cindy Thomas of the Cincinnati Exempt Organization [emailed] Lerner . . . detailing the pressure caused by the IRS’ Washington headquarters failure to move on the “advocacy cases.” Thomas warned of litigation and admitted that she authorized a letter for more information that was sent to one of the complaining groups to keep it from contacting Congress:

The backlog of work involves advocacy organizations. As of about a month ago, there were 161 of these cases sitting idle and we probably have more by now. The control dates for these cases go back to the end of 2009 and all through 2010. We’ve been waiting for EO in D.C. to get us a guidance/reference document with lessons learned from the c4 and c3 cases they worked and coordinated with Judy Kindell and Counsel. We’re getting calls from POAs wanting to know who has put the halt on working these cases and threatening to contact their Congressional offices. Just today, I instructed one of my managers to get an additional information letter out to one of these organizations — if nothing else to buy time so he didn’t contact his Congressional Office. Soon, we’re going to start getting TAO’s [Taxpayer Assistance Orders] from TAS [Taxpayer Advocate Service] or declaratory judgment cases filed —- then, I guess everyone will decide its time to start moving the cases when we have mounds of additional paperwork to process along with the cases (adding even more work for us to do).

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Republicans Must Continue to Break the Status Quo

If the past is prologue, the future of the new Republican majority may be short-lived. The GOP’s rapid return to minority status need not be, but it must learn the lessons of its past.

The numbers speak for themselves. Over the last century, the Democrats have controlled both houses of Congress 56 years to the Republicans 26. Overall, the Democrats have held at least one chamber of Congress for 74 of the past 100 years.

Looking back over the history of the Republican Party, the shining moments (and longest times in leadership) have come when it boldly took up the banner of reform rather than holding up the white flag of resignation to the status quo. During these times, the GOP faced and addressed the nation’s challenges so directly and correctly that the American people rewarded it with the opportunity to lead for years, and even decades, at a time.

Formed in 1850s, the Republican Party took on the issue of slavery, when the other two parties of the day—Democrats and Whigs—would not. The GOP succeeded not only in its initial goal of blocking the growth of slavery, but went on to preside over its ultimate demise within a little over a decade of the Party’s genesis. The majority of Americans responded to this leadership by granting Republicans control of Congress (and the Presidency with two exceptions) for the rest of the 1800s and into the early 1900s.

After losing its way briefly during the 1910s, the Republican Party grabbed on to the reform banner once again and regained control of Congress in 1919. The GOP proceeded to pass the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote, and implemented policies to get the post World War I recession bound economy moving again. They cut taxes to a top rate of 25 percent and slashed the war-fattened federal budget in half. The economy roared back creating one of the greatest periods of expansion in American history with unemployment dropping from nearly 12 percent to essentially full employment. The federal government ran surpluses throughout the 1920s, and the Republicans stayed at the helm of leadership for its longest run in the past 100 years.

By the end of the decade, poor lending policies and rampant over-speculation in the stock market precipitated the crash of 1929 and subsequent Great Depression. The GOP response, unlike a decade before, was to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans (from 25 to 63 percent) and grow the size of the federal budget by over 40 percent.

The Democrats retook control of Congress and the Presidency in the elections of 1931 and ’33. They can always do big government better: i.e. promise, tax and spend more. FDR and the new Congress launched the New Deal with predictable results. Over a six-year period, the National Debt doubled while unemployment remained at a stubborn 17 percent.

The Republicans offered very little by way of an alternative vision for nearly 50 years. Then came Ronald Reagan. With unemployment, inflation and interest rates all in double-digits and the economy stagnant in the early 80s, he turned the orthodoxy of decades on its head pronouncing, “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to the problem, government is the problem.” His prescription: 1) Cut taxes back to nearly 1920s levels, 2) Get rid of burdensome regulations, 3) Limit the growth of federal spending.

Reagan’s long coattails carried the GOP to control of the Senate for the first time since the 1950s and brought enough new members into the House that the Reagan Revolution could go forward. The economy soared to unprecedented heights growing an entire third larger, while creating 17 million new jobs, doubling tax revenue to the Treasury, and dropping the unemployment rate to five percent.

What the Reagan Revolution began in the 1980s, the Republican Revolution carried forward in the 90s. Keeping promises made in theContract with America, the GOP passed tax cuts for working families and those who invested in the economy, welfare reform (establishing a work requirement) and limited the growth of federal spending to its lowest levels since World War II. The economy soared to even greater heights, with unemployment dropping to under 4 percent, while the federal government ran consecutive surpluses for the first time since the 1950s. The American people rewarded the GOP with control of Congress from the latter half of 90s and into the early 2000’s.

By the 2000s, the Republican Party had gone Washington. It is true the GOP enacted pro-growth tax cuts (and revenues rose to record levels), but it also increased spending more than any Congress since the 1970s. Only half of the nearly 100 percent increase in discretionary spending related to defense/security. Overall federal spending went from approximately $2 trillion in 2001 to $3 trillion per year by 2009.

Once again if the name of the game is big government, the Democrats can always do it better and took back control of Congress and the Presidency in the elections of ’06 and ’08 and gave us $1 trillion+ deficits and ObamaCare.

A majority of the American electorate have now rejected big government and given the GOP control of the Senate and the largest majority in the House since the 1920s. All eyes are now on the Republican Party. The challenges our nation faces require a bold, reform agenda: 1) Deficits still hover at a half a trillion dollars; 2) Federal entitlements in their current configuration will bankrupt the nation; 3) ObamaCare is causing inestimable harm to the nation’s healthcare system; 4) A complex tax regime pegs the United States at the highest corporate taxes in the world; and 5) Real unemployment is still in double-digits.

Will the Republican Party take up the banner of reformation and boldly face the issues of the day or wave the white flag of resignation to the status quo? The answer to this question offers the best glimpse into how long the American people will give it the privilege to lead.

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Tea Party Is a Movement Now, Not Just a Mood

tea_party_gunsIs the tea party a movement or just a mood?

That was the question posed by Weekly Standard columnist and Fox News contributor Steven Hayes as he kicked off a panel at the Heritage Foundation celebrating the 5th anniversary of the tea party.

Hayes and his co-panelists, Heritage Action for America CEO Michael Needham and University of Virginia professor of politics James Ceaser, all agreed that the tea party is in fact a movement. Moods, as Hayes noted, don’t last for five years.

Recent polls regarding national tea party support show the panel’s assessment is correct. An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll in November found one-fifth of American adults consider themselves supporters of the tea party. As panel moderator David Azerrad of the Heritage Foundation noted, that’s quite an improvement from the original tea party, which numbered between 30 and 130 members.

But the panelists didn’t just rely on poll numbers to support their conclusion. They also highlighted some of the tea party’s major accomplishments since its inception in 2009.

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Tea party to defend its small government champions in 2016 Senate races

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Photo Credit: Getty Images

Sen. John McCain likely has a bull’s-eye on his back, but tea party groups have signaled that they expect the 2016 Senate races to be a lot more about defending the small government champions the movement helped win in the 2010 wave election than in headhunting ‘establishment’ Republicans.

Mr. McCain, an Arizona Republican and the GOP’s presidential nominee in 2008, has already said he expects to face a primary challenge, and tea party groups are talking up apparent early interest in the seat shown by Rep. David Schweikert.

On the other side is Sen. Mike Lee, Utah Republican, who was part of the 2010 tea party wave and who the groups are now rallying around, hoping to head off an establishment-backed challenge.

“If the Republican establishment wants to defeat Sen. Lee in a primary, they have their work cut out for them,” said Ken Cuccinelli, head of the Senate Conservatives Fund. “Not only do voters in Utah value him, there are thousands of freedom-loving Americans across the country who are ready to go to battle for him.”

The tea party ended with little to show for its election battles in 2014. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was unseated in a primary, but senators they targeted managed to survive in Kansas, Tennessee, Mississippi and Kentucky. But the chief storyline of 2014 was the GOP establishment getting its candidates and those candidates going on to capitalize, winning many of the seats Democrats had to defend.

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Predictable CNN: Tea Party Could Destroy GOP

Screen Shot 2014-12-09 at 11.39.33 PMOn Sunday, CNN’s Inside Politics spent several minutes hyping the supposed headache Tea Partiers could give GOP leadership despite the Republican Party winning their 54th Senate seat following Saturday’s runoff in Louisiana.

During the discussion, Robert Costa of The Washington Post insisted that Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is trying “to govern responsibly and he wants to set the party up for major gains in ’16. And that started in 2014 by pushing back the Tea Party and it starts now by making sure that all the passions and eagerness in the House don’t overtake the party.”

The segment began with host John King arguing that despite the GOP controlling both houses of Congress “gas prices are down. Friday’s job numbers were robust. The president’s executive actions on immigration are stoking the Republican civil war and has promised now to take steps to narrow the trust deficit between law enforcement and African Americans offers a chance to be, well, presidential.”

For the next several minutes, the panel discussed possible legislative deals that Congress and President Obama could make in 2015 before they turned to how the Tea Party will factor into any future negotiations.

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Tea Party Loses Court Battle Over Targeting to IRS

Photo Credit: Lauren Victoria Burke, APA federal court dismissed two lawsuits against the Internal Revenue Service Thursday, ruling that the tax agency is no longer targeting conservative tax-exempt groups for greater scrutiny.

“Unless an actual, ongoing controversy exists in this case, this court is without power to decide it,” U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton ruled, dismissing one lawsuit brought by True the Vote, a conservative vote-monitoring organization.

True the Vote, an offshoot of the Tea Party-affiliated King Street Patriots, had its application as a social welfare group help up because the IRS suspected it was engaging in direct political election campaigning, which is forbidden under section 501(c)(4) of the tax code. IRS agents found that its web site contained “Democratic attacks and Republican/conservative response,” according to confidential IRS documents obtained by USA TODAY.

Walton said the IRS has assured the public that they’re no longer screening applications for tax exemptions based on its political leanings, a practice that led to the dismissal of several top IRS officials when it was disclosed by Treasury inspectors last year.

“Thus, the allegedly unconstitutional governmental conduct, which had delayed the processing of the plaintiffs’ tax-exempt applications and spawned this litigation, is no longer impacting the plaintiffs,” Walton said in a second opinion dismissing a lawsuit brought by Linchpins of Liberty and 40 other groups in 22 states.

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Is the Tea Party Dead/ More MSM Lies

140825marcusI have been engaged in a series of interviews, radio/TV discussing the topic, “Is The Tea Party Dead?” Because I am black, every interview has begun with me being asked my take on Ferguson before discussing the Tea Party.

Talk about the excrement hitting the fan; liberal interviewers are outraged when I say blacks are not routinely shot by police and that the MSM is promoting a deplorable, divisive and irresponsible false narrative.

One radio interviewer laughed at me saying she was looking at stats on her computer screen which proved otherwise. During another radio interview the host cited stats that say one hundred thousand people are shot by police every year in America. Bill O’Reilly stated the true FBI stats. Out of 12 million arrests only 400 fatal shootings; many justified.

Clearly, the Left is using lies to spread their despicable evil lie that blacks are targeted and murdered by police. I am struck by the liberal interviewer’s passion behind spreading their lie. They act as if their belief is as true as there is a sun in the sky. The liberal media’s attitude is, of course the police murder black males. The media will slap around anyone who states otherwise…

While Dave Brat’s stone launched from his Tea Party slingshot, struck and defeated his GOP Goliath, we have lost several races. Our most recent disappointing loss is Joe Miller’s run for U.S. Senate, Alaska. Several great patriots in our Tea Party family came together to endorse Joe; Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Dr. Dobson of Focus on the Family, Conservative Campaign Committee and others.

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Anchorage Tea Party Endorses Joe Miller for U.S. Senate

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Photo Credit: National Review

Today Joe Miller announced that the Anchorage Tea Party has endorsed his candidacy for United States Senate. The group’s endorsement reads in full:

“Although all three Republican candidates are saying things we want to hear, ATP believes that Joe Miller is the only one who can be trusted to take action consistent with his promises.”

“While all of the three Republican candidates will be more attuned to ATP values and principles than is the incumbent, ATP is not convinced that their values and principles will not “evolve” over time. Mr. Miller, in all respects, has consistently demonstrated that he will not accede to globalist and corporate pressure to go along to get along.”

“ATP sincerely believes that Mr. Miller is the best person to represent the State of Alaska in the United States Senate. ATP is convinced that Joe Miller is one of us, the People, who will take his oath of office to defend and support the Constitution very seriously and bear true faith and allegiance to the same to remove the yoke of an overreaching elitist government from the People it was intended to serve.”

“I am honored by the Anchorage Tea Party’s endorsement of my candidacy and their trust in me to stay true to the principles I espouse,” said Miller. “I am committed to going to Washington and joining those reformers in the Senate and the House, who want to restore our nation to its constitutional foundation, and with that, the liberty and opportunity which have been the birthright of all Americans.”

There’s a Tea Party vs. GOP Establishment Battle Brewing in an Unlikely Place

Photo Credit: AP / Yakima Herald-Republic, Gordon King

Photo Credit: AP / Yakima Herald-Republic, Gordon King

Former NFL player Clint Didier, who won two Super Bowl rings with the Washington Redskins, is a Tea-Party conservative. He will be facing former Republican state legislator and agriculture director Dan Newhouse.

So in one of the bluest states in the country, voters in November will decide between a so-called establishment Republican and a Tea Party Republican, the type of contest that typically only occurs well before the summer.

Unlike most states, where primaries are party nominating contests, Washington has a “top two” primary system, assuring the two candidates with the most votes in a primary face off in the general election, whatever their political party. Despite the law, this is the first time in the state’s history that a congressional election has been between two Republicans, the Seattle Times reported.

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What This Police Chief Did To A Tea Party Leader Is As Childish As It Is Illegal

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Photo Credit: IJ Review

The feud between Campbell, Wisconsin, Police Chief Tim Kelemen and local Tea Party Leader Greg Luce began last fall, when Luce started organizing protests against Barack Obama on an interstate overpass.

Kelemen objected to the protests, claiming they disrupted traffic. So, he did what any responsible police chief would do: he persuaded the town board to pass an ordinance banning signs on the bridge.

Oh, and he also signed Luce up on homosexual dating, pornography and federal healthcare websites.

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