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Lois Lerner caught on tape admitting the IRS was under political pressure to “do something” about the Citizens United ruling before targeting conservative groups

August 12, 2013

 We all remember when Lois Lerner sat in front of the Congress to address the IRS targeting scandal and we all remember her pleading the fifth while stating she did nothing wrong. While pleading the fifth was her right, and I do not deny her of her Constitutional rights, this left us believing there was much more to this story that she was hiding.

  Now we just might know what she was hiding: She has been caught on tape from 2010 talking about the “political pressure” the IRS was facing about doing something about the Supreme Court’s Citizens United case.

Lerner spoke to a small group at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy on October 19, 2010, just two weeks before the wave election that brought the Tea Party and Republicans significant gains in Congress. During her appearance Lerner was asked about the flow of money from corporations to 501(c)(4) groups. “Everyone is up in arms because they don’t like it” Lerner replied, adding “Federal Election Commission can’t do anything about it; they want the IRS to fix the problem.”

Lerner goes on to outline the fact that 501(c)(4) organizations have the right to do “an ad that says vote for Joe Blow” so long as their primary activity is social welfare. However Lerner again emphasizes the political pressure the IRS was under at the time saying, “So everybody is screaming at us right now ‘Fix it now before the election. Can’t you see how much these people are spending?'” Lerner concludes by saying she won’t know if organizations have gone too far in campaigning until she looks at their “990s next year.”

It is also noteworthy that Lois Lerner paraphrases President Obama’s framing of the issue when she says, “the Supreme Court dealt it a huge blow, overturning a hundred year old precedent that said basically corporations can give directly in political campaigns.” 

  It is clear that the problem she is talking about was all the money flowing into organizations which opposed the president in 2010 and she lamented the fact that she could not do anything in time to save the 2010 election but promised to take a look at what could be done after the election.

  We all know what she decided to do because we know the IRS began targeting these groups for additional scrutiny after the 2010 election and we know that many of them have been silenced and remain in limbo to this day. It does not take a genius to figure out what was going on here.

  In response to a Supreme Court decision with which Barack Obama and some in the Congress disagreed, the proper way to “do something” would have been to pass a law in compliance with the Constitution but instead the Obama regime tried to work around the decision by targeting the opposition and preventing them from participating in the 2012 election, and that is precisely what the IRS did. This is not the action of a free republic, it is the action of a man hellbent on keeping power by any means necessary–even if it means silencing and intimidating the opposition.

15 Comments leave one →
  1. August 12, 2013 10:02 pm

    Why hasn’t this woman been criminally charged?


    • lou222 permalink
      August 13, 2013 1:37 am

      Don’t you mean promoted with a big pay increase, Jim?


      • August 13, 2013 5:41 am

        That seems to be the pattern with this regime, I will not be surprised if it happens.


      • lou222 permalink
        August 13, 2013 5:19 pm

        Sad that it is probably true, isn’t it? Where else would you get rewarded for being crooked, other than Chicago?


      • August 13, 2013 7:05 pm

        Boston would be another city!


    • August 13, 2013 5:41 am

      A good question!


  2. rose123 permalink
    August 13, 2013 2:31 am

    Connect the Dots – Citzens United scared Dems they’d lose their $ edge
    Lerner was pressured to do something about 501c4
    “legally could do nothing”
    “Everybody screaming at us” to do something –
    Everybody – Obama handlers – twisted sisters – WHITE house was afraid of election outcome 2010 – Tea Party kicked Dems ass over obummercare – 30 GOP Governors elected – GOP Took the House
    2012 – Tea Party and conservative groups were effectively shut down by IRS – they “did something” to make WH happy for 2012
    2012 – several million GOP did not vote – stifled by FEC, voter fraud, and most of IRS intimidation and inhibiting 501c4
    IRS broke 1st Amendment, 4th Amendment – in 2012 – Lerner and co-conspirators all the way to the White House should be prosecuted and in jail.
    The 2012 Presidential Election is illigitimate.
    We now officially live in a Banana Republic.


    • August 13, 2013 5:43 am

      That sums it up nicely and yes we are living in a banana republic. It is so sad to see this happening.


  3. August 13, 2013 7:46 pm

    I shudder at the next election. They will have so much stuff on any of our candidates. Anything since birth. Any keystrokes they ever made. Unthinkable.



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