Politico has a longish story about the intimidation of consertative TEA movement groups. I think that this is a must read for everyone who is interested in what has been taking place. It looks like the wrong head went on the chopping block – Miller – although he deserves to go anyway.
The paragraph that stood out to me is on page 2 of the story and it shows that Lois Lerner was directly involved with the intimidation. Her name was attached to one of the letters sent out to a TEA movement group!!
The IRS investigations took time. Several conservative group leaders spoke of 18 months or more of delays, only to get missives in early 2012 demanding answers to detailed questions within a few weeks.
“The thing that would characterize the attitude of the IRS was silence. We submitted our application, and it would be almost a year before we would get an answer back,” said Laurence Nordvig, the executive director of the Richmond Tea Party. “It’s not like we were talking to someone every day and they were being polite or rude. We weren’t hearing from them at all.”
The Richmond group first applied for 501(c)(4) status in December 2009 and got final approval in July 2012.
The letters came from IRS offices in Ohio, California and Washington, D.C. And one letter — to American Patriots Against Government Excess — came under the name of Lois Lerner, the director of the IRS’s Exempt Organizations office. Lerner was the IRS official who announced last Friday the agency had singled out certain groups for review based on search terms like “tea party” and “patriot.”
Tea party groups felt that the requests for donors were particularly intrusive.
There is also further evidence that both Miller and Lerner lied about the circumstances that led to the political scrutiny of conservative leaning groups.