More is being revealed about the IRS audits and harassment of Tea Party, conservative, and patriot organizations, as well as groups supportive of the State of Israel.
This evening, we find out that the evangelistic association of The Rev. Billy Graham, a man who has given counsel to many of our nation's leaders in politics and the business world that he could be viewed as America's spiritual advisor, was recently targeted for an IRS audit, the first in the organization's history (RedState).
"I am bringing this to your attention because I believe that someone in the Administration was targeting and attempting to intimidate us,” wrote Franklin Graham in a letter to President Obama. “This is morally wrong and unethical – indeed some would call it ‘un-American.’”
Graham is president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association as well as the international charity Samaritan’s Purse. Both organizations received word of audits on the same day – not long after they ran full –page ads supporting North Carolina’s Marriage amendment.
The ads encouraged voters to “cast our ballots for candidates who base their decisions on biblical principles and support the nation of Israel.”
The ad concluded with the words, “Vote for biblical values this November 6, and pray with me (Billy Graham) that America will remain one nation under God.”
Graham said on Sept. 6, 2012 they received notification that the IRS would audit their taxes.
“In light of what the IRS admitted to on Friday, May 10, 2013, and subsequent revelations from other sources, I do not believe that the IRS audit of our two organizations last year is a coincidence – or justifiable,” Graham wrote.
Mark Demoss, a spokesman for Graham, told Fox News it was the first time the ministry had been audited in its history.
“These certainly appear to be politically motivated since the ministry had run some newspaper ads – not mentioning any candidates – simply urging people to vote for candidates with biblical values,” he said.A reporter from a St. Louis TV station who gave a tough interview to Richard Milhous Obama last year wrote on Facebook he had been harassed by the IRS after the interview (Dana Loesch, RedState).
St. Louis Reporter Larry Conners revealed via Facebook yesterday that he has been “hammered” by the IRS since his much-discussed interview with President Obama. Conners, a veteran reporter, asked tough, but fair question during the interview which was slammed by progressives in media. Conners says:
Connors was supposed to appear on Loesch's radio show, but cancelled as his station decided they didn't want him to. He made a statement tonight claiming he may have crossed the line between his personal views and being a journalist. So what happened. Did word come down to the station and they told him "Ju vill wretract ze statement ju vrote on ze Facebook, or ve haf vays of zhutting ju up."?Shortly after I did my April 2012 interview with President Obama, my wife, friends and some viewers suggested that I might need to watch out for the IRS.I don’t accept “conspiracy theories”, but I do know that almost immediately after the interview, the IRS started hammering me.At the time, I dismissed the “co-incidence”, but now, I have concerns … after revelations about the IRS targeting various groups and their members.Originally, the IRS apologized for red-flagging conservative groups and their members if they had “Tea Party” or “patriot” in their name.Today, there are allegations that the IRS focused on various groups and/or individuals questioning or criticizing government spending, taxes, debt or how the government is run … any involved in limiting/expanding government, educating on the constitution and bill of rights, or social economic reform/movement.In that April 2012 interview, I questioned President Obama on several topics: the Buffet Rule, his public remarks about the Supreme Court before the ruling on the Affordable Care Act. I also asked why he wasn’t doing more to help Sen. Claire McCaskill who at that time was expected to lose. The Obama interview caught fire and got wide-spread attention because I questioned his spending.I said some viewers expressed concern, saying they think he’s “out of touch” because of his personal and family trips in the midst of our economic crisis.The President’s face clearly showed his anger; afterwards, his staff which had been so polite … suddenly went cold.That’s to be expected, and I can deal with that just as I did with President George H. Bush’s staff when he didn’t like my questions.Journalistic integrity is of the utmost importance to me. My job is to ask the hard questions, because I believe viewers have a right to be well-informed. I cannot and will not promote anyone’s agenda – political or otherwise – at the expense of the reporting the truth.What I don’t like to even consider … is that because of the Obama interview … the IRS put a target on me.Can I prove it? At this time, no.But it is a fact that since that April 2012 interview … the IRS has been pressuring me.
Oh, and how ironic that the Richard Milhous Obama Association received tax exempt status in only one month back in 2011.
The claim is also being made that this is coming not from a field office or "rogue" low level operators, but from much higher up, if you get my drift (GP, via Fire Andrea Mitchell).
Trey Hardin (ABC News): “I will tell you this on the IRS front. I’ve worked in this town for over 20 years in the White House and on Capitol Hill and I can say with a very strong sense of certainty that there are people very close to this president that not only knew what the IRS were doing but authorized it. It simply just does not happen at an agency level like that without political advisers likely in the West Wing certainly connected to the president’s ongoing campaign organization.”Newsmax has an interview with election attorney Cleta Mitchell, who makes similar claims:
"I've thought for some time that this is politically motivated and that's the reason it was happening. And, as I said, I've been doing this for more than 20 years and I've never seen anything like this until 2009, 2010. And the only thing that changed was we had a different administration," she said.
"We know the White House used the Department of Health and Human Services to try to silence critics about Obamacare. So if we know they used HHS, why wouldn't they also use the IRS or other federal agencies to try to silence political critics?"
There's certainly a foul smell coming over the Potomac, but the only way we will find out is by subpoenas and investigations, which there need to be in order to prove what we all believe is happening here.
ADDED: Mark Levin has received and posted the IRS Inspector General's report.