Saturday, August 03, 2013

The IRS, The Obama Administration, and the Continuing Harassment of Pro-Life Groups

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“‘Illegal’ IRS harassment of pro-lifers continued to this day, 250 pages of evidence say
by Ben Johnson
Thursday Aug 01, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 1, 2013 ( pledges to ‘get to the bottom’ of the IRS harassment of Tea Party groups, pro-life activists, and Christians, the tax agency continued to ask inappropriate questions, allow interminable delays, and engage in ‘illegal’ tactics, according to substantial evidence presented by a legal watchdog group.

The Thomas More Society submitted a new memo and 250 pages of additional evidence to Congressman Aaron Schock, R-Illinois, today.

The Chicago-based law firm had delivered a different 150-page memo to Representative Schock in May, showing that the IRS asked such probing questions of one of the Society’s clients, the Coalition of Life for Iowa, as, “Please detail the content of the members of your organization's prayers.”

The new evidence shows the agency has not reformed, using the same methods to deny or delay tax-exempt recognition to pro-life groups from 2009 until the present day.

‘Even after public disclosure of this wrongdoing, the Obama administration’s IRS has refused to cease its illegal activity,’ said Peter Breen, the society’s vice president and senior counsel (Of course not! There have been no negative consequences! So why stop! According to Obama it is a phonyissue! A couple of guiding principles used by the Obama Administration1) “Reward your friends and punish your enemies” 2) “If the benefits are greater than the negatives continue doing what you have been doing!” So until doing so has a cost greater than the benefits they are going to continue doing it! They do not care if they have been caught!” They will just lie and call it a phonyscandal! They are lawless and evil and they know the Republicans will not try hard to stop them. How do they know? Past experience! Obama, Holder, others should have been impeached a long time ago! They still go on their merry way violating the Constitution and the laws! The leadership in the Republican Party has no backbone!my addition).

The 250-page exhibit involves three of the firm’s client organizations: Cherish Life Ministries, LIFE Group, and Emerald Coast Coalition for Life.

Two of them, Cherish Life and LIFE Group, had multiple similarities:
· Both were contacted by ‘Mrs. R. Medley’ of the Cincinnati office of the IRS;
· Both received identical denial letters on the same day, April 8;
· Both were asked how much time they would spend being a ‘presence’ in front of abortion facilities; and
· Both were asked if they would present a competing view alongside the pro-life view.

For instance, Medley asked the LIFE Group on February 2, ‘Does your organization provide information regarding other alternatives to ‘pro-life’ (Do they have to? NO!my addition) ? If so please indicate where.’

The group responded on February 15, ‘Any alternatives to pro-life would run directly contrary to the organization’s beliefs, mission, and purpose … The ultimate purpose is to save the lives of both the mother and the child in a life-affirming way.’

The question outraged Peter Shinn when an agent asked him by phone. ‘Do you think that Planned Parenthood teaches pro-life?’ he told in May. ‘I don’t think so (I Know they do not! Why this question?my addition).’

The IRS seemed keen to learn whether the right to life groups would standing in front of abortion facilities, asking all three the extent of their involvement outside such offices.

On June 19, IRS agent Tyrone Thomas asked ECCL, ‘Will you promote demonstrations and/or rallies at clinic and/or hospitals to stop abortions in your community? If yes, Please [sic] explain.’

However, nothing in the tax code prevents peaceful assembly or prayer (Of course not since it would be unconstitutional on the face of it!my addition).

After enduring months of harassing treatment, all three groups received the legal assistance of Sally Wagenmaker, special counsel at the Thomas More Society.

When Wagenmaker asked Medley why she asked unauthorized questions of Peter Shinn, the agent tried asking the same questions of the lawyer.

‘First, Mrs. Medley asked more questions about the organization’s activities, particularly whether CLM would have a ‘continuous presence in front of abortion mills,’’ Wagenmaker wrote. ‘I asked her about why, if that were true, that would be a problem given the CLM’s participants’ First Amendment rights of assembly, free speech, and religious liberty. She would not respond.’

Upon hearing the same line of questioning in the ECCL case, Wagenmaker wrote IRS officials on July 9, ‘Frankly, most of your questions do not appear to be warranted here.’

Both CLM and LG ultimately received 501(c)3 tax-exempt status. However, all three groups have experienced bureaucratic foot-dragging, as agents sometimes did not contact the organization for nine months at a time.

LG, best known for running alongside highways with t-shirts that bear a pro-life message as LIFE Runners, waited 15 months for its application to be approved. CLM’s petition lingered with the agency for 16 months.

ECCL has waited 14 months and has not yet received the tax authorization to which Wagenmaker says it is entitled.

‘We have now produced irrefutable evidence of six clients whose First Amendment rights were trampled upon by the IRS because of their position upholding the sanctity of life (And there are no doubt more!my addition),’ Breen said this afternoon.

Although the Obama administration’s defenders have tried to portray this action as confined to ‘rogue agents’ in the Cincinnati office of the IRS, the six groups had also received such treatment from agents in Chicago, and El Monte, California.

One of the agents who wrote to ECCL was Lois Lerner, who oversaw whether non-profits were granted tax-exempt status. Lerner, who had a history of harassing Christian organizations in the Federal Election Commission, has since been placed on administrative leave (With pay. Therefore she is basically getting a paid vacation!my addition).

When called before Congressional investigators, she invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incriminationbut prefaced the motion by saying she was innocent.

Congressmen believe such a statement invalidates the Fifth Amendment’s protection. She is now asking for immunity before testifying before the body.”

The Obama Administration is a corrupt, lawless Administration that violates the Constitution and laws at will! When we have enough and do something about it?

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