Anyone who can retrieve emails allegedly lost by IRS official Lois Lerner, or provide information leading to the prosecution of anyone involved in destroying the emails, could become a millionaire if a new bill introduced into Congress is adopted into law.
In spite of intense national outrage over the targeting of conservative groups by the Internal Revenue Service, a current IRS employee revealed that the agency is still subjecting conservative groups to higher levels of scrutiny than others who apply for tax-exempt status.
Commentary by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
House Republicans are not about to let the IRS get away with their outrageously partisan conduct over the past few years and are proposing a slew of new laws designed to check the agency’s power and give more protection to citizens against this kind of abuse.
The same organization that has been charged with determining which religious organizations qualify for the birth control mandate exemption has been caught on tape telling a Christian non-profit group that it must keep its beliefs to itself.
Although insisting it was not done out of political bias, an official at the IRS acknowledged that during the 2012 election season, they deliberately targeted the applications for tax-exempt status by any group that had the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their title.
An atheist group has filed a federal lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for not investigating scores of complaints lodged against churches that have been accused of “electioneering” during the presidential election.
Less than a week before more than 1,000 pastors plan to defy the IRS and preach politics from their pulpits this Sunday, a former Oklahoma lawmaker is reporting that Americans United for Separation for Church and State (AU) has sent a threatening letter to over 60,000 churches warning them not to violate the law.
More than 1,000 pastors will take part in a national campaign to challenge the IRS’ 1954 tax code rule that prohibits tax exempt organizations from making political endorsements in order to force the rule into court where it can be overturned as a violation of the First Amendment.
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
After suffering a bitter defeat at the hands of voters this month, gay activists in Maine are taking aim at the tax exempt status of churches that rallied their congregations to vote for a repeal of the state’s gay marriage law.
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
In retaliation for their successful involvement in lobbying for the passage of an amendment prohibiting the use of federal monies for abortion in health care reform, a pro-abortion lawmaker is calling for an investigation of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to determine if they violated the terms of their tax exempt status.