Should Charges be brought against Lois Lerner?
A conservative government watchdog says it has obtained emails
revealing that the Internal Revenue Service sent conservative groups’
private tax exemption application and tax return information to the
Federal Elections Commission, in violation of federal law.
According to Judicial Watch, the emails
from Jan. 2009 to the present, provided by the FEC in response to an
August 2013 Freedom of Information Act request, yielded a “revealing
email chain” between former Internal Revenue Services (IRS) Director of
Exempt Organizations Lois Lerner and enforcement attorneys at the
Federal Election Commission (FEC).
Judicial Watch explains that in one email exchange beginning on Feb
2, 2009, an FEC attorney requests information about the American Future
Fund’s (AFF) tax-exempt status from Lerner.
“When we spoke last July, you told us that the American Future Fund
had not received an exemption letter from the IRS,” the attorney, whose
name is redacted, writes. Later in the email the attorney asks Lerner
whether the IRS had granted tax exemption to American Issues Project
(AIP) and AIP’s predecessor organizations: Citizens for the Republic
(CFTR) and Avenger, Inc. (AIP).
Ten minutes later that same day, Lerner indicated she would cooperate.
“I have sent your email out to some of my staff. Will get back to you
as soon as I have heard from them,” she wrote according to Judicial
The watchdog explained that the FIOA request also uncovered
“extensive materials from the IRS’ files sent from Lerner to the FEC
containing detailed, confidential information about the organizations.”
“These include annual tax returns (Forms 990) and request for exempt
recognition forms (Form 1024), Articles of Organization and other
corporate documents, and correspondence between the nonprofit
organizations and the IRS. Under Section 6013 of the Internal Revenue
Code, it is a felony for an IRS official to disclose either ‘return
information’ or ‘taxpayer return information,’ even to another
government agency,” Judicial Watch explained.
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