Anybody who denials that Lois Lerner was not politically motivated to harass Tea Party organizations is an idiot and this includes Obama. The mere fact that it was exclusively conservative groups that were targeted clearly demonstrates a political motive. It also indicates that Obama and his liberal allies feared the political influence of the Tea Party groups. If they were insignificant, there would have been no reason to harass them but there was a presidential election taking place when this occurred which supplied the political motive. Finally, testimony and documents show that the Obama Administration’s Treasury Department and the Department of Justice knew what was going on but did not stop it.
What is not generally known is that Lois Lerner did this type of harassment before. She served under the Clinton Administration as head of the Enforcement Office at the Federal Election Commission (FEC). Lerner initiated an investigation of the Christian Coalition alleging that the organization coordinated expenditures for candidates based upon their advocacy on certain social issues. There was no proof the organization was doing this but that did not stop Lerner. Her investigation ultimately costing the organization hundreds of thousands of dollars and countless hours in lost work. The investigation was notable because the FEC alleged that the Christian Coalition was coordinating issue advocacy expenditures with a number of candidates for office. Aside from lacking proof this was happening, it was an open question whether the FEC had the authority to bring these charges.
After spending hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars, intimidating various pastors and wasting thousands of hours on a fruitless hunt for evidence, the FEC concluded in 1999 that the Christian Coalition did nothing wrong. For her efforts, Lois Lerner was promoted to acting General Counsel by the Clinton Administration before going to the IRS.
James Bopp Jr., who was the lead attorney for the Christian Coalition, made this statement which turned out to be a prophecy, “When she left the FEC, I thought, ‘Wow, this means the not for profit division is gearing up politically.'” He was absolutely correct.
It is Chicago style politics!