Email: IRS, Treasury Dept Secretly Drafted Rules to Restrict Conservative Groups…

The Obama administration’s Treasury Department and former IRS official Lois Lerner conspired to draft new 501(c)(4) regulations to restrict the activity of conservative groups in a way that would not be disclosed publicly, according to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

The Treasury Department and Lerner started devising the new rules “off-plan,” meaning that their plans would not be published on the public schedule. They planned the new rules in 2012, while the IRS targeting of conservative groups was in full swing, and not after the scandal broke in order to clarify regulations as the administration has suggested.

The rules place would place much more stringent controls on what would be considered political activity by the IRS, effectively limiting the standard practices of a wide array of non-profit groups.

“Don’t know who in your organizations is keeping tabs on c4s, but since we mentioned potentially addressing them (off -plan) in 2013, I’ve got my radar up and this seemed interesting…,” Treasury official Ruth Madrigal wrote in a June 14, 2012 email to Lerner and others obtained by Ways and Means and provided to The Daily Caller.

Ways and Means chairman Rep. Dave Camp blasted the off-the-record plan during a hearing Wednesday with IRS commissioner John Koskinen, and called for the administration’s newly proposed 501(c)(4) rules to be halted until criminal investigations into the IRS targeting scandal are complete.

9 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Dan S. says:

    Constitutionally protected freedom of speech has been under attack since obama has been in office more, probably than any other time in history. It has long been his plan to silence, we the people, thus forming his police state, We cannot allow this to happen!!!

    1. Peggy Joseph says:


  • WiSe GuY says:

    If you don’t believe that 0bama was involved…YOU ARE AN IDIOT!

    1. Peggy Joseph says:


  • James says:

    Where is congress? Why are they not prosecuting these people? Since when does the IRS make their own laws, I thought that was congress’s job.
    We have not government in this country it is mob rule.

    1. rickouellette says:

      James-the democrats control the Senate and the White House. The Justice Dept is headed by Eric Holder who works for the president. The IRS commissioner works for the president. Do you really think the Justice Dept will seriously investigate the IRS, The lady from the Justice dept appointed to head the IRS investigation is an Obama donor. The investigation is supposedly ongoing but the president declared on his interview with Bill O’reilly on Super Bowl Sunday that there wasn’t even a smidgeon of corruption at the IRS. That pretty much tells us that the verdict is already in even though the investigation is nowhere near complete. If the president already knows the verdict that merely means the fix is in. Good Luck America !!!

      1. James says:

        No, of course I do not expect holder to do anything. That is why I asked where Congress is. They can hold hearing and charge the IRS and can even hire private prosecutors to pursue the case. That is why I call them cowards because they have not done this. Of course it is a waste of time to impeach Obama now because he would be tried in the Senate and the democrats control that for now. In order to get anything done we must reduce the number
        of democrats in the senate. We can do that in November. No matter what party you belong to, you must make certain that the number of democrats in the senate is reduced. Then the house can draw up the Articles of Impeachment and the senate can try him. If the democrats see this happening they will all run for cover. If you wait too long Obama can and will pardon all of any criminal activity that they may have committed while in office. He does that in the last days of his term.

        1. rickouellette says:

          Agree that a special prosecutor is needed but believe the House alone does not have the authority to appoint one on its own., Good Luck America !!!

  • UpstateNY says:

    This again is the most corrupt government seen since Tammany Hall and may even be worse. Who knows what other secret regulations are in there.
    Impeach the head liar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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