Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The IRS Goes "Big Brother" to Intimidate, Weaken Conservative Cause

Even at Politico, they're bothered by the malicious Big Brother tactics of the Obama administration's IRS.

The Internal Revenue Service asked tea party groups to see donor rolls. 

It asked for printouts of Facebook posts. 

And it asked what books people were reading…

“They were asking for a U-Haul truck’s worth of information,” said Toby Marie Walker, the president of the Waco Tea Party. 

Some groups even gave up in the face of the IRS questions. 

Several of the groups were asked for résumés of top officers and descriptions of interviews with the media. One group was asked to provide “minutes of all board meetings since your creation.

Some of the letters asked for copies of the groups’ Web pages, blog posts and social media postings — making some tea party members worry they’d be punished for their tweets or Facebook comments by their followers.

And each letter had a stern warning about “penalties of perjury” — which became intimidating for groups that were being asked about future activities, like future donations or endorsements…