IRS Officials Visited White House Over 150 Times During Period of Scandal

By:  Raven Clabough
10/17/2013
       
IRS Officials Visited White House Over 150 Times During Period of Scandal

The scandal involving heavy IRS scrutiny of conservative groups seeking tax-exemption is revealing collusion between the IRS, the FEC, and the White House. 

Further investigation into the IRS scandal involving draconian scrutiny of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status reveals that there was significant collusion between the IRS and various government entities, including the FEC and the White House. Documents show that two IRS officials made over 100 visits to the White House during the period in which the tax agency was targeting conservative organizations.

IRS official Sarah Hall Ingram reportedly made 165 visits to the White House to meet with an Obama official who was exchanging confidential taxpayer information with the IRS. Ingram headed the IRS office that oversaw tax-exempt organizations between 2009 and 2012.

Likewise, IRS Commissioner Douglas H. Shulman visited the White House 157 times — more than any of the most trusted members of the president’s cabinet, including Kathleen Sebellius and Janet Napolitano. As noted by the Daily Caller, “By contrast, Shulman’s predecessor Mark Everson only visited the White House once during four years of service in the George W. Bush administration.”

The period of Shulman’s extensive access to the White House coincides with the time that the IRS was targeting Tea Party groups.

Documents show that Ingram was never present during Shulman's meetings, and Shulman was never present during Ingram's appearances, but both IRS officials played significant roles in the scandal that has been the subject of investigation for several months. It involves the Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division of the IRS openly targeting Tea Party and other conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt 501(c)(4) “social welfare” organization status between 2010 and 2012. Those groups faced additional audits and scrutiny by the agency. The audits cost the organizations tens of thousands of dollars and thousands of employee hours, and ultimately delayed the groups from receiving tax-exempt status.

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