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A message from Ann Becker, President, Cincinnati Tea Party:
The IRS has targeted Tea Party groups all over the country. Cincinnati is the epicenter of this violation of freedom. This is something that cannot stand. Jefferson said, “When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.” We will fear our government, no longer.
Join us to “Rein in the IRS”. We will rally together. Bring your signs, your flags and you devotion to the Constitution.
For tea party and 912 groups in Ohio, the story of the IRS illegally targeting patriot organizations is finally seeing the light of day. Now we are learning that the harassment was much more widespread with the IRS going after Jewish groups, pro-life groups, True the Vote and the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law as well. [...] Continue reading →
In many instances reported during the past week, organizations have shared IRS questionnaires containing multiple pages of detailed questions, often demanding years’ worth of information within a matter of weeks – and the IRS is not exactly a questioner for whom a best guess or approximation will do.
Here’s a brief look at five Ohio conservative organizations’ stories indicating politically-motivated targeting by IRS agents in the Cincinnati exemption determinations office.
“My wife and I were audited in 2011 for our 2010 tax return. When the agent called she said the reason we were audited was ‘because of our association with the Cincinnati Tea Party’. At the time my wife Nancy was the Treasurer for the CTP. After the April 2010 Tax Day Rally we made a deposit into the Cincinnati Tea Party account that was in excess of $10,000 which means the bank was required to report the deposit to the IRS. Since Nancy’s name was on the deposit slip, that allowed the IRS to connect her with the Cincinnati Tea Party.” – George Brunemann, Cincinnati Tea Party
“Please supply a chronology and complete description of all activities of your organization since the date of your formation on April 29, 2010, as well as those activities planned for the next 12 months.” – Ohio Christian Alliance received this IRS request on December 12, 2011 with a response deadline of December 30, 2011… after waiting nine months for the IRS to respond to its application
“Are you associated with any other IRC 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), or 527 organizations? If yes [...] Describe in detail the nature of the relationship(s) [...] Describe the nature of all contacts with the organizations [...]“ – Liberty Township Tea Party received this request amid a list of 35 questions and sub-questions, and was asked to submit the same information about its association with any for-profit groups; the Liberty Township Tea Party was also, as has been widely reported, asked to “provide details” of its relationship with Cincinnati Tea Party activist Justin Binik-Thomas
“Provide the following information for all the public events conducted or planned to be conducted by your organization: [...] The time, location, and content schedule of each event [...] copies of handouts [...] workshop materials that instructors will use [...] names and credentials of the instructors [...] If speeches or forums were or will be conducted at the event, provide detailed contents of the speeches or forums, names of the speakers and panels, and their credentials [...]“ – the Ohio Liberty Coalition (OLC) received this request and a number of other questions in January 2011, a year after applying for tax exemption
Well, it appears that there are actions being taken against the IRS officials and personnel that were involved in/responsible for the auditing actions against conservative groups including tea party groups and hundreds more. The current count appears to exceed 500 groups. So we should be glad that the same government that caused the problems is taking action? Hardly.
It seems that the person in charge of the IRS division in charge of non-profit group accreditation and auditing from 2009 – 2012, has been promoted. She is now in charge of the IRS side of implementing Obamacare. Make you feel great, or what? Read the article here, just to make sure that Occam isn’t just making things up. I am not the Obama administration, after all.
Common Core supporters play the “black helicopter” card like Jesse Jackson plays the race card. Considering recent events however, the term may be losing its effect… A few weeks ago, anyone speculating that the Obama administration had illegally wire tapped [media] … Continue reading →
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 16, 2013 MEDIA CONTACT Maurice A . Thompson IRS harassment was not limited to “tea party” organizations, and began earlier than many believe Columbus, OH – The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law today emphasized that Internal Revenue Service harassment of groups advocating for limited government extends as far back as [...] Continue reading →
(Cincinnati, Ohio) – May 16, 2013 – Yesterday the Hamilton County Board of Elections voted to send two more people to the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s office on voter fraud allegations. Ms. Christine Macklin of Bond Hill is accused of illegally voting from 2008 through 2012 for Mr. Eugene Rienzo, a severely disabled man for whom [...] Continue reading →
We wrote Tuesday about Senator Rand Paul’s resolution condemning the IRS for attacking tea party groups. In a not so shocking partisan move, Senate Democrats have blocked Sen. Paul’s resolution. Apparently Senate Democrats do not feel that the IRS’ actions are concerning enough for the resolution. Paul is quoted as saying “This resolution is not [...] Continue reading →
“Gov. John Kasich’s staff, working with the Obama administration, is deploying imagination and flexibility to overcome shortsighted objections from some of Kasich’s fellow Republicans to Medicaid expansion in Ohio,” the editorial board of the Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote last month.
Of the Arkansas plan, Manhattan Institute health policy expert Avik Roy wrote, “if you were cynical, you could imagine that HHS is trying to make a display of showing flexibility now, because the agency knows that it can withdraw that flexibility later on, after the coverage expansion has been implemented, and states have relinquished their negotiating power.”
The Medicaid amendment approved by the House and seemingly supported by the Senate calls for the legislature to develop a package of reforms seeking to “Lower net state and federal costs for the Medicaid program” and “Reduce the number of individuals who enroll in Medicaid over time.”
Any version of the PPACA Medicaid expansion would dramatically increase state costs, federal costs, and Medicaid enrollment – all of which are expressly forbidden by the language passed in the Ohio House.
Facts didn’t stop the Plain Dealer editors from calling the amendment “a compromise” between “Kasich loyalists” and House Republicans “skittish about primary election challenges from the right fringe of the GOP,” suggesting an amendment written to prevent Medicaid expansion will do the exact opposite.
Describing the PPACA Medicaid expansion – which would increase Ohio’s Medicaid spending by at least $500 million per year by 2021 – as “a win-win for Ohio,” the Plain Dealer editors added, “If Ohio refuses to expand Medicaid, Ohioans would be helping pay for medical care for the poor in other states — but not for poor Ohioans. That’s the absurd result Kasich is striving to avoid.”
“If working with private insurers and casting Medicaid expansion as Medicaid reform can get expansion done, there’s no reason why Ohio shouldn’t go that route,” the Plain Dealer editorial board concluded on April 26. “Anything would be better than the dead end that GOP intransigents want to map for needy Ohioans.”
A message from Ann Becker, President, Cincinnati Tea Party: The IRS has targeted Tea Party groups all over the country. Cincinnati is the epicenter of this violation of freedom. This is something that cannot stand. Jefferson said, “When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.” [...] Continue reading →
While watching the following clip, keep in mind that OAPSE – an affiliate of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) – paid Rugola $253,351 in dues last year. Rugola’s comments began around the 1 minute mark, after Rep. Tracy Maxwell Heard (D-Columbus) lied that workplace freedom backers “want to eliminate collective bargaining.”
Rugola, Rep. Heard, and Rep. Debbie Phillips (D-Albany) all repeated a common progressive sleight of hand, complaining that workers can already decline union membership to avoid paying dues. Without workplace freedom, non-members in unionized workplaces can be forced to pay “fair share” fees equaling up to 90 percent of member dues, typically hundreds of dollars per year.
Currently, Ohioans can request a refund of “fair share” fees not used for representation purposes – if they wish to undertake a lengthy legal process guaranteed to draw the ire of union bosses.
Defending this status quo, Rugola said, “the last time I checked, states weren’t allowed to opt out on universal suffrage, and ignore, you know, the amendment to the Constitution that granted women the right to vote – that was a decision made by a democratic process and a majority vote.”
Rugola continued, “States can’t undo the amendment to the Constitution that eliminated slavery in this country, just because on a whim they might want to do so.”
Public school employees hired into districts organized by OAPSE must choose between contributing to Rugola’s $253,351 salary or finding a new job, based purely on the fact that their predecessors voted to unionize.
“So I think it’s important that we remember that if there’s somebody standing up for freedom, it’s probably the folks in this room and the trade union movement, not the extreme right-wing folks who want to eliminate the right to make democratic choices that will then cover the majority of workers,” Rugola lied.
Workplace freedom would in no way limit workers’ collective bargaining privileges, and would neither prevent unionization nor make it more difficult for any Ohioan to join a labor union.
The United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers has called for Obamacare’s repeal in a very straightforward statement outlining the ACA’s many defects. While they are coming rather late to the party, the roofers are welcome nonetheless, and it is hoped, that more of the democrat base will follow as they witness their own [...] Continue reading →
Herr also requested “a hardcopy printout of your organization’s website” as well as “hardcopy printouts” of any social media profiles maintained by OLC.
“We have been told by people in Washington that the IRS is under specific instructions to delay and scrutinize any applications having to do with TEA Party or Liberty Groups,” wrote Tom Zawistowski, who was then OLC president and now leads the Portage County Tea Party.
By January 2012, OLC had already waited a year and a half for an IRS determination on its application for tax-exempt 501(c)(4) status.
Ominously, Steele asked the local tea party group to “provide details regarding your relationship with Justin Binik-Thomas,” a Cincinnati Tea Party activist. The IRS agent also requested that the group “provide information regarding the Butler County Teen Age Republicans and your relationship.”
Additionally, Steele asked the Liberty Township Tea Party to “describe the nature of all contacts” with any 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), 527, or for-profit organizations the group was associated with. He requested copies of all voter education, fundraising, and advertising materials the group had ever used.
A cover letter from Steele made it clear responses to all 35 questions – many of which included three or more sub-questions – must be accurate under penalty of perjury.
“Lois Lerner, director of tax-exempt organizations for the IRS, said the activity highlighted in the report took place at the IRS office in Cincinnati, which handles applications for 501(c)(4) status,” Dana Bash and Tom Cohen wrote at CNN.
“But documents suggest at least three other IRS offices did the same.”
According to FOX News, Lerner and acting IRS chief Steven Miller knew that the agency’s Exempt Organizations office was targeting conservative groups for months while the House Ways & Means Committee attempted to investigate what is now a full-blown scandal.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 Contact: Tom Zawistowski, 330-592-1848, TomZ [at] WethePeopleConvention [dot] org The individuals below represent five components of this IRS “Targeting” story which Media members have been asking me about. Marion, represents one of the most outrageous requests by the IRS. Justin is an individual citizen who was targeted. Tim’s [...] Continue reading →
Union bosses launched a volley of propaganda against workplace freedom and its backers as legislation to secure Ohioans’ right to opt out of paying union dues was being introduced in the Ohio House. Video from the May 1 meltdown is available online courtesy of Marc Kovac at Ohio Capital Blog.
“Like Senate Bill 5, so-called ‘right to work’ and the workplace freedom act will attack middle-class, working families, they’ll attack worker’s rights, and it’s gonna drive down wages, it’s gonna make us less free, less safe, and worse off,” Burga said.
“Ohioans clearly spoke when they voted down Senate Bill 5, which was a similar sort of attack,” Burga told the press, continuing to draw false parallels between public union collective bargaining reform and a policy which would simply let workers choose whether to pay a union.
Because no union presser would be complete without cries of victimhood at the hands of corporations, Burga warned, “we need to ask ourselves, when is the last time a multinational corporation got behind something for the good of workers and working families and the middle class.”
“There is no question in our minds that right-wing corporate interests – motivated by what, I’m sorry to call, but what I believe is a godless greed – no doubt, no doubt would like to line up with the right-wing extremist legislators all over the country and here in Ohio to add our state’s middle-class and working families to the long honor roll of desperate workers in right to work states,” Rugola added.
“For 35 years, I’ve had to talk every one of those members into voting to create a union, ok? So, right to work is anti-democratic in the extreme,” Rugola said.
Workplace freedom does not make it more difficult for anyone to form or join a union. Why do Joe Rugola and Tim Burga feel compelled to lie so aggressively to block a policy that would let workers choose whether to pay them?
In addition to the obvious merit of securing Ohioans’ right to choose whether to support powerful, progressive labor unions, Ohio has lagged far behind workplace freedom states in job creation, wage growth, and disposable income growth so far this century.
Use this page to view a compilation of new and previously published articles from the Ohio Liberty Coalition relating to the IRS intimidation scandal story. Some of these articles date back to last year before this story broke nationally.
REPORT ABUSE – If you have information about intimidation from any government agency relating to you, your business, and/or your liberty group as a result of your involvement in a liberty group, please contact us at this link.
Zureick, a 22 year old Cincinnati native, filed a motion to change his plea from “not guilty” to “guilty” after months of legal wrangling. As The Athens News first reported in October, Zureick originally pled not guilty by reason of insanity to accusations that he had forged the signatures of 22 Athens County Democratic Party officials and Board of Elections employees in June 2012.
Athens County Board of Elections employees who had not signed Zureick’s petitions alerted County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn, a Democrat, after finding their signatures on petitions Zureick submitted for certification.
In an interview with Media Trackers, Blackburn explained that Zureick could face up 23 years of probation, although Blackburn said that he found that unlikely.
“He’d likely have to do community service, possibly pay a fine, possibly have some local community jail in our Southeast Ohio Regional Jail, or another jail in the state. No alcohol, no bars—there’s occasionally a drug and alcohol assessment, if that’s what the DBSI [Disruptive Behavior Stress Inventory] indicated was needed… any number of things like that,” Blackburn said. “Certainly, ‘no contact orders,’ although I don’t know if the court would put any here, except maybe involvement in the political process, given his crime.”
“Being an elected official, being someone who takes part in the political process, it’s important to me that the process is fair and the process is uninterrupted by fraud,” Blackburn added. “These signatures that the Board of Election caught – these signatures, they did not get through to alter whether something should or should not be on the ballot – but still, it was an attempt to do that.”
“It’s something that we will not support or put up with,” Blackburn concluded.
As we have been discussing on our site, Tea Party groups allegations that the IRS has been targeting their organizations have recently come to light.
Breitbart.com is now reporting that, allegedly, even more federal agencies may have engaged in politically motivated abuses.
Mentioned in the article is Catherine Engelbrecht, founder of True the Vote. Many of us have had the opportunity to meet Catherine in recent years.
Tom Zawistowski, former OLC President said about the story,
Many of us, particularly the leaders, have suffered greatly at the hands of the IRS and other government agencies over the past four years or more in some cases. That is the price of Freedom and we have all been willing to pay it. However, tonight I need to pay special tribute to my friend Catherine Engelbrecht, founder of True the Vote, for her strength and courage and that of her family in standing up for our rights against a tyrannical government. (Yes President Obama I said yours is a tyrannical government.)
Please read to the bottom of this story (linked below) that was on Breitbart today, and kudos to Breitbart.com – Andrew would be very proud of you, and read about the hell that Catherine and her family were put through by our government. I know others have been persecuted by our government and many have been through worse, but I just wanted to say thank you to Catherine and her family for being the truest of Patriots and for sacrificing so much for all of us. Hang in there Catherine, the cavalry is coming and we are going to put an end to this nightmare so that your organization can do what needs to be done, which is guarantee that we finally get fair elections.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Rand Paul today proposed a resolution condemning the targeting of Tea Party groups by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and calling for an investigation.
“The IRS has been using taxing power as a political tool to bully these conservative groups and this type of intimidation is a major violation of our U.S. Constitution,” Sen. Paul said. “This act of discrimination should not be tolerated and I demand a formal investigation seeking criminal charges against any individuals who authorized or were involved in targeting people of the United States based on their political views.”
“The president has deemed this inexcusable, yet actions speak louder than words. It is time for President Obama and his Administration to act and it is our duty as Americans to hold them accountable,” he continued.
A copy of the resolution can be found HERE. Below is an appearance by Sen. Paul on Fox News last night, discussing the resolution.