IRS commissioner Douglas Shulman’s wife Susan L. Anderson is the ‘Senior Program Advisor’ for Public Campaign, which “works closely” with Common Cause, a group that ‘urged’ former IRS commissioner Douglas Shulman to ‘investigate activities of conservative donors,’ as discovered and reported yesterday by Patrick Howley of the Daily Caller.
Although Shulman was appointed by former President George W. Bush, a point that was made ad nauseum in press reports and during the IRS hearings, the activities of his wife’s left-wing organizations were not, even though they represent a potential clear conflict of interest.
Howley reports that in 2012,
‘Common Cause urged Shulman and fellow embattled IRS official Lois Lerner, director of the agency’s tax-exempt organizations division, to investigate the Koch Brothers’ attempted takeover of the libertarian think tank the Cato Institute.’
Common Cause also attacked the groups, ‘True the Vote’ and ‘Liberty Central.’ True the Vote, by the way, has been harassed by others, as well. The SEIU sent a letter in October to Douglas Shulman calling for the IRS to ‘deny’ True the Vote’s application for tax-exempt status. True the Vote’s founder, Catherine Engelbrecht, was targeted and harassed ‘within months’ of ‘filing for tax-exempt status,’ as reported by Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News, including,
‘six FBI domestic terrorism inquiries, an IRS visit, two IRS business audits, two IRS personal audits, and inspections of her equipment manufacturing company by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Texas environmental quality officials.’
Six FBI domestic terrorism inquiries?
The FBI refused to comment for Attkisson’s article except to say,
‘Pursuant to FBI policy, it would not be appropriate to comment on the nature of routine contacts made in the course of FBI business.’
Ah, the transparency.
Unbelievably, in written testimony to the House Ways and Means Committee, Common Cause said in part, ‘The people are right to raise hell over biased treatment and unnecessary harassment by the IRS.’
They did not mention their connection to Douglas Shulman’s wife in the testimony, nor did they mention that their actions likely led to the conditions that caused the targeting of conservatives in the first place.
This is just one of the many scandals that have enveloped the IRS in recent months.
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