Emails between Lois Lerner, former head of the IRS Tax Exempt Division and an unnamed lawyer at the FEC reveal that information was illegally passed on from Lerner, in an effort to prosecute American Future Fund, a conservative group. The lawyer had asked for and received the requested information from Lerner to use in his recommendation to the FEC.
Copies of the emails were received exclusively by the National Review Online. It is the first time that the FEC has been implicated in the scandal, though it’s involvement appears to be limited to just the one lawyer.
Lerner worked at the FEC and the IRS from 1986 to 2013. During her tenure there, she targeted conservatives and conservative groups. Most notable among them was a case in which a group founded by Haley barber borrowed money from a foreign national. Lerner moved for prosecution, but the board agreed that a loan is not a contribution and the case was dropped.
Lerner also investigated a case of an actual contribution to the Democratic party by a German citizen. In that case, she recommended no action be taken. Howard Glicken, later pleaded guilty to soliciting an illegal contribution. and paid a $40,000 dollar fine. During Senate hearings, Dan Burton read Lerner’s recommendation on the case:
“While this office would generally recommend a reason to believe finding against Mr. Glicken and conduct an investigation into the two DSCC contributions, because of the discovery complications and time constraints, this office does not now recommend proceeding against this individual or the DSCC.”
Lerner also went after the Christian Coalition. At Lerner’s behest, an investigation was launched into whether the CC had coordinated with campaigns. They had no proof of any such coordination, but went on to depose 48 witnesses, asked for a ridiculous number of answers to illegal questions into a matter, the FEC didn’t even have jurisdiction in.
During that investigation, Lerner demanded to know what Col. Oliver North and Pat Robertson prayed about. That is precisely the same question asked by the IRS. The questioning of Oliver North can be found here. The CC was absolved of all charges lodged by Lerner.
In one last note on Lerner’s tenure at the FEC, she tried to prosecute Al Salvi for loaning his campaign money, a common practice in politics. Two courts threw out her charges, including one where the judge chastised her for bringing the case to court. Salvi had run against Dick Durbin. She later offered to drop all charges if he promised never to run for office again.
This shows a pattern that followed her from the FEC to the IRS. Many of the infractions by the IRS are identical to her actions at the FEC, as did her recommendations not to prosecute Democrats for the same infractions she doggedly persued against Republicans and Christians.
In the emails between the FEC lawyer and Lerner, it is revealed that IRS regulations and US laws were abridged. Here is one of the emails from the lawyer to Lerner:
“Several months ago . . . I spoke with you about the American Future Fund, a 501(c)(4) organization that had submitted an exemption application the IRS. When we spoke last July, you had told us that the American Future Fund had not received an exemption letter from the IRS.”
That proves that Lerner violated campaign laws which under rule 6103 prohibits disclosing considential taxpayer information. This is contradictory to her statement she read before pleading the fifth but after she was sworn in. That could constitute perjury on top of the charge of releasing confidential information. Lerner has offered to testify if she is given full immunity from prosecution.
In the case of the American Future Fund, the FEC voted 6-0 not to charge them with a crime. The purpose therefore, was harassment rather than actual prosecution. Also a continuing pattern in Lerner’s history of government employment.
Lerner’s husband’s law firm held a voter registration drive for current president Barack Obama at which they praised Obama and his policies. One of the firm’s partners was later named to an ambassador post. Lerner personally approved a charity started by Malik Obama, President Obama’s half brother, which is now considered a money making scam.