Apparently Lois Lerner the embattled IRS official and an attorney in the Federal Election Commission’s general counsel’s office twice colluded to influence the record before the FEC’s vote in the case of a conservative non-profit organization, according to e-mails unearthed by the House Ways and Means Committee.
The e-mails suggests the discrimination of conservative groups went beyond the IRS and into the FEC, where an attorney from the agency’s enforcement division in at least one case sought and received tax information about the status of a conservative group, the American Future Fund, before giving the recommendation that the commission prosecute it for violations of campaign-finance law.
On July 31, Committee on House Administration Chairman Candice Miller, R-Mich., sent a letter to the FEC Chair Ellen Weintraub asking the Commission to produce all communications with the IRS dating back to 2008. Emphasizing the need to know what, if any, role the FEC played in targeting groups based on political beliefs, Miller issued the following statement:
“The recent revelations that the IRS used its incredible power to selectively target certain groups for extra scrutiny based solely on their political beliefs has caused the American people to lose faith in the federal government.
“The emails obtained by the Ways and Means Committee showing a connection between Lois Lerner, who used the protections of the 5th Amendment to hide her actions in this scandal from public view, and FEC officials are troubling at best. As the Chairman of the committee responsible for FEC oversight, it is my duty to make certain Congress understands any role the FEC – which regulates political speech – may have played in targeting activities.
“The role of the FEC is to provide transparency for the American people about who is attempting to influence the political process and to provide that transparency with the highest standards of integrity. Any actions which may have occurred related to the improper and potentially illegal activities of the IRS deserve the same level of transparency.”
Yesterday, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., and the Committee’s Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Charles Boustany, R-La., sent a similar request to IRS Principal Deputy Commissioner Daniel Werfel.
This is a troubling development indeed if the IRS and FEC were colluding to target conservative groups. As the Left continues to try to sweep this scandal under the rug, the evidence continues to amount that this scandal could be larger then ever imagined. Congress needs to continue to investigate until it figures out what really happened so this situation never arises again and those involved are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.