Evidence of IRS Misconduct Against Pro-Life Groups: The Conspiracy Continues

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Evidence of IRS Misconduct Against Pro-Life Groups: The Conspiracy Continues

The Thomas Moore Soci­ety, “a national not-​for-​profit law firm that exists to restore respect in law for life, mar­riage, and reli­gious lib­erty based in Chicago, states that they pro­vided evi­dence and analy­sis of IRS dis­crim­i­na­tion against pro-​life groups.

Thomas More Soci­ety Pres­i­dent Thomas Bre­jcha, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor Peter Breen, and Spe­cial Coun­sel Sally Wagen­maker, pre­pared the legal mem­o­ran­dum with solid evi­dence of IRS harass­ment of pro-​life orga­ni­za­tions dat­ing back to 2009.

The memo details the his­tory of IRS mis­con­duct in the cases of three orga­ni­za­tions rep­re­sented by the Thomas More Soci­ety. The abuse dates back fur­ther than the now pub­li­cized 2010 com­plaints and extends beyond the IRS’s recently exposed Cincin­nati office to also include the tax agency’s Cal­i­for­nia oper­a­tions in the charges of bla­tant bias.

The IRS office in El Monte, Cal­i­for­nia, began harass­ing Chris­t­ian Voices for Life of Fort Bend County, Texas in 2011. In a series of ques­tions penned by Exempt Orga­ni­za­tion Spe­cial­ist Tyrone Thomas from the Cal­i­for­nia office, the IRS asked a series of unwar­ranted ques­tions order­ing Chris­t­ian Voices for Life with­out any foun­da­tion, to explain its con­tent, mes­sage, and prayers as if they were engag­ing in highly offen­sive or crim­i­nal behavior.

Coali­tion for Life of Iowa found itself in the IRS’s crosshairs when the group applied for tax exempt sta­tus in Octo­ber 2008. Nearly ten months of inter­ro­ga­tion about the group’s oppo­si­tion to Planned Par­ent­hood included a demand by a Ms. Richards from the IRS’ Cincin­nati office unlaw­fully insisted that all board mem­bers sign a sworn dec­la­ra­tion promis­ing not to picket/​protest Planned Par­ent­hood. Fur­ther ques­tion­ing by the IRS requested detailed infor­ma­tion about the con­tent of the group’s prayer meet­ings, edu­ca­tional sem­i­nars, and signs their mem­bers hold out­side Planned Parenthood.

In yet a third mat­ter, an IRS agent in their Chicago office repeat­edly harassed Daniel and Angela Michael of Small Vic­to­ries, a pro-​life orga­ni­za­tion, with an intru­sive inves­ti­ga­tion, call­ing the lead­ers every 23 weeks over the course of 2011, begin­ning in Jan­u­ary of that year. The IRS offi­cially closed its inves­ti­ga­tion in Jan­u­ary 2012, hav­ing found no ille­gal activ­i­ties. (LINK)

- Rebecca @ amer​i​cais​con​ser​v​a​tive​.org

Update: (DaT­e­chGuy) There is no part of this scan­dal that I find more out­ra­geous than this.

The Thomas Moore Society, “a national not-for-profit law firm that exists to restore respect in law for life, marriage, and religious liberty based in Chicago, states that they provided evidence and analysis of IRS discrimination against pro-life groups.

Thomas More Society President Thomas Brejcha, Executive Director Peter Breen, and Special Counsel Sally Wagenmaker, prepared the legal memorandum with solid evidence of IRS harassment of pro-life organizations dating back to 2009.

The memo details the history of IRS misconduct in the cases of three organizations represented by the Thomas More Society. The abuse dates back further than the now publicized 2010 complaints and extends beyond the IRS’s recently exposed Cincinnati office to also include the tax agency’s California operations in the charges of blatant bias.

The IRS office in El Monte, California, began harassing Christian Voices for Life of Fort Bend County, Texas in 2011. In a series of questions penned by Exempt Organization Specialist Tyrone Thomas from the California office, the IRS asked a series of unwarranted questions ordering Christian Voices for Life without any foundation, to explain its content, message, and prayers as if they were engaging in highly offensive or criminal behavior.

Coalition for Life of Iowa found itself in the IRS’s crosshairs when the group applied for tax exempt status in October 2008. Nearly ten months of interrogation about the group’s opposition to Planned Parenthood included a demand by a Ms. Richards from the IRS’ Cincinnati office unlawfully insisted that all board members sign a sworn declaration promising not to picket/protest Planned Parenthood. Further questioning by the IRS requested detailed information about the content of the group’s prayer meetings, educational seminars, and signs their members hold outside Planned Parenthood.

In yet a third matter, an IRS agent in their Chicago office  repeatedly harassed Daniel and Angela Michael of Small Victories, a pro-life organization, with an intrusive investigation, calling the leaders every 2-3 weeks over the course of 2011, beginning in January of that year. The IRS officially closed its investigation in January 2012, having found no illegal activities. (LINK)

– Rebecca @ americaisconservative.org

Update: (DaTechGuy) There is no part of this scandal that I find more outrageous than this.