Holly Paz, a former IRS Supervisor in Washington has some interesting things to say:
A Washington-based IRS supervisor acknowledged she was personally involved in reviewing Tea Party applications for tax-exempt status as far back as 2010, Fox News confirms — a detail that further challenges the agency’s initial claim that the practice of singling out those groups was limited to a handful of employees in Ohio.
Congressional sources confirmed to Fox News that Holly Paz, who until recently was a top deputy in the division that handles applications for tax-exempt status, told congressional investigators she reviewed 20 to 30 applications. Some requests languished for more than a year without action.
Details of Paz’s role were first reported by The Associated Press. Still, Paz provided no evidence that senior IRS officials ordered agents to target conservative groups or that anyone in the Obama administration outside the IRS was involved.
Instead, Paz described an agency in which IRS supervisors in Washington worked closely with agents in the field but didn’t fully understand what those agents were doing. Paz said agents in Cincinnati openly talked about handling “tea party” cases, but she thought the term was merely shorthand for all applications from groups that were politically active — conservative and liberal.
Go here to Fox News to read the rest. I assume that her statement that she thought “tea party” referred to both liberal and conservative groups was either mendacious or she is just as dumb as many Americans think most Federal bureaucrats are. I vote for mendacious. The transparent lie that the targeting of conservative groups was merely the work of low level IRS grunts in Cincinnati lies shattered in the dust. As for Ms. Paz I doubt if her “dumb blonde” routine will be successful, especially considering the four grand she donated to the Obama campaign in 2008.
Perhaps we could have a panel with both Paz and Elizabeth Hofacre appearing before a House subcommittee:
But Elizabeth Hofacre, the agency’s emerging issues coordinator in Cincinnati when the targeting began, has told investigators that she kicked out any progressive groups that other agents tried to put in with the Tea Party cases. She said she understood the term to mean conservative or Republican groups. “I was tasked to do Tea Parties, and I wasn’t — I wasn’t equipped or set up to do anything else.”
A USA TODAY analysis of IRS data shows that dozens of liberal groups received tax-exempt approval in the 27 months that Tea Party groups sat in limbo, even though the liberal groups were engaging in similar kids of activity. Groups applying for the exemption are supposed to be primarily focusing on social welfare, not political activity.
Paz was put on administrative leave from the IRS this month. I do not wonder why.