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Memo to Issa: IRS targeted Progressive groups more than Tea Party, per records

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Clearly, President Obama cooked the books in Benghazi while taking over the world with Obamacare in order to produce a new report that makes Darrell Issa look like the lying fool he is regarding the IRS "scandal." Why allow facts to get in the way of a good smear, right Dar?

Speaking of facts, Think Progress is reporting that Progressive groups got more scrutiny from the IRS than did those associated with the Tea Party. Are we surprised? No, we are not.

A series of IRS documents, provided to ThinkProgress under the Freedom of Information Act, appears to contradict the claims by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and his House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that only Tea Party organizations applying for tax-exempt status “received systematic scrutiny because of their political beliefs.” The 22 “Be On the Look Out” keywords lists, distributed to staff reviewing applications between August 12, 2010 and April 19, 2013, included more explicit references to progressive groups, ACORN successors, and medical marijuana organizations than to Tea Party entities. [...]

[T]he actual IRS records indicate that at least some additional scrutiny was required for groups of all types that had names that sounded political — and that the explicit heightened scrutiny for left-leaning groups was even longer-standing than for Tea Party groups.

Oops. Sucks to be you, Dar. Even on a good day.

chart who the IRS really targeted

Issa has been proven wrong so many times, you'd think they'd come up with a FUBAR Award to commemorate his laughably pathetic achievements. Let's take a stroll down Memory Lane to remind of us of a few of his worst offenses:

-- Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) stated what many of us have been thinking about Darrell Issa

--Oops! Dems accuse Darrell Issa of leaking misinformation about #Obamacare

--Top Democrats rip Darrell Issa after his document dump endangered Libyans working with U.S., damaged U.S. efforts.

Issa's futile witch hunts-- including sniffing and digging and snooping around Fast and Furious, Solyndra, Benghazi, The Affordable Care Act, and the IRS-- have led straight to nowhere. And they've wasted time, energy, and taxpayer money. He self-servingly leaks partial transcripts only to be called out by his fellow Congress members (when he allows them to speak, that is), and he continues to embarrass himself and what's left of his party.

Time to vote this guy out, California's 49th.

issa

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“This new info should put nail in coffin of GOP claims that IRS politically motivated, targeted only one side"

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stfu shut your pie hole

Those hypocritical, desperate Republicans and their weepy, manipulative "We're the victims!" ways. See, GOP, if you're going to do the "poor little us" thing, at least make an effort to be honest about it. This is why you've been busted by Dems and the media so many times.

Why, here's one of those times now!

The Hill:

House Democrats said Tuesday that the IRS closely scrutinized potential successors to ACORN [the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now] and other Democratic groups — evidence they say proves that the agency’s treatment of Tea Party groups was not politically motivated.

Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Sandy Levin (D-Mich.) released new IRS training materials on Tuesday that listed progressive and Tea Party groups as potentially political organizations seeking tax-exempt status.

ACORN-style groups were among those they referred to. ACORN, an anti-poverty organization, was defunded years ago. (And before it disbanded, ACORN was demonized by Republicans, but they were vindicated, cleared of all wrongdoing.)

But back to the "Don't pick on us!" GOP talking point...

This new information should put a nail in the coffin of the Republican claims that the IRS's actions were politically motivated or were targeted at only one side of the political spectrum,” Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, said in a statement. “It is time for House Republicans to stop trying to score political points and start to focus on reforming the IRS.”

House Republicans should stop trying to score political points? What? Is he serious? Cummings must have missed this: Issa vows to expand Benghazi probe.

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Theater of the Absurd - The House of Representatives

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Waiting for Godot

I'm calling John Boehner ignorant. Let's start with what the term means in simple layman's terms. Here's how Merriam-Webster defines the word, ignorant:

Definition of ignorant:

1
a : destitute of knowledge or education <an ignorant society>; also : lacking knowledge or comprehension of the thing specified <parents ignorant of modern mathematics>

b : resulting from or showing lack of knowledge or intelligence<ignorant errors>
2
: unaware, uninformed

Just before Congress went of their five week August break, they voted for a 13th time (not to be confused with the 40th time they voted to repeal Obamacare) to defund ACORN, or the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.

Thirteen times. They must really want to kill this bill badly. I think WE get it. The GOP hates ACORN.

But don't THEY get it? It's already dead. It was disbanded in the spring 2010 - over three years ago. What kind of communications do they used on the hill? Even pony express should have gotten the message to them by now.

Oh, and Speaker Boehner was there when it happened. So wasn't he listening, did he forget his vote or is he just plain ignorant?

"Word is the majority will also prohibit foreign aid to the Ottoman Empire this year," a Democratic congressional aide snarked to HuffPost. (Like ACORN, the Ottoman Empire does not exist.)

"Thirteen votes to defund a program that no longer exists. Forty votes to repeal a health care law that is transforming millions of lives," said Drew Hammill, a spokesman for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), comparing the anti-ACORN legislation to the House GOP's routine votes to repeal Obamacare. "If their agenda is to do nothing on a timeline of never, they're setting record pace."

This is truly like Theater of the Absurd. Beckett's WAITING FOR GODOT. The GOP seem to be waiting for something that is never going to happen. That's because it already did happen. The GOP leadership is simply wasting our money and time that they could be putting into real legislating on our behalf, not in repealing a phantom bill.  Now if ignorant doesn't fit the definition perfectly than tell me what other word does?

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New GOP budget bill defunds the defunct. Apparently it's 2008 all over again and ACORN's back.

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Back in December, Public Policy Polling had some pretty pathetic survey results to report:

49% of GOP voters nationally say they think that ACORN stole the election for President Obama. We found that 52% of Republicans thought that ACORN stole the 2008 election for Obama, so this is a modest decline, but perhaps smaller than might have been expected given that ACORN doesn’t exist anymore.

Here's what big bad ACORN was all about:

ACORN was founded in 1970 as a grassroots organization to advocate for low-income families. By 2009, the group had 500,000 members and had expanded into a national network of federally funded organization that helped to develop affordable housing, offered foreclosure counseling, and conducted voter registration drives.

To repeat, before it disbanded, ACORN was indeed demonized by Republicans, but they were vindicated, cleared of all wrongdoing.

Additionally, ACORN was proved innocent of any illegality in the notorious James O'Keefe “pimp” affair, a federal judge declared defunding ACORN unconstitutional, and the Congressional Research Service found no evidence of voter fraud.

As The Brad Blog posted in May 2012:

[Y]ou’ve heard plenty about a handful of ACORN workersno actual ACORN officials, mind you, and they were never hired by the Democratic Party, and never led to a fraudulent vote — turning in fraudulent registration forms in past years.

But nobody who ever worked for the non-profit ACORN has ever been accused of what these Republican firms continue to do on behalf of the Republican officials who hire them, paying them per Republican registration, year after year, as is once again apparent in the allegations surfacing today against Momentum Political Services…

But it's okay if you're a Republican (IOKIYAR). Facts don't matter to them. They create their own reality-- it's so much easier!-- as is documented in this quote by an “unnamed Bush aide” (later identified as the now-very tarnished Karl Rove):

“We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out.”

Which brings me to this very surreal HuffPo report:

A new short-term budget bill introduced on Monday by House Republicans includes a bizarre provision banning federal funding to anti-poverty group ACORN, despite the fact that the group has already been stripped of federal funding -- and has been defunct for nearly three years.

ACORN leaders announced that the group was disbanding in March 2010, after Congress cut off all federal funding to the organization. The provision in the current GOP budget bill [PDF], buried on page 221 of 269, would duplicate legislation that has already passed, to target an organization that does not exist.

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What next, a new O'Keefe super ultra double secret video? And, oops, did the GOP forget about what happened in 2005? ACORN and Rick Perry passed a bill together!

Oh that's right. IOKIYAR.

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Obama won, so (on 3) blame ACORN! 49% of Republicans still do, even though it no longer exists.

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Public Policy Polling has some pretty pathetic survey results to report. Sulky Republicans just can't bring themselves to accept reality. Okay, that's nothing new. And they continue to believe that ACORN exists! Oh, wait. That's nothing new either... but it's still pretty pathetic:

PPP's first post election national poll finds that Republicans are taking the results pretty hard...and also declining in numbers.

49% of GOP voters nationally say they think that ACORN stole the election for President Obama. We found that 52% of Republicans thought that ACORN stole the 2008 election for Obama, so this is a modest decline, but perhaps smaller than might have been expected given that ACORN doesn't exist anymore.

Some GOP voters are so unhappy with the outcome that they no longer care to be a part of the United States. 25% of Republicans say they would like their state to secede from the union compared to 56% who want to stay and 19% who aren't sure.

Before it disbanded, ACORN was demonized by Republicans, but as you may recall, they were cleared of all wrongdoing.

Yes, ACORN was proved innocent of any illegality in the “pimp” affair, a federal judge declared defunding ACORN unconstitutional, and the Congressional Research Service found no evidence of voter fraud.

Clear? Not to the GOP. Then again, they think secession is an option. Let's not tell 'em who guards their borders, protects them, provides health care options, fresh water, their beloved military, disaster relief, etc. That will be our little secret.

The good news? There's been a 5 point increase in Democratic identification as compared to a 5 point decrease in Republican identification since the election.

It gets better: " Grover Norquist is largely unknown nationally, and among voters who are familiar with him he is generally disliked." Gee, I can't imagine why.

Oh, and President Obama's approvals have gone up. Again.

Details here.

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VIDEO: GOP voter registration firm turns in 1000s of "invalid" registration forms in California

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Brad Friedman, the go-to guy for all things voter fraud/election fraud and proprietor of The Brad Blog, has a must-read story that is particularly relevant today, because I just finished posting on a very similar topic, Voter registration down among Hispanics, African Americans. Voter I.D. laws aren’t helping.

In my own post, I discussed voter suppression by way of Voter I.D. registration laws, and of course, the GOP's accusations of (nearly non-existent) voter fraud that they're using as an excuse to disenfranchise (mostly) Democratic voters.

Maybe they should start policing those in their own party, because if anyone is committing voter fraud, it's Republicans:

[T]he California Secretary of State's Election Fraud Division is now reportedly investigating a firmed hired by the Sacramento County Republican Party said to have submitted thousands of fraudulent voter registration forms.

According to a report today from Sacramento ABC affiliate News10, a private, for-profit firm calling itself Momentum Political Services, hired by the local Republican Party "to boost GOP registration ranks in key battleground communities" has turned in more than 3,100 hundred invalid voter registration cards during their recent drive.

Voter registration forms have allegedly been turned in with fake addresses, voter names that don't exist, duplicate Social Security numbers, and party affiliations that seem to have been changed "by someone" to Republican. The head of the firm has admitted she has hired workers with criminal backgrounds, as found via Craigslist.

Are you thinking what I'm thinking? Who was it again that was all over *gasp!* ACORN for voter fraud? As you recall, ACORN was cleared of all wrongdoing.

Yes, ACORN was proved innocent of any illegality in the “pimp” affair, a federal judge declared defunding ACORN unconstitutional, and the Congressional Research Service found no evidence of voter fraud.

Brad confirms:

[Y]ou've heard plenty about a handful of ACORN workers --- no actual ACORN officials, mind you, and they were never hired by the Democratic Party, and never led to a fraudulent vote --- turning in fraudulent registration forms in past years.

But nobody who ever worked for the non-profit ACORN has ever been accused of what these Republican firms continue to do on behalf of the Republican officials who hire them, paying them per Republican registration, year after year, as is once again apparent in the allegations surfacing today against Momentum Political Services...

Once again, apparently IOKIYAR*.

Please read the entire post here. It's a doozy.

*It's okay if you are Republican.

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NYCC Responds to Wall Street’s Biggest Defenders. Talking to you, Darrell Issa.

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A little while ago, Darrell Issa tweeted this:

Talk about committing fraud, Darrell. Pot, kettle...

And really... ACORN? Seriously? Memo to Issa: There is no more ACORN. At all.

Crossposted with permission: (bolding mine)

For Immediate Release:

"Let's be clear on the facts: no one at NYCC had anything to do with the conceiving, founding or funding of Occupy Wall Street. We work on a daily basis to fight against illegal foreclosures and to keep the Millionaires Tax in place, so that $5 billion in social services don't get gutted for the poor. We are allies and work with Occupy Wall Street on occasion and we certainly understand, at the deepest level, its call for economic justice for the 99 Percent of Americans struggling to survive. We know it's hard for billionaires such as Rupert Murdoch and the 1 percent to comprehend how a movement like Occupy came into fruition, but we doubt Murdoch or Roger Ailes have ever been in a similar position as the millions of American families who are out of work and fed up with our political process.

Now FOX is wasting American taxpayer money pursuing this even further. FOX and Murdoch -- the man who allowed his staff to hack into the private lives of people all over the world -- have enlisted Wall Street's chief political benefactor, biggest defender and multi-millionaire, Republican hatchet man Darrell Issa - to further the network's One percent political agenda. - Issa, who famously declared that he wanted to hold a hearing a week for forty weeks when he took over the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has largely come up empty and is now scraping the bottom of the barrel, wasting Americans taxpayer money chasing baseless rumors fed to him by Rupert Murdoch. It's unfortunate but we expect nothing less from Issa, Murdoch and FOX."

Jean Sassine, Treasurer and Board Member, New York Communities for Change

As my pal Sandi Behrns tweeted:

But seriously, folks: when the GOP put a car thief (@DarrellIssa) in charge of Oversight - that should've told you all you need to know.

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