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IRS Scandal: America Needs the Truth

Boehm headshotNLPC Chairman Ken Boehm was interviewed for CNN's "The Truth about the IRS Scandal" airing this week on "Erin Burnett OutFront," at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET. He has this op-ed posted today on the CNN website today:

America can handle the truth. Even if that truth could include a coverup at the powerful IRS.

The IRS mission statement pledges to "enforce the law with integrity and fairness to all." But public scrutiny has revealed details indicating a level of politicization totally at odds with that.

Look at the two eye-opening developments that have happened at the IRS since May: An acting IRS commissioner resigned, and another powerful IRS official refused to answer questions before Congress, pleading the Fifth Amendment.

Did IRS Target Homebuilders on Behalf of Laborers Union?

Ray LaHood photoIn the fall of 2011 the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) submitted Freedom of Information requests to the Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service following an announcement that the administration was investigating homebuilders in an attempt to bolster union membership at the expense of housing sector jobs.

To read article by John Ransom at Townhall.com, click here.

Were Republicans Targeted in GM and Chrysler Dealership Closures?

Chevrolet dealership photoThe IRS scandal that revealed targeting of conservative groups by the Treasury Department has reopened speculation that the Obama-orchestrated auto bailouts unfairly targeted Republican-leaning dealerships for closure. Republican Congressmen Mike Kelly (PA) and Jim Renacci (OH) have penned a letter to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew requesting documentation so that an investigation can determine what criteria was used to shutter dealers that appear to have had one thing in common: their political affiliations.

IRS Expedited Tax Exemption for Obama Foundation While Stiffing Tea Party

Lois Lerner photoIn May 2011, the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) asked the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to investigate the Barack H. Obama Foundation, which was soliciting tax-deductible contributions from the public although it was not tax exempt. The Foundation is named for Obama's father and is based in Kenya. Its founder and chairman is Abon'go Malik Obama, whose father is also the father of President Obama.

The IRS not only failed to investigate, but in June 2011 it retroactively granted the Obama Foundation tax-exempt status. Click here to see the letter from Lois Lerner (in photo), Director of the Exempt Organizations division.

Sharpton's Finances in Disarray Despite Bloomberg Support

Sharpton Bloomberg photoBy any reasonable standard, Reverend Al Sharpton is the most powerful black civil-rights leader in New York City, if not the entire nation. So why are the finances of his nearly two-decade-old nonprofit organization, National Action Network (NAN), in such apparent shambles? A number of people, including the IRS, a prominent New York accounting firm and the management of Memphis' finest hotel, would like to know. Ironically, the group's troubles, highlighted in a recent investigative report appearing in the New York Post, have occurred despite an infusion of more than $100,000 from a philanthropy driven by one of America's richest men. One dreads to think what the federal deficit would look like today had Sharpton been elected president in 2004.

NYC-Area Scam Artist Can't Keep $12 Million

currency transaction reportHis name was Joseph Castello. But for years he was known to his associates as "Joey Checks." That's because for almost a decade Castello handled other peoples' checks - more than $600 million worth, in fact. And about a third of that sum was laundered. On July 7, a three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, ruled that Castello had to pay forfeiture in the amount of $12,012,924.31 and vacate all claims to his $9 million Greenwich, Connecticut home. The decision reverses an earlier ruling by U.S. District Judge Leonard Wexler who had deemed any forfeiture excessive. Evidence indicates the circuit court made the right call.

Congress Passes, Obama Signs First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit Extension/Expansion

IRS cashHomeownership as a moral right has been the great unspoken reason for the nation's financial collapse of the past year and a half. And unfortunately Congress and successive administrations appear all too willing to recreate the very conditions that led to the disaster. President Obama today signed a $24 billion economic stimulus bill one of whose main features is an extension and expansion of a "temporary" first-time homebuyer tax credit worth up to $8,000 per household. The House and Senate each passed the measure earlier this week by the respective margins of 403-12 and 98-0. In so doing, lawmakers laid the groundwork for even more inefficiency and corruption.

First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit Program Rife with Fraud; IRS Employees in on Scam

IRS refundDespite its brief existence, the federal government's $8,000 tax credit for first-time homebuyers already has proven to be a costly boondoggle. And in what appears to be an act of unintended comedy, Congress is primed to extend and expand this "temporary" program beyond its November 30 deadline. On Thursday, October 22, J. Russell George, inspector general for the Internal Revenue Service, testified before a House Ways and Means subcommittee that the tax credit has been rife with inefficiency and fraud. Among those scamming the program, he believes, are more than 50 IRS employees. This interim report, George emphasized, if anything, understates the problem.

IRS Severs Ties to ACORN in Wake of Scandals, Tax Liens

ACORN logoThe Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN, is fast becoming radioactive to any organization contemplating doing business (or further business) with it. Federal agencies are no exception to the growing list of entities that recently have dropped their ties to the New Orleans-based nonprofit network. The Internal Revenue Service announced yesterday that it no longer would include ACORN as a partner in its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

Brooklyn, N.Y. Contractor Sentenced for Role in Building Cost Overrun Scheme

The massive scandal surrounding the renovation of New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) headquarters in Lower Manhattan continues to reverberate. The latest casualty in this union-connected ghost-worker and money-laundering scam is Constantine Vafias, 70, a Brooklyn-based construction contractor. On April 7, Vafias was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York to three years probation and ordered to pay $1 million in restitution and $100,000 in forfeiture. Those sums, substantial as they are, represent only a fraction of the total funds siphoned off into the pockets of the lead contractor, two major local unions, various shell companies and the Gambino crime family.

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