Darrell Issa answers The Most Ridiculous question of the weekend

Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA)

Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA)

On CNN this past Sunday Darrell Issa answered what Lawrence O’Donnell last night described as the Most Ridiculous Question of the Sunday Talk shows when Candy Crowley asked on CNN’s State of the Nation; “What does your gut tell you now?” regarding the trumped up IRS scandal. Issa’s gut tells him that “at least by some sort of convenient benign neglect allowed it (the scandal) to go on through the election, allowed these groups, conservative groups, if you will not friends of the President, to be disenfranchised through an election.” Unfortunately, as O’Donnell points out that “not one conservative group was denied 501(c)4 status by the IRS.”

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  15 comments for “Darrell Issa answers The Most Ridiculous question of the weekend

  1. junior
    June 4, 2013 at 9:11 am

    “not one conservative group was denied 501(c)4 status by the IRS.”

    Uh, yeah .. sure .. not quite .. that is the misleading mantra spouted by apologists for the criminal BHO Admin. directed IRS which deceptively ignores the fact that an organization does not have to be denied status in order to be neutered. Simply withhold status determination until the election is over and you have done a great deal of harm to your political opponents. People will be going to jail for this.

  2. junior
    June 4, 2013 at 10:33 am

    A tea party witness from Alabama launched into emotional testimony during her opening statement before the House Ways and Means Committee Tuesday as she described her group’s political abuse at the hands of the Internal Revenue Service.

    Wetumpka Tea Party President Becky Gerritson said: “We peacefully assemble. We petition our government. We exercise the right to free speech. And we don’t understand why the government tried to stop us,” .

    “I’m not here as a serf or a vassal,” she went on, beginning to choke up. “I’m not begging my lords for mercy. I’m a born-free American woman, wife, mother and citizen.”


  3. Jose s.
    June 4, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Becky gerritson forgot to mention she and her friends are also scared white racists.

  4. junior
    June 4, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Brilliant jose s. – simply brilliant. When faced with uncomfortable information throw out the race card. You and your type of adhominim bomb-throwers are quickly losing credibility.

  5. Jim Bieber
    June 4, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Chris –
    It’s been a while since this made up scandal was brought forth by conservatives. Over a month?
    By now liberal activists and lawmakers have had time to contact all the liberal groups that applied during the same time period asking for them to give examples of harassment from the IRS. So I am assuming any day liberals will spring their big trump cards and show many many examples that this was across the board harassment and not limited to conservative groups.
    Liberal organizations did apply for non-profit status in those years didn’t they? They received the same treatment right? When will Liberal leaders like you be able to blast away with tit-for tat examples of harassment of liberal groups by the IRS? Time is running out to clearly show there wasn’t a singling out of harassment that only targeted conservatives because this is a “made up scandal.”

    • June 5, 2013 at 7:19 pm


      As you are a political consultant I would have assumed you would know that a 501(c)4 corporation is not required to seek a determination letter from the Internal revenue Service to operate as a tax exempt corporation. While many do seek such determination letters, they can take months and, as this faux scandal has illuminated, even years to be issued.

      So, since IRS determination letters are not needed for the operation of any non-profit corporation that intends to operate under the provisions of section 501(c)4 of the Internal Revenue Code, there is no disenfranchisement of any group. I personally find the process of the IRS issuing determination letters upfront to be absurd, given the fact that such determinations are unnecessary. The only time, in my opinion, that the IRS should be looking into the activities of a corporation operating under 501(c)4 is if there is a request from an IRS field office responding to a specific allegation that a corporation may not be operating as a social welfare organization.

      If any organization is stupid enough to seek a determination letter from the IRS as to their legitimacy as a 501(c)4 corporation, they should be prepared for scrutiny. If you were to personally request that the IRS Audit your personal tax returns, it would be unreasonable for you to claim political discrimination, if they turned your life upside-down while they performed the audit you requested.

      Why government hating, and specifically IRS hating, activists would ask the government to dig into their business is baffling to me. That groups who have as part of their name TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party would ask for needless IRS intrusion, and then whine about it, is just the height of stupidity.

      Maybe liberals aren’t as stupid, or maybe they just understand that if you ask for the scrutiny of a determination letter, you should be fully prepared to receive it and not complain about it.

  6. Jose s.
    June 4, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Junior can you explain why the tea party types are 90% white?

  7. junior
    June 4, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Jose s. – can you explain why more than 90% of blacks vote democrat?

  8. junior
    June 4, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    The TP are 79% white, compared with 75% for the general population.


  9. Jose s.
    June 4, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Junior why play the race card? I wasnt asking about blacks I was asking about those bat shit crazy tea party freaks. You know the ones who think they are forced to ride at the back of the bus?

  10. junior
    June 5, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Jose – You are the dealer who shuffled the deck and threw the race card on the table.

  11. Jose s.
    June 6, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Junior I was talking about scared white people not blacks.

  12. junior
    June 6, 2013 at 11:57 am

    yeah I know .. so white people are not a race now?

  13. Jim Bieber
    June 6, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Ahhh, I guess that means you can’t / won’t provide examples of liberal groups that applied for non-profit status who got the same harassing and inappropriate questions? What a simple answer to this mess, conservatives are stupid because they asked for extra scrutiny from the IRS when they applied to receive the same non-profit status as The Human Rights Campaign. Thanks for clearing it up.

  14. junior
    June 12, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Fox News poll: IRS targeting intentional act to punish political opponents; most want Congress to continue probe


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