Lois Lerner and Really Cushy Deals

I’m going to assume that you know who Lois Lerner is. If the name is unfamiliar, consult Mr. Google before continuing.

OK, so we all remember Lois getting called back before the oversight committee and insisting she “didn’t do anything wrong” and then copping the 5th so she didn’t have to actually talk about what she hadn’t done wrong.

Then, she was put on “paid administrative leave”. That phrase is code for “take a vacation while we sort out this mess you’ve made” “bitch”.

So, she got to stay home for a while – still accessing her IRS email account and who knows what other stuff – watching As the World Turns and sitting around in her PJs [where’s my eye bleach?] – and collecting her government pittance of something a tad greater than $177,000 per year.

Then, after a while, she “retired”.

Now, she’s collecting a pension. After all, she faithfully served as a public servant for 34 years in various functions of the federal government. I’m sure her leadership, probably all the way up to the Oval Office, considered her pension well-earned and wished her well in her retirement.

OK, now we’re all up to date, so what’s new?

Well, thanks to the meddlesome folks over at Judicial Watch who pushed for a FOIA release of her emails, it turns out that Lois had been a busy little beaver over at the IRS.

The Internal Revenue Service shared highly confidential tax information of several Tea Party groups in the IRS scandal with the Federal Election Commission, a clear violation of federal law, according to newly obtained emails.

The public watchdog group Judicial Watch told Secrets Thursday that it was former scandal boss Lois Lerner who shared the information on groups including the American Future Fund and the American Issues Project.

The emails obtained by Judicial Watch show that the IRS, which was considering the tax status of the groups, gave the FEC the tax returns of the groups, including income, expenditures and staff pay. The emails also revealed the exact working of the prying political questions the IRS wanted the groups to reveal, such as their goals and the requests for brochures and ads.

It’s worth reading the whole article, with adult beverage handy.

In other words, Ms. Lerner, prior to her retirement for important services rendered to the nation, committed a series of felonies by releasing confidential taxpayer information.

I can’t wait to see what happens. Any investigations and referrals for prosecution will have to come from Eric Holder’s Department of “Justice”.

In the meantime, Ms. Lerner is struggling to get by on her federal government retirement check. Which, by the way, looks like this:

National Taxpayers Union calculations show that Lerner could qualify for a starting pension at the annual equivalent of as much as $102,600, and up to $3.96 million over her lifetime.

Let’s see. Let her collect about four million buckos for exemplary service to the taxpayers or prosecute the bitch? Personally, I think four mil is a pretty good incentive to stay under the radar for the next three years because I’m pretty sure the Department of “Justice” won’t be investigating or prosecuting.

Anybody know what the statute of limitations on this stuff is?

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  • Retired military

    Add her name to Barry’s pardon list.

    • Vagabond661

      That’s a long list.

    • jim_m

      Entirely unnecessary. Current GOP leadership has no interest in pursuing dems for malfeasance in office. They want to preserve the status quo. Boehner and Mitchell have no interest in prosecuting the dems for fascist tactics. Ultimately, government control over everything would suit them just fine.

      • fustian24

        The sad fact is that nobody in Washington wants to be looked at too closely.

        Ordinarily we could rely on the press to make enough of a hue and cry that this woman might be forced into some accountability.


        You only get press oversight of government these days when republicans are in office.

        Dems can do whatever the hell they want up to and including killing people (Mexican arms and Benghazi) and it gets scarcely a peep.

  • GarandFan

    “Any investigations and referrals for prosecution will have to come from Eric Holder’s Department of “Justice”.”

    Don’t hold your breath.

  • ackwired

    This is surprising. I assumed (there’s that word again) that government agencies worked together to see who is violating campaign finance laws and who is using tax exempt status to fund political campaigns. I guess congress passed some laws to make it as difficult as possible for them to track this stuff.

    • jim_m

      No. Congress passed a law that prevents the disclosure of private tax information to ANYONE, including other government agencies. The reason this was passed was to prevent abuse of that information, including abusing that information for political purposes. Of course you would find that objectionable.

      This was never a question about violating campaign laws. This was always and only ever an action designed to suppress political opposition and to criminalize political opposition.

    • jim_m

      Oddly enough, if this really were a legitimate law enforcement activity, past history tells us that dem policy is to forbid any such intergovernmental cooperation.

    • If you want to completely blow up the US tax system, make it clear that other government agencies will have access to the information. There aren’t enough hours in the day to handle the deluge of non-filers and fifth amendment claims.

      Do you import wood and claim it as a business expense? The Fish and Wildlife service would like to talk to you about your Lacey act paperwork, right after they seize all your wood for a few years. See Gibson Guitar for a practical tutorial of how that can work out.

      The plain fact is that there are a lot of vague statutes out there that are aren’t enforced except in egregious cases that are brought to the attention of the enforcing body. Transform that system into one where any agency can do a search through everybody’s tax returns and you’ve got a serious increase in the effective enforcement rate of a bunch of laws that most do not even realize are on the books.

      • Agim Zabeli

        TMLutas: Did you mean to write “serious increase in the effective [selective] enforcement rate of a bunch of laws”?

        • The US has passed a number of laws that are honored more in the breach than enforced. Estimates are that the average american commits up to 3 felonies a day, mostly unknowing. The lack of information by the enforcement bodies has helped keep tyranny in check. Part of that lack of information, a vital part, has been the compartmentalization of tax information. Breaking that wall would upset the balance and cause at least rebellion if not outright revolution.

          It would be politically advantageous for my side if the true folly of the regulatory state would suddenly press down on the people but it would not be good for the country.

          • jim_m

            I think his point was that any such laws would be selectively enforced against political enemies. And that is exactly how the obama admin behaves and what we should expect from anything that may come out of this.

          • I agree that selective enforcement is a huge danger but even if the enforcement is not selective, it would change how this country works.

            Here’s a non-tax example. The technology is available to send out speeding tickets based on toll transponders and license plate pictures at manned toll booths. By simple timestamp analysis, it would be easy to justify speeding tickets in court and cheap to do so.

            The public would feel doubly betrayed if only registered members of the minority party got the tickets but the outrage would be on high even if it were done even handedly and everybody got tickets.

          • Agim Zabeli

            Just so, Jim. Thanks.

      • ackwired

        Thank you for an intelligent response. You make a good point.

  • dwpittelli

    Too bad you can’t get away with tarring and feathering these scumbags anymore.

    • Largebill

      Why not? Seriously, why not? Part of the problem of an ever increasingly brazen political class is the absence of fear of citizens doing anything about their malfeasance. Break out the tar and feathers!

  • FarOutWest

    For the past 5 years the IRS has targeted those who are legally blind and take the legally blind deduction on their 1040 forms.

  • amr

    Those in Watergate under Nixon didn’t escape justice under the Ford Admin. So Republicans will go after Republicans only? Two GOP political appointees bit the dust when they refused to fire Mr. Cox, the special prosecutor, in the initial stages of Watergate. Even for doing what was right and moral during the investigation of that “crime”, they ruined their political careers. Is there a federal prosecutor who will place country over career. I doubt it. Democrats seemly have situational justice and morality and place themselves over country.

  • Mark Power

    Anyone who still supports the fedgov is as evil as the empire.

  • Chance Boudreaux

    Reduce the Fed and return State’s Rights! Also, Flat Tax FTW!

  • caseym54

    And soon she’ll have a nice cushy consulting job with some left-wing organization where she doesn’t have to do anything except bank her hush money and qualify for a Social Security double dip.

  • John in Chicago

    Nixon resigned the presidency for less then the crimes perpetrated by this administration.

    • amr

      Nixon covered up what his people did. At a minimum Obama has done the same thing; but he , like Clinton, is loved; especially by the media.