IRS Admits Breach of Records: False Tax Lien used to Defeat Tea Party Candidate Christine O’Donnell in 2010
After months of speculation about IRS targeting the Tea Party, there is at least one confirmed false IRS motion that helped cost a Tea Party candidate a race for the US Senate.
Christine O’Donnell was pummeled by opponents over her personal finances, including a tax lien that was placed on a home she owned. The problem was that she had already sold that home at the time of the lien, and the IRS has since admitted that the lien was a mistake.
Finally, the IRS has also acknowledged that her financial records were illegally accessed by a state official on the very day that she declared her campaign run:
More than two years after her upstart Senate campaign rocked the Delaware political world, Christine O’Donnell got an unexpected contact from a U.S. Treasury Department agent warning that her private tax records may have been breached.
Now Mr. Martel, a criminal investigator for the Treasury Department’s inspector general for tax administration, was telling her that an official in Delaware state government had improperly accessed her records on that very same day.
So on the same day in 2010 that Christine O’Donnell announced her Senate run, a false lien was placed on property she didn’t own, and someone illegally accessed her financial records, which were later used to defeat her.
And yet, there is little curiosity on the part of the IRS to punish those responsible:
Beyond that, Ms. O’Donnell and Senate investigators who have tried to help her have run into a wall of silence, leaving more questions than answers about whether abuses of the IRS system extend to private individuals and not just the tax-exempt groups already identified as victims.
“I don’t know. And I’d like to know,” Ms. O’Donnell told The Washington Times in her first interview about the case. “Because whether it’s one, eight or 80 [cases], it’s an abuse of power at the IRS. It’s using the IRS as a political weapon, and that shouldn’t be done.”
Outrageously, the IRS indicates that she wasn’t the only one targeted in such a manner:
The Treasury Department’s tax watchdog has informed Mr. Grassley that at least four politicians or political donors have had their personal tax records improperly accessed through that system since 2006, including one case in which a willful violation of federal law was identified.
And it seems that the case is considered closed – the Department of Justice is too busy trying to encourage racial strife by pursuing federal action against George Zimmerman to pursue this very important breach of government trust.
Watch this interview with Christine O’Donnell from Fox News Nashville: