Supreme Court Issues “Citizens United” Decision
SCOTUS issues their opinion in the Citizens United case, finding that the “government may not suppress political speech on the basis of the speaker’s corporate identity. No sufficient governmental interest justifies limits on the political speech of nonprofit or for-profit corporations.” This prompted a spike in organizations applying for tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(4) of the Tax Code.
Cincinnati IRS Office Told To Screen For Conservative Keywords
During the month of March in 2010, employees in the Cincinnati IRS office were told to begin screening tax exempt status applications for conservative keywords. This will not be discovered until much later, and finally confirmed in 2013.
Chairman Camp Suggests IRS Targeting Political Speech
Republican Dave Camp, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, questioned the IRS Commissioner’s veracity stating: “Every aspect of this tax investigation, from the timing to the sudden reversal of nearly thirty years of IRS practice, strongly suggests that the IRS is targeting constitutionally-protected political speech.”
Lois Lerner Apologizes For Illegal Conduct Against Conservatives
Lois Lerner Pleads The Fifth
At the House Oversight’s May 22 hearing “The IRS: Targeting Americans for their Political Beliefs,” Lois Lerner, the Director of Exempt Organizations at IRS, pleads the fifth.