IRS Scandal Timeline – TEST

IRS Scandal

January 21, 2010

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.

March 1, 2010

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.

June 15, 2011

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.”

May 10, 2013

Lois Lerner Apologizes For Illegal Conduct Against Conservatives

Lois Lerner apologized in a speech before the American Bar Association for a pattern of misconduct whereby the IRS intentionally and systematically targeted for additional and unconstitutional scrutiny conservative organizations applying for tax-exemption.

May 22, 2013

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.

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