Other Agencies Joined In Widespread Targeting of Conservative, Constitutionalist Groups
By Harold Hutchison
New details on the abuses by the Obama Administration that targeted conservative groups have emerged. Not only was the targeting far wider than first acknowledged, but agencies other than the Internal Revenue Service were involved.
In one case in Texas, the founder a group known as True the Vote faced not only IRS scrutiny, but also scrutiny from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and a Texas state environmental agency. True the Vote also faced lawsuits from ACORN and the Democratic Party.
Another Tea Party group folded under the IRS intimidation. In Philadelphia, Jennifer Stefano said, “In the documents that were sent to me, if you did not tell the whole truth by not putting all your personal information out there by Facebook, by Twitter, of your personal relationship with candidates and parties ... it could be considered perjury and perjury carried jail time.”
The motivation may have been to reduce the effectiveness of the Tea Party. In 2010, Tea Party enthusiasm propelled Republicans to major gains in the midterm elections.