One of President Obama’s donors, Barbara Bosserman, was appointed to investigate the IRS’ targeting of Tea Party and conservative groups in 2012.
California Rep. Darrell Issa revealed this troublesome information. In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, Issa wrote, “We request you immediately remove Ms. [Barbara] Bosserman from the ongoing investigation… By selecting a significant donor to President Obama to lead an investigation into inappropriate targeting of conservative groups, the Department has created a startling conflict of interest.”
The letter continued, “It is unbelievable that the Department would choose such an individual to examine the federal government’s systematic targeting and harassment of organizations oppose to the President’s policies… Please provide a comprehensive explanation of the decision to assign Ms. Bosserman to the DoJ/FBI investigation of the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups.”
Bosserman, a lawyer for the Department of Justice, donated a total of $6,100 to Obama’s 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns.
It was revealed early in 2013 that the IRS had specifically targeted conservative groups applying for tax exempt status — especially groups that aligned with the Tea Party movement. The Daily Caller pointed out that “the denial of the non-profit status to the groups hindered their fundraising and curbed their advocacy for small-government policies during the 2012 campaign, which Obama won.”
After the scandal was revealed to the public, the Obama administration tried to downplay it.
In December, Obama said during a TV interview, “You’ve got an office in Cincinnati in the IRS office that, I think, for bureaucratic reasons is trying to streamline what is a difficult law to interpret about whether [a] nonprofit is actually a political organization. And they’ve got a list. And suddenly, everybody’s outraged.”
He also criticized the mainstream media’s coverage of the event. Singling out Chris Matthews, Obama said, “There are some so-called progressives and … perceived-to-be-liberal commentators, who during that week, just were outraged at the possibility that these folks … had been, you know, at the direction of the Democratic Party in some way, discriminated against tea party folks. That is what gets news. That’s what gets attention.”
One can only hope that Issa’s letter helps shine light on this scandal and removes Bosserman from the IRS investigation. We will keep you posted on the situation.
(H/T: The Daily Caller)