I’ve heard people say not to write anything down in an e-mail that you wouldn’t want on the front page of the newspaper.  I guess Lois Lerner, the former Director of the IRS’s Exempt Organizations, is learning this lesson the hard way.

Newly revealed e-mails reveal a little of what Lerner was thinking when she specifically targeted tea party groups:

Lois G. Lerner, the woman at the center of the Internal Revenue Service scandal over special scrutiny of conservative groups, specifically targeted tea party applications and directed that they be held up in 2011 in order to come up with an agency policy, according to several of Ms. Lerner’s emails released by a House committee Thursday.

In one 2011 email, Ms. Lerner specifically calls the tea party applications for tax-exempt status problematic, which seems to counter Democrats’ arguments that tea party groups weren’t targeted.

“Tea Party Matter very dangerous,” Ms. Lerner wrote in the 2011 email, saying that those applications could end up being the “vehicle to go to court” to get more clarity on a 2010 Supreme Court ruling on campaign finance rules.

Read more here.

Why is this even a big deal?  There are, among others, two primary reasons:

1.  When this story first broke, the White House and the IRS claimed there was no systematic abuse, that this illegal targeting was caused by some lowly staffers in their Cincinnati office.  Lerner’s e-mails prove otherwise.

2.  Also, it shines a light on the political motivation behind targeting these patriotic, freedom loving groups.

Did you apply for non-profit status as a conservative group and get harassed by the IRS?  If so, click here to join in our fight against this injustice!

Also, tune in tonight hear CSG’s founder Mark Meckler discuss many topics, including the IRS on Your World with Neil Cavuto at 8:40 PM Eastern/5:40 Pacific as well as The Blaze with Andrew Wilkow at 7:30 Eastern/4:30 Pacific.


About The Author

Nancy French

Nancy French is a three-time New York Times best-selling author. Her most recent books include a collaboration with Sarah Palin on her new book Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas and with famous Chinese dissident Bob Fu on his book God’s Double Agent: The True Story of a Chinese Christian’s Fight for Freedom. Other books include Home and Away: A Story of Family in a Time of War which she co-authored with her husband David French. She also collaborated with Bristol Palin on her book Not Afraid of Life: My Story So Far and with Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson’s A Winning Balance: What I’ve Learned So Far about Love, Faith, and Living Your Dreams. She also wrote Red State of Mind: How a Catfish Queen Reject Became a Liberty Belle. She is the editor of the Faith and Family Channel on Patheos, writes for National Review Online and Rare magazine, and has written in numerous publications, such as USA Today, Parents magazine, and the Philadelphia Inquirer.   She and her husband David have a home in Franklin, Tennessee, where they and their three children attend Zion Presbyterian Church (PCA).