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As many of you know, the lawsuit funded by my organization Citizens for Self-Governance was successful. In October, the federal government admitted they targeted these patriotic Americans and agreed to settle the class-action lawsuit in Ohio and a tea party challenge in the District of Columbia. If the court approves the class settlement, the government will have to fork over $3.5 million, including compensation to the tea party groups, merely the first step in showing the public how the IRS was turned into a political weapon against Americans. Thankfully, recordings and transcripts of the depositions of former IRS executive Lois G. Lerner could give the public a really great glimpse into their targeting.

However, Lerner and her former IRS deputy Holly Paz now say they’re scared of what may happen if the public finds out what they did. “The voluminous record of harassment and physical threats to Mss. Lerner and Paz and their families during the pendency of this litigation provides a compelling reason to seal the materials,” her attorney said. But Lerner and Paz pointed out one person in particular who has stoked the potential for violence against them.

On Fox Business, the host found this disturbing.  He began by saying that no government agency is “owned” by the American people than the IRS.  “Most of us actually write checks in April to the IRS, so don’t taxpayers deserve to know what former IRS official Lois Lerner told a court about how and why she targeted Tea Party organizations because of their politics beliefs?”

That’s a very good question.

I responded, “Well, she filed a motion to try to keep that testimony quiet.  It’s the height of irony — after years of targeting and harassing Tea Party folks — she doesn’t want her actions to be known, because she’s afraid she might be harassed.  Now, I don’t believe in abusing IRS officials or anyone else.  But the irony is just thick here.”

Watch my video below:

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About The Author

Mark Meckler

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.