IRS leaked Christine O'Donnel's tax records the day she announced Senate run

This is clearly political activity targeting not just organizations, but individual candidates:
More than two years after her upstart Senate campaign rocked the Delaware political world, Christine O'Donnell got an unexpected contact from a U.S. Treasury Department agent warning that her private tax records may have been breached.
And it's not just revealing personal information, it's actual sabotage:
On March 9, 2010, the day she revealed her plan to run for the Senate in a press release, a tax lien was placed on a house purported to be hers and publicized. The problem was she no longer owned the house. The IRS eventually blamed the lien on a computer glitch and withdrew it.

Now Mr. Martel, a criminal investigator for the Treasury Department's inspector general for tax administration, was telling her that an official in Delaware state government had improperly accessed her records on that very same day.
So, in other words, as soon as she announced her run for the Senate, an IRS agent in Delaware immediately accessed her records and placed a false lien on a house she no longer owned.  The fact that the false lien was immediately publicized makes the political motivation absolutely undeniable.  But no one has been prosecuted.

There's another bombshell buried on the second page of the article:
Ms. O'Donnell and congressional aides have been told that criminal investigators in states have the ability to dial into the IRS database.

There is little public knowledge of such inquiries, and whether they are legally justified or if they?re being abused by those with political axes to grind.
Using tax records for criminal investigation purposes, even in legitimate investigations, is a clear violation of the 5th Amendment protection against self-incrimination.  And it seems clear both from the facts of her case, and the fact that she was warned ahead of time that the IRS would mess with her if she challenged her state's sitting Senator, that the IRS is being abused to shut down political challengers in at least one state.

O'Donnell challenged the Delaware political establishment.  She lost, perhaps in no small part to the damaging financial information illegitimately released to the public.  The system is still punishing her.  Given what appears to happen to those who challenge Senators, is it at all surprising that incumbents get reelected at rates exceeding 90% when congressional approval ratings hover around 15%?

This is not representative government; this is oppression.

And I do not believe for a second that this is limited to one case, or four cases.

This entry was published Thu Jul 18 10:22:58 CDT 2013 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2013-07-18 10:22:58.0. [Tweet]

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