And here we all thought Lois Lerner was just targeting the people of the Taxed Enough Already movement. As it turns out, one focus was also the progeny of former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. It seems that her daughter Bristol drew the attention of the tax people with a $332,500 salary as a celebrity spokesperson. (USA Today)
One email, cited by Chairman Orrin Hatch as an “example of Lerner’s interest in conservative organizations,” asked whether the IRS should open an audit of Candie’s Foundation, which paid Palin $332,500 in compensation to be a celebrity spokesperson. Lerner was concerned that the salary figure could violate IRS rules against charitable groups being for the private benefit of individuals.
At least Orrin Hatch hasn’t totally gone over to the other side, but seriously, celebrity spokespeople are expensive. No one ever criticized Habitat for Humanity for employing Jimmy Carter in that spot for more money than that, let alone opened an IRS audit investigation. As it happens, Candie’s Foundation works to explain to teenagers the consequences of getting pregnant. If anyone can speak to that well in the political sphere, Bristol Palin can. Hatch was curious that Lerner asked about initiating action thanks to a single news article. From The Daily Caller:
Hatch noted how unusual it was for Lerner to consider an audit based upon a single news article. He noted that out of 1.5 million IRS records reviewed by his committee staff, there were no other instances where Lerner referred a progressive group for an audit based on a single news article.
“Lerner’s willingness to act on this particular news article – among many that reached her inbox each day – shows that she was paying close attention to conservative politicians and organizations,” Hatch stated in his report.
Hmm, that’s interesting. Lerner’s hard drive crashed and somehow they managed to get a hold of over a million documents. (Hear that, Hillary?)
There’s more information in the articles regarding Lerner’s political views, but the truth is that Hatch is correct: Lois Lerner is a political hack who thought nothing of using her position to stymie those she saw as political inferiors.
As for non-profits not being for the private benefit of individuals, Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood clears more than Bristol Palin did.