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Ms. Lois G. Lerner

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Employment History


  • Western New England College of Law
  • Northeastern University
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Lerner formerly headed an ..., 5 Feb 2015 [cached]
Lerner formerly headed an IRS division that reviews nonprofit organizations' requests for tax exemptions.
It's important to note Lerner, no doubt sensing the committee's hearing to be the witch hunt that it has turned out to be, actually was in negotiations to answer the panel's questions.
And that, of course, set off the righteous indignation of the Republicans on the committee, including Lummis, one of the 21 GOP representatives who voted last Thursday to censure Lerner.
"The power to tax is the power to destroy," Lummis wrote, "and I believe Lois Lerner abused that power by stifling conservative Americans' 1st Amendment right to free speech.
Ms. Lerner said, 'I have done nothing wrong, I have broken no laws.' But I believe that is a falsehood as shown in her own emails. … we need answers from Lois Lerner."
It sounds like Lummis has already decided Lerner is guilty, so why did they even need a hearing?
The Post's McAuliff interviewed Gregory Gilchrist of the University of Toledo College of Law, who explained Lerner would have to answer the GOP's questions if they granted her immunity.
That seems to be precisely the way Republicans on the Oversight Committee wanted it: keep Lerner in the news; attack her because she must be guilty, or else she would have testified; and use the whole episode as a way to stir up the Tea Party so they go to the polls.
It would be great if the public sees through all that, and realizes the only thing Issa, Lummis and the other Republicans did was rip a page out of Joe McCarthy's infamous playbook and trample on Lerner for daring to exercise her rights under the Constitution - yes, that document they claim to hold so dear.
Lessons Learned From the IRS Colleges & Universities Compliance Project | Caplin & Drysdale, 30 Jan 2015 [cached]
On May 8, 2013, IRS Exempt Organizations Director Lois Lerner summarized the origins, process and results of the Project in testimony before the House Ways & Means Committee, Subcommittee on Oversight.
In a speech delivered at an ..., 24 Jan 2015 [cached]
In a speech delivered at an educational conference on April 19, Lois Lerner, Director of the Exempt Organizations Division at the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS"), reported the preliminary findings from an analysis of governance practices of exempt organizations and signaled that good governance will continue to be a focal point for the IRS. The findings represent the first measurable data from the IRS supporting the premise that good governance and tax compliance go hand in hand. In addition to her comments on the governance analysis, Ms. Lerner announced that the IRS will begin conducting examinations of organizations reporting "Significant Diversions of Assets" (such as embezzlement or theft) in the governance section of the Form 990.
In undertaking the governance check sheet initiative, which was the primary subject of Ms. Lerner's remarks, the IRS sought to provide statistical support for its proposition that good governance leads to tax compliance.
In her recent remarks, Lerner explained that the IRS has reviewed the tax filings and other publicly available information on those organizations that reported significant diversions and now intends to conduct an examination program in the area.
A transcript of Ms. Lerner's remarks is available here:
IRS says official at centre of ..., 24 Sept 2013 [cached]
IRS says official at centre of tea party scandal retiring; Lois Lerner had been on paid leave by The Canadian Press - Story: 99066 Sep 24, 2013 / 2:28 pm Photo: The Canadian Press. All rights reserved. FILE - In this May 22, 2013 file photo, Lois Lerner, head of the IRS unit that decides whether to grant tax-exempt status to groups, listens on Capitol Hill in Washington. Lerner, the official at the center of the agency’s tea party scandal is retiring. Lerner headed the IRS division that handles applications for tax-exempt status when she was placed on paid leave in May. While she was in charge, the agency acknowledged that agents improperly targeted tea party groups for extra scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status from 2010 to 2012. (AP Photo/J.
Lois Lerner headed the IRS division that handles applications for tax-exempt status when she was placed on paid leave in May. While she was in charge, the agency acknowledged that agents improperly targeted tea party groups for extra scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status during the 2010 and 2012 elections.
Lerner first disclosed the targeting at a law conference in May, when she was asked a planted question about IRS treatment of political groups. Less than two weeks later, she refused to answer questions at a congressional hearing, citing her constitutional right not to incriminate herself.
A day after the hearing she was placed on paid leave at the age of 62.
Lerner's retirement came as a review board was set to propose that she be fired, said a statement by Rep.
Lerner is an attorney who joined the IRS in 2001. In brief remarks before she invoked her right not to testify before the House Oversight committee, Lerner expressed pride in her 34-year career in federal government, which has included work at the Justice Department and Federal Election Commission.
As director of the exempt organizations division, she oversaw 900 workers and a budget approaching $100 million.
Lerner's revelation at the May 10 tax conference set off a firestorm at the agency. President Barack Obama forced the acting commissioner to resign and much of the agency's top leadership was replaced. Three congressional committees and the Justice Department launched investigations.
"Just because Lois Lerner is retiring from the IRS does not mean the investigation is over.
Lerner initially said the targeting was limited to agents working in a Cincinnati office that handled applications for tax-exempt status. Congressional investigations have since discovered evidence that IRS supervisors in Washington were aware that tea party applications were being delayed for years in some cases while the groups endured sometimes burdensome scrutiny.
However, investigators have released no evidence showing that anyone outside the IRS ordered the targeting or knew it was happening.
Levin said Lerner is "being held responsible for her gross mismanagement of the IRS tax-exempt division, which led to improper handling of applications for tax-exempt status, whether conservative and progressive."
"Regardless of whatever else happens, I ..., 25 Sept 2014 [cached]
"Regardless of whatever else happens, I know I did the best I could under the circumstances and am not sorry for anything I did," former IRS official Lois Lerner told POLITICO in an exclusive interview released today.
In the piece, Lerner portrays herself as being unfairly attacked by the very groups she spent years inappropriately targeting.
Lerner, for her part, assumes she is at the center of the storm because "I was the person who announced it. I assume the other part of it is because I declined to talk, and once I declined to talk, they could say anything they wanted, and they knew I couldn't say anything back."
Oh, and she wants everyone to know how apolitical she is too. This is the same woman who was in contact with the Department of Justice about putting tea party leaders behind bars for "lying" about political activity and the same woman who called conservatives crazies and a**holes in an email. Speaking of those crazy a**holes, according to Lerner and her husband, Mark Levin and his listeners were the source of that comment.
Lerner, then in London, responded from her work email about hearing chatter about the U.S. being a broken system for its fiscal brinkmanship over the debt ceiling.
Lerner said she is "not a political person," has voted for candidates of both parties and that the only campaign contribution she ever made was $25 to a fellow law school student running for judge.
And, let's not forget "non-political" Lerner discussing the possibility of joining President Obama's 2012 re-election machine Organization for Action.
Lerner, the director of Exempt Organizations, emailed a colleague about OFA on January 24, who noted that they would primarily operate out of Chicago - but would have an office in Washington D.C. "Oh--maybe I can get the DC office job! Lerner emailed back.
Unfortunately, Lerner isn't playing the victim card all on her own.
"By taking the Fifth, Lois put a sign on her back: Kick me," Streckfus told POLITICO for their story.
Lois Lerner isn't a victim, she's a bully backed up by America's most powerful federal government agency, the Justice Department and the Obama administration. People like Becky Gerritson and hundreds of regular Americans like her who were targeted by Lerner and her goons are the real victims and they deserve justice.
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