RUSH: Let me start digging into this IRS Stack that I have here. UK Daily Mail: "When a Tennessee lawyer asked the IRS for tax-exempt status for a mentoring group that trained high school and college students about conservative political philosophy, the agency responded with a list of 95 questions in 31 parts, including an ultimatum for a list of everyone the group had trained, or planned to train.
"'Provide details regarding all training you have provided or will provide,' the IRS demanded. 'Indicate who has received or will receive the training and submit copies of the training material.' That question was part of the tax collection agency's February 14, 2012 letter to Kevin Kookogey. founder of the group Linchpins of Liberty. He had submitted his application 13 months earlier. 'Can you imagine my responsibility to parents if I disclosed the names of their children to the IRS?' he asked MailOnline. It's 'an impossible question to answer fully and truthfully,' he said, 'without disclosing the names of anyone I ever taught, or would ever teach, including students.'"
The IRS is not demanding this of similar liberal groups, by the way.
They're simply rubber-stamping them.
Barack Obama's brother or cousin or some such thing -- I can't find it in my massive list of things in front of me here -- was granted tax-exempt status. The IRS ordered just this one group in Tennessee, an educational group, to turn over a list of high school high school and college students that it had trained in conservatism. The federal government demanded a list of everyone this group had ever trained or planned to train.
"Linchpins of Liberty mentors high school and college students and teaches them conservative political philosophy." This group wasn't even linked to the Tea Party. It was just conservative. The IRS inspector general report listed seven questions the agency should never have asked. This question, however, was not one of them. Here's some sample questions this educational group had to answer to the IRS.
Has any person or organization provided educational services to you? If yes, provide the following:
a.) The name of the person or organization
b.) A full description of the services provided.
c.) The political affiliation of the person or organization.
This is none of their business. It had nothing to do with whether or not you have the application approved or denied.
"Provide details regarding all training you have provided or will provide. Indicate who has received or will receive the training and submit copies of the training material," you're using to train people in conservatism.
An impossible question. A series of impossible questions to answer. But these groups tried and the information they provided, in some cases, was given to ProPublica. And that ended up on the computers of so-called mainstream journalists. And then it ended up in local newspapers, maybe national news, local TV newscasts. A story about a local group applying for tax-exempt status would be subject to a scathing report on your local news, bunch of racists, so forth. This is how it worked.
RUSH: Folks, let's talk about the War on Women for just a second, because the real War on Women was not involving Mitt Romney. The real War on Women had nothing to do with conservatives or contraception or birth control or abortion or any of that. That was entirely manufactured. The real War on Women was occurring at the IRS. The real War on Women was the IRS and the Obama regime denying tax-exempt status to 527s and Tea Party groups. And I'm telling you, many of those were headed by women at the leadership level.
By the way, it was Obama's half-brother, Abongo Malik Obama who was granted a tax exemption for his charity, which was called the Barack H. Obama Foundation. He was granted tax-exempt status within less than a month, but there was a bonus. His tax-exempt status was made retroactive two years prior because he had been collecting donations illegally for two years prior to having been granted tax-exempt status. I'm not making this up. Obama's half-brother, Abongo Malik Obama, got a tax exempt grant for his foundation in less than a month, and they made it retroactive when they found out he had been collecting money as a tax-exempt foundation illegally for two years.
So the IRS said, "Okay, well, we'll legalize you here, and we're going to give you your tax-exempt status, and we're gonna date it back two years so that everything you've been doing now is legal." I don't know which half-brother this is. Look, at some point you lose the ability to keep track of 'em all. I don't know if it's the guy in the hut who finally got out of the hut and started a foundation. I'm just telling you, he's got a half-brother who for two years was collecting money for the Barack H. Obama Foundation under the guise that it was tax-exempt. He was telling donors that their donations were tax-exempt and all that, and they weren't. He had not been granted status. He finally was granted status less than a month after he applied and they made it retroactive two years prior so that he wasn't guilty of anything.
Listen to Jennifer Stefano, War on Women, here's the real War on Women. This is last night, Fox Business Network, the Willis Report. She spoke with Americans for Prosperity, Pennsylvania state director, Jennifer Stefano, about the IRS targeting conservative groups. And Willis said, "How were you targeted? Tell us your story."
STEFANO: This was before I joined Americans for Prosperity. I was just a stay-at-home mother. I was pregnant with another baby, and I wanted to do what was right. My Tea Party group was becoming really large and I couldn't run the money and the donations through my bank account. I was advised the IRS would come after you for that. So I started calling other groups and I thought I would file and create an organization, and here they were all getting targeted by the IRS, and I got scared.
RUSH: So Willis then said, "Well, what were they asking you?"
STEFANO: These are all out there now, and I have actually documents showing it. You know, "Send us your Facebook pages, your Twitter pages," and I said, "Does that include personal pages?" and they said, "Everything." They wanted to know your personal relationships with politicians and political parties. And I asked, "What would happen if I don't send this to you?" and they said, they made an insinuation like, "Look, it can be considered perjury if you omit things from the IRS." I'm a pregnant stay-at-home mother on one income, I thought, "Oh, my goodness, I'm not doing anything." I stopped.
RUSH: Exactly. She stopped. She's trying to set up a tax-exempt organization to raise money for the causes she believed in. She's a Tea Party woman. This is the War on Women. She didn't start the group. She did not start her group because she was scared of being charged with perjury if she didn't answer all the questions and send in all of the information that they were demanding. So there's your answer, in part, why the electorate didn't look the same in 2012 as it did in 2010. These groups were shut down. The regime shut them down, made it, in this woman's case, impossible for her to set up her fundraising group and to begin working on behalf of the things she believed in.
RUSH: Look, in plain, simple language for low-information voters to understand this. What was happening was, it just wasn't fair, folks, what the IRS was doing was not fair to these Tea Party groups. They were denying them the right to participate in the political process by harassing them because of what they believed. That's not American, that's not fair, and it was mean. It was really mean.