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BOMBSHELL MEMO: Jeanne Shaheen Conspired With White House Insider On IRS Targeting Scandal

The Daily Caller

Patrick Howley

November 3, 2014 


Democratic New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen was principally involved in a plot with Lois Lerner and President Barack Obama's political appointee at the IRS to lead a program of harassment against conservative nonprofit groups during the 2012 election, according to letters exclusively obtained by The Daily Caller.


The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) did not want to publicly release 2012 correspondences exchanged between the IRS and Jeanne Shaheen at her personal Washington office: the agency delayed releasing the information to a major conservative super PAC multiple times, even threatening to see the super PAC in court, according to emails.


But the letter in question comes out now, on the eve of Jeanne Shaheen's bid for re-election to the United States Senate.


"The IRS is aware of the current public interest in this issue," IRS chief counsel William J. Wilkins, a White House visitor described by insiders as "The President's Man at the IRS," personally wrote in a hand-stamped memo to "Senator Shaheen" on official Department of the Treasury letterhead on April 25, 2012.


The memo, obtained by TheDC, briefed the Democratic senator about a coordinated IRS-Treasury Department plot to target political activity by nonprofit 501(c)(4) groups. The plot was operating out of Lois Lerner's Tax Exempt Government Entities Division.


"These regulations have been in place since 1959," Wilkins wrote. "We will consider proposed changes in this area as we work with Tax-Exempt and Government Entities and the Treasury Department's Office of Tax Policy to identify tax issues that should be addressed" in designing new regulations and "guidance."


"I hope this information is helpful," Wilkins wrote. "I am sending a similar response to your colleagues. If you have questions, please contact me or have your staff contact Cathy Barre at (202) 622-3720."


Shaheen got the inside info from the IRS, making it clear she was the point person in a group composed of six close Democratic colleagues including Chuck Schumer and Al Franken, who joined with Shaheen in quietly writing a letter to then-IRS commissioner Doug Shulman expressing their concern about new nonprofit groups engaging in political activity in 2012.


The Democratic senators' publicly available March 9, 2012 letter asked the IRS to "immediately change the administrative framework for enforcement of the tax code as it applies to groups designated as 'social welfare' organizations" by introducing a new "bright line test" for how much a tax-exempt group can invest in political activity and by setting a new rule that at least 51 percent of a group's activity must non-political. The senators called for more elaborate disclosures about finances and "undertakings" in groups' form 990 submissions and sought new rules about how much donors could write off as business expenses.


A Freedom of Information Act request from a major conservative super PAC specifically identified "Jeanne Shaheen" as its Freedom of Information Act search term on the IRS scandal (and in Washington, folks, if YOUR NAME is the search term that the conservative super PAC uses in its bid to get public information, then you just might be involved in something).



Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today released the following statement on Hillary Clinton campaigning for Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire:


"Jeanne Shaheen told us that President Obama couldn't come here to campaign for her because he was too busy, so she brought in the next best thing - a former member of the Obama cabinet. Hillary Clinton and Jeanne Shaheen share one thing in common - they have both supported Obama's failed leadership, which has left America weaker at home and around the world.  To change direction, we need to change senators. Scott Brown is an independent leader who will be a check and balance on Obama, not a blank check like Jeanne Shaheen." 




Clinton Has Praised President Obama's Handling Of The Economy

VIDEO: At The Harkin Steak Fry In September 2014, Clinton Said President Obama Has Put Our Country "On The Road To Recovery." CLINTON: "One of the reasons this election is so important is because in Washington, there is too little cooperation and too much conflict and when it comes to moving America forward, we know what it takes. We've seen it. We've seen it in Tom Harkin. We've seen it in Bill Clinton and we've seen it in Barack Obama. Under President Obama's leadership, our country is on the road to recovery." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks at Harkin Steak Fry, Indianola, IA, 7/14/14)


VIDEO: In May 2014, Clinton Praised The "Painstaking Work And Strong Leadership From President Obama To Get Our Economy Growing Again." CLINTON: "I remember being on the Budget Committee in the Senate my very first year. With the new Administration making different choices, and the next eight years taught us different lessons about how, by policy choices, we can turn surpluses into debt. We can return to rising deficits. That's what happens when your only policy prescription is to cut taxes for the wealthy and then to deal with the aftermath of a terrible terrorist attack and two wars without paying for them. Regulators neglected their oversight of the financial sector and allowed the evolution of an entire shadow banking system that operated without accountability. Government failed to invest adequately in infrastructure, education, basic research and then the housing crash, the financial crisis hit like a flash flood. Millions of jobs washed away, along with college savings, mortgages, nest eggs for retirement. Confidence, that intangible confidence in the future. Its taken years of painstaking work and strong leadership from President Obama to get our economy growing again. But it is growing and there are reasons to be optimistic about our future." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks at the New America Foundation, Washington, DC, 5/16/14)


In November 2010, Clinton Said That She Believes "President Obama's Leadership At Home And Abroad ... Will Get Enormous Credit" For Preventing A Global Depression "When History Looks At What He Did." CLINTON: "The balancing act that had to be done in the global economy in the immediate days after President Obama came into office, I personally believe that President Obama's leadership at home and abroad working with countries like China, like India, like others, prevented a global depression. Now, its hard sometimes to get credit for what did not happen, but I believe that President Obama, when history looks at what he did, will get enormous credit." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks at Townterview, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 11/2/10)


Clinton Has Repeatedly And Effusively Praised President Obama On Foreign Policy

VIDEO: As She Left The State Department In January 2013, Clinton Said That "President Obama's Leadership" Had Made America "Stronger At Home And More Respected In The World." CLINTON: "Today, the world remains a dangerous and complicated place, and of course, we still face many difficult challenges. But a lot has changed in the last four years. Under President Obama's leadership, we've ended the war in Iraq, begun a transition in Afghanistan, and brought Usama bin Ladin to justice. We have also revitalized American diplomacy and strengthened our alliances. And while our economic recovery is not yet complete, we are heading in the right direction. In short, America today is stronger at home and more respected in the world. And our global leadership is on firmer footing than many predicted." (Secretary Hillary Clinton, Remarks On American Leadership At The Council On Foreign Relations, Remarks, Washington, DC, 1/31/13)


VIDEO: In October 2011, Clinton Said Obama "Passed With Flying Colors Every Leadership Challenge" On Foreign Policy "And Performed Extraordinarily Well." QUESTION: "Final question, Secretary Clinton: When you ran for president you posed a fundamental question to against your opponent at the time, now President Obama, which is who's going to answer that 3:00 a.m. phone call when there's an international crisis. And as you hear these Republican presidential debates and all the talk about foreign policy, do you think that there's a threshold that they're going to have to pass to show a certain amount of competence? And do you think that foreign policy, from what you've heard will be a disadvantage for this group of Republican candidates for president?" CLINTON: "Well, let me begin by saying that President Obama has passed with flying colors every leadership challenge. I mean, look at what he has done, I mean, just to name a few things. I mean, we were looking for bin Ladin for 10 years. It was under President Obama's leadership that he was finally eliminated. Libya, with the kind of smart leadership that the President showed, demonstrating that American leadership was essential, but it was important to try to bring others also into a coalition of efforts, and the objective was achieved, keeping the promise to withdraw from Iraq but not leave Iraq by having a robust security and training mission accompanied by a very large diplomatic presence. I could go on and on. I think this President has demonstrated that, in a still very dangerous world, it's important to have someone at the helm of our country who understands how to manage what is an incredibly complex world now. Yes, we have a lot of threats, but we also have opportunities, and I think President Obama has grasped that and has performed extraordinarily well." (NBC's "Meet The Press," 10/23/11)


VIDEO: Clinton Praised President Obama's "Steady Hand" When Making Foreign Policy Decisions.  CLINTON: "But, you know, I remember, you know, some of the speeches of Eisenhower as a young girl, you know? You've got to be careful. You have to be thoughtful. You can't rush in, especially now, where it's more complex than it's been in decades. So yes, are there what we call wicked problems like Syria, which is the one you named? Absolutely. And we are on the side of American values. We're on the side of freedom. We're on the side of the aspirations of all people, to have a better life, have the opportunities that we are fortunate to have here. But it's not always easy to perceive exactly what must be done in order to get to that outcome. So you know, I certainly am grateful for the president's steady hand and hard questions and thoughtful analysis as to what we should and shouldn't do." (CBS's "60 Minutes," 1/28/13)


VIDEO: During Her 2008 Presidential Campaign, Clinton Said Obama "Would Be A Good Friend To Israel." SENATOR CLINTON: "I know -- I know Senator Obama understands what is at stake here. It has been an honor to contest these primaries with him. It is an honor to call him my friend. And let me be very clear: I know that Senator Obama will be a good friend to Israel. (Cheers, applause.) I know that Senator Obama shares my view that the next president must be ready to say to the world, America's position is unchanging, our resolve unyielding, our stance non-negotiable. The United States stands with Israel, now and forever. (Applause)" (Senator Hillary Clinton, Remarks at the 2008 AIPAC Policy Conference, Washington, DC, 6/4/08)



Concord - New Hampshire State Republican Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today released the following statement regarding Senator Jeanne Shaheen's refusal to apologize for the broken promises she made about Obamacare:

"The promise made by President Obama and Senator Shaheen about being able to keep your current doctor under ObamaCare was deemed the 'Lie of the Year' by non-partisan observers. President Obama has since apologized for breaking his word, but Senator Shaheen has never once even expressed regret. In fact, when constituents have complained about the problems of ObamaCare she has accused them of spreading misinformation. That's wrong. Her blind and unapologetic support of President Obama exemplifies her record of standing with him 99 percent of the time. She promised to be independent but she turned into a rubberstamp for President Obama, and the people of New Hampshire have been hurt in the process, especially the more than 22,000 people who have already lost their health care. Senator Shaheen owes them an apology."



Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement on Walt Havenstein victory in tonight's WMUR Granite State Debate:

 "Maggie Hassan is New Hampshire's Barack Obama, and she demonstrated yet again tonight that she has failed miserably as governor and has not earned a second term. She has failed to grow the economy, create jobs and manage the Granite State budget. She lied about repeated support for an income tax in our state and mislead voters about her disastrous LLC tax, which she slipped into the budget as Senate majority leader in 2009. Maggie Hassan is simply using the corner office in Concord to plan her 2016 Senate campaign, and her reckless tenure as governor has been a disaster. Our state deserves a governor who will put New Hampshire first, and voters will choose a new direction for our state by electing Walt Havenstein on November 4."



Their Own Research Admits Brown's Vote "Does Not Cut Social Security Or Medicare"


Concord, N.H. - Today, the New Hampshire Republican State Committee released the following statement in response to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee's new ad that desperately tries to distract from Jeanne Shaheen's vote to cut Medicare:


"In an act of desperation, the Democrats chose to run a blatantly false ad attacking Scott Brown while deliberately ignoring Senator Jeanne Shaheen's vote to cut Medicare, an important program that many seniors in the Granite State depend upon," said New Hampshire GOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "The truth is Scott Brown has never voted to cut Medicare, and this effort to distract New Hampshire voters from Senator Shaheen's record of voting with President Obama 99 percent of the time won't work. Senator Shaheen put the needs of President Obama before the needs of New Hampshire seniors when she voted to cut Medicare and on November 4 we need to hold her accountable. She and her allies should be ashamed of themselves."


The ad released by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, fails to mention that Senator Jeanne Shaheen voted to cut Medicare by $716 billion with her deciding vote on Obamacare.


Shaheen Voted For ObamaCare, Which Cut $716 Billion From Medicare. (H.R. 3590, Roll Call Vote #396: Passed 60-39, 12/24/09, Shaheen Voted Yea)


Shaheen Voted To Allow ObamaCare To Raid Medicare


In December 2009, Shaheen Voted Against Legislation That Would Prevent Medicare From Being Raided To Pay For ObamaCare. "To prevent Medicare from being raided for new entitlements and to use Medicaresavings to save Medicare." (S. Amdt. 2942 To S. Amdt. 2876 To H.R. 3590, Roll Call Vote #368: Rejected43-56, 12/7/09, Shaheen Voted Nay)


·         The Democrat-Controlled Senate Rejected Attempts From Raiding Medicare To Pay For ObamaCare. "The latest such maneuver came when the Senate rejected an attempt by Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., to prevent Medicare from 'being raided' to pay for health care. The vote was 43-56. The bill calls for cuts totaling $460 billion over a decade from projected Medicare spending, much of which would be used to provide subsidies to help lower and middle-income Americans purchase health care." (David Espo, "Senate Dems Seek Expansion Of Medicare, Medicaid," The Associated Press, 12/8/09)

While ignoring Senator Shaheen's vote to cut Medicare, this falsely attacks Scott Brown. The ad specifically cites a Boston Globe on article on August 8, 2011 that's entitled, "Brown to Seniors: Social Security, Medicare could be cut." But according to, that article doesn't support the ad's claim. The Globe article doesn't say Brown advocated for cutting Medicare and Social Security.

In fact, the DSCC's own research admits that the vote in question "does not cut Social Security or Medicare."

The ad also points to Scott Brown's vote in favor of "Cut, Cap, and Balance." This bill specifically exempted Social Security, Medicare, veterans benefits, and interest paid on the debt from spending caps while requiring a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, according to


And according to Politifact on "Cut, Cap, and Balance," "the cap would have exempt spending on Social Security, Medicare, veterans benefits, or interest on the debt."