Heidi Heitkamp Got Big Support From Anti-Tea Party IRS Employees Union

heidi heitkamp

The hits keep coming in the IRS scandal, and it appears as though an anti-tea party union representing IRS workers may have had something to do with the IRS targeting union groups.

This revelation has “IRS employees in the position of actively financing anti-Tea Party candidates themselves, while in their official positions in the IRS blocking, auditing, or intimidating Tea Party and conservative groups around the country,” reports Jeffrey Lord at the American Spectator:

According to the White House Visitors Log, provided here in searchable form by U.S. News and World Report, the president of the anti-Tea Party National Treasury Employees Union, Colleen Kelley, visited the White House at 12:30pm that Wednesday noon time of March 31st.

The White House lists the IRS union leader’s visit this way:

Kelley, Colleen Potus 03/31/2010 12:30

In White House language, “POTUS” stands for “President of the United States.”

The very next day after her White House meeting with the President, according to the Treasury Department’s Inspector General’s Report, IRS employees — the same employees who belong to the NTEU — set to work in earnest targeting the Tea Party and conservative groups around America. The IG report wrote it up this way:

April 1-2, 2010: The new Acting Manager, Technical Unit, suggested the need for a Sensitive Case Report on the Tea Party cases. The Determinations Unit Program Manager Agreed.

In short: the very day after the president of the quite publicly anti-Tea Party labor union — the union for IRS employees — met with President Obama, the manager of the IRS “Determinations Unit Program agreed” to open a “Sensitive Case report on the Tea party cases.” As stated by the IG report.

The NTEU is the 150,000 member union that represents IRS employees along with 30 other separate government agencies. Kelley herself is a 14-year IRS veteran agent. The union’s PAC endorsed President Obama in both 2008 and 2012, and gave hundreds of thousands of dollars in the 2010 and 2012 election cycles to anti-Tea Party candidates.

One of those candidates, as the NDGOP points out in the press release below, was Senator Heidi Heitkamp who received $10,000 in contributions from the group.

Of course, that doesn’t imply that Heitkamp knew anything about the IRS targeting tea party groups, but it does speak volumes about how political the IRS has become.

NDGOP Press Release

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

Related posts

  • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

    Has Heidi issued on a statement on the IRS scandal?

    • sbark

      she is waiting, like the 2nd amendment statement she made at the last second after reading it for the first time in her life…….to read the 1st and 4th amendment for the first time —then she’ll speak out

      • http://randysroundtable.blogspot.com/ Randy G

        Or waiting for someone to read them to her…

        • sbark

          a IRS interpretation maybe

  • Roy_Bean

    Why does the NDGOP care what Heidi did, or does? She’s Minnesota’s 3rd Senator, she doesn’t represent us anyway.

    • The Fighting Czech

      Actually, what does the GOP care about what happens to the Tea Party anyway? They dont even like them….

      • sbark

        yup. Was thinking alot of these groups very likely contacted their GOP Congressman during the long hang up by the IRS to apparently no avail. Their GOP reps and Senators dropped the ball and turned a cold shoulder to them could be veiwed as complicit as IRS. They full well knew what was going on 2 yrs ago also.

        I’m sure alot of RIHNO’s see these 501c4 groups as just taking money away from their re-election campaigns.

        • I H8 GOPers

          This is probably why these right-wing groups were given any scrutiny at all under the Bush-appointed head of the IRS.

          • LenYol

            Appointed by Bush and working for obama for over 4 years.

          • Wayne

            So the president is only relevant if he is an ex-president?

      • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Goon

        I was thinking the same thing since a lot of ND’s GOP members are RINO’s anyways, I mean after this past session they approved the Obama care exchanges, and is very RINOish and unacceptable.

  • Ratbite

    Surprise,Surprise, surprise!!!!!

  • Stuart

    Silence is golden for Senator Heitkamp…darn you Rob Port! Must you make so much noise ? It’s deafening..to the point I think I hear flames crackling in my ears …now what is one to do with the war chest fund?

  • Stuart

    What does moderation mean? Censorship or approval by a committee of the presidents choice?

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      We had problems with trolls using a bunch of different user names. It was getting out of control. So now you have to register to comment without being moderated. If you don’t register I approve your comments.

      • Guest

        “Troll” meaning somebody the hack lost an argument with.

        • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

          Or, maybe, people like you who aren’t here to debate but to derail the comments section.

          • $8194357

            10X

          • Guest

            You’re the one who brought of the issue of trolls and moderation/censorship, hack. Consequently, since you you derailed the conversation, you’re a troll under your own logic, hack.

          • $8194357

            The bloggers version of OWS is what all ya all
            suck puppets are…Leeches sucking blood off the systems.

          • Guest

            As someone who spends all day/every day posting non-sensical religious ramblings on a second rate blog, you have not life to siphon off of.

          • $8194357

            And ya know whats even lower than that fool?
            You coming here and using lucifer/marx/alinskys
            “ridicule” as the lefts most potent weapon, huh.
            Carry on to the worlds destruction thru idiotic complicity,
            now, Hear?

        • $8194357

          No….
          leftard blog cloggers to be exact.

        • jl

          Or “guest” meaning “idiot”.

        • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Goon

          Or the faceless trolls that post on peoples blogs that hide in their mothers basement and post disgusting comments about people and hide behind anonymous screen names with no accountability at all.

          • Guest

            Don’t be so hard on yourself. Thanks for your laughably hypocritical comment attacking me for posting insulting comments that also attacks me with the same means you now decry, sh*%teater.

          • $8194357

            Leftist hack…

          • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Goon

            Right, he’s a leftist hack, troll…

          • $8194357

            Yes sir…
            The trolls only purpose was extract
            payment to cross to the other side as
            they harassed the innocent travelers..
            Fits libtards to a T, huh.

          • two_tinfoil_hats

            You’re a right wing hack and Troll.

            What’s your real name basement dweller?

          • two_tinfoil_hats

            Right wing hack and lucifer disciple.

          • $8194357

            ow…ow…ow…
            (NAUGHT)
            Spin and twirl?
            OR
            Twirl and spin?
            6 of 1
            1/2 a dozen of the other,
            huh libtard genius…

          • dakotacyr

            Like you, Goon? I hardly believe that goon is your real name, so what are you hiding behind?

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            Goon’s identity isn’t hard to find. That’s his nickname, but he’s public with his real name.

          • Guest

            Your censorship system is doing wonders, hack; just look at all the flame wars that occur in every thread.

          • $8194357

            thank the boy toy hacks suck puppets, huh.

          • Wayne

            Thanks to you and your friends. Does it make you feel good to be nothing but a jerk?

          • Guest

            Says harebrained Wayne who follow me from thread to thread making insults. Does it make you feel good to be nothing but a hypocritical jerk, harebrained Wayne?

          • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Goon

            Thanks Rob.

          • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Goon

            Are you really that dense? Ask Rob, It’s pretty much an open book who I am. I don’t hide behind a fake name like you… Pretty sure I am pretty easy to find. I write for five hockey blogs, I have two twitter accounts.

        • Wayne

          You’ve never won an argument on this site.

          • Guest

            Just because hairbrained Wayne doesn’t admit defeat doesn’t mean he won.

  • $8194357

    Before or after they met with Barry and he gave them the
    go ahead to harass the Tea Party organizations?

    This is rather telling.
    Check it out:
    Obama and the IRS: The Smoking Gun?
    THE AMERICAN SPECTATOR:

    “For me, it’s about collaboration. — National Treasury Employees Union President Colleen Kelley on the relationship between the anti-Tea Party IRS union and the Obama White House
    Is President Obama directly implicated in the IRS scandal?
    Is the White House Visitors Log the trail to the smoking gun?
    The stunning questions are raised by the following set of new facts.
    March 31, 2010.
    According to the White House Visitors Log, provided here in searchable form by U.S. News and World Report, the president of the anti-Tea Party National Treasury Employees Union, Colleen Kelley, visited the White House at 12:30pm that Wednesday noon time of March 31st.
    The White House lists the IRS union leader’s visit this way:
    Kelley, Colleen Potus 03/31/2010 12:30
    In White House language, “POTUS” stands for “President of the United States.”
    The very next day after her White House meeting with the President, according to the Treasury Department’s Inspector General’s Report, IRS employees — the same employees who belong to the NTEU — set to work in earnest targeting the Tea Party and conservative groups around America. The IG report wrote it up this way:
    April 1-2, 2010: The new Acting Manager, Technical Unit, suggested the need for a Sensitive Case Report on the Tea Party cases. The Determinations Unit Program Manager Agreed.
    In short: the very day after the president of the quite publicly anti-Tea Party labor union — the union for IRS employees — met with President Obama, the manager of the IRS “Determinations Unit Program agreed” to open a “Sensitive Case report on the Tea party cases.” As stated by the IG report.

    Continue Reading on spectator.org …

    Read more: http://conservativebyte.com/2013/05/day-after-obama-meets-treasury-tea-party-targeting-begins/#ixzz2TsISAPWz This is rather telling.

    • dakotacyr

      From the American Spectator? Really??? Bwahahahaha!

      • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

        Shoot the messenger!

        • $8194357

          They always do..
          And then quote Huff and Puff..

        • dakotacyr

          done regularly on this blog! Pot meet kettle!

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            Well, no, I actually try pretty hard not to discount something on because of the source, but even if I did, that means it’s OK if you do it?

            Such low standards you set for yourself.

          • Dakotacyr

            so you have low standards huh! An insightful admission.

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            Huh?

          • Dakotacyr

            Re-read your comment.

          • Dakotacyr

            And I have signed in so why are my comments still being moderated?

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            Verify your email.

          • $8194357

            Racist

    • $8194357

      Well well well…
      Barry got underling ideological lemmings to fall on the sword for him?
      Hail to the chief communist community organizer in chief, huh.

      Quote Newsmax:

      White House chief of staff Denis McDonough and other senior presidential advisers knew in late April that an upcoming report was likely to find that IRS employees had inappropriately targeted conservative political groups.

      That disclosure on Monday expanded the known circle of top officials who were aware of the audit beyond those identified earlier by the White House.

      The White House says McDonough and the other advisers did not tell President Barack Obama about the impending report, leaving him to learn the results from news reports later.

      The White House defended the decision to keep the president in the dark, with press secretary Jay Carney saying Obama was comfortable with the fact that “some matters are not appropriate to convey to him, and this is one of them.”

      Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com

      http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/IRS-Political-Groups/2013/05/20/id/505449?s=al&promo_code=138F1-1#ixzz2TwQssid8

  • Drain52

    The real TNT in this article is the news that the IRS’s union chief met with Obama just before the anti-Tea Party push started. Just coincidence, or is Obama lying again about not knowing what the IRS was up to?

    • sbark

      right….this public union and its direct ties to the WhiteHouse are starting to come out from under the rocks…….
      They are jumping all over it at Am Spectator with Jeffrey Lords articles…..

      • $8194357

        10X

    • $8194357

      Eliminates some of the layers of “plausible deniability”, huh…
      Still ideological lockstep with the orifice of the fake POTUS tho.

      • Clairvoyant

        Hmmmm. The DC is a liberal after all? I just knew it!

        • $8194357

          A swing and a Ms. Clair again….
          Stalker.

  • dakotacyr

    Wow, it’s hard to believe that Senator Heitkamp wouldn’t have something to say about the IRS, since wasn’t she the North Dakota Tax Commissioner for 8 years? she has to have said something, right? Rob wouldn’t miss a thing like that ….or would he?

    http://www.ktvq.com/news/north-dakota-senator-speaks-at-democrat-dinner-in-bllings/

    Why, yes, Senator Heitkamp did say something before all the righties out there got so overwrought about labor people donating to candidates of their choosing. But I digress.
    Quoting the “unbiased” American Spectator is just typical of Port quoting a reliable news source. Epic fail!

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Gosh, you mean Heidi issued some perfunctory condemnation and didn’t mention at all the money she got from the IRS union?

      Well then. I take it all back.

      • Dakotacyr

        I’ll be waiting for you to peruse all your republican elected official press releases or comments to make sure they are citing their donations as well. Let’s see if that happens! Yeah, right!

Top