Lois Lerner - the Obama administration employee at the center of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) scandal who resigned during the governmental issues involving accusations of the IRS targeting conservative groups – has emerged in negative headlines again during her retirement, according to the Washington Examiner and a host of media sources released on Friday. In the latest development of Lerner’s alleged misdeeds, newly-obtained emails have revealed that Lerner shared very confidential tax information of several Tea Party (conservative) groups with the Federal Election Commission. These actions by Lerner, of course, are a blatant violation of federal law.
Lerner gave information out on several groups, including the American Issues Project and the American Future Fund, according to Judicial Watch which is a public watchdog organization.
Lerner’s emails reveal that the Internal Revenue Service gave the FEC the tax returns of the conservative groups. The information contained the groups' income from a variety of sources and the groups' employee’s pay. The emails also detailed the methods in which the groups were enticed to give political information to the IRS.
As often occurs in such cases, the information was obtained via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requested on Aug. 9 of this year. The path of violating emails began with the FEC mad a request of Lerner on Feb. 3, 2009.
The materials that Lerner sent as an IRS employee to the FEC included confidential information about the conservative and/or Tea Party organizations. This is a felony as Section 6103 of the Internal Revenue Code dictates that an IRS official – which Lerner was at the time – may not disclose either income tax return information or taxpayer income tax return information – not even to another governmental agency. At the time this happened, Lerner was the head of the department, and she suddenly retired during the scandal which was yet another embarrassing episode for the White House.