Morton Blackwell: IRS treated conservatives like Gosnell treated newborns

The #IRS lied, and some conservative groups died #tcot

— Matt Vespa (@mVespa1) May 17, 2013

We’ve heard plenty of firsthand reports of IRS intimidation from conservatives trying to launch nonprofit groups, but the growing IRS scandal doesn’t stop with bullying the new kids on the block. The Leadership Institue, which was founded by Morton Blackwell in 1979, reports that it was hit with an audit notice in 2011 and was asked to provide 23,430 pages of records on its activities in 2008.

We’ve heard from other conservative groups that were asked to provide lists of the children they mentored, and the Leadership Institute, which recruits and trains conservatives for leadership positions, says the IRS demanded lists of interns and students, copies of training materials and curricula, and documentation showing if there were “students in the programs that are not of the conservative viewpoint.” It’s worth keeping in mind that the group investigating the Leadership Institute’s instructors’ backgrounds is the same agency responsible for this calibre of professional training:

Leadership Institute President Morton Blackwell says his org turned over more than 23,430 pages of records and spent $50,000 in legal fees

— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) May 16, 2013

#IRS targeting the right not new.Scandal should grow.For years IRS has specially AUDITED conservative groups.…

— Morton C. Blackwell (@MortonBlackwell) May 13, 2013

Drip drip: conservative organization targeted in 2011 for *2008* activity. IRS wanted 23,000 pgs on student activists

— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) May 16, 2013

How would you feel if you were specifically named in an IRS query to a Tea Party group?…

— Jason Pye (@jaseliberty) May 17, 2013

@jaseliberty The Hawaii Tea Party was asked about an individual and also about the group’s relationship to Leadership Institute. V weird.

— Abigail Alger (@abbyalger) May 17, 2013

@jaseliberty Super interesting b/c our audit was going through Baltimore office. Those Qs coming from Cincinnati.

— Abigail Alger (@abbyalger) May 17, 2013

Hmm, sounds like those rogue “low-level” employees had quite the reach.

Gabby Hoffman is a regional field coordinator for the Leadership Institute and has some wise words for those asking, “What scandal?” Hey Bette Midler, listen up.

Why am I skeptical of big government? My family lived under tyrannical big government in the USSR. We don’t fail for tricks and gimmicks.

— Gabriella Hoffman (@Gabby_Hoffman) May 17, 2013

When big government reaches its full potential and is in full control, you get lawlessness, chaos, and equitable sharing of misery. #tcot

— Gabriella Hoffman (@Gabby_Hoffman) May 17, 2013

What happened to the transparency Obama promised? Clearly it does not exist at the #IRS.

— Gabriella Hoffman (@Gabby_Hoffman) May 17, 2013

No, President Obama. I’m not going to reject voices cautioning about tyranny and big government. My family suffered enough under tyranny.

— Gabriella Hoffman (@Gabby_Hoffman) May 17, 2013

I have many Russian friends in L.A. They warned me of this years ago. They saw what the average American couldn’t or wouldn’t see.Sad to say

— Chuck Woolery (@chuckwoolery) May 17, 2013

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