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While congressional lawmakers are questioning why former Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Douglas Shulman paid dozens of visits to the White House during his tenure, Shulman’s top political aide seems to have spent even more time working side-by-side with members of the Obama administration.
White House visitor logs show Shulman’s chief of staff, Jonathan M. Davis, appears to have visited the White House and adjacent Eisenhower office building as many as 310 times between the fall of 2009 and February 2013.
Davis’ background is in technology and had no expertise on tax issues , according to some IRS sources who said Davis served mostly as a political aide who served with Shulman to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, where Shulman was vice chairman, and then followed him to the IRS.
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You are aware that the White House includes several buildings in that complex and not necessarily the building that houses the oval office..
If they were going to target something from the white house they could do it in one visit, so do not understand the issue over how many times he visited that facility... they could even do it in a local coffee house. So the 310 is not all that significant...
Media Matters has been tracking this as well as the free partisan newspapers from DC....
Crowley's use of visitor records actually shows that most of the visits Davis made were related to his office being charged with new authority under heath care reform. Data.gov shows that over 200 of Davis's visits were to HHS official Liz Fowler (12 visits), White House adviser on health care Ezekiel Emanuel (21 visits), and Deputy Director of the White House Office of Health Reform Jeanne Lambrew (198 visits), who were coordinating with the IRS on implementation of the health care law.
People need to take a course in logic, not farfetchedness... sometimes the dots just don't connect..
This week Elijah Cummings released the information provided to Grand Theft regarding the tesitimony, which Issa refused to release, that this whole thing originated from a mid level manager who was concerned about the 501C3 Status of these groups.. not that it is important, but the mid level manager is described as a conservative republican..
It would be unintelligent to post something from an obviously biased source, but in this case the actual testimony is attached which corroborates this story..
The 200-page transcript sheds additional light on the decision by the IRS to screen out tea party groups applying for tax-exempt status during the months and years leading up to the 2012 elections.
Republican and Democratic committee staffers interviewed IRS official John Shafer on June 6 about the agency's decision to scrutinize a tea party group's application for tax-exempt 501(c)(4) status. Shafer, who identified himself as "a conservative Republican" and said he'd worked for the IRS since 1992, said that he and a fellow screener initially flagged a tea party group and continued to do so with subsequent applications in order to maintain consistency in the process.
Throughout much of the interview, Shafer describes the mundane bureaucratic challenges of dealing with incoming applications for nonprofit status. He said his team flagged the first tea party application because it appeared to be a high-profile case, and he wanted to make sure all high-profile cases received similar attention.
"What I'm talking here is that if we end up with four applications coming into the group that are pretty similar, and we assign them to four different agents, we don't want four different determinations," he said. "It's just not good business. It's not good customer service."
Yeah according to apologist for the Police state it is just a coindinence that hundreds of Tea Party Groups and virtually no left wing groups were targeted for harassment.
Yeah that's the ticket. Who care if hundreds of meetings were held with WH personnel.
"Some guys play in all-star games, some guys don't. I don't know who picks all those all-star teams. In all honesty, I don't know who picks the combine, for that matter," Belichick said. "How does (Miami-Ohio offensive lineman Brandon) Brooks not get invited to the combine? How did Vollmer not get invited to the combine? I don't know. We can't really worry about that. We just have to try to evaluate them the best we can."