The IRS has already shown itself to be playing dirty pool when it comes to their witch hunts of tea party groups and leaks of information in those cases and other ones, including the National Organization for Marriage. It’s not a surprise at all that more evidence of the IRS helping the Obama administration deal with political enemies has now come out.
A top Internal Revenue Service official appears to have sent confidential taxpayer information to White House officials and counseled the executive staff on legal challenges from groups who claimed Obamacare infringed on their religious liberties, emails released Wednesday reveal.
Emails released by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform show Sarah Hall Ingram, the IRS’ top Obamacare official, advised White House officials about the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate. Redactions in the emails indicate they also contained confidential taxpayer information.
The GOP-led oversight committee said the emails show Hall Ingram and others at the IRS violated the agency’s role as an impartial administrator of the tax code by advising the White House on a politically controversial subject.
Scores of religious organizations sued the Obama administration in 2012 over the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate.
For example, Wheaton College in Illinois filed suit against the administration on July 18, 2012. Hall Ingram and her colleagues emailed with senior White House officials about the administration’s religious exemption to the contraception mandate the same day.
Several names and blocks of text are redacted in the emails, citing section 6103 of the Internal Revenue Code, which prohibits the IRS agents from releasing tax return information.
Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.
Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.