New information about Lois Lerner’s involvement in the IRS targeting scandal has been released.
Congressman Darrell Issa, the chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government, released a report today compiling Lerner’s emails and other documents to incriminate her since she refused to testify—twice.
The document reveals that Lerner was concerned that the Citizens United court decision would negatively affect Democratic candidates. She wrote:
The Citizens United decision allows corporations to spend freely on elections. Last year, there was a lot of press on 501(c)(4)s being used to funnel money on elections and the IRS was urged to do something about it.
She later writes, “Perhaps the FEC will save the day."
Her plan to fix the problem included scrutiny of new tax-exempt applicants and 501(c)(4) organizations like those linked to the “hugely influential Koch brothers" and “new rules cracking down on political activity."
The report concluded: