IRS union chief Colleen Kelley met with Obama day before Tea Party targeting began
Is Colleen Kelley meeting with Obama one day before the IRS started targeting conservative and tea party groups the so called ‘smoking gun?’ According to American Spectator the president of the anti-Tea Party National Treasury Employees Union, Colleen Kelley, visited the White House at 12:30pm and directly with Obama. The day after Obama met with Colleen Kelley, she suggested the need for a sensitive case report on the Tea Party cases.
|Colleen Kelley president of the anti-Tea Party National Treasury Employees Union|
In short: the very day after the president of the quite publicly anti-Tea Party labor union — the union for IRS employees — met with President Obama, the manager of the IRS “Determinations Unit Program agreed” to open a “Sensitive Case report on the Tea party cases.” As stated by the IG report.
The NTEU is the 150,000 member union that represents IRS employees along with 30 other separate government agencies. Kelley herself is a 14-year IRS veteran agent. The union’s PAC endorsed President Obama in both 2008 and 2012, and gave hundreds of thousands of dollars in the 2010 and 2012 election cycles to anti-Tea Party candidates.
On yet another occasion, Kelley’s presence at the White House was followed shortly afterwards by the President issuing Executive Order 13522. A presidential directive that gave the anti-Tea Party NTEU — the IRS union — a greater role in the day-to-day operation of the IRS than it had already — which was considerable.