IRS Scandal Grows, While Martinez Gains Allies

by James Maynard June 6th, 2013 | Winners & Losers
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susana martinez pdThe Internal Revenue Service is collecting documents from 88 of their employees in their investigation into improper behavior in 2010-2011 which targeted conservative and Tea Party groups.

President Obama – Loser – The week began with continued inquiries surrounding the actions of the Internal Revenue Service under his watch. It ended with Representative Darrell Issa (R-OH) stating on CNN that the order to deter conservative groups from being award non-profit status came “from Washington.”

Danny Werfel – Loser – The acting commissioner of the IRS is doing his best to put out brush fires all over the place, but they seem to be catching into a wildfire. Now, the IRS is being accused of lavish and unnecessary spending, which includes lavish hotel rooms, a million-dollar conference in Las Vegas and a Star Trek-inspired promotional film.

Doug Shulman – Loser – The man who headed the IRS during the years that they were allegedly targeting conservative groups applications for non-profit status is going to take more heat as time goes on. The news website Breitbart ran a story this week pointing out that Shulman’s wife, Susan Anderson, is senior program director at Public Campaign, which they termed a liberal advocacy group. That organization rejects the characterization.

Susana Martinez – Winner The governor of New Mexico just got some powerful new allies and is about to see her war chest for a future campaign swell with donations. Party leaders, including potential 2016 presidential candidates, have announced they will be fundraising for Martinez (pictured). She is the first Hispanic woman to ever be elected governor.

Eric Holder – Loser – The Attorney General may be out of a job soon, according to Tom Brokaw, former host of NBC Nightly News, who said “…it’s tough to see…” how he keeps his job in the near future.

In other news, a new CNN poll says that 54 percent of Americans support the health care package President Obama put into action. However, nearly half of those people who oppose the law say that reform does not go far enough. There’s no telling who is a winner or loser from the new survey.

The Supreme Court may rule soon on the issue of gay marriage in California. That decision may or may not set a precedent for the nation, so keep your eyes out for that story as it develops.

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