Friday, May 17th, 2013

Politically Motivated Attacks

Since August of 2010, Koch Industries and its shareholders have been the targets of an orchestrated and relentless campaign of attacks by the Administration and its allies. Participants in this destructive game have included President Obama, his White House advisors and staff, his fellow Democrats, radical activists and their organizations, and partisan news media. Theirs has been a campaign intended to intimidate, harass, and silence us and others who have exercised our First Amendment rights to disagree with the policies of this Administration and Congress. It’s a page straight from the Saul Alinsky playbook – “Pick a target, freeze it, personalize it and polarize it,” with Koch being a primary target.

Some in the news media have spoken out against this targeting of private citizens and the Administration’s apparent disregard for freedom of speech and the First Amendment. Those who have written about the attacks include Kimberly Strassel of the Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, and former solicitor general of the United States, Ted Olson. Unfortunately, their principled calls against government retaliation were unheeded – that is until recent coverage of the disgraceful IRS scandal.

At Koch, news of the IRS scandal came as no surprise because we have our own questions about whether our confidential tax information was illegally compromised. On August 27, 2010,  Austan Goolsbee, who was then chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and a member of the White House Cabinet, falsely accused Koch Industries of not paying taxes and also made comments about Koch’s confidential tax structure during a press conference background briefing on corporate income tax reform.

In recent days, there have been a number of stories written about the false attack on Koch by Mr. Goolsbee. As the IRS story continues to evolve, we compile here some related stories that have been written or broadcast, starting with pieces from September of 2010.

Obama’s Climate of Intimidation
By Matthew Sheffield
American Spectator
06/18/2013

IRS supervisor in DC scrutinized tea party cases
By Stephen Ohlemacher
Associated Press
06/17/2013

Obama’s Climate of Intimidation
By Matthew Sheffield
American Spectator
06/18/2013

An IRS Political Timeline
By Kimberley Strassel
Wall Street Journal
06/06/2013

Goolsbee’s Mysterious Tweet About the Koch Brothers’ Taxes
By John McCormack
Weekly Standard
05/29/2013

Release the IG Report on Austan Goolsbee
By John Sexton
Breitbart
05/24/2013

Koch lawyer: Obama administration has tried to intimidate Koch Industries
By Roy Wenzl
The Wichita Eagle
05/24/2013

Some wonder if IRS scandal began with Goolsbee remark on Koch taxes
By Richard Pollock
Washington Examiner
05/24/2013

Conservatives Became Targets in 2008
By Kimberley Strassel
Wall Street Journal
05/23/2013

A Battering Ram Becomes a Stonewall
By Peggy Noonan
Wall Street Journal
05/23/2013

Axed IRS chief Steven Miller is the poster child for bad government
Washington Times
By Rich Stowell
5/22/2013

The 10 most bizarre things about the IRS scandal
By Jennifer Rubin
Washington Post
05/17/2013

This Is No Ordinary Scandal
By Peggy Noonan
Wall Street Journal
05/16/2013

The IRS Scandal Started at the Top
Kimberley Strassel
Wall Street Journal
05/16/2013

Rep. Tom McClintock on House Floor [Video]
CSPAN
5/16/13

America Live with Megyn Kelly [Video]
Fox News Channel
05/16/13

Markets Now [Video]
Fox Business Network
05/15/13

Why is the IRS Regulating Speech in the First Place?
Human Events
By David Harsanyi
5/15/2013

Happening Now [Video]
Fox News Channel
05/15/13

New IRS scandal revives past allegations against agency
By Barnini Chakraborty
FoxNews.com
05/14/2013

Flashback: In 2010, White House divulged Koch Industries tax info
By Sean Higgins
The Washington Examiner
05/13/2013

Obama’s IRS
Free Beacon
05/11/2013

Obama’s Abuse of the IRS – This Isn’t The First Time
By John Hinderaker
PowerLine
05/10/2012

Obama’s Enemies List – Part II
By Kimberley Strassel
Wall Street Journal
07/19/2012

Trolling for Dirt on the President’s List
By Kimberley Strassel
Wall Street Journal
05/10/2012

The President Has a List
By Kimberley Strassel
Wall Street Journal
04/26/2012

Obama’s Enemies List
By Theodore Olson
Wall Street Journal
02/01/2012

White House Adviser Goolsbee’s Comment on Koch Taxes Reviewed by Treasury
By Ryan J. Donmoyer
Bloomberg
10/07/10

Treasury analyzes Goolsbee remark
By Glenn Thrush
Politico
10/06/10

Inspector General Will Investigate Obama Admin for Discussing Koch Tax Status
By John McCormack
Weekly Standard
10/05/2010

Koch Lawyer Names Austan Goolsbee As W.H. Official Who Talked About Company’s Tax Status
By John McCormack
Weekly Standard
09/22/2010

The Great War On Koch Industries
Editorial
Investor’s Business Daily
09/21/2010

Koch Industries Lawyer to White House: How Did You Get Our Tax Information?
By John McCormack
Weekly Standard
09/20/2010

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