A veteran IRS lawyer testified on Thursday that officials from a Washington office led by a political appointee intervened in the screening of Tea Party applications, saying publicly for the first time the IRS chief counsel’s office was involved in the controversial program.
America, meet Obama appointee William J. Wilkins — briefed on the political targeting of conservative groups as of 8/4/11. Did he tell The White House about it at the time? Not that Jay Carney is aware of, as he told a skeptical press corps yesterday:
William J. Wilkins, Nominee for Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service and an Assistant General Counsel in the Department of the Treasury
Watch Chaffetz’ comments below, beginning at the 3:00 mark:
But who is William Wilkins? According to the 2009 announcement of his appointment to the IRS, Wilkins was a registered lobbyist with Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr since 1988. At WilmerHale (the firm’s new name after 2003), he was a part of the Tax Practice Group, where he practiced a wide range of tax law services, including “counseling nonprofit organizations, business entities, and investment funds on tax compliance, business transactions, and government investigations.” Before his lobbying career, Wilkins was staff counsel for the Democratic side of the Senate Finance committee, from 1981 to 1988.
More than two years after her upstart Senate campaign rocked the Delaware political world, Christine O’Donnell got an unexpected contact from a U.S. Treasury Department agent warning that her private tax records may have been breached.
As sad as it may sound, a new survey indicates that a fifth of new parents think their baby is ugly, though only 8 percent of them are willing to admit it to anyone else besides their partners.
The city of Detroit filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection in federal court Thursday, laying the groundwork for a historic effort to bail out a city that is sinking under billions of dollars in debt and decades of mismanagement, population flight and loss of tax revenue.
In the aftermath of the violent Fourth of July weekend in Chicago, state Rep. Monique Davis (D-27th) has issued a call for action to help “put an end to the senseless murders in our city.”
For a sense of scale, researchers at the University of Milan found in 2011 that everyone on the Internet was, on average, 4.74 steps away from anyone else. The NSA explores relationships up to three of those steps. (See our conversation with the ACLU’s Alex Abdo on this.)
If the University of Milan’s calculations are correct, the NSA is monitoring 63.29% of the global population.
Hiding her face with a yellow scarf, Purvi Patel said nothing to reporters as she left the courthouse today, walking away quickly with her attorney.
Six years ago, Purvi Patel told the South Bend Tribune she and her brother chose the Target Plaza location for their Moe’s Southwest Grill franchise because of the easy access to Grape Road and the huge parking lot.