Report: Head of IRS Employees Union Met With President Obama the Day Before Tea Party Targeting Began

Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union which represents employees of the Internal Revenue Service, met at the White House with President Obama the day before two IRS officials created the “Sensitive Case Report” that targeted Tea Party groups for special scrutiny on their applications for non-profit status.

White House visitors logs show that Kelley visited the White House on March 31, 2010, to meet with Obama, a day before an Inspector General’s report shows that the “Sensitive Case Report” was created, Jeffrey Lord of The American Spectator reported:

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.
Putting IRS employees in the position of actively financing anti-Tea Party candidates themselves, while in their official positions in the IRS blocking, auditing, or intimidating Tea Party and conservative groups around the country.

The IRS scandal has spawned congressional hearings and investigations since an agency official admitted May 10 that IRS officials unfairly targeted Tea Party groups and other conservative organizations seeking 501(c) tax-exempt status. The inspector general’s report, “Inappropriate Criteria Were Used to Identify Tax-Exempt Applications for Review,” was published May 14. Confidential information leaked by an IRS source was used to attack Republican Mitt Romney during last year’s presidential campaign. One Tea Party activist, True the Vote founder Catherine Engelbrecht, says she was targeted not only by the FBI, but also by other federal agencies. The Senate Finance Committee has scheduled a May 31 hearing and requested detailed information from the IRS about the scandal.