DC Knew About Targeting in 2010

Carol Platt Liebau
Posted: Jun 07, 2013 10:44 AM

Reuters is reporting that every IRS employee in the Tax Exempt Organizations Rulings and Agreement office knew -- in 2010, a year earlier than the IG reported or Lois Lerner admitted -- that conservatives were being targeted.

In April 2010 Elizabeth Hofacre misfired an email that was supposed to go to a smaller number of DC colleagues, but which was sent to the entire unit by mistake to the entire Rulings and Agreements Office.  The Director of Rulings and Agreements worked directly beneath Lois Lerner; until December 2010, this job was held by Rob Choi.  By May of 2012, this job was formally given to Obama donor Holly Paz who had been serving as Acting Director since Choi's departure.  

So presumably both Choi (who can be seen in the infamous Star Trek parody) and Paz (who sat in on 36 of 41 interviews the IG held with the IRS) knew of the targeting in spring of 2010 (Choi) and at the latest, the winter of 2010 (Paz).

Elizabeth Hofacre, who sent the email by mistake, is also quoted by the DC CBS affiliate commenting on her working relationship with Carter Hull (discussed here yesterday):

[Hofacre] said, an IRS lawyer in Washington, Carter Hull, micromanaged her work and ultimately delayed the processing of applications by tea party groups.

Hull is a lawyer in the division that handles applications for tax-exempt status. But, Hofacre said, his interest in the cases was highly unusual.

“It was demeaning,” she said. “One of the criteria is to work independently and do research and make decisions based on your experience and education, whereas on this case, I had no autonomy at all through the process.”


Eliana Johnson reported yesterday that Hull is supposedly retiring.  How convenient.