Carol Platt Liebau

No wonder Lois Lerner has taken the Fifth.

In an exclusive obtained by Eliana Johnson, we are now learning that at least twice, Lois Lerner colluded with a lawyer from the Federal Elections Commission to try to influence the record before the FEC.

In the case of the American Future Fund, Lerner provided confidential information about the aspiring 501(c)(4)'s status -- in violation of the law -- thereby helping the FEC attorney with an (improper) investigation designed to convince the FEC commissioners to authorize the prosecution of the American Future Fund for violations of campaign finance law (namely, engaging in political activism without registering as a PAC). All this came in the wake of a complaint filed against the American Future Fund by the Minnesota Democratic Farm Labor Party. (Ultimately, the FEC elected not to pursue the case.)

The FEC attorney also sought confidential tax information about the American Issues Project, another conservative organization.

It's ironic, of course, that Lerner handed out confidential tax information about conservative groups -- given that the IRS has made a great show, in the targeting investigation, of its commitment to preserving the privacy of taxpayers.  

Don't forget, too, that Lois Lerner herself once used a perch at the FEC to harass and otherwise mistreat conservatives.

What is most ominous about this development? Hard to decide -- but it's disturbingly clear that the lefties embedded in government had few scruples in abusing the public trust (and the public!) improperly to advance a political agenda designed to favor one group of Americans over another.  Equally disturbing: They apparently had reason to believe that they could get away with it -- or perhaps even be rewarded for it.


Carol Platt Liebau

Carol Platt Liebau is an attorney, political commentator and guest radio talk show host based near New York. Learn more about her new book, "Prude: How the Sex-Obsessed Culture Hurts Young Women (and America, Too!)" here.